Cassell believes whichever team makes the fewest mistakes will have a drastic advantage.
"We want to get on base and play fast," Cassell said. "We can't play fast enough. We want to put the ball on the ground because high school kids will make mistakes. They're a great team and they hit the ball well. If we aren't fundamentally sound, it will be tough to beat them."
Both of the squads' previous two matchups involved more drama than just a couple of Class AAA wins for the Generals.
It was in the first matchup with Huntington that Winfield's Dusty Kincaid was struck in the face by a line drive while pitching. Kincaid was hospitalized and forced to miss the rest of season.
In fact the only action Kincaid saw after the incident came in the second matchup between the teams when he threw out the first pitch as part of a benefit held at Huntington High School.
If nothing else, Winfield (17-14) has already shown the ability to overcome adversity and will have to do so again without Arnold. But Isaacs is convinced his team can and will rise to the occasion.
"We've said all year long that each day we come to the field, whether it's practice or a game, we try not to let the result of the previous day dictate how we approach that day," Isaacs said. "Our kids have done a really good job with that. They always have a good attitude, they work hard and they enjoy playing. They don't mope around - every day they come to work hard and that's one thing I love about this team."
Dillon is 8-1 with a 1.67 ERA with 51 strikeouts in 67 innings pitched, while Zach Gunter leads Winfield's offense with a .402 average with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
Ben Haer is hitting .388 for Huntington with a team-best four home runs and 29 RBIs.
Cassell said lefty Stephen Holland will likely start on the mound for Huntington. Holland sports a 2.29 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 58 innings.
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