On numerous occasions throughout this season, Seneca East coach Frank Lamoreaux has said he hasn't been sure which one of his undefeated aces - Ohio University-bound Mason McWilliams or Ethan Caudill - would get the call to pitch until right before the game.
In the days before his team battles Cuyahoga Heights in the Division IV regional semifinals, Lamoreaux said he's still deciding who his starter will be.
"I think we have an idea but I want to wait a day before we solidify," Lamoreaux said Tuesday evening.
One thing's for sure: Neither will be hesitant in accepting the assignment.
"I don't think there's a coach that wouldn't want Ethan or Mason on their staff," Lamoreaux said.
But when the Tigers arrive at Lorain's Pipeyard tonight, they have a pretty good idea who they will be facing: Xavier-bound southpaw Zach Lowther.
Lowther, whose father, Marc, is the Redskins' coach, is 6-1 this season, and has a fastball that can go in the low 90s.
"Tall lefty, he likes to elevate the ball," Lamoreaux said. "He throws hard throws hard, cutters, sliders. We need make sure the ball is below our hands. We can't swing at an elevated high hard fastball, we can't do that."
The Redskins - who knocked off the Tigers in the regional finals in Lorain two seasons ago - will enter play with a 15-6 record. Seneca East stands at 24-2. When the Redskins won two years ago, it was starting pitcher Alex Zander who shut them down. Zander went on to spend a season at Heidelberg, which is Lamoreaux's alma mater.
Lamoreaux said there are similarities between Zander and Lowther. But Zander was able to change speeds.
"This kid, Lowther, is power," he said. "He wants to come at you."
The game starts at 7 p.m., meaning the contest will be played under the lights, something Lamoreaux doesn't think his team has experienced since little league.
"I don't think it's a serious adjustment," Lamoreaux said. "The hardest time you have to adjust is when it's dusk; as long as you see the ball come off the bat you'll be in pretty good shape."
No matter what, the SE coach is expecting a tough game.
"Everybody will bring their A-game," he said. "Throw the records out the door. Kids are realizing that, because Crestline did challenge us (in the district semis) and New Riegel did play very well. When you have a good season, teams come after you."