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Noe Ramirez's journey out of Hazard

CS Fullerton's star pitcher is a product of tough East Los Angeles neighborhood

Updated: June 1, 2011, 2:36 PM ET
By Blair Angulo | ESPNLosAngeles.com

FULLERTON, Calif. -- Noe Ramirez ties his shoelaces, covers his head with the hood of his sweatshirt and starts his jog down a dark residential street. He glides through an alley and heads south on the usually buzzing, now-isolated Harbor Boulevard, past a thrift store and an Irish pub.

There's a certain serenity to everything at this time of night. He disappears into the shadows with one stride and re-emerges with another, eventually reaching the deserted Cal State Fullerton ...

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