Legends use longball in Game Four to claim 2021 Atlantic League championship
(Lexington, Ky., Oct. 19, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lexington Legends 13-2 on Tuesday night in Game Four of the Atlantic League Championship Series at Lexington Legends Ballpark. The Legends win the best-of-five series three games to one and are the 2021 Atlantic League champions.
Lexington was led offensively by Courtney Hawkins, who hit three home runs in the ballgame, drove in five runs and scored three times. For his efforts, he was named the Championship Series Most Valuable Player. Four other Legends players also homered in the game. Ben Aklinski (three-run), Roberto Baldoquin (two-run), Denis Phipps (solo) and Ben Revere (solo) also left the yard.
Long Island scored single runs in the second and fifth innings. Chris Shaw connected for an RBI single to center field, and Steve Lombardozzi lifted a sacrifice fly to left.
Legends starter Zac Westcott (2-0) earned the win, tossing seven innings of two-run ball, allowing seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. Ducks starter Joe Iorio (1-1) took the loss, conceding six runs on eight hits and a walk over three innings with one strikeout.
The Ducks would like to thank the best fans in the Atlantic League for all of their support during the 2021 season. This year saw the Ducks post the best record in the Atlantic League (68-52) for the second consecutive season and earn their 15th postseason appearance in franchise history as the First Half North Division champions. In addition, Long Island went on to defeat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to earn the team’s ninth Division Championship all-time and league-record fifth in a row.
Off the field, 224,120 fans enjoyed Ducks games during the 2021 regular season, an average of 4,002 per game. Both totals were the most among all MLB Partner Leagues. That total, plus nearly 10,000 fans in the postseason, helped the franchise add to its all-time Atlantic League record attendance total, which now stands at 8,309,058. In addition, the organization has hosted 691 sold out crowds all-time, which is also a league record.
Season ticket plans for the Long Island Ducks 2022 season are now available. For more information, please call (631) 940-3825. Stay tuned to LIDucks.com for more information on the 2022 season schedule and details.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball, and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call (631) 940-DUCK (3825).
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With teams throughout the Mid-Atlantic, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 24-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.