For years, baseball has been commonly referred to as the “Thinking man’s game.”

With so much strategy riding behind every pitch, every at bat, those at the helm of a ball club certainly have to make their fair share of decisions throughout the course of a nine ― or in the case of high school, seven ― inning contest.

In 2020, the WPIAL decided to take the game’s aspect of intellect and up it a few notches, electing to have section contests for high school baseball take place in back-to-back days between the same two teams. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, high school managers had an entire year to sit and think out a plan. Last spring was, for many, an opportunity to test a few different ideas and find out what works.