The Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team had two-time defending state champion North Canton Hoover High School in a rare position May 30 in a Division I regional semifinal at Ohio State.

The Gahanna Lincoln High School softball team had two-time defending state champion North Canton Hoover High School in a rare position May 30 in a Division I regional semifinal at Ohio State.

The Lions led Hoover 5-4 heading into the sixth inning, and Vikings coach Jerry Goodpasture couldn't remember another time this season in which his team trailed that late in a game.

Unfortunately for Gahanna, it couldn't maintain the lead, as Hoover scored two runs in the top of the sixth and three in the seventh to beat the Lions 8-5.

Hoover improved to 31-0 and advanced to play Grove City in the regional final June 1 at Ohio State. Gahanna finished 24-7.

"We had our moments, but unfortunately they're too good of a team to make all of the baserunning and fielding mistakes we made," Lions coach Jim Campolo said.

Hoover took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a two-run single by third baseman Kelly Dillow, but the Lions cut their deficit to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning. Second baseman Sarah Greulich opened the inning with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and went to third on an error before scoring on a double steal.

The Vikings made it 3-1 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly, but Gahanna cut it to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning as third baseman Brittany Oldaker hit a solo home run deep over the fence in center field.

Oldaker struck again in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run home run over the left-field fence to put the Lions ahead 4-3.

However, a walk, a hit batter and an error by Gahanna in the top of the sixth helped Hoover score two runs to take a 5-4 lead.

The Lions tied the score at 5 in the bottom of the inning on a double steal, with courtesy runner Hannah Smith scoring. But in the seventh, the Vikings took advantage of a wild pitch and an error and scored the game's final three runs.