June 17, 2024


Feel everything

Area managers weigh in on strategy for back-to-back section games

Blackhawk head coach Lou Wolber heads to the mound to talk to his team during their game against Beaver Monday at Hardy Field in Brighton Township.

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.