This what has frustrated me, at times, with baseball. Lots of talent and always well-coached, but because so much of the schedule is against teams that you can just 10-0 in 5 and with rainouts screwing up the non-league we get to District Finals: get gut-checked & have a big screw-up and run out of outs to claw back. Happened in 16, 17, 18 and 19. Not that you can’t expect great baseball out of whoever your opponent is at that stage, but if a season goal is to make regionals & beyond and you’re stuck in a big 2-3 week lull of the schedule where only one or two teams pushes you the full 39-42 outs then the level of play isn’t primed in to your team to get it done under the lights.Newark Catholic's league and non league schedule has prepared them for this run. When you play a non league games with Cardington and Upper Arlington and league games with Johnstown and Heath (twice) cross overs with Licking Heights, Granville, Watkins Memorial, and Zanesville (they were blown out in most of them) this prepared them for anything that they will face in the tourney. It gave them confidence that they can compete with anybody in D-IV.
BU girls basketball? Would argue the same thing. HP boys basketball: This year? And possibly future years? The intensity, skill, physical tools, athleticism coaching and depth that WC has —there’s no preparing for that in this league. Not on any individual mark let alone the sum product of all those things that is WC. BU softball? Same thing.