As Nitro coach Steve Pritchard walked out to the field following the seventh inning of the Class AAA semifinals against Fairmont Senior, he did so with the intentions of congratulating Korey Dunbar on a great game as the teams headed to extra innings.
Dunbar was aware of the walk because he had seen it for four years as part of the Wildcats program.
Before Pritchard could even get the words out of his mouth, Dunbar fired back a response to his coach.
"He looked me in the eye and said, 'No! I'm not done yet,'" Pritchard said of Dunbar's reaction.
Dunbar won the battle and stayed on the mound for the duration of the nine-inning, 150-plus pitch outing.
It was that tenacity and spirit that not only led his team to the Class AAA championship game, but also led Dunbar to being named the Class AAA All-State captain, as voted on by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
"He's ready to move on to bigger and better things," Pritchard said. "He's shown what his talent can do at this level and I'll always be there for him."
Dunbar was the leader on several different levels for the Wildcats, who finished the season 27-11 and Class AAA runners-up. In addition to batting .449 with nine home runs and 35 RBIs, he also was impressive on the mound, finishing 5-2 including extra-inning wins over Winfield in the Region 4 championship and Fairmont Senior in the state tournament.
The North Carolina-bound Dunbar added 98 strikeouts in 62 innings while boasting of a 1.24 earned run average.
Dunbar was one of only two players to return to the Class AAA first team - the other being Brooke senior catcher Nick Breen.
Fairmont Senior was the lone team to place two players on the first team: infielder Trevor Malnick and utility player Matt Robbins.