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Jefferson Dragons

Last year: 22-3 Class 3A, District 10

Coach: Pop Cuesta, 21st year.

Assistants: Willie Williams, Vince Cos, Sergio Garcia.

Classification: Class 3A, District 10.

Nickname: Dragons.

Stadium: Martinez Field, 4401 W Cypress St.

Record: 22-3. Lost in first round of districts.

Key players: Ray Ortiz (pitcher, outfield), Carlos Borges (pitcher, first base), Steve Vitale (pitcher, outfield), Mark Suarez (pitcher), Brian Quick (pitcher, DH), Greg Maddox (infield), Butch Delgado (infield), Lester Santos (infield), Anthony Nieves (outfield), Tony Stevens (outfield), Robert Hernandez (outfield).

Strengths: A veteran pitching staff and a solid outfield.

Weaknesses: Jefferson is very young at catcher, with none of its potential starters possessing Western Conference experience. The Dragons also are young in the infield.

Outlook: Jefferson has enough returning players to defend its Western Conference title. A key for the Dragons will be how quickly their young infield can jell.

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