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EARLY OFFENSE LEADS PATRIOTS PAST DUCKS IN GAME ONE

Five-run third inning proves too much for Flock to overcome

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 7-1 on Wednesday night in Game One of the Liberty Division Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark. The Patriots now lead the best-of-five series one game to none.

GAME VIDEO: Highlights from the Liberty Division Championship Series Game One

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez, Anthony Vega and Alex Burg talk about the LDCS opener

Somerset opened the scoring with a five-run third inning against Ducks starter John Brownell. RBI singles by Olmo Rosario and Joe Maloney, along with a pair of errors that plated runs, highlighted the frame.

Long Island closed to within 5-1 in the bottom of the fourth on three singles off Patriots starter Mark Hamburger, including an RBI base hit from Anthony Vega. However, a two-run sixth inning for Somerset put the game out of reach. RBI singles by Rosario and Kyler Roller did the damage.

Hamburger (1-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of one-run ball, allowing eight hits and a walk while striking out seven. Brownell (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (four earned) on 13 hits and a walk in five and one-third innings with four strikeouts. Three Long Island relievers combined to pitch two and two-thirds scoreless innings of relief, yielding three hits and striking out three.

Elmer Reyes, Lew Ford and Alex Burg each had two hits to lead the Flock offensively.

The Ducks and Patriots take the field again on Thursday night for Game Two of the Liberty Division Championship Series. Game One of the best-of-five series will begin at 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at a special time of 5:15. Prior to the game, there will be a cheerleading demonstration taking place on the field, presented by the Suffolk County Youth Cheerleading Association.

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game 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.

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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For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Game Date: 09/20/2017
Somerset Patriots  7 AT Long Island Ducks  1

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Somerset           AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
Trapp, J RF         4  1  1  0  .250  Alfonzo, G 3B       4  0  0  0  .000
Rodriguez, A SS     5  2  2  0  .400  Reyes, E 2B         4  0  2  0  .500
Rosario, O LF       5  0  5  2 1.000  Krauss, M 1B        4  0  0  0  .000
Roller, K DH        5  1  1  1  .200  Ford, L LF          4  0  2  0  .500
Vidal, D 3B         4  1  1  0  .250  Songco, A DH        4  1  1  0  .250
Maloney, J 1B       5  1  1  1  .200  Burg, A C           4  0  2  0  .500
Richardson, D CF    5  0  1  0  .200  Cleary Jr., D CF    4  0  1  0  .250
Bortnick, T 2B      5  0  2  0  .400  Vega, A RF          4  0  1  1  .250
Gonzalez, Y C       4  1  2  0  .500  Lyons, D SS         3  0  0  0  .000
                   42  7 16  4                           35  1  9  1

Somerset             0 0 5   0 0 2   0 0 0 -  7 16  0
L Island             0 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  9  2
2B--Rosario, O LF (1), Richardson, D CF (1). RBI--Rosario, O LF  2 (2),
Roller, K DH (1), Maloney, J 1B (1), TOTALS  4 (0), Vega, A RF (1), TOTALS
(0). SH--Trapp, J RF (0). SB--Trapp, J RF (1). E--Ford, L LF (1), Lyons, D
SS (1). 
LOB--Somerset 10, L Island 8. DP--T. Bortnick(2B) - A. Rodriguez(SS) - J.
Maloney(1B), E. Reyes(2B) - D. Lyons(SS) - M. Krauss(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Somerset
Hamburger, M (W,1-0)            7.0   8   1   1   1   7   0    1.29
Below, D                        1.0   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Hessler, K                      1.0   0   0   0   0   2   0    0.00
                                9     9   1   1   1  10   0
 L Island
Brownell, J (L,0-1)             5.1  13   7   4   1   4   0    6.75
Treece, Z                       1.2   1   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
OGrady, D                       1.0   2   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
Wilson, T                       1.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    0.00
                                9    16   7   4   1   7   0
WP--Brownell, J (1), OGrady, D (1). SO--Trapp, J, Roller, K, Vidal, D,
Maloney, J 2, Richardson, D, Bortnick, T, Alfonzo, G, Krauss, M 2, Ford, L,
Songco, A, Burg, A, Vega, A 2, Lyons, D 2. BB--Vidal, D, Lyons, D.
BF--Hamburger, M 30 (30), Below, D 3 (3), Hessler, K 3 (3), Brownell, J 31
(31), Treece, Z 5 (5), OGrady, D 5 (5), Wilson, T 3 (3). P-S--Hamburger, M
118-80, Below, D 12-7, Hessler, K 11-8, Brownell, J 97-68, Treece, Z 10-9,
OGrady, D 21-14, Wilson, T 9-6. 
T--2:44.  A--3103

Plate Umpire - Fred DeJesus, Field Umpire #1 - Brian DeBrauwere, Field Umpire #2 - Matt Hensel, Field Umpire #3 - Tom Gandolfo