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2018 Atlantic League Playoff Matchups Finalized

Postseason to begin Tuesday, September 18th; Championship Series commences September 25th
 

(Lancaster, Pa. Sept. 16, 2018) – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball playoff matchups have been finalized, and the schedules have been announced as well. The Freedom Division Championship Series will begin on Tuesday, September 18th, while the Liberty Division Championship Series gets underway on Wednesday, September 19th. The Atlantic League Championship Series will start on Tuesday, September 25th.

The best-of-five Freedom Division Championship Series will see the Sugar Land Skeeters, who claimed both the first and second half championships, take on the Lancaster Barnstormers, who enter the playoffs as a wild card entrant. The series marks the team's first postseason matchup since they met in the 2014 Atlantic League Championship Series. Games One and Two of the series will be hosted by the Lancaster Barnstormers at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster, Pa. on Tuesday, September 18th and Wednesday, September 19th. Games Three, Four (if necessary) and Five (if necessary) will be played at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas on Friday, September 21st, Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.

The first half champion Somerset Patriots will take on the second half champion Long Island Ducks in the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. This marks the fourth consecutive season in which the two teams will match up in the first round of the postseason. The Ducks will host Games One and Two at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. on Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th. The series will then shift to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, N.J. for Games Three, Four (if necessary) and Five (if necessary). Those games will be held on Friday, September 21st, Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd.

The winners of each series will then go on to meet in the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series. Games One and Two of the series will be hosted by the Freedom Division champion on Tuesday, September 25th and Wednesday, September 26th. Following a day off, the Liberty Division champion will then host Games Three, Four (if necessary) and Five (if necessary) on Friday, September 28th, Saturday, September 29th and Sunday, September 30th.

The complete schedule for the 2018 Atlantic League Playoffs is as follows (all times Eastern):

FREEDOM DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (SERIES TIED 1-1)
GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME LOCATION
Game One Tuesday, September 18 Sugar Land Skeeters 3 at Lancaster Barnstormers 5 FINAL Clipper Magazine Stadium
Game Two Wednesday, September 19 Sugar Land Skeeters 3 at Lancaster Barnstormers 0 FINAL Clipper Magazine Stadium
Game Three Friday, September 21 Lancaster Barnstormers at Sugar Land Skeeters 8:05 p.m. Constellation Field
Game Four* Saturday, September 22 Lancaster Barnstormers at Sugar Land Skeeters 7:05 p.m. Constellation Field
Game Five* Sunday, September 23 Lancaster Barnstormers at Sugar Land Skeeters 7:05 p.m. Constellation Field
* - If Necessary        

 

LIBERTY DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (DUCKS LEAD 1-0)
GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME LOCATION
Game One Wednesday, September 19 Somerset Patriots 2 at Long Island Ducks 9 FINAL Bethpage Ballpark
Game Two Thursday, September 20 Somerset Patriots at Long Island Ducks 6:35 p.m. Bethpage Ballpark
Game Three Friday, September 21 Long Island Ducks at Somerset Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Four* Saturday, September 22 Long Island Ducks at Somerset Patriots 7:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
Game Five* Sunday, September 23 Long Island Ducks at Somerset Patriots 5:05 p.m. TD Bank Ballpark
* - If Necessary        

 

ATLANTIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (BEST-OF-FIVE)
GAME DATE MATCHUP TIME LOCATION
Game One Tuesday, September 25 Liberty Champion at Freedom Champion TBD TBD
Game Two Wednesday, September 26 Liberty Champion at Freedom Champion TBD TBD
Game Three Friday, September 28 Freedom Champion at Liberty Champion TBD TBD
Game Four* Saturday, September 29 Freedom Champion at Liberty Champion TBD TBD
Game Five* Sunday, September 30 Freedom Champion at Liberty Champion TBD TBD
* - If Necessary        

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.
 

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