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Ducks outfielder earns monthly honor after posting .486 batting average

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 5, 2019) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced the recipients of the league’s Player and Pitcher of the Month awards for August, 2019.

Long Island Ducks outfielder and hitting coach Lew Ford has been named the Atlantic League’s Player of the Month. Ford led all Atlantic League hitters with a .486 batting average in August, collecting an astounding 36 hits in 77 at-bats. In addition, he accrued a .506 on-base percentage and a .676 slugging percentage, both of which led the league for the month. The 10th-year Duck recorded 50 total bases, eight doubles, two homers, 14 RBIs and 16 runs scored. The 43-year-old hit safely in 16 of his 17 games played, earning multiple hits in nine games, including a pair of five-hit contests.

York Revolution starter Mitch Atkins has been chosen as the Atlantic League’s Pitcher of the Month. The right-hander went 4-0 with a 2.52 ERA in six starts during the month. He ranked fifth in the league with 39.1 innings pitching in August, allowing 11 runs on 31 hits and eight walks while striking out 32 batters. Opponents batted just .214 against Atkins as well. The second-year Revolution hurler turned in back-to-back starts of seven scoreless innings on August 14 and 19, and he pitched a complete game on August 30 at Southern Maryland. Atkins struck out five or more batters in three of his six starts as well, helping the Revolution move to the top of the Freedom Division standings.

“While there were many outstanding performances in August, Lew and Mitch both put together exceptional months,” said Atlantic League President Rick White. “Congratulations to these two Atlantic League veterans on a job well done.”

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

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