What a week it has been for the Gahanna Lincoln High School spring sports teams.

What a week it has been for the Gahanna Lincoln High School spring sports teams.

On May 21, the softball team defeated Worthington Kilbourne 4-2 to win a Division I district title, and the same day the baseball team beat Pickerington Central 18-14 in a Division I district final.

In addition, last weekend, the boys track and field team won its Division I district meet, the girls team was second in its district and the boys volleyball team lost in a regional final.

The baseball and softball district championships were a bit of a surprise, but juniors Paula Lindsay and Brock Trimbur said their teams earned what they got and they really are excited about the achievement.

"The fact that we were underdogs in the district probably made it even a greater achievement," said Lindsay, who had the winning hit in a 2-1 decision over Upper Arlington in the second round May 14 and was a defensive star May 19 when the Lions beat Thomas Worthington 4-0 in a district semifinal. "The district championship also means a lot to us because in the future we can always look back and remember how fun it was to be overlooked by some good teams and then win."

Trimbur said winning the baseball title was a team effort.

"It means a lot to me because it is so hard to do in central Ohio," he said. "There are so many good teams you have to get through and this is Gahanna's first district championship in baseball in 14 years, so there have been many players that never experienced this in their career. In addition, what made it so special is that we struggled during the middle of the season and then continued to improve as the season moved on."

Trimbur said the strength of the team is its pitching.

"We have lots of experience, and we have a good defense behind our pitchers," he said. "Offensively we're hitting the ball better than we have all year long. We are being patient at the plate and are taking advantage of the fact that opposing pitchers are falling behind in the count and giving us pitches we can hit."

Lindsay said defense has been the key for the softball team.

"We have a very athletic team that can play good defense," she said. "Any of our players are capable of making big plays in the field and our sophomore pitcher, Kim Lennox, has been awesome since the tournament began. Like the baseball team, our hitting has improved because we are laying off bad pitches and just like the baseball team we are all good friends and that leads us to successful play."

Finally, these two outstanding athletes reflected on the playing the game.

"I love the feeling of the ball hitting the bat when you know it is a good hit," Lindsay said. "Softball has helped me build character and has helped me be more competitive, and that carries over into other aspects of life."

"I enjoy very much the mental side of baseball," Trimbur said. "Obviously talent is valuable, but if you are good mentally and understand and appreciate the game, you can be even better. I love baseball and I have learned from the sport that anything in life that you work hard at can result in success."

I'll see you at a game.