East Lake coach Dan Genna will get no sympathy from rival coaches, but so far this season he is having trouble getting his deep pitching staff enough innings.
With four legitimate starters, the Eagles have the best luxury in baseball: too much pitching.
Senior right-hander Brad Deppermann has moved from closer to ace and has been dominant. But there is also RHPs Cameron Churchill, Ryan Wall and Steven Plaskett. And Genna said LHP Riley Choate has also emerged as a legitimate arm.
"Sometimes it's hard to find enough innings,'' Genna said. "If you have a two-game week, that's 14 innings and you've got four quality pitchers. That makes it hard to get all of them innings.''
Not a bad problem to have.
Pitching is the key every season, and in 2014 there are a group of teams with at least a top-notch ace, if not two to make things interesting.
Clearwater Central Catholic, which played in the Class 3A state semifinals last season, return senior righthander David Paul, the Tampa Bay Times' reigning Pitcher of the Year. Paul has won his first two starts this season.
"David has been a proven pitcher for us since his sophomore year," veteran CCC coach Todd Vaughan said. "Every game he's out there on the mound you think you have a pretty good chance. He's good at keeping his pitch count down, at least he has been so far this season."
CCC can also rely on No. 2 starter Michael Del Monte, who got plenty of innings last season.
Osceola has RHP Keith Weisenberg, a senior committed to Stanford who also could be a high MLB draft pick. Weisenberg drew 22 scouts to Tuesday's game against Pinellas Park, according to coach Stefan Futch.
"I definitely feel like when he's on the mound we have a chance to win," Futch said. "But then again, Keith is going to go against all the tough teams. Every night he pitches he's going to get every team's best."
Futch said Weisenberg reached the low 90s in five innings against the Patriots. He can also rely on RHP Buddy Dougherty, who had five strikeouts in two innings against Pinellas Park.
Then there is Countryside, which has two reliable starters in Charlie Skantze and Christian Townsend. Both were pivotal in Countryside's district championship last season.
Could they be even better this year?
"I'll let you know in about 25 games,'' coach Kemo O'Sullivan said. "But I will say that I'm very comfortable with those guys on the mound. They won't miss as many bats as maybe some of the other guys around here, but they'll throw strikes and they'll compete.''
Deppermann is one of those "miss the bat'' guys. He has a lively fastball and durable arm that are sure to keep the Eagles in every game he starts.
"He's kind of like (Durant's Tyler) Danish was last year," Genna said. "You get one run and you're feeling pretty good. You get two runs and you're really comfortable.
"He's just so reliable. He's the most in-shape player we have. He worked harder than anybody else in the offseason. He hit 92 (mph) against Palm Harbor."