During its run to Friday's Division I regional final, the Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team has discovered no lead is insurmountable.

During its run to Friday's Division I regional final, the Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team has discovered no lead is insurmountable.

The Lions edged Delaware 10-9 in a district semifinal May 19 and hung on to defeat Pickerington Central 18-14 in the final two days later.

Hilliard Darby rallied from an eight-run deficit Thursday in a regional semifinal to make sure Gahanna would have to sweat it out before sealing a 9-8 victory behind reliever Ben Bokor.

"We've been through this before as far as this type of a ball game," said coach Mike Shade, whose team improved to 21-9 and will play West Chester Lakota West in a regional final at 2 p.m. Friday at Dublin Coffman. "They stuck with it and we made the play that we had to at the end. Ben was around the plate and made them hit his pitch."

Down 9-6 in the seventh, Darby loaded the bases on two walks and an infield hit.

Aaron Kalnasy's groundout scored a run, but Jonathan Long walked to reload the bases.

Bokor got Justin Chumita out on a sacrifice fly to center field, then Nathan Tieman lined out to shortstop for the final out.

"I was proud of our guys because it got ugly when they scored nine runs in the third," said Darby coach Chris Fugitt, whose team finished 25-5. "We battled and we talked about chipping away. We put a couple on the board in the sixth and made it interesting in the seventh."

The Lions, who split their OCC-Ohio Division meetings with the Panthers during the regular season, were ready for Darby ace Lance Kingrey.

John Beatty got things going in the third with a two-run single. Two walks and an error, which allowed two runners to score, only made matters worse for Kingrey, who then gave up a double to Brock Trimbur, which scored two more runs.

"Lately, we've been able to find out way with the bats," Ethan Williams said. "One through nine, we've been able to step it up and really make plays. We'd seen (Kingrey) earlier in the year so we knew what to expect."