Bridgeport and Fairmont Senior met in back in April in a game that was suspended due to lightning. The Indians jumped out to a 4-0 lead until their pitching staff gave up seven walks and the team committed a pair of errors to allow the Polar Bears to tie it at four just before the storm hit. The game was completed a week later with Fairmont Senior scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh to take the 5-4 victory over the Indians in their only meeting of the season.
Fairmont Senior (27-6) has seen its share of baseball success in the past, making it to the state tournament every year since 2003 except for 2009, when the Polar Bears fell to John Marshall in the regional finals.
Led by 24-year head coach Steve Naternicola, Fairmont Senior will rely on seniors Andrew Strand, Matt Robbins and Fletcher DeVaul.
Strand, the Big 10 Conference pitcher of the year, has posted some impressive numbers this season with a 6-0 record and 0.81 earned run average to go along with 56 strikeouts. Robbins recorded a 5-2 record with 65 strikeouts and a 0.84 ERA for the Polar Bears and DeVaul, the Big 10 Conference player of the year, is the team's leading hitter with a .511 average at the plate and boasts a 6-2 record and a 3.16 ERA on the mound.
Despite repeated sectional, regional and state tournament success, Fairmont Senior has not won a state baseball championship during Naternicola's tenure as head coach.
The winner of this contest will face the winner of Independence (21-9) vs. Herbert Hoover (29-4) in the Class AA championship game on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Appalachian Power Park.