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September 28, 2005

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Ducks “Quack Off” With Win: From their press release – The Long Island Ducks topped the Nashua Pride 5-4 with the same last minute dramatics that gave the team their first ever Atlantic League crown one year ago. With two outs in the ninth, Juan Lorenzo dropped a ball into right that scored the winning run and sent the Ducks to Nashua with a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three North Division Championship Series.

In the fateful ninth, Long Island got runners on first and second with a pair of walks. Lorenzo took reliever Kevin McGlinchy into right to score Donny Leon to give the Ducks the come-from-behind walk-off win.

Trailing by two runs in the fourth, Henry Rodriguez cut the lead to one with a solo home run and Pete Rose, Jr. put the home club up 4-2 with a three-run homer off Pride starter Denny Harriger. Nashua would tie the game at four with a pair of home runs by Glenn Murray (sixth) and Brian Becker (eighth).

Closer Todd Erdos (1-0) picked up his first win of the postseason after tossing a 1-2-3 ninth. Jason Navarro (0-1) took the loss after allowing one run on no hits in 1.1 innings of work. Starter Bill Pulsipher did not factor into the decision after striking out seven over 7.1 innings. Pride ace Denny Harriger allowed four runs on seven hits in seven innings of work, while striking out four. Mike Crudale tossed a scoreless 0.2 innings for Long Island.

Patriots Win On The Road: From their press release – The Somerset Patriots defeated the Atlantic City Surf 5-2 to take a 1-0 lead in the South Division playoffs Tuesday night at Sandcastle Stadium.

Game two of the best-of-three series is scheduled for Commerce Bank Ballpark Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m.

The Patriots got a stellar effort from starter Mark DiFelice who went the distance and held the potent Atlantic City lineup to five hits and one earned run. DiFelice struck out five and walked one to get his team the victory.

Somerset was paced offensively by Jeff Nettles and Ryan Radmanovich. Radmanovich blasted a two-run homer to right centerfield off Surf starter Ryan Schurman in the fourth inning to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead. Nettles added a solo shot in the sixth inning off Schurman and the Patriots added another run with two outs on consecutive hits by Radmanovich, Kevin Nicholson and Todd Betts to give the Patriots a 4-1 edge.

Atlantic City’s Raul Marval hit a solo homer off DiFelice in the seventh inning but the Patriots added another run in the eighth off Aaron Kirkland on an RBI double by Jeff Nettles.

Nettles was 2-for-3 with two RBI for the Patriots and Radmanovich was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Schurman pitched well for Atlantic City but it wasn’t enough to offset DiFelice’s effort. Schurman gave up six hits and four earned runs in six innings of work while walking one and striking out five.

Oh Goody, Keystone Baseball Set To Create Another Launching Pad: In “tribute” to their special assistant Brooks Robinson, the new York franchise will be basing their new ballpark around his career. And while I like the idea of infusing the stadium entrance with the town a la Camden Yards, making the dimensions the exact same as Memorial Stadium might be taking it a touch too far. With Lancaster’s short porch that’s rumored to be substantially shorter than the advertised distance, York’s stadium is set to have the left field foul pole sit just 309 feet away from home plate. Cheap home runs for all!

Here’s an abbreviated version of their (Uh, well actually Lancaster’s) press release –

When baseball returns to York for the first time since 1968, the new ballpark will pay tribute to Brooks Robinson, one of the greatest icons in the history of baseball, it was announced today by Keystone Baseball on behalf of the design team working on the York Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Design is currently underway on a 6,000 seat, state-of-the-art minor league ballpark in York, similar to the recently opened Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, PA. Minor league baseball could return to York as early as 2007.

Preliminary plans for the York ballpark include a “Brooks Robinson Plaza” that will connect the stadium main entrance with York’s downtown. The plaza will feature a statue of Brooks, along with other commemorative items and information related to his 23-year career in professional baseball. Brooks made his professional debut in York 50 years ago in 1955, with the York White Roses. Later that season his contract was sold to the Baltimore Orioles, and the rest is baseball history.

Keystone Baseball Chairman Peter Kirk surprised Brooks yesterday, unveiling the first artist’s rendering of the York ballpark at a private luncheon. The “Brooks Robinson Plaza” had been a closely held secret by the design team. Brooks was deeply touched by York’s plans for a tribute.

“What an honor. I have so many fond memories of York. That’s where it all began for me. I’m looking forward to seeing baseball’s return to York in the new ballpark and seeing old friends,” he said.

Brooks resides in Maryland – a short drive from York – and maintains many friendships in York that go back to 1955. He currently serves as Special Assistant to Keystone Baseball, the ownership group that will help bring minor league baseball back to York, and owns and operates the Lancaster Barnstormers baseball team. Brooks is actively involved in the communities of the teams that comprise Keystone Baseball and also plays a major role in assembling on-field personnel and in community relations.

The design team also announced the dimensions of the York professional baseball field to be constructed at the Arch Street site. The right field foul pole will be 330 ft. from home plate, centerfield will be 400 ft., and, the left field foul pole will be 309 ft, the same distance as Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, where Brooks perfected his craft.

More details on the ballpark and the “Brooks Robinson Plaza” will be released in the near future as design work and planning continues for the York Outdoor Recreation Complex.

Baez Active: Tom King of The Nashua Telegraph reports that Ducks INF Jimmy Goelz fell ill and was replaced on the active roster by INF/Coach Kevin Baez. – Mike Ashmore

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