FAIRMONT, W.Va. — For the second straight night, Weir defeated a higher-seeded team in Class AA Region 1, Section 2 action, beating Class AA No. 9 Fairmont Senior 3-0 on the road Tuesday.
The Red Riders (8-12) on Monday night edged Oak Glen 9-8 for a spot in Tuesday’s matchup.
“This was a big game,” said Weir coach Jason Angle. “We knew they were a good team, but we had a lot of confidence coming in, because we played really well yesterday. It was a hard-fought battle – they’re a good team.”
Junior Tyler Komoroski threw six innings of shutout baseball, giving up just three hits and striking out five in the win.
“I knew that I had to watch my pitch count,” Komoroski said. “I just wanted to get contact out of them early and try to be efficient throughout the game, get some ground balls and not have to throw too many pitches and just let our defense work.
“My strength is definitely my fastball,” he continued. “Being able to come back when I’m down. If I’m in a 3-1 count, I can come back and get them out when I need to.”
Komoroski also led Weir at the plate, going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored, including an RBI double.
The Red Riders, the bottom seed in Region 1, Section 2, took the game’s momentum early, scoring a run in the first and two in the second.
Weir lost a core group of seniors from last year’s state runner-up team, but has now won four of its last five with Tuesday’s victory.
“We want to get back down to Charleston with this group as well,” Angle said. “We have a couple of seniors and juniors who were a big part of that charge last year. They’re leading by example now, there’s a lot more communication and a lot more positivity among the guys. They’ve been supporting each other and their heads are in the game.”
Top-seed Fairmont Senior (14-7), which now has to battle its way through the losers’ bracket, was led by Cam Hines in the loss who went 2 for 3 at the plate.
Weir moves on to face North Marion in the winners’ bracket Wednesday after the Huskies upset No. 8 East Fairmont 3-2 in eight innings Tuesday night.