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Warriors fall to Crusaders in DIII regional semis

By Warren Dillaway-Star Beacon, 06/02/19, 10:30AM EDT

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MASSILLON — A gritty group of Warriors battled to the bitter end, but it wasn’t enough as Cleveland Central Catholic won 7-3 to earn a spot in today’s Division III regional final.

Edgewood ended the season at 15-9, while the Crusaders are scheduled to play Waynedale at noon today in the regional final. Waynedale blanked Kirtland 8-0 in Friday’s first regional semifinal.

The regional semifinal games were pushed back to Friday because of inclement weather Thursday.

The Warriors jumped out to a quick start with a first-inning run as Frank Sloan singled in Chris Morici.

Edgewood doubled its lead in the second inning when James Gross knocked in Garrett Webster with a sacrifice fly.

The lead held until the third inning when the Crusaders hit a long double to centerfield to score two base runners and tie the game at 2-2.

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All-American Conference

The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.