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It took more than four hours to complete, but when it finally ended, the York Revolution moved to within two wins of becoming Atlantic League champion.

In a back-and-forth contest on Wednesday, Sept. 27, York defeated the Long Island Ducks, 8-7, in Game 1 of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series at Bethpage Ballpark.

There were 20 walks in the game, 11 by the Revs.

The see-saw pattern didn't start until the back half of the game, with the two sides trading leads over the final four innings.

With the game tied at 4-4 after five innings, Long Island took its first lead of the night in the bottom of the sixth to make it 5-4. However, the Revs jumped back ahead in the top of the seventh with a pair of runs, all coming with two outs, and needed only one hit to do it.

The Ducks tied it at 6-6 in the bottom of the seventh, before York pulled back in front for good in the eighth with two more runs, to make it 8-6. Long Island got a run back in the eighth, but couldn't get anymore.

Chase Huchingson earned the save, recording the final five outs.

The start to the game and the series went about as well as the Revs could've hoped. Right out of the gates, they got to Long Island starter Matt Larkins. 

York made it 1-0 after one inning and then built its largest lead of the night with a three-run homer by Michael Burgess in the third to make it 4-0. However, the Ducks leveled the score with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, setting the stage for the wild close.

Game 2 is 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethpage Ballpark.

 

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