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Baseball: Two more players decide not play high school season

Two more high school baseball players who who have been standouts for their team have decided not to player their senior years. Instead, they've chosen to participate in a spring league in San Bernardino.

Infielder Willie De La Barcena, who was on track to become the career hits leader at L.A. Marshall, and all-league teammate Jesse Melendez have told Coach Shane Gerard they will be playing in the ABD League.

"They felt it was a better opportunity for them to play at the next level," Gerard said.

Another City Section standout, Palisades shortstop Elliott Barzilli, also won't be playing high school ball.

It's a tough blow for Marshall, which returns three pitchers from a team that lost to City champion El Camino Real, 1-0, in last year's playoffs.

Marshall will turn to freshman Joey Ramirez to take over shortstop duties.

-- Eric Sondheimer

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