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FISHER GOES THE DISTANCE TO GIVE DUCKS SERIES LEAD

Southpaw tosses complete game in first postseason start

(Bridgewater, N.J., Sept. 22, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots 6-1 on Friday night in Game Three of the Liberty Division Championship Series at TD Bank Ballpark. Long Island now leads the best-of-five series is two games to one.

GAME VIDEO: Highlights from the Game Three victory

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Jake Fisher and Marc Krauss talk about the win

Jake Fisher (1-0) was the dominant on the mound for Long Island, turning in a complete game effort for the win in his first professional postseason start. The southpaw tossed all nine innings, allowing just six hits and two walks while striking out nine batters. He threw 115 pitches in the outing, 89 of which were strikes, and allowed just two baserunners to reach third base in the game. The only run the 27-year-old surrendered came in the ninth inning on a two-out double to left field by David Vidal.

The Ducks erupted for three runs in the first inning against Patriots starter Will Oliver to take give Fisher the early lead. RBI singles by Lew Ford and Marc Krauss, along with a run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Angelo Songco, highlighted the inning.

It stayed that way until the sixth when Long Island added a pair of two-out runs to extend the lead to five. An RBI single by Dan Lyons followed by an RBI double from Giovanny Alfonzo did the damage. Anthony Vega rounded out the scoring with a towering two-out solo homer to right in the eighth off Patriots reliever Kyler Newby.

Oliver (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering five runs on 10 hits and a walk in six innings while striking out four.

Eight of the nine Ducks batters registered at least one hit in the game. Krauss led the way with three hits and an RBI, while Alfonzo and Ford each added two hits, an RBI and a run. Elmer Reyes and Alex Burg each added two hits and scored a run.

The Ducks and Patriots continue the Liberty Division Championship Series with Game Four on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Right-hander Jake Dunning (2-3, 3.64) takes the mound for the Ducks against Patriots righty Patrick Johnson (2-2, 4.76).

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)

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Game Date: 09/22/2017
Long Island Ducks  6 AT Somerset Patriots  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG  Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Alfonzo, G 3B       5  1  2  1  .214  Trapp, J RF         4  0  0  0  .167
Reyes, E 2B         5  1  2  0  .417  Rodriguez, A SS     4  0  1  0  .417
Ford, L LF          5  1  2  1  .385  Rosario, O LF       3  0  0  0  .545
Krauss, M 1B        5  0  3  1  .308  Roller, K DH        4  1  1  0  .231
Songco, A DH        5  0  1  1  .167  Vidal, D 3B         4  0  2  1  .250
Burg, A C           3  1  2  0  .636  Maloney, J 1B       4  0  0  0  .111
Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  0  0  .182  Richardson, D CF    2  0  0  0  .182
Vega, A RF          3  1  1  1  .286  Bortnick, T 2B      3  0  2  0  .500
Lyons, D SS         4  1  1  1  .222  Donachie, A C       3  0  0  0  .000
                   39  6 14  6                           31  1  6  1

L Island             3 0 0   0 0 2   0 1 0 -  6 14  1
Somerset             0 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 1 -  1  6  1
2B--Alfonzo, G 3B (1), Burg, A C (1), Vidal, D 3B 2 (2). HR--Vega, A RF
(1). RBI--Alfonzo, G 3B (1), Ford, L LF (2), Krauss, M 1B (1), Songco, A DH
(1), Vega, A RF (2), Lyons, D SS (1), TOTALS  6 (0), Vidal, D 3B (1),
TOTALS (0). HP--Burg, A C 2 (2). SH--Cleary Jr., D CF (0). E--Alfonzo, G 3B
(1), Rodriguez, A SS (1). 
LOB--L Island 10, Somerset 5. DP--D. Lyons(SS) - M. Krauss(1B), T.
Bortnick(2B) - A. Rodriguez(SS) - J. Maloney(1B), T. Bortnick(2B) - D.
Vidal(3B) - J. Maloney(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 L Island
Fisher, J (W,1-0)               9.0   6   1   1   2   9   0    1.00
                                9     6   1   1   2   9   0
 Somerset
Oliver, W (L,0-1)               6.0  10   5   5   1   4   0    7.50
Hessler, K                      1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Newby, K                        1.0   1   1   1   0   0   1    9.00
Hunton, J                       1.0   3   0   0   0   0   0    0.00
                                9    14   6   6   1   5   1
PB--Donachie, A. HB--Oliver, W (1), Newby, K (1). SO--Krauss, M, Songco, A,
Cleary Jr., D 2, Vega, A, Trapp, J, Rodriguez, A, Roller, K, Maloney, J 4,
Bortnick, T, Donachie, A. BB--Vega, A, Rosario, O, Richardson, D.
BF--Fisher, J 33 (33), Oliver, W 29 (29), Hessler, K 3 (6), Newby, K 5 (5),
Hunton, J 6 (6). P-S--Fisher, J 115-83, Oliver, W 100-67, Hessler, K 10-8,
Newby, K 16-8, Hunton, J 24-15. 
T--2:41.  A--8131
LI, B5, PC mound visit; SOM, T6, PC mound visit;

Weather: Clear; PERFECT!
Plate Umpire - Matt Hensel, Field Umpire #1 - Tom Gandolfo, Field Umpire #2 - Freddie DeJesus, Field Umpire #3 - JB Torres