The Gahanna Lincoln High School baseball team was held to three hits and lost to North Royalton 3-0 in a Division I state semifinal June 6 in Huntington Park.
In both the third and sixth innings, the Lions stranded two base runners. They also didn’t take advantage of a leadoff walk in the seventh.
The Bears improved to 22-7 and will play for the championship at 4 p.m. June 7.
Gahanna finishes 18-14.
“It’s definitely tough and definitely frustrating, but that’s baseball,” senior first baseman Evan White said. “It was one of those days where we couldn’t do anything, but I’m really proud of my team.”
In the first inning, North Royalton turned a pair of fielding errors into an unearned run as Dominick Pissini had an RBI-single.
The Bears made it 2-0 in the third when Garrett Strohm walked, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Nate Kocan and scored on a single by Bryan Bielak.
North Royalton closed the scoring in the fifth when Kocan reached on an infield-single and Bielak doubled him in.
Gahanna pitcher Boomer Lowe pitched a complete game, giving up eight hits and striking out four while giving up two unearned runs.
Bears pitcher Frank Fate gave up three hits and walked four over the first six innings before walking Cael Baker to lead off the seventh.
Relief pitcher Alex Sir Louis then got Jake Hendricks to ground into a fielder’s choice and Brayden Callihan to bounce into a double play to end the game.
White, who flied out to deep center in the third, reached on a one-out single in the sixth. Fate then walked Doland Martin but retired the next two batters to end the threat.
“We should have hit (Fate) but he was a good pitcher and just hit his spots well,” Callihan said