Tuesday, June 21, 2016

L.I. Ducks: Faltering Flock Fall Two Back in Standings

From the desk of:  THE WEBBED SPIKES NINE

Revs lead series 2-0
I - YRK 7; LID 2
II - YRK 8; LID 3

Long Island Ducks: Countdown commenced at T minus 20 ... that's twenty games remaining in the first half.

Something just doesn't jive...

You study team stats, compare them, sometimes even admire them, and reasonably conclude Long Island should be slightly ahead of Somerset in the standings.  Yet, by close of business Tuesday, the Ducks ponderously fell two games behind the Patriots in the Liberty Division.

You start thinking what went wrong in a season where seemingly every little taste of first place resulted in food poisoning.  Then a quick glance back over last two months reveals a season littered by squandered opportunities.

On June 14, the Ducks began a stretch of 24 games in 22 days.  Things got off well enough with a home sweep of the Bees.  Losing a double-header to the Lancaster Barnstormers this past Saturday, however, was absolutely brutal.  Somerset was victorious over the Blue Crabs that day, and so the Ducks needed to at least gain a split.

Long Island arrived in York Monday where their road woes continued with a pair of losses against the Freedom Division leaders, that A) - ensured Long Island's second straight series loss in York with Wednesday's game to go, and B) - dropped their road record to 11-17 this season.

Patriots   34-24
Ducks      32-26

Somerset owns the head-to-head match-up against the Ducks, and the two will not face each other again for the remainder of the first half.  Now time is beginning to run short, and the Patriots are heating up again with an 8-2 record over their last ten games.

And now time is beginning to run short on the first half.

Prepare for a photo finish ... but it didn't need to be this way.

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