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After letting a home win slip away last month against Roosevelt, Lincoln Park and starting pitcher Alexis Santos had a shot at redemption Wednesday and took full advantage. The visiting Railsplitters (12-12, 9-7 Downriver League) beat the first-place Bears (16-10, 14-3 DRL) 7-4 and played a bit of a spoiler role, as the defeat bumped the hosts into a tie atop the DRL with Trenton (22-6, 14-3) which defeated Kennedy Wednesday. In the last meeting, Santos came on in the seventh to preserve a one-run lead, but was roughed up and his squad fell 13-9 that day. On Wednesday he tossed a complete-game victory, however, as he threw 125 pitches and struck out 10, allowed only one earned run, two walks and five hits. “The last time they beat us, I came in the last inning and they put up a few runs on me,” said Santos. “Coach (Brian) Amorose told me I was getting the ball the next game against them-and I came out confident.” On the hill for the Bears was standout Tyler Thorington, who suffered his first loss of the year. The sophomore gave up five earned runs, six walks and four hits and was hurt by four errors committed in the field. Lincoln Park struck first in the game, going up 1-0 in the top of the third on a bases-loaded walk to Santos that plated Josh Clark. Santos finished with a team-high three RBIs and he had one hit. The Bears answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, as Austin Petravicius knocked in Gino Martino with a single and Petravicius later scored after a hit by Thorington. For the day, Petravicius was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and Thorington was 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs. Two innings later, the Rails got all the runs they would need as Nate Hashbarger singled to lead off and later scored, Joel Santos scored on an error, Mario Mandujano knocked in Cam Lizak and Steve Glenn managed to steal home to put the visitors up 5-2. Roosevelt got one back in the bottom of the fifth, as Martino scored following a Petravicius hit, but the visitors added two more in the sixth, as a hit by Alexis Santos allowed Joel Santos and Lizak to score, making it a 7-3 game. A minor threat was mounted the Bears in the final inning, as they managed three base runners and one run, but Alexis Santos ultimately slammed the door. “This is a huge win,” said Amorose. “That’s the best team in the league and we faced their best guy and for us to get on top of him, get a lead and close and close the thing out is huge.” As the battle for the league title winds down, Roosevelt will travel to Allen Park to close out league play, while Trenton will play its’ last DRL game Tuesday against Melvindale.
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