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LATE RALLIES SEND DUCKS TO HEARTBREAKING LOSS

Long Island loses leads in ninth and 10th innings at Lancaster

(Lancaster, Penn., Sept. 19, 2015) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 8-7 in 10 innings on Saturday night in the third game of a four-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from game three of the series

The Ducks got off to a fast start, as Randy Ruiz hit a three-run home run to center field in the first inning off of Barnstormers starter Chad Beck. Kevin Rivers cut the Ducks’ lead to 3-1 in the second with a solo homer to right off of Ducks starter Bobby Blevins.

It stayed that way until the sixth inning when Elmer Reyes’ run-scoring groundout and Fehlandt Lentini’s two-out RBI double increased Long Island’s advantage to 5-1. The Ducks held the lead until the ninth when Lancaster scored four times off of Amalio Diaz to tie the game. A bases loaded walk to Zach Collier, a run-scoring groundout by Rivers and a two-run single by Charlie Cutler did the damage.

Reyes put the Ducks back in front in the 10th with a two-run homer to right-center. However, three more runs for the ‘Stormers in the bottom of the frame ended the ballgame. Luke Hughes’ RBI double and a two-run single by Rivers gave Lancaster the win.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Blevins tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out four. Beck gave up four runs on nine hits and three walks in five and one-third innings. Scott Gracey (5-0) picked up the win despite allowing two runs on two hits in one inning of relief. Mariel Checo (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding three runs on two hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Reyes and Ruiz led the Flock at the plate, going 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBI and a run scored each.

Long Island and Lancaster wrap up their four-game set and the 2015 regular season on Sunday afternoon. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Right-hander Bruce Kern gets the ball for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Shunsuke Watanabe. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks will return home to host Games One and Two of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series against the Somerset Patriots on Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24. Game time for both contests is slated for 6:35 p.m. The first 1,000 fans in attendance at each game will receive “Drive to the Title” Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12. Prior to each game, the Ducks will be hosting a food drive in conjunction with Island Harvest Food Bank. Fans are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items by dropping them off in the collection bins located on the plaza outside the ballpark. Tickets to each playoff game are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

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Game Date: 09/19/2015
Long Island Ducks  7 AT Lancaster Barnstormers  8 (EXTRA INNINGS)

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Lancaster          AB  R  H BI   AVG
F.Lentini RF        6  0  2  1  .292  L.Zawadzki SS       4  0  1  0  .273
D.Cleary Jr. LF     5  1  1  0  .311  T.Bortnick 2B       5  0  0  0  .276
L.Ford CF           5  1  2  0  .364  K.Matthes LF        3  2  2  0  .263
R.Ruiz DH           5  1  3  3  .349  M.McDade DH         3  0  1  0  .280
 C.Hughes DH,PR     0  0  0  0  .186   Y.Kajimoto PR      1  1  0  0  .240
S.Burroughs 1B      4  0  1  0  .338  L.Hughes 1B         4  2  1  1  .241
D.Lyons SS          3  0  1  0  .301  Z.Collier CF        3  2  0  1  .278
C.Puckett 3B        4  2  1  0  .277  A.Feliz 3B          5  0  1  0  .272
M.Blanke C          4  1  3  0  .285  K.Rivers RF         5  1  2  4  .251
E.Reyes 2B          5  1  3  3  .380  C.Cutler C          4  0  1  2  .222
                   41  7 17  7                           37  8  9  8

L Island             3 0 0   0 0 2   0 0 0   2 -  7 17  1
Lancaster            0 1 0   0 0 0   0 0 4   3 -  8  9  1
2B--F.Lentini (12), S.Burroughs (11), D.Lyons (28), K.Matthes 2 (13),
L.Hughes (14). HR--R.Ruiz (11), E.Reyes (6), K.Rivers (15). RBI--F.Lentini
(21), R.Ruiz  3 (47), E.Reyes  3 (15), L.Hughes (35), Z.Collier (34),
K.Rivers  4 (46), C.Cutler  2 (16). HP--L.Hughes (4). SH--M.Blanke (0).
SB--D.Cleary Jr. (34). CS--F.Lentini (4), D.Lyons (4). E--C.Puckett (18),
L.Zawadzki (32). 
LOB--L Island 10, Lancaster 8. DP--T. Bortnick(2B) - L. Zawadzki(SS) - L.
Hughes(1B), D. Moskos(P) - L. Zawadzki(SS) - T. Bortnick(2B) - L.
Hughes(1B), T. Bortnick(2B) - L. Zawadzki(SS) - L. Hughes(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
B.Blevins                       5.0   2   1   1   2   4   1    3.83
N.Struck                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    2.15
J.Romero                        1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    1.84
R.Gomez                         1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.08
A.Diaz                          0.2   3   4   4   1   1   0    2.78
P.Crider                        0.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    3.44
M.Checo (L,0-1)                 0.2   2   3   3   2   1   0    9.53
F.DeJiulio Jr.                  0.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    2.87
                              9.1     9   8   8   6   9   1
 Lancaster
C.Beck                          5.1   9   4   4   3   0   1    5.07
P.Andrelczyk                    1.2   4   1   1   1   1   0    2.02
D.Moskos                        1.0   1   0   0   0   0   0    3.04
S.Patterson                     1.0   1   0   0   1   0   0    2.19
S.Gracey (W,5-0)                1.0   2   2   2   0   0   1    1.93
                               10    17   7   7   5   1   2
WP--S.Gracey (5). HB--A.Diaz (2). SO--L.Ford, L.Zawadzki, T.Bortnick,
Y.Kajimoto, L.Hughes, Z.Collier, A.Feliz 4. BB--D.Cleary Jr., S.Burroughs,
D.Lyons 2, C.Puckett, L.Zawadzki, K.Matthes 2, M.McDade, Z.Collier 2.
BF--B.Blevins 19 (378), N.Struck 4 (207), J.Romero 3 (139), R.Gomez 3 (16),
A.Diaz 7 (232), P.Crider (226), M.Checo 6 (23), F.DeJiulio Jr. (167),
C.Beck 25 (339), P.Andrelczyk 9 (354), D.Moskos 3 (104), S.Patterson 5
(197), S.Gracey 5 (235). P-S--B.Blevins 85-54, N.Struck 8-8, J.Romero 13-8,
R.Gomez 11-8, A.Diaz 35-22, P.Crider 7-3, M.Checo 30-17, F.DeJiulio Jr.
2-2, C.Beck 84-53, P.Andrelczyk 29-21, D.Moskos 7-4, S.Patterson 18-10,
S.Gracey 14-11. 
T--3:45.  A--5986

Plate Umpire - Joe DelBalso, Field Umpire #1 - Derek Moccia, Field Umpire #3 - Nate Caldwell

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