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Championship Series MVP Returns / Ducks Street Team Visits East Plain

January 29, 2013 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks News Release

(Central Islip, N.Y., Jan. 25, 2013) - The Atlantic League champion Long Island Ducks today announced the signing of shortstop Dan Lyons for the 2013 season. Lyons, the 2012 Championship Series Most Valuable Player, begins his third season on Long Island.

"Dan has been a vital part of our success over the past two seasons," says Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. "His clutch hitting and superb defense will be a key ingredient to our club continuing our winning ways."

Lyons earned his first Atlantic League All-Star Game selection in 2012 and was also named the First Team Postseason All-Star shortstop. During the regular season, the 28-year-old collected three homers, 56 RBI, 17 doubles and a team-high six triples in 127 games. He also had two waddle-off hits during the season, including a game-winning single on July 1 against Sugar Land. The victory secured the First Half Liberty Division Championship, giving the Ducks their eighth postseason berth in the past nine years.

During the playoffs, the Minnesota native compiled three doubles, six RBI and nine runs scored in 10 games. His biggest hits included a game-winning three-run double in Game Two of the Atlantic League Championship Series and the championship-winning walk-off bunt single in the ninth inning of Game Five. For his efforts, he was named the Championship Series MVP, becoming the second player in franchise history to earn the honor (Justin Davies, 2004).

Lyons was also a member of the Ducks in 2011, hitting .283 with 40 RBI, 15 doubles and four triples during the regular season before going 3-for-5 with a run batted in over four postseason games. The University of Minnesota alum has played six seasons of professional baseball and was originally drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 14th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

(Massapequa, N.Y., Jan. 29, 2013) - On Tuesday, the Long Island Ducks Street Team, powered by National Grid, made their third TD Bank "Take a Duck to Class" appearance of the year by spending the morning with Alexa Lipsenthal and her classmates at East Plain Elementary School. Alexa was one of four winners in the annual essay contest, and as part of her prize, her class received a special visit from TD Bank, QuackerJack and 2012 Atlantic League champion Ray Navarrete.

The assembly began in the gymnasium with TD Bank representatives Eric Fishon and Hercules Nikolopoulos presenting Alexa with a Visa gift card for being one of the winners and writing a terrific essay, which she then read to the entire class. Long Island's favorite mascot, QuackerJack, then came out to say hello and assisted Ray while he played whiffle ball with the class. The Ducks infielder also congratulated Alexa and reminded her class to always work as hard as possible to achieve their dreams.

Following the whiffle ball game in the gymnasium, QuackerJack and Ray joined Alexa and the rest of her class for a private autograph session in their classroom. Students posed for pictures and were given a gift bag full of goodies, courtesy of TD Bank.

Contestants were able to pick up applications from local TD Bank locations this fall and submit an essay of 250 words or less on "Why my community is important to me." Out of hundreds of essays received from all over Long Island, four winners were selected. Each winner will receive a visit from a Ducks player and Long Island's most popular mascot, QuackerJack, along with a Visa gift card from TD Bank.

The final TD Bank "Take a Duck to Class" appearance of the year will take place on Tuesday, February 5 at Sayville Middle School. The Ducks Street Team, powered by National Grid, will be visiting Hannah Niggemeier, 11, and her classmates to celebrate another winning essay.

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 .

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