"I don't drink,'' he said, "but every year the last six or seven years when we've won the regionals I would go over to this place I eat and I would drink one beer. Well, after we won the regionals [this year], I didn't drink [a beer]. I drank my Diet Pepsi I drink every time so maybe that's going to bring me good luck.''
Fairmont took a 6-4 lead in the top of the ninth on DeVaul's two-out, two-run double but Bridgeport came right back with two out in the bottom of the frame on senior No. 9 batter Logan Zirkle's sacrifice fly and junior Greg Smith's two-out RBI single.
Fairmont knotted the game at 4-all in the top of the seventh on senior Matthew Robbins' one-out, run-scoring groundout. Riley reached on an error to open the inning as Bridgeport second baseman Marks failed to pick up a bouncing grounder.
Polar Bears freshman pinch-runner Nicholas Davisson moved to second on Mohr's sacrifice bunt, then Robbins dribbled one to shortstop to push across Davisson. DeVaul followed with a single, but the Polar Bears' Austin Norman fanned.
Bridgeport put runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Cutright flied out to center.
"We still had opportunities with runners in scoring position,'' said Bridgeport coach Robert Shields, whose team left six runners stranded and three in the last four innings. "We just didn't come through in the bottom half of those innings.
"A lot of [Fairmont Senior's] leadoff guys got on. That hurts because it puts you in a position that you're behind with a runner on base. I thought we fought out of a lot of it. I hate losing, but I'm so proud of these kids. Nothing to be ashamed of.''
Fairmont's DeVaul earned the win, tossing 11/3 scoreless innings. He also went 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs. Norman finished with two triples and two RBIs for the Polar Bears.
Robbins started for Fairmont and surrendered four earned runs on seven hits in 42/3 innings while Andrew Strand tossed four innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on two hits.
Bridgeport's Smith went 3 for 5 with a triple, an inside-the-park two-run home run that put the Indians up 4-3 in the fifth, and five RBIs. Indians starter Troy Anderson, who threw just two innings all season, gave up three earned runs on six hits in five innings. Bridgeport reliever Tyler Skidmore suffered the loss, allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits in 41/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks.