Golden later added an RBI single and two more runs crossed on errors by the Crusaders, who committed three miscues in the field.
"We got off to a rough start and made a few mistakes,'' said Crusaders coach Tom Harvey, "and they pounced on it like a good team does. We just buried ourselves too deep. We tried to come back. We fought. But against them, they're solid everywhere and rarely are they going to give up a lead like that.''
Parkersburg Catholic (20-13), the state's No. 10 team, has lost in the regional finals two straight years, falling to Madonna in 2012.
Charleston Catholic will play today's Region 3 winner, either Valley or Fayetteville, in the state tournament semifinals at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, May 31.
Irish coach Bill Mehle felt his well-traveled and veteran squad would give him a solid effort on Wednesday.
"We didn't seem to be nervous,'' Mehle said. "They're a pretty loose bunch. They're a very competitive bunch, so we came in with a lot of confidence. They've been in a lot of situations over the course of the season and these guys have been in a lot of situations over their high school careers. So we talk about never getting too up or too down, just trying to play with an even keel.
"We knew we were going to get a solid pitching performance and we had a solid defense behind Kiefer, and Kiefer did an excellent job. We knew from having played Parkersburg Catholic and watched them a couple of other times that if we can keep the bottom of the order off base for Mitch Davis and Jake Ullman and those guys, you've got a chance to compete with them, and we were pretty successful at that.''
Hitters five through nine in the Crusaders' order were a combined 1 of 15.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.