The Watterson High School baseball team couldn't get its bats going in a 2-0 loss to Poland Seminary in a Division II state semifinal June 5 at Huntington Park.

The Watterson High School baseball team couldn't get its bats going in a 2-0 loss to Poland Seminary in a Division II state semifinal June 5 at Huntington Park.

The Eagles were limited to just two hits by Bulldogs pitcher Jared Burkert, who had eight strikeouts and didn't give up any walks while pitching a complete game.

Poland Seminary, ranked sixth in the final state poll, improved to 28-2 and advanced to the final against Big Walnut or Defiance at 4 p.m. June 6 at Huntington Park. Watterson finished 24-9.

"There were two reasons we didn't hit the ball as well as usual," Eagles senior shortstop Jacob Bolton said. "(Burkert's) a good pitcher and he pitched a good game, but he wasn't the best we've faced this season. We just had an off-day at the plate."

Poland Seminary's Anthony Calcagni scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the third inning. After reaching base by getting hit by a pitch, he moved to second when Dom Lipari drew a walk and went to third on a single by Ricky Sverlak before scoring when Burkert was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

The Bulldogs added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI single by Lipari.

Watterson's Sam Rice pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing six hits, three walks and two runs with six strikeouts.

"Sam pitched exceptionally well and that performance would usually be good enough to win," Eagles coach Scott Manahan said.