Every team in Region 4, however, has been behind Nitro from 2007-12. Cabell Midland is making its third State Tournament appearance since Brumfield took over in 2004, the same number as Beckley.
The Knights, who won the state title one year prior to Brumfield's arrival in 2003, are 1-2 with a 7-4 loss to South Charleston in 2006 in their only finals appearance during that time.
When it comes to Friday's game, Brumfield won't divulge his starter either, but it's expected to be junior Seth Kinker. Kinker owns a 7-4 record with a 2.04 ERA and 67 strikeouts in 612/3 innings.
Tyler Hayes has not lost this season, running his record to 8-0 in a Region 4 championship victory over Winfield.
Brumfield said that letting a player know too early can sometimes alter his psyche entering such an important game.
It might not matter with Kinker, whose worst game of the season was when he lasted just three innings and gave up eight earned runs in a 14-8 loss to Huntington on April 10 at Ona.
Otherwise, he has given up no more than three earned runs in a game and has two saves - one coming in the Mountain State Athletic Conference finals and the other in a one-run sectional victory over the Highlanders.
In his last two postseason starts, Kinker is 2-0 and hasn't allowed a run with 15 strikeouts in 14 innings.
The winner of this game advances to Saturday's title game against the winner of Hedgesville (27-7) and Parkersburg South (26-9) in the last contest of the tournament at approximately 4 p.m.
Championship Saturday begins with Class AA at 10 a.m., and the Class A and Class AAA title games scheduled to follow 45 minutes after the conclusion of the previous game's awards ceremony.
Contact Assistant Sports Editor Rich Stevens at richstev...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4837.