Cullen credits sophomore Wyatt Zuspan (.367, 28 RBIs) moving to shortstop as the turning point for his team this season.
"I'd love to have Wyatt on the mound to pitch," said Cullen, in his eighth season with the White Falcons. "But he suffered a shoulder injury during the football season and he's not gotten back from it far enough to pitch. Moving him to shortstop has shored up our defense and sparked our team."
Wahama also has plenty of production from seniors Zach Warth (.446, HR, 29 RBIs) and Tyler Roush (.448, eight HRs, 43 RBIs, 6-4, 2.56 ERA, 82 K's).
"When Tyler's focused, he's really good and we feed off of that," said Cullen. "Our kids have so much confidence when he's out on the mound. Zach's a four-year starter and he's been through a lot of wins with us."
Given the history between the two squads, both coaches know what awaits them.
"[Wahama is] a very good offensive and very-well coached team that is solid defensively," said Mehle. "I think they have flown under the radar here in West Virginia because of all the Ohio schools that they face."
"I've got a lot of respect for Catholic in how well coached and disciplined their kids are," said Cullen. "They've got a solid bunch of kids throughout their lineup. And it's going to be a battle."
Reach Dave Miller at 304-348-1749 or davemill...@gmail.com.