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  • Lincoln Park starting pitcher Alexis Santos held the Saline offense to just five hits and one run, but the Railsplitters fell 1-0 on Saturday to the host Hornets in the first round of Division 1, Region 4 action. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
Lincoln Park traveled to Saline Saturday morning and nearly pulled off an upset against the state powerhouse Hornets in the first Division 1, Region 4 semifinal of the day.

Facing a team ranked in the top 10 in the state in Division 1, the Railsplitters fell only 1-0 behind a strong outing from starting pitcher Alexis Santos, who allowed six hits, gave up only one walk and struck out four batters.

In the bottom of the first, Saline starter Josh Smith walked Joel Santos, Cam Lizak and Alexis Santos in order to start the inning, but the lefty then came back to strike out the next three in order and for the day fanned 12.

The game stayed scoreless until the sixth, when Smith helped his own cause by driving in Trent Theisen with an RBI double.

In the previous inning, Lincoln Park had its next best scoring chance of the day after Nate Hashbarger reached with the team’s lone hit and Lizak walked. Hashbarger eventually moved to third and Lizak to second.

With a 1-2 count, and two outs, Hashbarger broke for the plate and attempted to steal home, but was gunned down for the third out.

“I just chose to take a chance”, said Railsplitters Coach Brian Amorose. “So I bear the responsibility; high risk, high reward. I thought with the lefty, being away from us, focusing on the hitter, that we might be able to steal one.”

Josh Clark got on base in the seventh for the locals after getting hit by a pitch, but was thrown out trying to steal second. To close out the game, Saline brought on staff ace Michael Hendrickson and he preserved the 1-0 victory.

While it was a tough way to end the year for Lincoln Park, its district title last week, and close battle with the Hornets on Saturday, is proof of the team’s strong character this year, Amorose said.

“They’re tough,” he said. “Things weren’t going good early (in the season); we were losing a lot of close games in the seventh inning. We knew we kind of…played ourselves our league contention, but they kept working to get better and it showed today.”

Last Updated: 6/7/2014 11:46:08 PM EST

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