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Lincoln soccer closes out season with win.
By Kevin Korpal
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:45 a.m.

Strong defense led the Lincoln Railsplitters to a 3-1 victory over the undersized Ypsilanti Phoenix to close out the season on Lincoln’s Senior Night last Thursday....read more

Lincoln lacrosse dominates Ypsilanti
By Kevin Korpal
May. 20, 2010   ·   6:23 p.m.

Wind and rain were the names of the game when the Lincoln High School lacrosse team defeated visiting Ypsilanti High School 13-3 Monday night.

The Railsplitters...read more

Flyers softball drop season opener
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 31, 2010   ·   5:50 p.m.

Willow Run junior starting pitcher Katie Mullins in the third inning in the team's home-opener against Huron Valley Lutheran High School. Flyers lost 13-4 against the Hawks Tuesday.

It was a mix of inexperience, first game jitters and a strong opposing pitcher which saw the Willow Run High School girl’s softball team drop its season-opener...read more

Lincoln High School sports roundup
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 30, 2010   ·   10:39 a.m.

Baseball: Ace Andrew Dillon leads a young Railspitters team as fourth-year coach Marty Lozano tries to turn things around after a 12-21 season in 2009. Lozano has...read more

Lincoln hockey earns fourth straight win
By Tom Perkins
Dec. 22, 2009   ·   9:47 a.m.

Railsplitter David Skeans fires in the game winning goal against Chelsea.

For two periods it looked as if Lincoln hockey was not only going to break their winless streak against Chelsea, but they were going to decimate the Bulldogs in...read more

Strong pitching challenges Sliders


Team heads to Windy City

By Justin Souva
Jun. 5, 2009    ·    2:12 p.m.

Errors and strong pitching by the Rockford RiverHawks doomed the Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti on Thursday.

The Sliders made five errors, leading to one unearned run, in the 8-5 loss at Eastern Michigan University’s Oestrike Stadium in the rubber match of the series.

“We did struggled defensively and it came back to bite us,” Sliders manager Eric Coleman said. “You can’t give a team – it doesn’t matter what their record is – you can’t give them seven outs an inning.”

Rockford starter Brett Durand received a no-decision. He pitched eight innings, allowing 10 hits and striking out six. He was particularly efficient on first-pitch strikes (24 of 33), didn’t allow a walk and retired 11 consecutive batters at one point.

“He mixed up his pitches well,” said Sliders designated hitter Jimmy Baker, who sent a Durand changeup over the wall in left field for a two-run homer in the eighth inning. “He was throwing all four pitches for strikes. It’s hard to sit on a certain pitch if he’s getting them all over for strikes.”

Trailing 2-0 through four innings, the RiverHawks (4-9) railed in the fifth. They scored three runs in the inning, highlighted by a two-run home run by Ben Blumenthal.

Rockford added another run in the seventh, but Baker’s home run in the eighth made it 4-4. The home run was spoiled, though, as Earl Oakes (0-1) let up three runs in the top of the ninth for the loss.

The Sliders (7-6) brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but John Muller (1-0) was able to record all three outs to earn the win. Jason James was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two stolen bases for Rockford.

Douglas Brooks started for the Sliders. He pitched five innings, allowing five hits and three runs.

“It’s one of those things where we got to be able to come back and bounce back tomorrow,” Coleman said.

And his team will get a chance to do that as it travels to play the first of three games against the Windy City Thunderbolts (Ill.) on Friday evening.

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