Ducks Memorable Moment Madness: Sweet 16 – Notable Games Region
We’re down to one last region of voting in the Sweet 16 of Ducks Memorable Moment Madness. We saw two matchups go down to the wire in the Player Awards Region, with voting the closest its been in this round of the tournament. When push came to shove though, a pair of achievements by Ray Navarrete have both advanced on to the Elite 8. Here are the results from this past round in the region:
| Ray is Hits King||59.5%|
| Ford 2014 MVP||40.5%|
| Navarrete ’09 MVP||63.3%|
| Lyons Gold Glove||36.7%|
Thus far, all three top-seeds have advanced to the Elite 8, along with one two-seed and two three-seeds. The final region of Sweet 16 action is that of Notable Games, an area in which two favorites advanced while two others were upset in the first round of action. This round will feature the top-seed, Rod Henderson’s No-No going up against the five-seed, 27-Run Opener. The other matchup pits the three-seed, Ray’s 3-Homer Game, against the seven-seed, 18-Inning Game. All four games featured occurrences that have only happened once in franchise history, so it’s anyone’s game. Here are further details about each moment to help you when voting.
#1 – Henderson’s No-No
Only one player in franchise history has ever thrown a no-hitter. Many have come close, but only one has reached the summit. That was Rod Henderson, who accomplished the feat on May 25, 2001, when the Ducks topped the Atlantic City Surf 3-0 at EAB Park. The right-hander went the distance, allowing just two walks while striking out 10 batters. He faced just one batter over the minimum as well and needed just 108 pitches to seal the deal. The two-year MLB veteran was also the first Atlantic League pitcher to throw a no-hitter.
#3 – Ray’s 3-HR Game
Continuing along the line of events to only happen once, there has been only one player in Ducks history to launch three home runs in a single game. The great Ray Navarrete is the lone man to do so. On June 8, 2008, against the Newark Bears at Citibank Park, #16 set the franchise single-game homer record in a 13-6 win before a sellout crowd of 6,051. After going deep in two of his first three at bats, Navarrete would drive a 3-2 pitch over the fence for his third home run of the day. The day also saw him collect eight RBIs, which remains tied for the franchise single-game record to this day.
#5 – 27-Run Opener
Home openers don’t get much more exciting than the one the Ducks put together in 2018. On May 4, the Ducks opened their home slate against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and put together a performance for the ages. Long Island scored at least one run in every inning except the first and ended the night with a 27-9 win, breaking the franchise record for most runs in a single game. The Ducks put together seven-run innings in the second and eighth to lead the way. David Washington led the Flock with four hits, including a pair of homers, and tied a franchise record with six runs scored. Cody Puckett also homered and collected six RBIs along with five runs.
#7 – 18-Inning Game
The longest game in franchise history takes the seventh seed in the region. That game took place on September 12, 2006, when the Ducks matched up with the Riversharks at Citibank Park. By night’s end, the game had lasted 18 innings in total and took a league-record six hours, 20 minutes to complete, with Camden eventually earning the win. The teams combined to use 15 pitchers in the game, while there were a grand total of 159 plate appearances in the affair. Long Island dramatically came back to tie the game with a five-run eighth inning and did so again with two runs in the 15th. The game took so long that Ducks front office staff members had to fill in for the bat boys, who needed to get home because it was a school night.
It’s time to finalize the last two spots in the Elite 8 of Ducks Memorable Moment Madness. Voting for our first matchup will be held on Monday, while the second head-to-head battle takes place on Tuesday. At that point, just eight of the original 32 moments will remain in the competition. Place your votes on our Facebook and Twitter pages each day by clicking the buttons below to access.
Posted on April 20, 2020, in Feature Articles and tagged 2020, Atlantic League, Bracket, Long Island Ducks, March Madness, Memorable Moment Madness, Notable Games, Sweet 16. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.