6. ORANGE LUTHERAN
Location: Orange, Calif.
2018 record: 25-8
Final 2018 Super 25 rank: Unranked
While most teams were still huddled inside with blankets avoiding the cold, Orange Lutheran defeated Valley Christian, last year’s top California school, in a February matchup.
It looks to be a sign of things to come this season. The Lancers are returning a pair of studs ranked as top-15 pitchers of Perfect Game’s 2020 class, Max Rajcic (1.40 ERA over 48.2 innings) and Christian Rodriguez (1.54 ERA over 45.1). Both of those stats came as sophomores; with two years left, they could feasibly become the top one-two punch in the country.
They’re also getting transfer player Garrett Frechette, the No. 12 outfielder in the 2019 class. Adding him to the mix of 13 returning players including Caden Connor and Elijah Buries, this team looks in good shape to fight for its third straight NHSI championship.