There are a number of good things about the Newark Catholic High School baseball team's 11-2 victory over Toronto in a Division IV regional final Saturday at Beavers Field in Lancaster, not the least of which is another trip to the state tournament.

There are a number of good things about the Newark Catholic High School baseball team's 11-2 victory over Toronto in a Division IV regional final Saturday at Beavers Field in Lancaster, not the least of which is another trip to the state tournament.

"We're always trying to win state at Newark Catholic," senior shortstop Matt Lewis said two days earlier. "That's the goal for every team here."

The Green Wave also avenged a 5-2 loss to Berlin Hiland in a regional final last season. Newark Catholic, which improved to 20-10, will play in a state semifinal at 10 a.m. Friday in Huntington Park in Columbus.

The Green Wave didn't have to face Toronto ace Michael Radvansky, who pitched four innings in a semifinal Friday, until the third inning. By then, Newark Catholic already led 4-0 after batting around in the second. Kevin Cox scored on a throwing error, Derek Adam scored on a wild pitch, Nate Adams scored on Xavier Cook's sacrifice fly and Lewis doubled home another run.

In the third, Radvansky hit Cox in the back to start a five-run inning that ended with Miles Richardson's two-run home run. Richardson was the starting pitcher and took a no-hitter into the fourth, eventually improving his record to 8-0. The Red Knights, who finished 26-4, scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

The Green Wave is taking aim at a seventh state championship overall and fifth this decade. Another team title also would be the school's 25th all-time.