Fairmont captures Legion state crown

MORGANTOWN – Fairmont’s offense erupted early and often in belting South Charleston, 21-11, to capture the American Legion state title Sunday at Hawley Field.

Post 17 jumped out to a 15-0 lead after three innings before Post 94 cut the lead to 15-11.

But Austin Norman’s grand slam in the top of the ninth secured the victory.

Fairmont also defeated South Charleston 8-7 in 12 innings on Saturday to force a deciding game. Norman’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th was the difference.

Post 17 advances to the Mid-Atlantic Regional and will begin play Thursday at Brooklawn, N.J.