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Ducks and Skeeters Battle for Atlantic League Championship

Division champions meet in best-of-five series for league crown

The 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series matchup is set! The Liberty Division champion Long Island Ducks will take on the Freedom Division champion Sugar Land Skeeters for the right to call themselves ALPB champions this year.

Both teams were involved in very exciting series during the divisional round of the playoffs. The Ducks fell behind two games to none in the Liberty Division Championship Series against the Somerset Patriots. However, after the series shifted to Long Island, the Ducks won three consecutive games and limited the Patriots to just two runs to claim the division title. It was just the second time in league history that a team rallied back from an 0-2 series deficit to win (Patriots, 2001 Atlantic League Championship Series vs. Newark).

The Skeeters punched their ticket to the finals after sweeping the Freedom Division Championship Series against the York Revolution. All three games of the series were decided by two runs or less, and all three also featured a come-from-behind victory for Sugar Land. The Skeeters rallied back from deficits of 1-0 and 5-4 in Game One, from deficits of 7-0 and 9-8 in Game Two and from a 2-1 deficit in Game Three. Sugar Land lost a 6-2 lead in the third game but scored twice in the 10th to win it.

Long Island and Sugar Land will now meet for the first time ever in the Atlantic League playoffs. The Ducks are looking to win their fourth league championship all-time after previously claiming the trophy in 2004, 2012 and 2013. The Skeeters are seeking their first league title after being swept by the Lancaster Barnstormers in their only visit to the ALCS back in 2014.

The following is the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series schedule (all times Eastern):


Game One Tue., September 27 Long Island Ducks 1 @ Sugar Land Skeeters 7 FINAL Constellation Field
Game Two Wed., September 28 Long Island Ducks @ Sugar Land Skeeters 8:05 p.m. Constellation Field
Game Three Fri., September 30 Sugar Land Skeeters @ Long Island Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Four* Sat., October 1 Sugar Land Skeeters @ Long Island Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Five* Sun., October 2 Sugar Land Skeeters @ Long Island Ducks 5:05 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
* - If Necessary        

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Best of luck to the Ducks and Skeeters in the 2016 Atlantic League Championship Series!



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