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Lincoln Park earns early-season victory against Allen Park PHOTO GALLERY

  • With eight strikeouts and only one earned run allowed in a complete-game effort Wednesday, Lincoln Park's Alexis Santos helped lead the Railsplitters to a 4-1 victory against visiting Allen Park. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski

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Behind a big day from starting pitcher Alexis Santos, Lincoln Park took down visiting Allen Park 6-1 in what was a Downriver League battle played on a chilly Wednesday afternoon.

For the Railsplitters (5-3, 4-3 DRL) Santos went the distance and along the way struck out nine batters, allowed one earned run, yielded one walk and picked off a runner.

It was the Jaguars (3-3, 2-3 DRL) who jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after Ryan Oakley reached on a first-inning single and then scored on a double that was hit by Mike Bradford.

In the bottom half of the inning, however, Lincoln Park responded with five runs, helped out by some Allen Park fielding miscues.

Leadoff man Joel Santos reached with a walk and then a sacrifice bunt by the next batter, Cam Lizak, allowed him to score, as he took off for third base once the bunt was down and an error on the throw to third let him come home.

Alexis Santos came up next and reached on a fielding error and later scored courtesy of another error after a hit by Steve Glenn.

Cashing in on the Jags’ mistakes was crucial in winning the early-season contest, said Lincoln Park Coach Brian Amorose.

“You’ve got to have a little bit of a killer instinct,” said Amorose. “If a team opens the door for you, you’ve got to be able to walk right through it or blow right through it and we were able to do that today. Good baserunning allowed us to do that too.”

A double by Josh Clark plated Glenn to make it 3-1 and before the inning was over both Clark and teammate Dakota Locklear crossed the plate, as well.

In the bottom of the fifth Alexis Santos reached on an error, moved up on a wild pitch and soon after scored his second run of the game,

On the mound in the sixth inning, Alexis Santos allowed two singles, but a pickoff, a strikeout and an inning-ending groundball kept him out of jam and in the seventh he retired the side in order to finish off the 6-1 victory.

Last Updated: 4/18/2014 2:09:28 PM EST