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TIFFIN - Two pitches.

That's all it took before Walsh Jesuit grabbed the lead on Shawnee.

Walsh Jesuit's Matt Pollock opened the game with a home run and the Warriors rolled past Shawnee 10-0 in a five-inning Division II baseball regional semifinal game Thursday at Tiffin University's Heminger Field.

Walsh Jesuit banged out 14 hits, including a home run and three doubles, in the victory.

Meanwhile, Walsh Jesuit 6-foot-6 sophomore right-hander Tyler Skulina used his 88 mph fastball to throw a three-hit shutout. He struck out five and walked one.

"I felt very comfortable out there (Thursday)," Skulina said. "I was working on the breaking ball in the bullpen before the game. Coach (Chris Kaczmar) noticed it and started calling a lot of those."

Skulina threw 58 pitches over five innings, 39 for strikes.

"I was using the curve and the slider," Skulina said. "The slider was really breaking a lot. I was mixing it up so they wouldn't time up my fastball and tried to keep them off balance."

Skulina (8-0) gave three singles, one each in the first, second and third innings. He retired the final eight batters he faced, three on strikeouts, as his velocity reached 88 mph in the final inning.

Walsh Jesuit (25-3) advances to the regional championship game against Medina Highland (14-12) at 2 p.m. today at Tiffin. Shawnee ends the year 25-6.

Walsh Jesuit scored three in the first, four in the second and two in the second to take a 9-0 lead after three innings. It ended the game with a run in the home fifth inning.

"It was so much easier (with that 3-0 lead in the first inning)," Skulina said. "I can have more fun out there and I can relax. It's not as stressful."

The Warriors' Pollock led off the game by launching a one-strike, 86 mph fastball over the left-center field fence for a home run.

"Momentum kept rolling after that. Adrenaline was pumping," Skulina said. "It was a great feeling."

The first inning continued when Kent State-bound shortstop Ross Brunello walked, stole second and came home on an RBI double by Ryan Berry to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The Warriors made it 3-0 on an RBI single to left by Johnny Fasola.

"Our players, one through nine were really focused (Thursday) and we had good at-bats all the way down the lineup, we played good defense and Tyler was able to some strikes," Walsh Jesuit coach Chris Kaczmar said. "With a 6-foot-6 guy throwing that hard and letting his defense work, it was a great game for us."

Shawnee starter left-hander Cody Kopilchack was throwing his fastball 85 to 86 mph, but left several balls up in the strike zone.

"I don't think he hit spots as well as he has in other games," Shawnee coach Chad Spencer said. "I know he started leaving pitches up a little bit. The good hitting teams are going to hit mistake pitches. ... He gave us a gamer effort, but they're a good team and hit the ball up and down the lineup. It was a quality hitting performance by them."

Kopilchack (9-3) worked 2 1/3 innings and gave up nine runs, all earned, on nine hits. He struck out one and walked three.

Walsh Jesuit added four runs in the second to push its lead to 7-0.

Shawnee ended the year one victory shy of the school-record mark of 26 wins. It was the Indians' first regional appearance in baseball since 1975.

Walsh Jesuit is aiming for its fourth state title after winning crowns in 1999, 2004 and 2006.

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