CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Motivation comes in many forms.
When it comes to the Sissonville High School baseball team, it was being overlooked as a part of the Class AA Region 4 Tournament.
The Indians finished off Poca on Saturday in their best-of-three Section 2 Tournament, scoring three runs in the final four innings to turn a one-run lead they took on Friday into a 6-3 victory.
Sissonville came into the game with an 11-20 record and the heavy underdog against the Dots (23-9) - who were only four wins away from tying the school record for victories and winning their second consecutive sectional championship.
The Indians reached the State Tournament in 2010 and were Region 4 finalists in 2011, but lost in the sectional last year.
"I can't say I was mad, I was so motivated," Sissonville senior Zach Null said. "I just wanted to win so bad, not just for me because it would be my last time playing sectionals. It would be three out of four for me. It's for them so that they can keep the tradition going."
Coach Kenny Harper admitted that he doesn't put much stock in the regular season and said he thought his team could sweep the Dots.
"I tell them from the get-go that we have 32 games to figure out what it takes and find out what we have to have on the field to win," said Harper, who is in his third season as Sissonville coach and has a 40-61 record. "We had a little bit of trouble along the way, some of them got a little frustrated, and we moved people around, but that's what we were doing.
"About 20 games in, I saw something coming together."
One steady force for Sissonville has been Null.
The left-hander is the Indians' rock on the mound and has played center field and shortstop. He even caught in Sissonville's senior night game.
His plan was to play every position, but Harper said his star liked catching so much he didn't want to move.
Null's primary position is shortstop, despite being left-handed.