Lincoln Takes Out Grant 5-4, Throw A Rope Of Hope For The State Playoffs

Portland — Anything is possible in the PIL, as proven by many examples of tight matches and upsets this season in the league. However, there’s no better feeling sometimes than being the team that plays spoiler to a competitor while throwing a lifeline for their own hopes to making it to the state playoffs. For the Lincoln Cardinals, the meat of their schedule is largely finished and the momentum is picking up for them as they aim for a state playoff appearance for the first time since 2017. Their win over current third-place Grant on Monday was a solid step in the right direction for Lincoln.

The Generals took command from the very first inning, opening the scoring on an Olivia Dunn double that made it 1-0. Regan Marshburn followed up with an RBI single to score Dunn, with Kristen James finishing the first inning parade with an RBI single that made it 3-0 Grant after an inning of play. Nora DuLong extended the lead in the second to 4-0 on a base hit that scored Izzy Jacobs, while DuLong started the game with three scoreless innings against Lincoln. In the fourth, things shifted when Ginger Miller went deep on an 0-2 count with two outs, getting Lincoln on the board and cutting it to 4-1. With the bases loaded in the top of the fifth, Kelsey Nelson drilled a 2-RBI double that cut the deficit to just 4-3 with two outs and runners on second and third. Lexi Sands would deliver Lincoln their first lead by smoking a double to left field and flipping the script to 5-4 Cardinals leading over Grant.

Lincoln starter Ella Spangler took care of business in the bottom of the fifth, forcing a groundout with two runners on to finish a rain-shortened victory 5-4 for the Cardinals. With the victory, Lincoln closes within 1.5 games of Grant for the final automatic playoff bid in the PIL at 4-5 in league play, while the Generals dropped to 6-4 in the PIL. Lincoln has four games remaining against the PIL’s Top 3 (Grant, Franklin, Roosevelt), while Grant has four games remaining against Franklin, Roosevelt, and Lincoln. Since no PIL teams except Roosevelt fall in the Top 32 of the OSAA rankings, a conference bid is their only route to making the 6A playoffs in 2022.


  1. Tough playing conditions gave Lincoln the win. Grant has the next one and will get the spot to playoffs.


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