Members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team know that the gaudy offensive stats they put together during the first two weeks of the season should have resulted in a slew of victories and a strong start in the OCC-Ohio Division.

Members of the Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team know that the gaudy offensive stats they put together during the first two weeks of the season should have resulted in a slew of victories and a strong start in the OCC-Ohio Division.

So why is the Lions' record sitting so close to .500 at the regular season's midpoint?

"I feel like we have all of the talent," senior shortstop Sarah Seidel said. "It's a matter of coming together as a team. I think we're just in a slump right now, and defense I think is where our slump is."

Gahanna, which was 7-6 overall and 3-3 in the league after beating Reynoldsburg 18-0 on April 16, has several players among the area's offensive leaders in multiple statistical categories and was averaging nearly seven runs through 12 games.

Through 10 games, Seidel was 19-for-33 for a .576 batting average and had a team-leading 15 RBI. Senior second baseman Tanya Busby was batting .526 and Olivia Schumacher and Brittany Oldaker both were hitting .444.

Despite being a freshman, Oldaker was among the area leaders with four home runs and 14 RBI.

On April 6, the Lions lost to Casstown Miami East 12-7 and Liberty Township Lakota East 5-4, but they bounced back the next day to beat West Chester Lakota West 6-1 and Cincinnati Glen Este 5-3.

"Those two (doubleheaders) were kind of the story of our season," said coach Jim Campolo, whose team defeated Lakota West 9-6 in a Division I state semifinal last season. "We had opportunities against Lakota East, but we obviously didn't play well enough to win. We've had a lot of opportunities, but we just haven't gotten it done. We haven't come through when we needed to."

Although his pitching staff led by Emmalee Harding and Hannah Smith had allowed an average of 6.5 runs in the Lions' first six losses, Campolo places much of the blame on the team's defense.

"If you look at our team batting average, you'd think we were undefeated," Campolo said. "We got beat by Pickerington Central (11-2 on April 9) and they're good, but obviously most of the teams we've played are good. I just didn't plan on us making a lot of defensive errors. I think our pitchers have thrown well, but when you make a lot of mistakes, they get frustrated and try to do more than they're capable of. We work on defense more than anything else, but again, when you have a veteran team like we do, they do take it to heart and it's tough mentally on them."

•ON THE DOTTED LINE - On April 12 in a ceremony at the school, Busby signed with Cedarville University, Seidel signed with Muskingum and senior Montana Fishel signed with Ohio Dominican.

Busby and Seidel have been starters since their sophomore years and Fishel has been on varsity since she was a freshman.

Seidel will join 2009 graduate Jendy Weppler at Muskingum next season. Seidel succeeded Weppler as the Lions' shortstop in 2010.

Brandis Fishel, Montana's sister and a 2011 graduate, plays for Ohio Dominican.