The Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team is back in a Division I regional championship game for the second consecutive season after holding on to beat Copley 7-6 on May 25 in a regional semifinal at Ohio State.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team is back in a Division I regional championship game for the second consecutive season after holding on to beat Copley 7-6 on May 25 in a regional semifinal at Ohio State.

The Lions will play for a regional title at noon May 28 at the same site against Central Crossing or Teays Valley, which meet in a regional semifinal May 26.

"I thought we hit pretty well all the way through," coach Jim Campolo said. "What I wasn't pleased with was that we had six sacrifice bunts that we didn't get down. I'm not a very nice coach when we don't do what we're supposed to do. The biggest positive is that we won."

The Lions opened the game with consecutive singles by Montana Fishel, Tanya Busby and Tiyona Marshall. Cleanup hitter Brandis Fishel followed with an RBI-single and Emily Vinsel added a two-run single to make it 3-0.

Copley struck back with three runs in the second but the Lions retook the lead in the fourth. Vinsel and Olivia Schumacher opened the inning with singles and Montana Fishel singled to left to drive in Vinsel. Schumacher scored on an error, and Marshall drove in two runs with a single up the middle.

Copley cut it to 7-4 in the fifth and nearly tied it in the sixth. After Brandis Fishel retired the first two batters, Maddie Flasco singled and Casey Burns was hit by a pitch. Emma Fish then smashed one off the left-field wall to drive in Flasco and Burns. When Morgan Sheets' throw went home, Fish attempted to move to third but was thrown out by Becca Gavin.

The Lions improved to 18-10 with the win, while Copley finished with a 21-2 record.