Baseball: Get ready for Jose Cardona vs. Ryan Cruz
The high school baseball season for the City Section officially begins on Feb. 25 with the Poly tournament, and there's an outstanding opening game matchup that should feature top pitchers in City player of the year Jose Cardona of Woodland Hills El Camino Real taking on Ryan Cruz of Granada Hills Kennedy.
Coaches for both teams are expected to throw their aces in that opener at El Camino Real. Cruz defeated Chatsworth last season and didn't get to pitch in playoffs after Kennedy was upset early on.
Another good opener has Arleta playing at San Fernando, which could feature All-City pitchers Javy Lopez going against San Fernando's David Lira.
-- Eric Sondheimer