Wednesday, October 3, 2012
By: Dave Collins

Pollok, Harvey Carry Lancaster To Game One Win

For four starts during the regular season, Dwayne Pollok handled the Long Island Ducks very nicely.

It did not change in the playoffs.

The right-hander fired six shutout innings, pitching the Lancaster Barnstormers to a 5-1 victory over the Ducks in the opener of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series.

Pollok (2-0) gave up four hits while walking two and striking out five. Long Island had a runner in scoring position in four of the first five innings but did not, at any point during Pollok’s stint, advance a runner safely to third.

Over his four starts versus the Ducks during the 2012 campaign, Pollok had been 4-0 with a 1.03 ERA in 26 1/3 innings of work.

Lancaster struggled to put runs on the board early, keeping the Ducks in the game. The Barnstormers left the bases loaded in the first when Ryan Harvey struck out. In the second, the host club only produced after a leadoff double by Travis Denker when second baseman Shawn Williams threw a way a two-out grounder by Adam Godwin.

It stayed 1-0 until Kody Kirkland hit his first homer of the season onto the picnic deck off Randy Keisler (1-1) with one out in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Barnstormers a 2-0 edge.

Long Island struck back off reliever Beau Vaughan in the seventh. Ronnie Morales picked up the first two outs of the inning on grounders, but Dan Lyons doubled to right off Vaughan on a 3-2 pitch. Kraig Binick punched a single into right to score the Ducks lone run before Josh Dew got Lancaster out of the scrape.

Harvey connected for a three-run blast to right center with two outs in the bottom of the seventh off right-handed reliever Jeremy Hill. Jeff Bennett and Tim Hamulack took care of the Ducks from there, giving the Barnstormers the 1-0 lead in the series.

The second game will be played on Thursday evening at 7:00. John Halama (13-9, 0-0) will make the start for Lancaster against left-hander Matt Way, who went 2-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the division series, only allowing one earned run. Fans may tune into 1390-AM, WLAN; 1600-AM, WPDC; or the I Heart Radio Cell Phone App.

NOTES: Denker had two hits for the fourth straight post-season game…Harvey has hit a three-run blast in two straight…Hamulack has recorded seven strikeouts in three innings in the playoffs…Both Ronnie Morales and Josh Dew have appeared in all four of Lancaster’s post-season contests…The Barnstormers have won three in a row by four runs…They have hit 10 homers in the playoffs…All-time, Lancaster is 7-1 in post-season play at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

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