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DUCKS FLY PAST BEES IN HISTORIC FIRST MEETING

Strong start by Blackmar, four-run sixth lead Long Island

(New Britain, Conn., April 25, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 5-2 on Monday night in the first-ever meeting between the clubs and the opener of a three-game series at New Britain Stadium.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Long Island's first win of 2016

Neither side was able to push across a run until the Ducks scored four times off of Bees reliever Colin Moberly in the sixth. A run-scoring wild pitch, a two-run double by Dan Lyons and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Mike Blanke did the damage. Another run in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Fehlandt Lentini extended the advantage to 5-0.

New Britain rallied for single runs in the eighth and ninth. A sac fly from Kevin Rivers and a RBI double by Jonathan Roof closed the gap to 5-2, but the Bees would get no closer.

Ducks starter Mark Blackmar (1-0) earned the win, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks while striking out three. Moberly (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding four runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in one inning. Bees starter Kyle Simon did not factor into the decision but threw five innings of scoreless baseball, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out four.

Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock with three hits offensively, while Lew Ford added two.

The Ducks and Bees continue their three-game set on Tuesday evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. from New Britain Stadium. Fans can follow all of the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander John Brownell takes the mound for the Ducks against Bees lefty Josh Outman.

Long Island will return home on Thursday, April 28 for the 2016 home opener against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Bud Harrelson Garden Gnomes, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early for a special pre-game ceremony recognizing two Ducks players along with traditional Opening Night pomp and circumstance. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 34 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 04/25/2016
Long Island Ducks  5 AT New Britain Bees  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  N Britain          AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       5  0  1  1  .429  Chaves, B SS        3  1  0  0  .235
Cleary Jr., D LF    5  1  3  0  .300   Roof, J PH         1  0  1  0  .250
Ford, L CF          4  1  2  0  .294  Jones, J CF         5  0  1  0  .190
Burroughs, S 1B     3  1  0  0  .211  Maddox, C DH        4  0  1  0  .286
Tekotte, B DH       4  1  0  0  .238  Rivers, K LF        3  0  1  1  .211
Lyons, D SS         2  0  1  2  .158  Rosa, J 3B          2  0  1  0  .278
Puckett, C 3B       3  0  0  0  .111  Hewitt, A RF        3  0  0  0  .133
Blanke, M C         3  1  1  1  .231  Griffin, J 1B       4  0  0  0  .091
Barber, B 2B        4  0  1  0  .143  Carrillo, S 2B      4  0  1  0  .273
                                      Murphy, N C         4  1  1  0  .250
                   33  5  9  4                           33  2  7  1

L Island             0 0 0   0 0 4   0 1 0 -  5  9  0
N Britain            0 0 0   0 0 0   0 1 1 -  2  7  0
2B--Cleary Jr., D LF   (1), Lyons, D SS        (1),  Roof, J PH        (1),
Maddox, C DH       (1), Carrillo, S 2B     (1). RBI--Lentini, F RF     
(1), Lyons, D SS         2 (4), Blanke, M C        (1), TOTALS             
4 (0), Rivers, K LF       (1), TOTALS             (0). HP--Lyons, D SS     
  2 (2), Puckett, C 3B      (1), Chaves, B SS       (1). SF--Blanke, M C   
    (1), Rivers, K LF       (1). 
LOB--L Island 9, N Britain 10. DP--S. Carrillo(2B) - B. Chaves(SS) - J.
Griffin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Blackmar, M (W,1-0)             5.0   3   0   0   2   3   0    0.00
Crider, P                       0.2   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Kern, B                         0.1   0   0   0   1   1   0    0.00
Blewett, D                      1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Diaz, A                         1.0   2   1   1   1   0   0    4.50
Coffey, T                       1.0   2   1   1   0   1   0    9.00
                                9     7   2   2   4   6   0
 N Britain
Simon, K                        5.0   1   0   0   1   4   0    0.00
Moberly, C (L,0-1)              1.0   3   4   4   2   1   0   36.00
Haviland, S                     1.0   1   0   0   1   1   0    1.80
Leverett, J                     2.0   4   1   1   0   2   0    2.25
                                9     9   5   5   4   8   0
WP--Moberly, C 2 (2), Leverett, J (1). HB--Diaz, A (1), Simon, K 2 (2),
Moberly, C (1). SO--Lentini, F 3, Ford, L 2, Tekotte, B 2, Barber, B,
Jones, J, Maddox, C, Hewitt, A 2, Griffin, J, Murphy, N. BB--Ford, L,
Burroughs, S 2, Tekotte, B, Maddox, C, Rosa, J 2, Hewitt, A. BF--Blackmar,
M 20 (20), Crider, P 2 (9), Kern, B 2 (6), Blewett, D 3 (8), Diaz, A 7
(10), Coffey, T 5 (5), Simon, K 18 (18), Moberly, C 9 (9), Haviland, S 5
(20), Leverett, J 9 (18). P-S--Blackmar, M 74-48, Crider, P 3-3, Kern, B
10-5, Blewett, D 9-7, Diaz, A 26-16, Coffey, T 14-8, Simon, K 65-41,
Moberly, C 32-14, Haviland, S 21-12, Leverett, J 30-22. 
T--2:40.  A--1422

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