varsity sophomore and PO/DH
varsity junior/senior: PO
Our coach threw starting pitchers complete games and usually relied on 2-3 to start all district and playoff games.
In Texas public High Schools play district games on Tuesday & Friday nights. Seems to be common practice for HS coaches to designate 2 kids as starting pitchers and one kid as the primary reliever for district play - and it often stays with those 3 kids getting the lions share of innings regardless of their performance. That decision gets made in early season tournaments (or before) and it never gets revisited.
I wish that coaches wouldn’t do this. Sometimes there are 2 kids that are clearly the best 2 on the staff and they consistently perform well - and in that case it makes sense. But more often than not there just isn’t that much separation in talent to begin with and often the anointed ones stumble. When that happens I believe other kids should get opportunities - and that just doesn’t happen as often as it should IMO. There is also nothing wrong with a 3 man starting rotation in HS - in fact there are benefits. But you hardly ever see it.