LONG ISLAND DUCKS - Strong Pitching Hurls Lancaster Barnstormers Past Ducks In Game One.
GAME ONE FINAL:
Long Island 1
In Wednesday's opening game of the 2012 Atlantic League championship series, the league's regular season ERA King did what he does best - win games and make opposing runs a scarce commodity. Lancaster's Dwayne Pollok, who not incidentally also tied for the circuit lead in wins this season, pitched six innings of shutout ball against the Long Island Ducks. Pollok surrendered four hits, walked two, and struck out five for the win.
The Ducks finally broke through for a run in the seventh inning against Lancaster's bullpen. Dan Lyons connected on a double. Kraig Binick drove him home with a single. But that's all Long Island would get. The Barnstormer bullpen combined on three innings pitched, allowing the Ducks their lone run. Five Lancaster relievers surrendered five hits, walked no batters and struck out four.
Randy Kiesler made the start for Long Island and pitched almost equally as well. He managed through the first six innings, allowing a run in the second inning, and another in the sixth. Kiesler surrendered five hits and walked two to that point, while striking out four. Then after retiring the first two batters in the seventh, Coach Baez made a move to the bullpen. Jeremy Hill was given the ball. The first batter he faced singled. Hill then issued a walk to the second batter, setting up runners at first and second. In was what still a 2-1 game in Lancaster's favor, the next batter Jeremy Hill faced was Lancaster's DH, Ryan Harvey, who promptly connected on a three run home run, making the game a 5-1 affair.
After Game Two, the series will shift back to Long Island for all remaining games.