Having good starting pitching can separate the great teams from the good ones. The Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team believes it may have that good starting pitching.

Having good starting pitching can separate the great teams from the good ones. The Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team believes it may have that good starting pitching.

The Lions knew pitching would be a strength, as the top two starters from last year, Christian Lockett and Brock Trimbur, returned. Lockett, with a fastball clocked at 93 mph, is headed to Kent State. Trimbur, who can hit 90, is set to join his brother, Ben, at Ohio. Both also feature good curveballs and changeups.

But Gahanna also can count on good pitching from players including Ben Bokor, Drew Majerus, Cody McKimmons and Tyler Shapaka.

"We knew coming into the season that we had some good arms," assistant and pitching coach Brian Hull said. "We liked we saw in them last year. I still think that right now we have some things to work but as the season's progressed we've gotten better."

"Pitching is where it all starts. If you have a guy that can go out there and give your baseball team a chance to win then you're fortunate," coach Mike Shade said. "And that's what they've been doing for us all year long."

The pitching was on display last Friday when the Lions defeated OCC-Ohio Division-rival Lancaster 8-0. Leading 3-0 entering the top of the sixth, Lockett settled in to put the game away. Lancaster was able to get two runners on with one out, but Lockett got a grounder for the second out, then struck out the next batter.

Trimbur and Bokor credited the defense behind them for their success this season.

"It's been very good and we haven't really made many errors at all," Trimbur said. "The defense just makes you a better pitcher and you know you can throw the ball and put it in play instead of trying to get everything by everyone."

"As much confidence as we get with our offense, you have even more with the defense behind you," Bokor said.

Because of the move from five six-team OCC divisions to four of eight teams, schools went from playing two league games to three each week, sometimes more because of postponements. Having good pitching has helped Gahanna, and should help more in the Division I district tournament.

"It's a real advantage having more than one good arm," Hull said. "A lot of teams probably have a No. 1 guy they go to, and having guys like Brock, Christian, Tyler and Ben, who pitched in the regional final for us last year, is a huge advantage. Come tournament time you have to play twice a week and having some quality arms definitely helps."

Gahanna will play host Friday to league-rival Grove City and Saturday to non-league Olentangy for a doubleheader. It will play at OCC-rival Reynoldsburg on Monday and at home against league-rival Groveport on Wednesday.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for the Gahanna Lincoln baseball team:

*April 21 -- Game vs. Pickerington Central postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

*April 22 -- Defeated Newark 5-0

*April 23 -- Lost to Pickerington North 6-1

*Last Friday -- Def. Lancaster 8-0

*Last Monday -- Def. Pickerington Central 4-3

*Last Tuesday -- Played Grove City

*Last Wednesday -- Played Pickerington North

*Friday -- Home vs. Grove City

Saturday -- Home vs. Olentangy Liberty (doubleheader)

*Monday -- At Reynoldsburg

*Tuesday -- At Groveport

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Groveport

Of note: The Lions were 13-1 overall and 4-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game