The DeSales High School baseball team had little trouble in defeating Bellefontaine 9-0 in a Division II regional semifinal Thursday at Dayton.

"The main thing was in our approach we wanted to stay aggressive and not just sit back and wait," said DeSales coach Tom Neubert, whose team improved to 21-8 and will play Franklin in a regional final at 5 p.m. Friday at Dayton. "If we get a pitch to hit, we're going to take it and (against Bellefontaine) we hit the ball."

The Stallions scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to give starting pitcher Andrew Parise some breathing room. Parise went the distance, allowing three hits.

The Stallions scored four more runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth. They finished with 11 hits.

Bellefontaine, which finished 22-8, staged its biggest threat in the third inning when it loaded the bases with no outs. Parise then struck out two and had a fly out to end the inning.

"(The run support) was huge," Neubert said. "The plan going into the game was to get (Parise) through three or four innings and go to (ace pitcher Thomas Gentile) if needed."

Gentile is expected to start the regional final.

Zach Mosbarger earned the decision for Bellefontaine.

Franklin made it to a regional final with a 9-4 win over Cincinnati McNicholas in the first game Thursday.

The regional champion will play at 7 p.m. June 4 at Huntington Park in a state semi-final against Bay Village Bay, Bellville Clear Fork, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit or Lima Shawnee.

Last season DeSales fell to Springfield Kenton Ridge 17-7 in a regional final and then graduated 11 seniors.

"I give the kids all the credit in the world," Neubert said. "They found a way to turn the season around, and they bought in to the team. For them to be at this point, I don't know that they understand what they've done."