LANCASTER -- The Newark Catholic High School baseball team needed little time shaking off any rust it accumulated during a week-long layoff, posting an 11-1 victory over Racine Southern in a five innings Thursday in a Division IV regional semifinal at Beavers Field.

"Everyone was anxious to play, sure, and we got a big jump on them early and that got our confidence," said senior shortstop Matt Lewis, whose team hadn't played since defeating Fisher Catholic 11-2 in the district final May 20. "We took a couple of days off, then came back real focused for practice for a few days. I think maybe it was one of our best of weeks of practices, really."

Still, four players were absent Tuesday and starting pitcher Garrett Clark, who allowed only one hit while striking out six, was dealing with an illness early in the week.

"He's been sick with food poisoning and lost about 10 pounds," coach John Cannizzaro said. "But we're in the regional final again."

Making its 18th regional appearance, the Green Wave improved to 20-8 while advancing to the championship game for the seventh time in eight years. It will play noon Saturday against the winner of Friday's regional semifinal between Toronto and Willow Wood Symmes Valley, which was postponed Thursday because of wet fields.

Lewis had four hits and scored four runs to pace the 11-hit attack. Chris Leibold scored three runs, and Jake Nelson contributed two RBI. The Green Wave scored four times in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead and tacked on four more runs in the fourth. Nate Adams had three RBI, two of which came on a single with no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end it moments before a thunderstorm struck.

Racine Southern finished 15-13.