"We know we can do it, day in and day out," Kinker said of his team's play in the MSAC tournament. "We're a damn good team. People just don't see it. They don't give us any respect and we have nothing to lose when we come out and play.
"We have a lot of young talent. We're not afraid of anyone."
The Knights, Huntington and Spring Valley will battle in Region 4 with the winner facing the winner of Hurricane and Lincoln County in the sectional semifinal on May 20.
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POCA IS making a run that could make history for the Putnam County program.
The Dots opened the season with four losses in their first nine games, but have since won 17-of-20, including victories against Herbert Hoover and Point Pleasant.
Poca (23-7) also has wins over Cabell Midland, Hoover, South Charleston and Chapmanville.
Still, the Dots are four games away from tying the school record for wins.
The 1970 Poca baseball team, coached by 22-year-old Jim Dagostine, finished 27-5 after falling to Shepherdstown in the state championship game.
That team - the first in Poca history to reach the State Tournament - was led by pitcher Gary Phillips, who finished 10-2, as well as position players Gary Craigo and Terry Lett.
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