October 3, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks
(Lancaster, Penn., Oct. 3, 2012) - The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 5-1 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The Barnstormers now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.
Lancaster struck first in the second inning on a run-scoring error by Shawn Williams off the bat of Adam Godwin. It stayed that way until the sixth inning when Kody Kirkland hit a solo homer to right off Ducks starter Randy Keisler.
Long Island answered with a run in the seventh on a two-out single to right by Kraig Binick. However, Ryan Harvey launched a two-out three-run homer to right-center in the bottom of the frame off Ducks reliever Jeremy Hill to put the game out of reach.
Dwayne Pollok (2-0) picked up the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out five. Keisler (0-1) suffered the hard-luck loss, surrendering two runs (one earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings.
Binick, Joash Brodin and Mitch Canham led the Ducks with two hits apiece.
The Ducks and Barnstomers continue the Championship Series on Thursday night with Game Two. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m. from Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans can follow all the action live online at LIDucks.com by clicking the Listen Live icon on the homepage. Streaming audio will be provided by iBN, the Internet Broadcast Network.
Long Island returns home on Friday, October 5 for Game Three of the series against the Barnstormers. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05 p.m. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravagnza. Tickets for the game and all Ducks home playoff games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling 631-940-TIXX or visiting www.liducks.com.