From the desk of: THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE
LONG ISLAND DUCKS: Thumped By Lancaster; Three Games Remain In Season.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lancaster Barnstormers 8-4 Wednesday night to finally snap a six game losing streak. Meanwhile, the Bridgeport Bluefish dropped their contest to the Somerset Patriots, and so the Ducks began Thursday night's play with a magic number of two for clinching the (2nd half) Liberty Division flag.
Long Island and the Barnstormers wrapped up their series this evening, albeit in a driving rain shortened game, replete with lightning, thunder, and bucket sized globs of falling liquid.
In six innings, Lancaster bombarded The Pond with fifteen hits and nine runs. Derek Blacksher started for Long Island and got pounded silly. In four innings pitched, Lancaster abused him for seven runs on ten hits. In relief, Josh Strawn allowed another two runs on five hits, in just 1.1 innings of work.
All the Ducks mustered was a solo home run in the second inning by catcher Ralph Henriquez off Lancaster starter Jeff Bennett, who technically went the distance with five innings pitched. Jeff allowed just the one run on two hits and no walks, while striking out three to gain the victory.
The Bridgeport Bluefish and Somerset Patriots were rained out, and so the Ducks magic number remains at two. Long Island will now take their leave of The Pond, and end the regular season with a three game series against the Patriots in Somerset, New Jersey.