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SOMERSET TAKES DRAMATIC SERIES OPENER

Scott Kelly’s home run lifts Patriots to 11th inning win

(Bridgewater, N.J., Sept. 21, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 3-2 in 11 innings on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark. Somerset now leads the best-of-five series one game to none.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from the series opener

The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on David Vidal’s two-out RBI double off Ducks starter John Brownell. Cody Puckett tied the game in the second when he scored from third on a throwing error by Patriots starter Will Oliver.

Long Island took the lead in the fourth on Anthony Vega’s two-out RBI single to right field. Somerset tied the game back up at two in the sixth on Carlos Guzman’s two-out RBI double to right-center.

It stayed that way until the bottom half of the 11th inning. With one out, Scott Kelly’s fly ball down the left field line cleared the wall for a solo home run to give the Patriots the walk-off win.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Oliver pitched seven innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and two walks while striking out three. Brownell lasted six innings, yielding two runs on five hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Efrain Nieves (1-0) picked up the win after throwing a scoreless 11th inning, giving up one hit while striking out two. James Lomangino (0-1) took the loss after surrendering the game-winning homer.

Puckett, Fehlandt Lentini, Ruben Gotay and Mike Dowd each had two hits to pace the Flock.

The Ducks and Patriots continue the Liberty Division Championship Series on Thursday night with Game Two. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action live on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel. Streaming audio will be available online by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots southpaw Nik Turley.

After playing Games One and Two on the road, the best-of-five series will return to Long Island on Friday, September 23 for Game Three. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Playoff Rally Towels, courtesy of News 12 Long Island. Tickets to the game and all Ducks home postseason 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 36 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: 09/21/2016
Long Island Ducks  2 AT Somerset Patriots  3 (EXTRA INNINGS)

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Lentini, F RF       5  0  2  0  .400  Zarrillo, V CF      4  0  0  0  .000
Lyons, D SS         4  0  0  0  .000  Eggleston, A LF     3  1  0  0  .000
Cleary Jr., D CF    5  0  0  0  .000  Farris, E 2B        5  0  0  0  .000
Ford, L DH          4  0  0  0  .000  LaHair, B 1B        4  0  0  0  .000
Puckett, C 3B       5  1  2  0  .400  Vidal, D 3B         4  0  3  1  .750
Gotay, R 2B         5  1  2  0  .400  Roller, K DH        3  1  1  0  .333
Colvin, T 1B        4  0  1  0  .250  Guzman, C RF        4  0  1  1  .250
Dowd, M C           5  0  2  0  .400  Gonzalez, Y C       3  0  0  0  .000
Vega, A LF          5  0  1  1  .200   Van Kirk, B PH     1  0  0  0  .000
                                       Kral, R C          1  0  0  0  .000
                                      Kelly, S SS         5  1  2  1  .400
                   42  2 10  1                           37  3  7  3

L Island             0 1 0   1 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 -  2 10  1
Somerset             1 0 0   0 0 1   0 0 0   0 1 -  3  7  2
2B--Lentini, F RF (1), Dowd, M C (1), Vidal, D 3B (1), Guzman, C RF (1),
Kelly, S SS (1). HR--Kelly, S SS (1). RBI--Vega, A LF (1), TOTALS (0),
Vidal, D 3B (1), Guzman, C RF (1), Kelly, S SS (1), TOTALS  3 (0).
SB--Vidal, D 3B (1). E--Puckett, C 3B (1), Oliver, W P 2 (2). 
LOB--L Island 11, Somerset 11. DP--E. Farris(2B) - S. Kelly(SS) - B.
LaHair(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - T. Colvin(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - D.
Lyons(SS) - T. Colvin(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Brownell, J                     6.0   5   2   2   4   2   0    3.00
Crider, P                       1.0   0   0   0   1   0   0    0.00
Diaz, A                         1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Treece, Z                       1.0   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
Perdomo, L                      1.0   0   0   0   2   1   0    0.00
Lomangino, J (L,0-1)            0.1   1   1   1   0   0   1   27.03
                             10.1     7   3   3   8   6   1
 Somerset
Oliver, W                       7.0   8   2   2   2   3   0    2.57
Miller, J                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Newby, K                        1.0   1   0   0   2   2   0    0.00
De La Torre, J                  1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Nieves, E (W,1-0)               1.0   1   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                               11    10   2   2   4   8   0
PB--Dowd, M. SO--Lentini, F, Lyons, D, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L, Puckett, C,
Colvin, T 2, Vega, A, Zarrillo, V, Farris, E 2, LaHair, B, Roller, K 2.
BB--Lentini, F, Lyons, D, Ford, L, Colvin, T, Zarrillo, V, Eggleston, A 2,
LaHair, B, Vidal, D, Roller, K 2, Guzman, C. BF--Brownell, J 26 (26),
Crider, P 4 (4), Diaz, A 5 (5), Treece, Z 4 (4), Perdomo, L 4 (4),
Lomangino, J 2 (2), Oliver, W 30 (30), Miller, J 3 (3), Newby, K 6 (6), De
La Torre, J 3 (3), Nieves, E 4 (4). P-S--Brownell, J 100-60, Crider, P
14-6, Diaz, A 17-12, Treece, Z 15-9, Perdomo, L 21-9, Lomangino, J 5-3,
Oliver, W 113-74, Miller, J 12-9, Newby, K 26-13, De La Torre, J 11-6,
Nieves, E 21-13. 
T--3:24.  A--5152
SOM: mound visit PC top 2nd; LI: mound visit MGR bottom 7th; LI: mound
visit MGR bottom 8th; SOM: mound visit MGR top 9th; LI: mound visit MGR
bottom 10th;

Weather: Low 80's; scattered clouds
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