Hoyer struck out nine and walked only one - and that third-inning runner got erased by a slick 4-6-3 double play. Thad Jameson started that with a diving stab near the bag, followed by a nifty flip to Kiefer Hovorka.
"That was a really sweet double play," said Catholic coach Bill Mehle. "That kind of took the wind out of their sails when we cleared the field after that one."
Wahama turned three double plays to counteract three more errors. Still, the Irish had the game well in hand, thanks to those first two innings.
"We started out saying we've got to play the first inning like it's the seventh inning of an 0-0 game," Mehle said. "We've got to find a way to score in that inning, so we can win the game. We did, we crossed the plate twice in the first inning and that almost would have held up by itself.
"We knew we were facing a very good pitcher, and Hunter Bradley's a very good pitcher. He settled in and started hitting his spots better after the first couple of innings, and we knew we had to jump on the pitcher early."
Catholic (26-9) advances to the regional final, playing at Parkersburg Catholic at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Wahama, which finished 18-12, will lose just two starters. And all those returning players should remember the lessons of Monday.
"You can't give a darned good team like they are anything extra, because they take advantage of it. And they did," Cullen said.
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