"We've got three good arms we can throw against Magnolia,'' said Catholic coach Bill Mehle. "You need them to win the state championship, so we'll see. I hope our guys have their best stuff tomorrow.
"Obviously, we're going against a legendary program and coach. We watched them today. They can do all the little things well, so it's going to be a battle for the state championship.''
Magnolia coach Dave Cisar, in his 40th season and carrying more than 800 career victories, seeks his second state title. The Irish have not captured a baseball crown, and will be appearing in the finals for the second time in three years.
"They look like a real solid bunch in the infield,'' Irish third baseman Connor Golden said of the Blue Eagles, "so we'll just have to come out and be aggressive and play our game.
"If we continue to play our game they way we know how to, the way we practiced all year, I have the utmost confidence in us.''
A legitimate excuse
It was a rough day in the field Friday for Parkersburg South, which lost to Hedgesville 6-3 in the AAA semifinals in large part due to seven errors. At the center of that was senior shortstop Clayton Walters, who made five miscues.
While athletes never like to make excuses, perhaps Walters had a pretty legitimate one - he was forced to wear a facemask out in the field to protect a broken jaw he suffered earlier in the season.
Parkersburg South coach Matt Null said Walters' vision was hindered a bit by the apparatus, and that despite a rough game, his presence on the club was vital in getting the Patriots to Charleston.
"Balls to his left, his glove side, have given him trouble," Null said. "High school athlete - if you make a mistake then it's in your mind. He's played very solid for us all year, it was uncharacteristic, he's got us where we're at, and we'd go with the same guys every day."
No senior discount for ND
Notre Dame lost in its Class A semifinal game against Magnolia on Friday morning, but it might not be the last time you see the Irish at Appalachian Power Park.
None of the 14 players on the Notre Dame roster are seniors. The Irish will return the core of its 2013 team with six juniors, four sophomores and four freshmen all having state tournament experience.