by Michael LeonardSports EditorMassillon -- The Division III regional semifinal baseball game May 24 between Woodridge and Youngstown Ursuline was played in conditions more akin to July instead of late May.Most baseball fans will say such conditions are conducive to a slugfest and through one inning, that's exactly the way the game went.The difference was Ursuline kept hitting after the first inning, while Woodridge did not.Ursuline banged out 15 hits off Woodridge pitching to score a 10-4 win and end the Bulldogs' season at Schroeder Field at Massillon Washington for the second straight year. Woodridge jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but could muster no more.Woodridge finished the season at 27-3, while Ursuline improved to 21-5. Ursuline moved on to play Keystone in the regionals final at Schroeder Field May 25, but results were not available at press time.Bulldogs coach Dennis Dever said the loss was tough to take."It hurts; I really thought we had a chance to win and move on from here," Dever said. "Ursuline showed they were a great ballclub. They definitely outplayed us tonight."Irish coach Sean Durkin said he had nothing but respect for the Bulldogs."That's a great Woodridge team over there," Durkin said. "To have them getting up four runs on us in the top of the first inning wasn't what we expected. We've battled through adversity before, though, and that helped us in this game."Woodridge seniors Fred Guerra, Allen James, Nick Johnson and Mike King all played their final game as Bulldogs, but Dever said he couldn't view the season as anything but a success. The Bulldogs repeated as district and Portage Trail Conference County Division champions and broke the school record for wins for the second straight year. Dever also has a huge corps of underclassmen returning for next year's team."We achieved a lot this season," Dever said. "These kids will work hard this offseason. They'll be a little bit hungrier next year and hopefully we can make it farther."Bulldogs offense explodes early onIt didn't look like Woodridge's season was about to end in the first inning, as a pair of home runs gave Woodridge a 4-0 lead before Ursuline batted.After pitcher Jordan Wilhite struck out, Guerra and center fielder Nick Jones hit back-to-back singles. Catcher Mike DeBord then stood in and launched a three-run homer to right. After third baseman Dave Krusiski grounded out, first baseman Mike Lewandowski stroked a solo homer to left field. Ursuline would come back with two runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to four singles off Wilhite.Woodridge was threatening again in the second inning, as the Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs against Ursuline starter Robert Switka."I think we were one or two hits away from having him pulled," Dever said.Ursuline shows their stuffHowever, Switka would strike out DeBord to get out of the second inning. It proved to be a pivotal moment as Switka would go on to retire 13 straight Bulldogs.Jones said the game turned because Switka refused to fold."Everyone was swinging it early and then No. 23 [Switka] settled down," Jones said. "He kept us off balance for the rest of the game."Meanwhile, Ursuline's offense took the lead with a four-run second inning. Woodridge's defense didn't help matters as the Bulldogs committed three errors, all of which contributed to runs. Down 6-4 heading into the bottom of the third, Dever pulled Wilhite in favor of Krusinski after he gave up a single to Irish shortstop Joe Wielbrudha to start the third. Wilhite would end up taking the loss to fall to 8-2. He lasted just two innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and one walk.Krusinski fared a little better during his three innings of work, but still gave up three runs off six hits and two walks. Jones pitched a 1-2-3 sixth inning.Woodridge didn't break Switka's hold over them until the seventh inning when right fielder Andy Fay led off with a walk. Fay was retired when designated hitter Anthony Westren hit into a fielder's choice. After Wilhite struck out, Guerra and Jones hit back-to-back singles to load the bases. However, any hopes of a comeback were dashed when DeBord flew off to right to end the game.E-mail: mleonard@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3113