In a Monday night match-up of teams battling to stay in the Three Rivers Conference baseball championship picture, the visiting Fairmont Golden Tornadoes held off a late-game comeback by the host West Columbus Vikings to pull out a 4-3 win in eight innings.
The result left the two squads in a tie for second place in the TRC standings with identical 9-3 records.
Fairmont took its second win of the season over the Vikings behind the pitching of ace righthander Randy Floyd and a 10-hit attack.
The Tornadoes scored a run in the first inning behind a pair of bunt singles and an infield error. They upped the score to 3-0 in the fifth on consecutive singles by Floyd and Seth Thorndyke.
West Columbus countered with single runs in the fifth inning on hits by Nigel Ceesay and Shawn Tyson and added a run in the fifth when Cody Benton doubled and scored on a single by Cole Benton.
Coach Jason Jones’ WCHS squad tied the score in bottom of the seventh when a bases-loaded walk to Jerry Locklear brought home Ceesay from third.
Three consecutive hits by Fairmont in the top of the eighth plated the eventual game-winning run.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Vikings got a lead-off double by Tanner Hinson, but Fairmont reliever Seth Thorndyke retired the next three Viking batters.
Jagger Haynes was the starting pitcher for West Columbus. He was relieved by Tyson in the sixth. Cody Benton had two of the Vikings’seven hits for the evening.
The loss snapped five-game conference winning streak for the Vikings.
On the adjacent field, Fairmont won the softball game 12-7 after West Columbus held early leads of 3-0 and 6-3.