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DUCKS WADDLE-OFF TO FIRST HALF TITLE


(Central Islip, N.Y., Jul. 1, 2012) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 2-1 on Sunday evening to sweep the four-game series and earn the 2012 First Half Liberty Division title.

GAME VIDEO: Shawn Williams' RBI single and Dan Lyons' waddle-off single to center

POSTGAME VIDEO: Kevin Baez speaks to his team after winning the first half Liberty Division title

POSTGAME VIDEO: Baez, Ray Navarrete, Lyons and Williams talk about winning the first half


The Skeeters took a one-run lead in the top of the third off Ducks starter Dan Meyer on a RBI sac fly by Ofilio Castro. After a 54 minutes rain delay, both teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the sixth when Shawn Williams knocked a RBI single to right tying the game at 1-1.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth, when Shawn Williams led off with a single and eventually scored on a waddle-off RBI single to center by Dan Lyons.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Meyer tossed two and two-thirds innings of no-hit baseball, allowing one run while striking out two, and Dustin Richardson lasted three innings, yielding no runs on two hits with three strikeouts. Connor Graham (1-1) earned the win tossing two scoreless innings of relief, while Kelvin Villa (0-2) suffered the loss, allowing one run on two hits in one inning.

Bryant Nelson paced the Flock with three hits, while Lyons and Williams each had two hits and drove in a run.

The Ducks continue a seven-game homestand, as they host the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the first game of a three-game set on Monday night. Game time 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, presented by The Rinx at Hidden Pond Park.

Tickets for the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark Box Office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, or going online to www.liducks.com. Fans unable to make the game can follow the action live online at LIDucks.com by clicking the Watch Live icon on the homepage. Streaming video and audio will be provided by iBN, the Internet Broadcast Network.

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Duck Tales: By winning the First Half Liberty Division title, the Ducks have now won three consecutive half-season division championships. Long Island won both the first and second half in the Liberty Division during the 2011 season. The win guarantees the Ducks their eighth postseason appearance in franchise history, with all eight coming in the last nine years…Dan Lyons extended his on-base streak to 13 games with two hits. It was the first walk-off hit of his Ducks career and the team’s sixth waddle-off win of the season…With three hits in the game, Bryant Nelson earned his third three-hit game and 18th multi-hit contest. Navarrete leads the way with six three-hit games and 23 multi-hit games…Shawn Williams drove in his 30th run of the season with his RBI single and collected his 25th run on the walk-off base hit. Williams has now either driven in or scored the game-winning run in five of the Ducks’ six walk-off wins…The Ducks are now a season-high 14 games over .500 at 38-24 on the season. The most wins over by a Ducks team in the first half of a season was 40, done in 2000, 2004 and 2011. Their most wins ever in a half was 42, done in the second half of the 2000 season.


GAME DATE: 07/01/2012
Sugar Land Skeeters  1 AT Long Island Ducks  2

                                 YTD                                   YTD
Sugar Land         AB  R  H BI   AVG  L Island           AB  R  H BI   AVG
M.Negron LF         2  1  1  0  .340  K.Binick LF         4  0  2  0  .279
L.Figueroa SS       2  0  0  0  .107  R.Gorecki CF        4  0  0  0  .259
J.Lane DH           4  0  1  0  .327  R.Navarrete DH      2  1  0  0  .326
O.Castro 3B         1  0  0  1  .306  B.Sing 1B           3  0  0  0  .257
J.Pressley 1B       4  0  1  0  .249   M.Canham 1B        1  0  0  0  .154
 R.Rodriguez PR,RF  0  0  0  0  .094  B.Nelson 3B         4  0  3  0  .258
S.Moss CF           4  0  0  0  .186  S.Williams 2B       4  1  2  1  .286
M.Hagen 1B,RF       3  0  1  0  .241  J.McOwen RF         3  0  0  0  .234
O.Martinez C        4  0  0  0  .309  J.Johnson C         4  0  0  0  .203
D.Ramos 2B          4  0  1  0  .243  D.Lyons SS          3  0  2  1  .282
                   28  1  5  1                           32  2  9  2

Sugar Land           0 0 1   0 0 0   0 0 0 -  1  5  1
L Island             0 0 0   0 0 1   0 0 1 -  2  9  0
2B--K.Binick (9), B.Nelson (16). RBI--O.Castro (23), S.Williams (30),
D.Lyons (33). HP--R.Navarrete (6). SF--O.Castro (2). SH--J.McOwen (0).
SB--M.Hagen (1). CS--B.Nelson (3). E--O.Martinez (7). 
LOB--Sugar Land 8, L Island 8. DP--B. Nelson(3B) - S. Williams(2B) - B.
Sing(1B), D. Ramos(2B) - L. Figueroa(SS) - J. Pressley(1B), D. Lyons(SS) -
M. Canham(1B). 
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 Sugar Land
D.Richardson                    3.0   2   0   0   0   3   0    2.87
R.McKeller                      2.2   3   1   1   2   0   0    4.94
G.Parcell                       1.2   1   0   0   0   3   0    0.00
K.Villa (L,0-2)                 1.0   2   1   1   0   0   0    6.91
E.Krebs                         0.1   1   0   0   0   0   0    3.00
                              8.2     9   2   2   2   6   0
 L Island
D.Meyer                         2.2   0   1   1   6   2   0    4.08
E.Niesen                        2.1   3   0   0   1   1   0    4.45
J.Lansford                      2.0   0   0   0   0   1   0    4.24
C.Graham (W,1-1)                2.0   2   0   0   0   1   0    3.71
                                9     5   1   1   7   5   0
WP--D.Meyer (5). HB--R.McKeller (7). SO--L.Figueroa, S.Moss 2, D.Ramos 2,
R.Gorecki, B.Sing, S.Williams, J.McOwen, J.Johnson 2. BB--M.Negron 2,
L.Figueroa 2, O.Castro 2, M.Hagen, R.Navarrete, D.Lyons. BF--D.Richardson
11 (64), R.McKeller 13 (216), G.Parcell 6 (11), K.Villa 4 (66), E.Krebs 2
(96), D.Meyer 13 (162), E.Niesen 10 (130), J.Lansford 6 (71), C.Graham 7
(119). P-S--D.Richardson 45-30, R.McKeller 45-24, G.Parcell 23-16, K.Villa
20-11, E.Krebs 8-5, D.Meyer 63-25, E.Niesen 33-18, J.Lansford 20-12,
C.Graham 26-17. 
T--3:54.  A--5505
54 minute rain delay in the top of the third inning

Umpires: Plate Ump - Eric Diaz, Field Ump #1 - Mike Terry, Field Ump #2 - Pat McLaughlin