Martinsburg captured the 10-11-year-old state title last year and advanced to the regional, where it finished with a 1-2 record in pool play.
"They've been together since they were 9 and 10 years old,'' Zombro said. "They know each other pretty well and this team got better each year. Just got a bunch of athletes.''
Zombro said since Martinsburg captured its third straight Class AAA state championship in high school football last fall the pressure is on within the community to keep pace.
"That's what I told [Martinsburg football] Coach [Dave] Walker, you win a state title I'm not going to let you get anything on me,'' laughed Zombro. "I'm going to try to be right behind you.''
Adkins said Barboursville will have its toughest test yet in today's title game.
"Great team,'' he said of Martinsburg. "They have the experience. They know what it's like to play in [the regional] game. They're strong from top to bottom. There's no question it's going to be a battle.''
Barboursville and Martinsburg will also be playing for Little League supremacy within the state.
"They've won seven state championships and we've won seven state championships,'' Adkins said. "The winner is going to have bragging rights for the state. There's a lot on the line.''
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.