On Thursday, October 4, 2012, the Long Island Ducks played the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This was the second game in the five game series to determine the champion of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Fans of the Barnstormers were hoping that the team would be able to take a 2-0 lead in the series before the series shifted to New York. Unfortunately, fans of the Barnstormers did not get to see a win for their team. In the end, it was the Ducks that managed to tie the series 1-1. This may put the Barnstormers in a tough spot as it is generally easier for a team to win at home than it is for a team to win on the road.
This time, it was the Ducks that got on the board first with one run scored in the first inning. In the fourth, the Barnstormers were able to answer that one run with three. At the end of the fourth inning, the Barnstormers led by a score of 3-1. The Ducks scored one run in the fifth inning and one run in the sixth inning. The Barnstormers were able to also post a run in the sixth to make the score 4-3 with the Barnstormers leading. It wasn't until the ninth inning that the game got out of hand. The Ducks got six runs in that inning to take the win by a score of 9-4.
The series will now shift to Central Islip, New York, for the final two or three games. Both teams need to win two of the three remaining games in the series to take the championship. The Ducks will be hosting at least two more game. Those games will be held on Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6. If a fifth game is needed, that game will be held on Sunday, October 7. Luckily for fans of the Barnstormers, these games are on the weekend so it may be easier to travel to see the game.
The Barnstormers had taken the first game in the five game series by a score of 5-1. The Barnstormers had taken the lead first and just never looked back. It was a thrilling victory for fans. Unlike the York Revolution, the Barnstormers had not made it to the championships since 2006 so this is a big deal for fans. This is looking to be a close series and the Barnstormers could likely use all the fan support they can get.
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