Best-of-five series between Ducks and Skeeters commences on September 25th
The Atlantic League Championship Series matchup has been finalized! The Freedom Division champion Sugar Land Skeeters will battle the Liberty Division champion Long Island Ducks in the 2018 Atlantic League Championship Series, which will start on Tuesday, September 25th.
The Skeeters clinched their third Freedom Division title in franchise history on Sunday evening with a thrilling 10-6 victory in 10 innings over the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field. It marks Sugar Land's third Freedom Division Championship in franchise history after previously winning the division in 2014 and 2016. They went on to claim the Atlantic League Championship in 2016 over Long Island.
The Ducks earned their seventh Division Championship in team history and sixth Liberty Division Championship in the past eight seasons with 3-2 win, also in 10 innings, over the Somerset Patriots on Sunday evening at TD Bank Ballpark. Long Island has claimed division titles in 2004, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and they went on to win the Atlantic League Championship in three of those seasons (2004, 2012, 2013).
Long Island and Sugar Land now meet in the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series to determine this year's champion. Games One and Two of the series will be hosted by the Skeeters at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, on Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th. First pitch for both games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CDT. Following a day off, the Ducks will then host Games Three, Four (if necessary) and Five (if necessary) on Friday, September 28th, Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th. Game time for Games Three and Four is slated for 6:35 p.m. EDT, while Game Five is scheduled to get underway at 5:05 p.m.
The complete schedule for the 2018 Atlantic League Championship Series is as follows (all times Eastern):
|Game One||Tuesday, September 25||Long Island Ducks at Sugar Land Skeeters||8:05 p.m.||Constellation Field|
|Game Two||Wednesday, September 26||Long Island Ducks at Sugar Land Skeeters||8:05 p.m.||Constellation Field|
|Game Three||Friday, September 28||Sugar Land Skeeters at Long Island Ducks||6:35 p.m.||Bethpage Ballpark|
|Game Four*||Saturday, September 29||Sugar Land Skeeters at Long Island Ducks||6:35 p.m.||Bethpage Ballpark|
|Game Five*||Sunday, September 30||Sugar Land Skeeters at Long Island Ducks||5:05 p.m.||Bethpage Ballpark|
|* - If Necessary|
The following are the results from the first round matchups in the Freedom Division and Liberty Division Championship Series:
|Game One||Tuesday, September 18||Sugar Land Skeeters 3 at Lancaster Barnstormers 5||Clipper Magazine Stadium|
|Game Two||Wednesday, September 19||Sugar Land Skeeters 3 at Lancaster Barnstormers 0||Clipper Magazine Stadium|
|Game Three||Friday, September 21||Lancaster Barnstormers 8 at Sugar Land Skeeters 2||Constellation Field|
|Game Four*||Saturday, September 22||Lancaster Barnstormers 2 at Sugar Land Skeeters 7||Constellation Field|
|Game Five*||Sunday, September 23||Lancaster Barnstormers 6 at Sugar Land Skeeters 10 (10 innings)||Constellation Field|
|* - If Necessary|
|Game One||Wednesday, September 19||Somerset Patriots 2 at Long Island Ducks 9||Bethpage Ballpark|
|Game Two||Thursday, September 20||Somerset Patriots 1 at Long Island Ducks 11||Bethpage Ballpark|
|Game Three||Friday, September 21||Long Island Ducks 4 at Somerset Patriots 8||TD Bank Ballpark|
|Game Four*||Saturday, September 22||Long Island Ducks 3 at Somerset Patriots 5||TD Bank Ballpark|
|Game Five*||Sunday, September 23||Long Island Ducks 3 at Somerset Patriots 2 (10 innings)||TD Bank Ballpark|
|* - If Necessary|
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
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