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  • Alexis Santos serves as the ace of a Lincoln Park pitching staff that has been strong this year and has helped guide the team to winning record. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • Alexis Santos serves as the ace of a Lincoln Park pitching staff that has been strong this year and has helped guide the team to winning record. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
  • So far this season, the Lincoln Park Railsplitters are 4-3 against Downriver League opponents, heading into spring break. Photo by Frank Wladyslawksi
While the past few seasons have been tough for Lincoln Park, some phenomenal pitching in the early going of 2014 has the Railsplitters looking like they could be a Downriver League force this year.

A strong, young group of hurlers made up of juniors Alexis Santos and Javontae Campbell and sophomore Steve Glenn have all been tough to hit this spring when they’ve been on the hill.

Most recently, Santos, who if the ace of the staff, went the distance Wednesday afternoon against Allen Park and struck out nine in what was a 6-1 win for the Rails. With the victory, Lincoln Park improved its overall record to 5-3, which more than doubles last April’s win total, and the squad is 4-3 against teams in the DRL.

“Seems like we’ve got a lot better team chemistry,” Santos said. “A lot of guys contributing, everyone putting in their own part and we’re coming out with some big wins.

“(We put in) a lot of hard work in the offseason. A lot of guys are coming up big, pitching to keep it a close game, giving us a good chance to win.”

In a contest against DRL co-champ Anderson last Thursday, Campbell took the mound and tossed a complete-game shutout for the blue and orange, striking out eight batters along the way and allowing only three hits.

A day later, Glenn got the call against a powerful Kennedy team, which has two college commits in the lineup, and struck out six batters and allowed just one walk in what was only a 2-1 defeat for the Rails. Santos came on late and tossed the final 1.2 innings of the game and allowed only one hit and didn’t give up a walk.

“The starters that we have are giving us very competitive performances,” said Lincoln Park Coach Brian Amorose. “We don’t always have the bats to help support it, but we’re getting some very nice outings from our starters.”

While Santos came into the season as the go-to guy on the mound for Amorose, he said it was a pleasant surprise to see Campbell and Glenn succeed so quickly.

“I didn’t know if Javontae or Steve Glenn were going to me give me as good of outings as they have early in the season, I thought it might take a little while. Usually when it’s cold it is the pitcher’s advantage, so that’s been nice, as long as we pound the zone, we should be alright.”

Last Updated: 4/17/2014 1:20:07 PM EST

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