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Lincoln Park blanks Dearborn in Toledo PHOTO GALLERY

  • Lincoln Park’s Alexis Santos is tagged out by Dearborn’s Kyle Amend Saturday night. The Rails won the game 10-0 in mercy rule fashion.
  • Lincoln Park leadoff hitter Joel Santos was one of four Railsplitters to get on base by getting hit by a pitch Saturday.
  • Third baseman Josh Clark applies the tag to a runner from Dearborn during a 10-0 mercy rule shortened game Saturday at Fifth Third Field in Toledo.
  • Dearborn Coach John Allevato and Lincoln Park coach Brian Amorose talk on the field before the two teams squared off at Fifth Third Field Saturday night.
  • A trio of Lincoln Park fans watch as the team blanks Dearborn 10-0 Saturday in Toledo.
  • Members of the Dearborn High School baseball team warm up near the dug out at Fifth Third Field in Toledo Saturday. The team fell 10-0 to Lincoln Park.
Nerves ran high for both teams on the field Saturday night, but Lincoln Park was able to keep theirs in check as they blasted past Dearborn at Fifth Third Field.

The only thing the Railsplitters (9-11) didn't do was go yard, in a 10-0 mercy rule victory over the Pioneers (1-7).

“It was a great outing,” Lincoln Park coach Brian Amorose said. “The guys were excited. They wanted to play like major leaguers today, it was kind of cool.”

As well as the Rails kept their nerves in check from the start, the Pioneers took a few innings to settle in.

Starting pitcher Kevin Krawczyk gave up 7 runs on 10 hits with 3 hit batsmen in just 3 innings pitched.

He was replaced after putting two men on base with none out in the fourth inning.

“It was nerves,” Pioneers coach John Allevato said. “To walk into a stadium like this, the atmosphere had him a little nervous.

“We could have made some plays behind him that would have helped. Hit batsmen and walks are not the recipe for a win.”

Officially the game will go down as a mercy rule, because of the special nature of the game being played at the home of the Triple-A Mud Hens, the officiating crew let the teams play out the final two innings.

“Officially it was 10-0, but it was nice to get to play all seven anyway,” Amorose said.

Dearborn managed to plate a run in the seventh for a final showing on the scoreboard of 10-1.

The Rails scored seven runs in the first two innings to jump out to a commanding lead.

“We jumped out quick on those guys,” Amorose said. “It takes a lot of pressure off of you. It’s a lot easier to make plays when you’re up seven runs.”

Amorose was happy that his team managed to stay focused on the game, rather than the venue.

“You can get lost in the surroundings of it here, the mystique of it all,” he said. “But they stayed focused and paid the benefits for it.”

Allevato agreed with Amorose about the venue.

“It was a very cool experience,” he said. “You never know if you’re going to get to come out to a field like this again. It was a great experience for all of the players.”

Nearly everyone on the Lincoln Park team was credited with a hit as the scoreboard showed 15 knocks as the final tally.

“Steve Glenn had a big hit,” Amorose said. “He had probably the furthest ball of the day.”

Others that Amorose credited with hitting well were Alexis Santos, Cam Lizak, Billy Dupler, and Nathan Hashbarger.

Jacob Hampton picked up the pitching win for the Rails.

Adam Dawdy, Will Querfeld, Tyler Crawford picked up hits for the Pioneers. Querfeld also scored the lone Dearborn run.

Fifth Third Field opened with the start of the 2002 Mudhens’ season and holds nearly 9,000 fans.

In order to schedule the game, the teams participated in a program in which they sold ticket vouchers for Mud Hens’ home games, which also doubled as a fundraiser for the Rails.

Last Updated: 5/4/2014 9:44:40 PM EST

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