by Michael LeonardSports EditorAkron -- Sometimes, one team simply has another team's number.Take Michigan with Ohio State in the 1990s or the Stealers with the Browns in the 1970s. In this decade, the Walsh Jesuit baseball team has enjoyed such a run against one of its top rivals: TallmadgeFor the third time in the last four years, Tallmadge and Walsh met in the Division II district final May 18 at Summit Lake Park. Once again, it was Walsh who walked off with the title, thanks to an 8-2 win.Walsh was set to play Sandusky Perkins May 24 in the Division II regional semifinal at Galion, but results were not available at press time. The game was a rematch of last year's regional final, which Walsh won 4-3 in nine innings. In a warm-up game May 22, Walsh defeated Youngstown Ursuline 6-5. With the win, Walsh improved to 24-4 on the year.After the Tallmadge game, Walsh coach Chris Kaczmar credited both teams for the efforts."What we got at districts was the two best teams going at each other," Kaczmar said. "I have nothing but respect for Kenny Linn and the Tallmadge program and nothing today changed that."Kaczmar and his troops are used to this level of success. During Kaczmar's 11-year tenure, Walsh has reached the district final each season, winning the title eight times.Tallmadge coach Kenny Linn said his team wasn't intimidated by the Warriors, but just couldn't execute."I don't think we came in feeling intimidated," Linn said. "We've been pitching [well] all year. We just couldn't get it done today."The dominant figure in the game was Walsh starter David Starn. Starn went the distance and didn't allow anything until the seventh inning when the game was out of reach. He finished by allowing only one earned run off five hits and six strikeouts."David Starn was unbelievable today," Kaczmar said. "He hit his spots with all three pitches and was in complete command.""I just was focused today; I knew my defense would back me up," Starn said. "I just came out like any other game. My changeup was my 'out' pitch today."While Starn was lights out, Tallmadge starter Corey Sanzone had a miserable outting. In fact, Sanzone was lifted in the bottom of the first inning without recording an out. Walsh started the first with singles by center fielder Tom Charles and second baseman Taylor Hoisington. After shortstop Ross Brunello walked to load the bases, right fielder Dan Sherwood walked to score a run. A bloop single by designated hitter Kevin Emmendorfer plated another run, prompting Linn to relieve Sanzone with Chris Beck.Beck got out of the first without any more damage and then escaped the second inning, thanks to a triple play.However, Walsh kept chewing in the third inning. Sherwood led off with a walk and moved to second on a ground out by Emmendorfer. Center fielder Alex Ferrara then reached on an error and first baseman Chris Dowdell hit an RBI double to the gap in left center.That was it for Beck as he was relieved by Jason Corzine. However, third baseman Joe Darwal launched a two-run double off the fence in left to give Walsh a 5-0 lead.Things stayed quiet until the sixth, when Tallmadge loaded the bases, but Starn induced Corzine to ground out.In the bottom of the sixth, Walsh piled on three insurance runs. Darwal led off with his second double of the game, but was gunned down at third trying to stretch it into a triple. Charles then singled, Hoisington singled and Brunello hit a base-clearing triple to right. After Sherwood hit an RBI single, Linn replaced Sanzone with Joe Cochran, who ended the inning.Tallmadge finally broke through against a tiring Starn in the seventh, but it was too little, too late.Right fielder Andrew Powelson walked and moved to second on a ground out by center fielder Jake Patrick. After second baseman Matt Keen walked, Powelson was retired at third when first baseman Paul Pakan hit into fielder's choice. Left fielder John Campriana then smacked an RBI single to right and Pakan came home when Darwal missed the throw.However, any hopes of a Tallmadge miracle comeback were dashed when shortstop Ryan Mace struck out looking.If Walsh were to defeat Perkins, the district final was set for May 25 at 2 p.m. at Galion against the winner of the Medina Highland-Defiance game. The Division II state semifinal is set for June 1 at 10 a.m. at Cooper Stadium in Columbus.E-mail: mleonard@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113