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  • Lincoln Park edged Edsel Ford 3-2 in Saturday's Division 1, District 15 semifinal and advanced to take on Dearborn High in the final. Photo by Frank Wladyslawski
It was the opener of Saturday’s three district playoff games at Dearborn High, but it felt more like the district championship for both Edsel Ford and Lincoln Park. The teams last year played for the district championship. The Thunderbirds came back and scored two runs to defeat the Railsplitters for the championship.

This year was almost the same, as the Thunderbirds scored two runs in the top of the 7th, but no more. The Railsplitters hung on for a 3-2 win, securing a spot in their third consecutive district championship.

“Thank goodness we had a third one (run) today, that they couldn’t come back to get,” said Lincoln Park Coach Brian Amorose. “We knew it was going to be a tough battle, they never come easy in the state tournament, everybody plays really hard and above their level of play.”

A home run in the second inning by third baseman Steve Glenn got the Railsplitters on the board first. It ignited the team and two more runs scored in the bottom of the third. The game winning run was scored on a fielder’s choice.

Alexis Santos was on the mound for the Railsplitters and threw a great game. He had a couple of double plays induced as well as seven strikeouts.

“Lex (Alexis) really limited their hits. They didn’t hit the ball a lot there until the last inning. If I look back, there might have been five hits in that game that he gave up,” said Amorose.

The trouble that Santos induced was in the top of the seventh, when the Thunderbirds looked poised to strike. Two walks pulled the tying run to the plate for the Thunderbirds with just one out. A long single to right scored their first run, and a long single to center scored the second.

With two men on, and two out, Santos got his final strikeout of the game to push the Railsplitters into the championship game.

“He just put himself in trouble by walking some guys, and getting behind in some counts in the bottom of the lineup. You’ve got to stay ahead and not give those guys any confidence.”

It was a disappointing loss for the Thunderbirds, who were hoping to have some of the same luck as last year.

“They were able to make the plays,” said Edsel Ford Coach Rob Fay. “We chased a few balls out of the strike zone, it didn’t help us. We had opportunities early; we just couldn’t cash in runs.”

Fay said it has been similar to the season. “It was a crazy season, it was up and down, the kids battled throughout, we just dealt with the circumstances, and just kept playing all the way through.”

Last Updated: 6/1/2014 5:30:09 PM EST

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