COLUMBUS: Canton Central Catholic (25-8) scored five times in the fourth inning and on its way to a 7-3 win over Defiance Tinora (24-4) in the Division III baseball state semifinal Friday night at Huntington Park.
The Crusaders play at 7 Saturday night against Cincinnati Madeira (23-1) for the Division III state title at Huntington Park.
Crusaders leadoff hitter Jake Krupar walked and later scored on a ground out to short by Ryan Pack in the first inning. The Crusaders left the bases loaded in the second and third, though Patrick Stump scored on a bases loaded walk to Krupar in the second.
In the fourth inning, Anthony Paone drove in two runs with a double and pinch runner Will Beese scored on a double off the left field wall by Brad Frohman, who scored on a triple by Stump. A wild pitch brought Stump home.
The Rams scored in the third on a RBI single by Tyler Mckenney and scored in the seventh on a two-run double by Casey Liska.
Joe Tann (10-3) languished at times on the mound for the Crusaders, giving up 10 hits, waled two, hit one batter and struck out eight.
Rams starter Brett Wonders (9-2) was knocked out with two outs in the third inning after walking seven.