Hovorka and McGinnis are a combined 0-3 in the State Tournament. Mehle said he hasn't decided who will start, although Hovorka threw six innings in Irish's victory over Valley, and the Greyhounds have not batted against Hoyer this season.
As for McGinnis, he'll be playing in his third State Tournament game, while taking the loss in last year's semifinal defeat.
"From an experience standpoint, I think that helps him," Craffey said. "Once the game starts, you can throw that out the window. Then, it's all about who hits the ball and who fields the ball, but if you get a kid on that stage, he's more accustomed to it maybe than some other kids."
McGinnis didn't pitch in either game against Catholic. He has a 4-3 record with 94 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 innings to go with a 2.62 earned run average.
The senior, who plays shortstop when he isn't pitching, is batting .474 with 45 RBI and 43 runs.
"When you get to this stage, of course, everything is magnified, especially in baseball," Craffey said. "If you make an error, the ball's going to find you 99 percent of the time. Then, it boils down to, are you going to step up and field the next one or pout, stay in the hole and let the next one eat you up."
The winner Friday's second semifinal game will play for the championships at approximately 1 p.m. Saturday against the winner of the first between Magnolia and Notre Dame.
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THE RESULTS weren't quite as attractive for Hoover after Monday's loss to Charleston Catholic.
The Huskies committed eight errors in the loss, which ended a seven-game winning streak for the 2012 Class AA runners-up.
That's the last game Hoover will play before meeting Independence (19-8) in Friday's Class AA state semifinal game at approximately 7 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park.
"It definitely worries you," said Hoover Coach Brian Young about his team's performance on Monday. "We didn't get better today and that's why you schedule these games.
"Those are things you expect in week one, not the last week. We definitely have some work to do the next couple days."
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