The local baseball landscape has changed a bit from last year, as the city lost one program this season and plenty of talent.
Bellarmine-Jefferson High, which had been the most successful baseball program in the city for years, will not field a team this season. Last year under Marty Marquardt, in his only year at the helm, the Guards went 5-18 and didn't make the CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Only two years prior, Bell-Jeff had continued a string of nine straight postseason appearances under former coach Hector Perez.
With one less team, Burroughs, Burbank and Providence have all begun the season with lineups filled with talented returners and promising newcomers.
A change at Burroughs this season is the program has a new coach in Craig Sherwood, a local mainstay who was most recently an assistant at Burbank.
Surprisingly, the Indians and Bulldogs don't have a single returning all-league player among them.