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JOHNSON'S JACK SEALS SWEEP OF BEES

Eighth inning homer gives Long Island fourth consecutive victory

(Central Islip, N.Y., June 16, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the New Britain Bees 3-1 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series finale

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Mark Blackmar and Dan Johnson talk about clinching the sweep

The Bees took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an RBI single to right field by Jonathan Roof off of Ducks starter Mark Blackmar. It stayed that way until the seventh when Matt Wessinger doubled with two outs and came home on Fehlandt Lentini’s RBI single off of Bees starter Shawn Haviland.

Long Island took the lead for good in the eighth inning when Dan Johnson uncorked a two-run home run to right-center. Todd Coffey then came on to strike out the side in the ninth and earn his ninth save of the year.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Blackmar pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and three walks with one strikeout. Haviland lasted six and two-thirds innings, yielding a run on seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Nick Struck (1-2) collected the win after getting the final out of the eighth inning, and Jarret Leverett (0-3) suffered the loss, giving up two runs on one hit and one walk in one-third of an inning.

Lentini and Delta Cleary Jr. led the Flock with two hits apiece.

The Ducks continue their homestand on Friday night when they begin a four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers. 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 Duck Head Logo T-Shirts, courtesy of Petro Home Services. It's also a Fowl Pole Friday at the Duck Pond, and if a select Ducks player hits a home run off of one of the foul poles during the game, one lucky fan will win $50,000. In addition, a Barnstormers player will be selected as the Pizza Hut K-Man of the game, and if he strikes out, fans will receive a special coupon for free breadsticks at a participating Pizza Hut location. Finally, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for a free 4 oz. bottle of Armor All when purchasing a fill up of gasoline (must be eight gallons or more) at OK Petroleum as fans exit the ballpark following the game.

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ flagship radio station, 103.9-FM LI News Radio. Streaming video and audio will also be available online via the Ducks’ official YouTube channel by 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.

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Game Date: 06/16/2016
New Britain Bees  1 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
N Britain          AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Carrillo, S SS      4  0  0  0  .234  Lentini, F RF       4  0  2  1  .342
 Griffin, J PH      1  0  0  0  .218  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  2  0  .275
Golson, G LF        3  1  1  0  .306  Gotay, R 2B         3  1  0  0  .288
Rosa, J 3B          3  0  2  0  .314  Johnson, D 1B       2  1  1  2  .231
Maddox, C DH        4  0  1  0  .296  Puckett, C 3B       4  0  1  0  .290
Roof, J 2B          4  0  1  1  .272  Blanke, M DH        4  0  1  0  .260
Rivers, K 1B        4  0  1  0  .238  Dowd, M C           4  0  0  0  .283
Jones, J CF         3  0  1  0  .274  Vega, A LF          2  0  0  0  .282
Hewitt, A RF        4  0  0  0  .213  Wessinger, M SS     3  1  1  0  .213
Murphy, N C         2  0  1  0  .158       
 Crouse, M PH       1  0  0  0  .283       
                   33  1  8  1                           30  3  8  3

N Britain            0 0 1   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  8  0
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 0   1 2 x -  3  8  1
2B--Golson, G LF (6), Blanke, M DH (7), Wessinger, M SS (6). HR--Johnson, D
1B (7). RBI--Roof, J 2B (17), TOTALS (0), Lentini, F RF (30), Johnson, D 1B
 2 (31), TOTALS  3 (0). SH--Jones, J CF (0). SB--Jones, J CF (15), Cleary
Jr., D CF 2 (6). CS--Golson, G LF (3). E--Johnson, D 1B  2 (2). 
LOB--N Britain 9, L Island 7. DP--J. Roof(2B) - S. Carrillo(SS) - K.
Rivers(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 N Britain
Haviland, S                     6.2   7   1   1   3   5   0    3.44
Leverett, J (L,0-3)             0.1   1   2   2   1   0   1    4.03
Gilblair, S                     1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.71
                                8     8   3   3   4   6   1
 L Island
Blackmar, M                     7.0   8   1   1   3   1   0    1.94
Crider, P                       0.2   0   0   0   0   2   0    1.23
Struck, N (W,1-2)               0.1   0   0   0   0   0   0    4.91
Coffey, T (S,9)                 1.0   0   0   0   0   3   0    2.12
                                9     8   1   1   3   6   0
SO--Griffin, J, Golson, G, Roof, J, Rivers, K, Hewitt, A, Crouse, M,
Lentini, F, Gotay, R, Puckett, C, Blanke, M, Dowd, M, Vega, A. BB--Golson,
G, Rosa, J, Murphy, N, Gotay, R, Johnson, D 2, Vega, A. BF--Haviland, S 28
(218), Leverett, J 3 (102), Gilblair, S 3 (50), Blackmar, M 31 (245),
Crider, P 2 (58), Struck, N (62), Coffey, T 3 (67). P-S--Haviland, S
103-69, Leverett, J 9-4, Gilblair, S 10-6, Blackmar, M 106-68, Crider, P
15-10, Struck, N 3-1, Coffey, T 15-9. 
T--2:45.  A--5086

Plate Umpire - Tom Gandolfo Jr., Field Umpire #1 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #2 - John Libone

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