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FIRST HALF TITLE BELONGS TO LONG ISLAND

Brownell makes franchise history in playoff-clinching win

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 2, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-1 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark. With the victory, the Ducks have clinched the First Half Liberty Division title and a guaranteed spot in the 2016 Atlantic League playoffs.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the division-clinching win

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Dan Lyons and John Brownell talk about being the first half champs

POSTGAME CELEBRATION: The champagne begins flowing in the clubhouse!

John Brownell (5-3) led the way for Long Island on the mound to earn the victory. In doing so, he becomes the winningest pitcher in franchise history with 41, surpassing left-hander Randy Leek’s total of 40 which he set from 2007-10. The right-hander pitched eight and one-third innings of one-run ball, allowing seven hits and two walks while striking out six.

Sugar Land took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on an RBI double by Ricky Hague off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island responded in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run to left field by Dan Lyons off Skeeters starter Aaron Thompson. A throwing error in the seventh scored Ruben Gotay, extending the lead to 3-1.

The Ducks kept the offense going with three more runs in the seventh to take increase the advantage to 6-1. Lyons’ RBI single scored Fehlandt Lentini, Cody Puckett came home on a throwing error and Mike Dowd capped the inning with an RBI single. Sugar Land put two runners on in the ninth, but Todd Coffey recorded the final two outs to seal the win.

Lyons led the Flock with two hits, three RBI and two runs. Dowd added three hits and a run batted in.

The Ducks have earned their fifth First Half Division title in franchise history and first since 2012. Overall, this marks Long Island’s 11th postseason appearance in 17 seasons of play. The 2016 Liberty Division Championship Series will begin on Wednesday, September 21 at a location to be determined. Playoff tickets will go on sale at a later date, and fans are encouraged to stay tuned to LIDucks.com for more information.

The Ducks and Skeeters wrap up the first half with the finale of their three-game set on Sunday night. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to an Independence Day Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza, the biggest show of the year, presented by Smithtown Nissan. Prior to the game, fans will be invited onto the field for an autograph session with the Ducks from 5:50 to 6:05. Left-hander Darin Downs (5-4, 4.21 ERA) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Skeeters righty Brett Marshall (0-1, 6.75 ERA).

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’ official YouTube channel. Streaming video and audio will be available online 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.

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: 07/02/2016
Sugar Land Skeeters  1 AT Long Island Ducks  6

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Prince, J 2B        4  0  0  0  .269  Vega, A LF          4  0  0  0  .287
Tosoni, R CF        4  0  1  0  .320  Lentini, F RF       4  0  0  0  .315
Barfield, J LF      4  0  1  0  .322  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  1  1  0  .288
Young, D 1B         4  1  0  0  .226  Puckett, C DH       3  2  1  0  .282
Hague, R 3B         4  0  2  1  .277  Lyons, D SS         4  2  2  3  .323
Scott, T DH         3  0  2  0  .251  Gotay, R 2B         2  1  0  0  .287
Matthes, K RF       4  0  0  0  .231  Dowd, M C           4  0  3  1  .304
Cordero, A C        3  0  1  0  .227  Blanke, M 1B        4  0  1  0  .232
Weems, B SS         3  0  0  0  .194  Wessinger, M 3B     3  0  0  0  .203
                   33  1  7  1                           32  6  8  4

Sugar Land           0 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  7  3
L Island             0 0 0   2 0 0   1 3 x -  6  8  1
2B--Tosoni, R CF (9), Barfield, J LF (16), Hague, R 3B (15). HR--Lyons, D
SS (5). RBI--Hague, R 3B (23), TOTALS (0), Lyons, D SS  3 (25), Dowd, M C
(22), TOTALS  4 (0). E--Prince, J 2B (7), Barfield, J LF (4), Matthes, K RF
(4), Dowd, M C (5). 
LOB--Sugar Land 7, L Island 5. DP--J. Prince(2B) - B. Weems(SS) - D.
Young(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - M. Blanke(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Sugar Land
Thompson, A (L,3-2)             7.2   7   6   3   2   8   1    3.59
Weinhardt, R                    0.1   1   0   0   1   0   0    2.30
                                8     8   6   3   3   8   1
 L Island
Brownell, J (W,5-3)             8.1   7   1   1   2   6   0    2.90
Coffey, T                       0.2   0   0   0   0   1   0    2.86
                                9     7   1   1   2   7   0
WP--Thompson, A (3). SO--Prince, J, Barfield, J, Hague, R 2, Scott, T,
Matthes, K, Cordero, A, Vega, A 2, Lentini, F, Puckett, C, Lyons, D, Dowd,
M, Wessinger, M 2. BB--Scott, T, Cordero, A, Puckett, C, Gotay, R 2.
BF--Thompson, A 32 (238), Weinhardt, R 3 (132), Brownell, J 33 (341),
Coffey, T 2 (92). P-S--Thompson, A 117-82, Weinhardt, R 5-2, Brownell, J
125-81, Coffey, T 11-9. 
T--2:22.  A--7063
 
Plate Umpire - Warren Nicholson, Field Umpire #1 - Tom Gandolfo Jr., Field Umpire #2 - Richard Katz

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