Gahanna Lincoln High School softball coach Jim Campolo has seen pitcher Kim Lennox run a batter to a full count before retiring them enough times to know there's more to it than inconsistent control.

Gahanna Lincoln High School softball coach Jim Campolo has seen pitcher Kim Lennox run a batter to a full count before retiring them enough times to know there's more to it than inconsistent control.

It's all part of her persona.

"She'll get ahead in the count and then she plays with (batters) a lot," Campolo said. "She throws it really well and is kind of like a bulldog out there. Her attitude on the mound is 'I'm not going to let you beat me.'"

After losing two-year ace Stefanie Vinsel to graduation, Campolo had a group of pitchers -- led by a pair of Lennoxes╩-- from which to choose. Sophomore Kim Lennox earned the nod in the preseason over her senior sister, Marissa, who starts in center field. Kim and Marissa saw limited action pitching a year ago.

After Gahanna committed seven errors in a 12-0 loss to Grove City in its opener April 1 in Kim Lennox's first start,╩her pitching helped the Lions win their next nine.

During the winning streak, opponents scored just 10 runs and Kim Lennox threw a perfect game in a 1-0 win over Houston on April 12.

Lennox allowed two runs in games against Hilliard Darby (2-1 loss April 14) and Lancaster (14-2 win April 16) before Stow Munroe Falls (5-1 loss last Friday) and North Union (8-0 loss last Saturday) broke through.

A combination of poor defense and Lennox's╩battle with bronchitis late last week ultimately did her in.

"My team has been really good behind me and my catchers have both done very well,"╩Kim Lennox said.

"My screwball is my favorite pitch. I worked on it a lot over the summer, and I think since last year I've gotten faster."

"She's been throwing the ball well," Campolo said.

"She's very good at mixing up her pitches. There's a number of different pitches she throws."

Complicating Lennox's adjustment to pitching at the varsity level was the recent loss of catcher Kayla Ledbetter for the season.

She battled a meniscus injury while playing basketball and reaggravated it behind the plate. Her last game was a 4-1 victory over Groveport on April 9.

Cathlene Beck has stepped in ably behind the plate, according to Campolo.

"(Kim Lennox and Beck) have been onthe same team together in the summer ball so they know each other quite well," Campolosaid.

"Cathlene does a great job. She moves well and has got a good arm. I don't worry about her behind the plate."

ĽSECOND ROUND-- Gahanna began the second round of league play last Wednesday at Westland, which it beat 9-0 on April 7.

The Lions will face two teams which gave them battles in the first round when they meet Groveport on Monday at home and Darby on Wednesday on the road.

Cruisers pitcher Emma Johnson struck out 19 on April 9, but Tiyona Marshall had an RBI-triple and Jami Thomas hit a two-run home run as Gahanna won.

Darby handed the Lions their first league loss behind the pitching of freshman Kellie Roudabush. Senior Liz Towery splits time in the circle.

"We've lost one game in the league, so when we play (Darby) again we definitely want to beat them," Kim Lennox said.

"We definitely need to work on our offense right now but we feel good about where we're at."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Gahanna Lincoln softball team:

*April 16 -- Defeated Lancaster 14-2

Last Friday -- Lost to Stow Munroe Falls 5-1 in Gahanna Showcase

Last Saturday -- Lost to North Union 8-0 in Gahanna Showcase; game vs. Oregon Clay was canceled

*Last Monday -- Lost to Newark 1-0

Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson

*Last Wednesday -- Played Westland

Saturday -- At Amherst Steele vs. Brunswick and Steele

*Monday -- Home vs. Groveport. Gahanna won 4-1 on April 9.

*Wednesday -- At Hilliard Darby. Gahanna lost 2-1 on April 14.

Of note: The Lions were 10-5 overall before last Tuesday and 3-2 in the OCC-Ohio before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Ohio game