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Game 88: Ducks vs. Skeeters

DE6I0705GAME TIME/LOCATION: 11:05 a.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TODAY’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (8-9, 44-43) return home to face the Sugar Land Skeeters (7-10, 37-50) on Camp Day in the middle game of a three-game series. The Ducks look to take the series with the Skeeters with a victory today, and would also even up the 2017 season series. Sugar Land has won six of the first 11 matchups between the two clubs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 6-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

An RBI single by Travis Scott in the first inning off Ducks starter Henderson Alvarez gave the Skeeters an early 1-0 lead. Alex Burg tied the game in the bottom of the second with a towering solo home run to left-center field off Sugar Land starter Brett Marshall.

Long Island took the lead in the fourth with a three-run, three-hit frame. A two-run homer to right by Marc Krauss and a sacrifice fly to right off the bat of Giovanny Alfonzo put the Flock ahead 4-1. Angelo Songco rounded out the scoring in the eighth with a two-run blast over the wall in right.

Alvarez did not factor into the decision. He pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits with a strikeout. Alfredo Simon (1-2) earned the win with three scoreless innings of relief, giving up just one hit while striking out four. Marshall (6-6) took the loss, yielding four runs on five hits and four walks over six innings with four strikeouts. Amalio Diaz and David Aardsma each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Ducks.

Krauss, Burg and Jordan Pacheco each had two hits to pace the Flock offensively.

ON THE MOUND: Matt Larkins takes the mound for the Ducks in the only morning start at Bethpage Ballpark this season. In 17 appearances (16 starts) this season, the right-hander is 4-6 with a 4.27 ERA, and has struck out 79 and walked 23 in 92.2 innings. His 7.7 strikeouts per nine innings this season is the highest mark of his career, while 2.2 walks per nine innings is in line with the rest of his career numbers. In his last start on July 19 against New Britain, Larkins was roughed up for six runs on 13 hits, but got the win in a 13-6 Ducks triumph. In two outings against the Skeeters, the Idaho native has no record but a 1.38 ERA (2 ER/13.0 IP) and has struck out 12 batters.

Sugar Land calls upon former Duck Bobby Blevins, who will be making his 18th appearance and 14th overall start of the season. The righty is 4-6 with an ugly 5.30 ERA, and has been rocked in his last two outings. In 4.2 innings across his last two appearances on July 15 and 20, Blevins has allowed a staggering 13 runs on 17 hits, for an ERA of 25.05. However, he has pitched well against the Ducks, going 1-1 against his former team in three quality starts.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for today’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of today’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For today’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#15 Jordan Pacheco – 1B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Matt Larkins – RHP

Skeeters
#5 Joe Benson – RF
#7 Josh Prince – 2B
#21 Anthony Giansanti – SS
#16 Travis Scott – 1B
#15 Bryan Pounds – 3B
#11 Cole Gillespie – CF
#9 Wilfredo Rodriguez – DH
#18 Dickie Thon – LF
#29 Santiago Nessy – C

#19 Bobby Blevins – RHP

UPDATE (11:32) – BOT 1: Marc Krauss smashes a two-run triple and the Ducks grab an early 2-0 lead!

UPDATE (12:05) – BOT 3: Marc Krauss delivers again! This time a double sparks a two-run inning as the Ducks lead 4-0!

Game 79: Ducks vs. Patriots

Anthony Vega (2)GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (39-39, 3-5) take on the Somerset Patriots (45-32, 3-4) to continue a three-game series on Saturday night. The Ducks currently sit in fourth place on the Liberty Division standings, only two games behind the Bridgeport Bluefish for first place in the second half standings, while the Patriots sit in third, 1.5 games back.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Somerset Patriots 3-2 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Dan Lyons put the Ducks in front with a leadoff solo home run to left field in the third inning off of Patriots starter Efrain Nieves. It remained 1-0 until the top of the sixth when Somerset took a 2-1 lead. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Yovan Gonzalez tied the game, and a two-out solo homer to right by Kyle Roller of Ducks starter Matt Larkins gave the Patriots the lead.

The Ducks pulled back even in the seventh on Angelo Songco’s RBI single to right that scored Delta Cleary Jr. However, two walks followed by an RBI single to center from Mark Minicozzi put the Patriots back in front, 3-2. Long Island put the tying run on second in the ninth, but a running catch in left-center by Aharon Eggleston ended the ballgame.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Larkins pitched five and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four. Nieves lasted four innings, yielding a run on three hits and four walks with two strikeouts. Justin Wright (3-1) picked up the win despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the seventh inning. Amalio Diaz (2-2) took the loss, giving up a run on one hit and two walks in one-third of an inning. Ronnie Shaban collected his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

Cleary Jr. led the Flock with two hits on the night. Lyons and Marc Krauss each picked up a hit and two walks.

ON THE MOUND: Rafael Perez climbs the hill for the Ducks this evening, looking to turn around a recent downturn in his production. In his last three starts, Perez is 0-3 with a 6.46 ERA (11 ER/ 15.1 IP), 23 H, 15 K, 5 BB. However, the southpaw has also struggled from a spectacularly dreadful amount of run support, as the Long Island offense has managed just two runs in those three contests. Overall, the Major League veteran is 5-5 with a 4.04 ERA in 14 starts this year, and has allowed 83 hits, struck out 57 and walked 16 in 73 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, Will Oliver gets the call for the Patriots, making his 12th appearance and sixth start of the season. In his last outing on July 5 at New Britain, the righty allowed four runs (three earned) in seven innings, striking out a season-high nine while walking a season-high four and allowing six hits. It was an okay rebound from a postively dreadful start on June 30 at Lancaster, where Oliver was blasted for nine runs on 13 hits in four innings.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – RF
#5 Delta Cleary Jr. – CF
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#40 Rafael Perez – LHP

Patriots
#8 Alfredo Rodriguez – SS
#14 Christian Marrero – RF
#4 Yovan Gonzalez – 1B
#40 Kyle Roller – DH
#21 Adam Donachie – C
#13 Carlos Guzman – 3B
#1 Justin Pacchioli – CF
#91 Aharon Eggleston – LF
#2 Scott Kelly – 2B

#26 Will Oliver – RHP

UPDATE (7:13) – BOT 2: A two-run double from Jordan Pacheco highlights a three-run inning for the Ducks who take a 3-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:23) – TOP 3: The Patriots get on the board with an inside the park home run from Scott Kelly. 3-1 Ducks on top.

UPDATE (7:33) – BOT 3: A Ruben Gotay RBI single extends the Ducks lead to 4-1.

UPDATE (7:47)  – TOP 4: The Patriots add a run and trail 4-2 to the Ducks!

UPDATE (8:37) – BOT 6: Dan Lyons hits a home run for the second straight night and the Ducks lead is expanded to 7-2.

UPDATE (9:26) – TOP 8: The Patriots tack on two more runs but the Ducks still lead 7-4.

UPDATE (9:49) – FINAL: Ducks 7, Patriots 4.

W: Perez (6-5)
L: Oliver (3-2)
SV: Aardsma (8)

Game 75: Ducks at Blue Crabs

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GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium (Waldorf, Md.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (38-36, 2-2) begin their final series before the All-Star break tonight against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (40-32, 2-1). The Ducks swept the last series against the Blue Crabs this past weekend at Bethpage Ballpark, temporarily preventing the club from clinching the Freedom Division First Half Championship.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 7-6 on Thursday night in the finale of a four-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks dented the scoreboard first with four runs in the second inning off of Barnstormers starter Tommy Shirley. Jordan Pacheco’s RBI double, Giovanny Alfonzo’s RBI single and a two-run double by Fehlandt Lentini highlighted the scoring.

Lancaster rallied back to tie the game with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth off of Ducks starter Alfredo Simon. A run-scoring wild pitch, RBI doubles by Vladimir Frias and Caleb Gindl and an RBI triple by Tyler Clark did the damage.

Lew Ford put the Ducks back in front at 5-4 with a leadoff solo home run to left in the bottom of the fifth. A run-scoring fielder’s choice off the bat of Lastings Milledge in the sixth tied the game once again. Long Island took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth on Pacheco’s RBI infield single to third base. However, Gindl’s two-run homer to right in the ninth gave the Barnstormers the lead for good.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Simon pitched four and two-thirds innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Shirley lasted three innings, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks with one strikeout. Scott Shuman (2-0) collected the win despite allowing a run on two hits and a walk in the eighth. Amalio Diaz (2-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits while striking out four in an inning and two-thirds. Anthony Carter picked up his 16th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Five different Ducks had two hits apiece to lead the offense. Pacheco and Lentini each drove in two runs.

ON THE MOUND: Dennis O’Grady takes the mound for the Ducks in the series opener, making his 16th appearance and 12th start of the season. Overall, the right-hander is 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA for the Ducks, and has struck out 58 and walked 37 in 67.2 innings. O’Grady has struggled with command this year, walking at least two batters in 10 of his 11 starts, and at least three in eight. Last time out against Southern Maryland on July 2, the gritty righty threw 6.2 innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, striking out one and walking two while getting the win.

Meanwhile, Daryl Thompson gets the nod for Southern Maryland after being pushed back a day owing to a rain out yesterday. The All-Star righty is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA, and in 89.2 innings, has struck out 73 and walked just 14. Last time out, Thompson allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings at Long Island on July 1, but got no decision in a 10-8 Ducks victory. In two starts against the Ducks this year, Thompson is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 2B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#17 Dennis O’Grady – RHP

Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 2B
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS
#29 Zach Wilson – 1B
#16 Michael Snyder – DH
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#10 L.J. Hoes – LF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#6 Patrick Palmeiro – 3B

#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP

UPDATE (6:53) – TOP 1: Angelo Songco lifts a sacrifice fly to score Fehlandt Lentini and the Ducks grab a 1-0 lead!

UPDATE (7:09) – BOT 1: The Blue Crabs plate a run on a sacrifice fly and we are tied at 1.

UPDATE (7:51) – TOP 5: We’ve settled into a great pitcher’s duel, still tied at 1!

UPDATE (8:20) – TOP 6: The Ducks score three times to take a 4-1 lead on the Blue Crabs!

UPDATE (8:35) – BOT 6: The Blue Crabs respond with three runs to tie the game up at four.

UPDATE (8:48) – BOT 8: We have officially entered a rain delay. Stay tuned here and on on the LI Ducks Broadcast Network for updates.

Game 71: Ducks vs. Barnstormers

DE6I3183GAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (36-34, 0-0) begin the second half of the 2017 season by hosting the Lancaster Barnstormers (38-31, 0-0) at Bethpage Ballpark tonight. The Ducks are in the midst of a seven-game homestand which began with a three-game sweep of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks blasted three home runs in the first three innings to power past the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 10-5 on Sunday night in the finale of a three-game series and final game of the season’s first half at Bethpage Ballpark.

The Ducks jumped out to an early 6-0 lead thanks to the trio of home runs off of Blue Crabs starter Drew Hayes. Lew Ford’s two-run homer to left in the first inning, Giovanny Alfonzo’s solo blast to left in the second and Elmer Reyes’ three-run dinger to left in the third did the damage.

Southern Maryland got on the scoreboard in the fourth when Michael Snyder hit a solo homer to left off Ducks starter Dennis O’Grady. Long Island grabbed the six-run advantage back in the bottom of the frame when Ruben Gotay scored on a wild pitch.

Another homer by Snyder to right in the sixth closed the gap to 7-2, but two runs scored for the Flock in the bottom of the inning on a balk and an error. The Blue Crabs got to within 9-5 in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by L.J. Hoes and a two-run triple by Zach Wilson. However, a run-scoring double play ball in the bottom of the seventh rounded out the scoring for the night.

O’Grady (4-5) collected the win, pitching six and two-thirds innings and allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks with a strikeout. Hayes (3-3) took the loss, giving up six runs on five hits and two walks over just three innings with three strikeouts. Patrick Crider, Rob Rogers and Amalio Diaz combined to pitch 2.1 scoreless innings of relief.

Alfonzo led the Flock with four hits on the night, adding an RBI and two runs. Reyes added three hits, three RBI and a run, while Ford finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send Rafael Perez to the mound to begin the second half of the season, making his 13th start of the year. The southpaw is 5-3 with a 3.57 ERA, and sports a sterling 44:13 K:BB ratio in 63.0 innings pitched. The former big-leaguer took the loss in his last start on June 28 at Sugar Land, allowing three runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings pitched. In his one previous outing against Lancaster, Perez allowed two runs on six hits in seven innings on June 18, getting a win in a 6-2 Ducks triumph.

Lancaster counters with a lefty of their own in Rommie Lewis. The former Toronto Blue Jay makes his 13th start and 14th overall appearance of the season for the Barnstormers, and has recorded a 4-5 record with a 5.87 ERA. Lewis has allowed an astounding 94 hits in 61.1 innings pitched, and has a 55:26 K:BB ratio. The southpaw is in his fifth year in the Atlantic League, having previously spent a season with Bridgeport (2012) and three years with York (2013-15). In his lone appearance against the Ducks in 2017, Lewis threw six shutout innings on June 17 at Clipper Magazine Stadium, scattering five hits and one walk while striking out three in a 10-0 Lancaster win.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#47 Quintin Berry – CF
#24 Fehlandt Lentini – RF
#26 Angelo Songco – 1B
#20 Lew Ford – DH
#34 Marc Krauss – LF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#23 Alex Burg – C
#6 Giovanny Alfonzo – 3B
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#44 Rafael Perez – LHP

Barnstormers
#6 Rico Noel – 2B
#21 Trayvon Robinson – DH
#15 Caleb Gindl – CF
#19 Sean Halton – 1B
#4 Garrett Weber – 3B
#5 Lastings Milledge – LF
#1 Vladimir Frias – SS
#7 Tyler Clark – C
#3 Drew Doty – RF

#54 Rommie Lewis – LHP

UPDATE (6:49) – TOP 1: The Barnstormers take an early 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:33) – TOP 4: Rafael Perez has set down 10 Barnstormers in a row. Lancaster still leads 1-0.

UPDATE (8:02) – TOP 5: The Barnstormers strike for three runs on five hits to take a 4-0 lead in the middle innings.

UPDATE (9:40) – FINAL: Barnstormers 5, Ducks 0

W: Lewis (5-5)
L: Perez (5-4)

Game 69: Ducks vs Blue Crabs

anthony-vega-2.jpgGAME TIME/LOCATION: 6:35 p.m. at Bethpage Ballpark (Central Islip, N.Y.)

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Long Island Ducks (34-34) continue their three-game series with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (38-29) tonight at Bethpage Ballpark. The three-game series with the Blue Crabs represents the final three games of the first half of the 2017 season. Southern Maryland is in first place in the Freedom Division and has a magic number of three over Lancaster heading into Saturday’s action. Long Island has already been eliminated from Liberty Division first-half contention.

YESTERDAY’S RECAP: The Long Island Ducks came from behind in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 5-3 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Southern Maryland opened the scoring in the top of the third inning on back-to-back doubles by Edwin Garcia and Jose Lozada off Ducks starter Matt Larkins. Long Island answered in the bottom of the frame when Fehlandt Lentini singled, went to third on an error by Blue Crabs starter Pat McCoy and scored on Elmer Reyes’ RBI single.

The Ducks took the lead in the fifth inning when Dan Lyons opened the inning with a double and came home on an RBI fielder’s choice from Reyes. However, the Blue Crabs took the lead back at 3-2 in the top of the sixth on a two-run single to right field by Devon Rodriguez.

Long Island jumped back in front for good when they sent eight men to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning. Alex Burg tied the game with a run-scoring groundout, Ruben Gotay put the Flock ahead with a two-out RBI double and Delta Cleary Jr. added an insurance run with an RBI single.

Larkins did not factor into the decision but pitched seven innings, yielding three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out five. Amalio Diaz (2-0) collected the victory after pitching a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth. McCoy (2-3) suffered the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in seven and one-third innings. David Aardsma earned his sixth save with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two.

Reyes, Angelo Songco and Giovanny Alfonzo each had two hits to lead the Flock.

ON THE MOUND: The Ducks send Alfredo Simon to the mound to make his fourth start of the season for the club. The right-hander is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in his first three outings of the season, and has struck out 10 and walked five in 11 innings. In his last start on June 26 at Sugar Land, Simon allowed seven runs on nine hits in two innings, getting the loss in a 10-4 Skeeters victory. “Big Pasta” was a National League All-Star in 2014 while pitching with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Blue Crabs roll with righty Daryl Thompson, who will be toeing the rubber for the 14th time this season. Thompson is 5-4 with a 4.02 ERA in 82.2 innings, recording 80 strikeouts and just 14 walks. Last time out on June 26 at Somerset, Thompson allowed four runs on 11 hits and got no decision in a 10-6 Patriots win. Thompson has faced the Ducks once this season, getting the win on April 23 by turning in six innings of one-run ball, striking out seven and allowing just four hits at Regency Furniture Stadium.

FOLLOW ALONG: Fans can follow all the action for tonight’s game, and every Ducks game in 2017, on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Streaming HD video and audio via BoxCast will be available on the team’s official Facebook page through Facebook Live, on the Ducks’ official YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com in the Video Center. In addition to updates in this post, fans can follow a pitch-by-pitch account of tonight’s game via Pointstreak’s Game Live application by CLICKING HERE.

DUCKS GAME NOTES: For tonight’s full Ducks game notes, please CLICK HERE.

STARTING LINEUPS:

Ducks
#11 Anthony Vega – RF
#13 Elmer Reyes – 2B
#26 Angelo Songco – DH
#20 Lew Ford – LF
#34 Marc Krauss – 1B
#15 Jordan Pacheco – C
#30 Ruben Gotay – 3B
#5 Delta Cleary, Jr. – CF
#12 Dan Lyons – SS

#25 Alfredo Simon – RHP

Blue Crabs
#4 Jose Lozada – 3B
#10 L.J. Hoes – 2B
#29 Zach Wilson – DH
#16 Michael Snyder – 1B
#27 Cory Vaughn – CF
#12 Devon Rodriguez – LF
#23 Zach Cone – RF
#32 Luis Alen – C
#9 Edwin Garcia – SS

#20 Daryl Thompson – RHP

UPDATE (6:56) – BOT 1: LEEEEWWWWWWWWWWWW Ford lifts a sacrifice fly to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

UPDATE (7:38) – TOP 4: Alfredo Simon strands two on base as we remain tied 1-1.

UPDATE (8:15) – TOP 6: The Blue Crabs score a pair to take a 3-1 lead.

UPDATE (8:56) – BOT 7: Ruben Gotay goes yard for his first home run of the season. 7-2 Blue Crabs lead.

UPDATE (10:12)

FINAL: Ducks 10, Blue Crabs 8

W: Treece (6-1)
L: Eppley (1-3)
SV: Rogers (2)

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