Sometime around noon on Saturday at Appalachian Power Park, the clock struck midnight on Liberty Harrison's Cinderella story.
Wyoming East's Travis McKinney turned in a masterful performance, striking out 12 in a four-hitter, and the Warriors (28-5) broke through on offense late for a 5-1 win in a Class AA semifinal.
They'll face Herbert Hoover in the AA championship game at about 4 p.m. today.
Liberty (10-22) entered the state tournament with by far the worst record in any class, but made an improbable run through sectionals and regionals to reach Charleston.
The Mountaineers battled and hung in for the majority of the game, trailing just 2-1 in the sixth inning, but a two-run single by Brian Lusk, East's No. 9 hitter, provided some breathing room and McKinney never allowed a window of opportunity to crack open.
McKinney was beyond efficient, allowing just one walk and one three-ball count all day while giving up just four singles and an unearned run.
"That's Travis," Wyoming East coach Ron Mayhew said. "Travis did a good job, and he always does. He's a battler out there, you've got to give him a lot of credit."
McKinney, one of just two seniors on the Warriors roster, got some experience on the mound at the APP last year as the Warriors made it all the way to the AA title game last year before falling to Chapmanville 8-0.
McKinney said last year's experience made him and his teammates more comfortable this time around.
"I think it helped a lot," McKinney said. "Austin [Canada] came up and got a hit, Christian [Hedinger] had three hits. Experience is a key I think. Four teams last year [reached the AA tournament] and we're the only one of the four here this year."