Reynolds sweeps Lincoln in elimination series, advances to face Clackamas in the OIBA championship tournament

PORTLAND — Reynolds put up three runs in the first inning and let pitcher Joseph Palmisano do the rest in a 6-1 win over Lincoln to open the best-of-three OIBA playoff series Thursday night at Sckavone Field. Joseph Palmisano fires a pitch toward the plate during the Raiders 6-1 win over Lincoln on Thursday night. Reynolds can close out the series at 3 p.m. Friday at Reynolds Middle School.

The Raiders gained a quick lead when Cameron Sheets and Brady Ching sent back-to-back pitches past the shortstop for RBI-singles in the first inning. Teammate Mitchell Rose added another bouncer through the same spot two batters later to make it 3-0 Reynolds.

That gave Palmisano plenty of cushion, as he surrendered only three hits while retiring Lincoln in order three times.

"He's been competing hard all summer long," Raiders summer coach Kyle Swoboda said.

The Cardinals only run came when Nate Edwards came home on a fielding error in the fourth inning. Reynolds escaped further damage when Jay Rogers and Sheets combined for a double play with the bases loaded.

Reynolds closed out the series with an 8-1 home win Friday, putting up three runs in the first inning and never looking back. Lane Evans went the distance on the mound, throwing a three-hitter with five strikeouts.

The Raiders advance to the OIBA championship tournament where they will open against Clackamas at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, at Clackamas High. The tournament is double-elimination format.

Look for expanded OIBA playoff coverage in the Tuesday, July 24, edition of The Outlook.

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