DUCKS BEAT THE BLUE CRABS IN WALK OFF WIN

(Waldorf, MD., May 7th 2015)—Though the
first four innings were scoreless between Ducks and the Blue Crabs, the second
half of the game provided late runs, and excitement as the Long Island Ducks
defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in a walk-off win by the final of
5-4.

For the third straight game, Southern Maryland scored first
as the offense pushed across the first run of the ballgame in the top of the
fifth.  With two outs, Antone DeJesus tripled off the wall in right to
score Craig Maddox to make it 1-0.  In the bottom of the frame, the Ducks
took the lead with two runs scored.  Mike Blanke singled, followed by a
Dan Lyons double to put runners at second and third.  Bryan Sabatella then
came to the plate and ripped a single to center to score both baserunners to
bring the score to 2-1.

Long Island took the lead, managing to score a run in the
sixth, and the eighth.  In the bottom of the sixth, Prentice Redmond
scored on a sacrifice fly to score Mike Blanke.  After two walks and a hit
batter in the bottom of the eighth, Orlando Santos walked Sabatella to score
Jon Griffin to make it 4-1.

Southern Maryland played comeback in the top of the ninth by
scoring three runs.  Zach Wilson led things off with a double.  Jovan
Rosa then singled to right to put runners at the corners.  Two batters
later, Craig Maddox singled to score a run to make it 4-2.  Daryle Ward
then pinch hit for Casey Frawley and singled to score Rosa to make it a one run
ballgame.  Antone DeJesus stepped to the plate, and reached base on the
error by the right fielder Sabatella to score Maddox and tie the ballgame at
four apiece.

In the bottom of the ninth, Lew Ford led off with a double
to left field.  That followed with a Jon Griffin intentional walk and a
wild pitch to put runners at first and second.  Prentice Redmond was then
intentionally walked, and with the bases loaded for the Ducks, Reegie Corona
stepped up to the plate and lashed a single to center field to score the
winning run Lew Ford to pull off the 5-4 victory.

Jovan Rosa made his debut for the Blue Crabs going 2-4 from
the cleanup spot in the order.  Craig Maddox went 3-4 at the plate as
well, as Southern Maryland banged out eight hits on the day.  The bottom
three hitters of Corona, Blanke, and Lyons went a combined 5-10 for Long
Island.

Game two of the series will take place tomorrow evening as
the Blue Crabs will send LHP Brian Burres (1-2, 4.43) to the mound while the
Ducks starter is still to be determined.  The first pitch is set for 6:35
P.M.

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