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SKEETERS RALLY LATE TO CLAIM ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Magical Ducks season ends in Game Three of Championship Series

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 30, 2016) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Sugar Land Skeeters 5-3 on Friday night in Game Three of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Constellation Field. Sugar Land wins the best-of-five series three games to none and is the 2016 Atlantic League champion.

GAME AUDIO: Highlights from Game Three

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Dan Lyons, Lew Ford and Fehlandt Lentini talk about the game

Long Island grabbed a run in the first inning when Fehlandt Lentini stole home as part of a double steal with Dan Lyons. It stayed that way until the fourth when Lance Zawadzki’s two-run double to left off Ducks starter Nick Struck put the Skeeters on top 2-1.

The Ducks came right back in the fifth with a pair of runs off Skeeters starter Sean Gallagher. Lew Ford drove in a run with an RBI double and then scored on a throwing error following Cody Puckett’s infield single.

Sugar Land took the lead back though with three runs in the seventh inning. An RBI single by Juan Martinez and a two-run single by Josh Prince put the Skeeters ahead 5-3.

Gallagher (1-0) earned the win, pitching seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks while striking out six. Struck (1-1) suffered the loss, yielding five runs on 10 hits and one walk in six and two-thirds innings with five strikeouts. Derrick Loop collected his fourth save of the playoffs with a scoreless ninth.

Dan Lyons led the Flock with two hits.

The Ducks would like to thank their great fans for all of the support they showed this season, helping the Ducks to their fifth division title in franchise history. 2016 saw the Ducks win the First Half Liberty Division title with a 40-30 record to secure their 11th trip to the postseason in franchise history. In addition, the team became the first in Atlantic League history to welcome its 7 millionth fan through the gates on September 11. Long Island also led the league in average attendance this season at 5,265, the 14th time in 17 seasons that the Ducks ranked first.

Season tickets for the 2017 season of Long Island Ducks baseball are now available. For more information, please CLICK 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: 09/30/2016
Sugar Land Skeeters  5 AT Long Island Ducks  3

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Prince, J 2B        4  0  1  2  .250  Lentini, F RF       3  2  1  0  .281
Tosoni, R CF        4  0  1  0  .185  Lyons, D SS         3  0  2  0  .207
Barfield, J RF      4  1  2  0  .308  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  0  0  .161
Scott, T DH         4  1  1  0  .238  Ford, L DH          3  1  1  1  .207
Young, D 1B         4  0  1  0  .273  Puckett, C 3B       4  0  1  0  .233
Zawadzki, L SS      4  0  1  2  .261  Colvin, T 1B        4  0  1  0  .286
Rodriguez, W C      3  1  1  0  .300  Gotay, R 2B         4  0  0  0  .185
Dominguez, J LF     3  1  1  0  .429  Dowd, M C           4  0  1  0  .154
Martinez, J 3B      4  1  1  1  .333  Vega, A LF          2  0  0  0  .250
                                       Blanke, M PH       1  0  0  0  .000
                   34  5 10  5                           32  3  7  1

Sugar Land           0 0 0   2 0 0   3 0 0 -  5 10  1
L Island             1 0 0   0 2 0   0 0 0 -  3  7  1
2B--Zawadzki, L SS (1), Ford, L DH (2). 3B--Tosoni, R CF (1). RBI--Prince,
J 2B  2 (9), Zawadzki, L SS  2 (4), Martinez, J 3B (5), TOTALS  5 (0),
Ford, L DH (4), TOTALS (0). HP--Rodriguez, W C (2). SH--Lyons, D SS (0).
SB--Lentini, F RF (2), Lyons, D SS (1). E--Martinez, J 3B (1), Lyons, D SS
(1). 
LOB--Sugar Land 5, L Island 9. DP--J. Prince(2B) - L. Zawadzki(SS) - D.
Young(1B), R. Gotay(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - T. Colvin(1B), T. Colvin(1B) - D.
Lyons(SS) - N. Struck(P), T. Colvin(1B) - D. Lyons(SS) - N. Struck(P). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Sugar Land
Gallagher, S (W,1-0)            7.0   7   3   2   4   6   0    2.25
Johnston, A                     1.0   0   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
Loop, D (S,4)                   1.0   0   0   0   2   2   0    3.86
                                9     7   3   2   6   8   0
 L Island
Struck, N (L,1-1)               6.2  10   5   5   1   5   0    3.95
Crider, P                       0.1   0   0   0   0   1   0    3.86
Treece, Z                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Diaz, A                         1.0   0   0   0   1   1   0    0.00
                                9    10   5   5   2   8   0
PB--Rodriguez, W. HB--Diaz, A (1). SO--Tosoni, R, Scott, T 2, Young, D,
Zawadzki, L, Rodriguez, W 2, Martinez, J, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L 2, Gotay,
R 2, Dowd, M, Vega, A, Blanke, M. BB--Prince, J, Dominguez, J, Lentini, F
2, Lyons, D, Cleary Jr., D, Ford, L, Vega, A. BF--Gallagher, S 31 (57),
Johnston, A 3 (10), Loop, D 5 (22), Struck, N 28 (53), Crider, P (10),
Treece, Z 3 (13), Diaz, A 5 (25). P-S--Gallagher, S 113-69, Johnston, A
10-6, Loop, D 24-14, Struck, N 98-67, Crider, P 5-3, Treece, Z 10-7, Diaz,
A 26-18. 
T--2:37.  A--3393

Plate Umpire - Tom Gandolfo Jr., Field Umpire #1 - Richard Katz, Field Umpire #2 - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #3 - John Grasso