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Dion Felger threw a four-hitter and struck out five for his fifth win of the season to lead the Fighting Irish to a Massillon Division III regional final win over the Red Riders.
The Irish (24-2) return to Columbus for the state semifinal on Thursday for the first time since 2007. The Irish previously won state titles in 1998 and 2000.
Anthony Rohan had a two-run double in the second inning and an RBI double in the sixth inning and Ryan Strollo had an RBI single to lead the Irish offense.
The Red Riders (16-14) scored an unearned run in the sixth inning and had two base runners with two outs in the second inning, but Chad Harrison struck out to end the threat. Felger retired 10 batters in a row at one point before giving up a double to Stuart Schley in the sixth inning. Felger also scored a run on Rohanís second-inning double.
The Irish return to Columbus after losing to Grand Valley in the regional final last season.
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