September 26, 2012 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks
Waldorf, Md. - The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 4-3 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Regency Furniture Stadium.
The Ducks tagged Blue Crabs starter Ben Moore for two runs in the opening inning on Joash Brodin's RBI ground-rule double to left-center field and Ray Navarrete's RBI single to right field. It would stay that way until the fifth inning when Brian Barton tied the game with a two-run double to center off Ducks starter Randy Keisler.
Long Island would take the lead back in the eighth inning on a RBI doubles to left by Brodin and Brandon Sing. Jesse Gutierrez hit a solo homer in the eighth to cut the lead to one, but Jeremy Hill and Leo Rosales kept the Ducks in front to secure the win.
Keisler did not factor into the decision, but pitched six innings of two-run ball, allowing just two runs on four hits while striking out nine. Jared Lansford (1-0) collected the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning, striking out the side. Moore (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on seven hits in seven and one-third innings of work. Rosales earned the save with a perfect ninth.
Brodin led the Flock with three hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
The Ducks and Blue Crabs continue the Liberty Division Championship Series on Thursday night with Game Two. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. from Regency Furniture 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. Left-hander Matt Way takes the mound for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Matthew Vasquez.
Long Island returns home for the playoffs on Friday, September 28 when they play Game Three of the Best-of-Five Liberty Division Championship Series. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Grucci Fireworks Extravaganza. 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.