by Frank AcetoAssociate Sports EditorHudson -- No one wants to bat against a star pitcher like Cory Martin.Considering the other star pitcher the Stow-Munroe Falls baseball team has, Cuyahoga Falls may be the exception.The top-seeded Bulldogs earned their second straight trip to the Northeast Ohio Division I District championship game with a 5-0 victory over the fourth-seeded Black Tigers May 15 at the Ballpark at Hudson.Stow right-hander Alex Loftin stymied Falls throughout the game on his way to a complete-game three-hitter. He finished with 11 strikeouts, while issuing just three walks to improve to 6-0. Loftin threw 106 pitches.With the win, the Bulldogs (22-5) earned a date with second-seeded Brecksville-Broadview Heights in a district championship game May 16. Brecksville advanced with a stunning come-from-behind 8-7 win over third-seeded Hudson in eight innings May 15.Stow left-hander Cory Martin, who played first base May 15, was expected to get the ball against Brecksville. Falls (18-9), on the other hand, probably would have taken its chances with Martin rather than Loftin."I can't blame my guys," said Black Tigers head coach Jim Farrell. "You just have to tip your cap to Loftin. I knew they [the Bulldogs] were going to throw him at us. He's a tough kid."The two teams split their regular-season series. Stow got its win thanks to a no-hitter by Loftin.Loftin's bid for another no-hitter against the Bulldogs' archrival was spoiled immediately as the Black Tigers' first two batters, center fielder Matt Rourke and first baseman Nate Rango, opened the game with singles.Loftin got himself in further trouble when he walked Falls' No. 3 batter, Scott Burdette.But the standout pitcher wound up getting out of the jam by getting a ground out and two strikeouts and never allowed a base runner past second the rest of the way."That just shows how Alex has grown as a pitcher," said Stow head coach Brian Banfield. "You have to give them [the Black Tigers'] credit. They came out swinging. Alex fought hard. It shows how much he has matured."To make matters worse for the Black Tigers, the Bulldogs did all of their damage with two outs in the bottom of the first against left-hander Dave Lorentz (2-3).After a walk to third baseman Matt Marino, Adam Heideman, who had three hits, including two doubles, and two runs scored, smacked a high chopper that took a huge hop over Burdette, Marino scored on the play and Heideman, who was running hard the whole way, stunned Falls by making it to second for a double.Stow wasn't done.The Bulldogs added two more runs in the third when Martin and designated hitter Jordan Greathouse, who reached base three times, delivered run-scoring singles. Stow added an unearned run in the fourth and Heideman scored the final run on a passed ball in the fifth.Lorentz was relieved in the third by right-hander Bryan Holland, who finished the game. The Bulldogs finished with 10 hits and one error.Falls has been decimated by injuries this season. Right-hander Jason Bosley, one of the team's top pitchers, injured his arm May 14 and is out for the season. Kyle Moles also missed the game with an injured hamstring and Burdette played with an injured hand.The Black Tigers will lose 11 seniors to graduation. They are Lorentz, Rourke, Rango, Burdette, Bosley, Moles, catcher Brian Pennino, right fielder Ryan Frymeir, Kevin McGuiness, Ben Barnes and pitcher Robert Seese."I am really proud of the kids, especially the seniors," Farrell said. "They're a great group and they practice hard. We also have some promising underclassmen returning. We never expect to rebuild here at Falls. We expect to be in the same position next year."Mentor beats FallsThe visiting Black Tigers also lost a 4-1 decision to Mentor May 11.Mentor scored four runs in the fourth and Falls scored its lone run in the fifth. Both teams had seven hits and one error. Moles (2-2) took the loss for Falls.On May 10, host Cuyahoga Falls (7-5) posted an 11-1 victory in five innings over Western Reserve Conference rival Brush at Water Works Park.The game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. The Black Tigers scored twice apiece in the first and second innings, four times in the third and three times in the fourth. They finished with seven hits and two errors.Brush scored its lone run in the fifth and had two hits and three errors. Pennino hit his second home run of the season and Rourke had two hits, including a triple. Barnes also had two hits, including a double, for Falls.The Black Tigers were scheduled to host Western Reserve Conference rival Mayfield May 17. Results were not available at press time.E-mail: faceto@recordpub.comPhone: 330-686-3914