In game two of their series, the Lancaster Barnstormers hosted the Somerset Patriots Baseball in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball showdown.
The first half of the season is coming to an end, which means someone will clinch a playoff spot by the end of the week. The Patriots came out strong with great pitching all game, which ended up being the key factor to their victory. The Barnstormers struggled to get out of the first inning, allowing 4 runs but playing better defense from that point on. Somerset would go on to win 5-1, putting the Barnstormers playoff hopes in doubt for the first half.
It all came down to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and Long Island Ducks. If the Ducks could come out with a win, the Barnstormers would stay alive going into the last game of the first half. It did not look good as the Blue Crabs took a 7-2 lead for most of the game. That is until the bottom of the 8th where the Ducks scored 8 runs and capped off the game winning 10-8.
This puts it all on the line for Sunday. Situation is this: Barnstormers win and they get a one game playoff game against the Blue Crabs in Southern Maryland. If the Barnstormers lose, they have to hope the Ducks can pull off the sweep of the Blue Crabs. If the Blue Crabs win and the Barnstormers lose, they will clinch the playoff spot.
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