The following is an abridged version of the York Daily Record game story for Game 2 of the Atlantic League Championship Series.
CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. — Sometimes, the slump and strikeouts and groundouts mess with a ballplayer’s head.
Luck can be fickle.
Even though players and coaches and managers know bad stretches are part of baseball, when luck leaves a team, the little stuff starts to matter.
Players shave their facial hair.
Players expect a manager to stay in one spot in the dugout.
Luck can be fickle. And although luck might have left the York Revolution bats for a few hours, she returned to the Revs on Thursday night.
Val Majewski ended York’s 10-inning scoreless streak in the Atlantic League Championship Series when he lifted a deep fly into right-center field for a two-run homer in the second inning.
Long Island Ducks center fielder Lew Ford appeared to track the deep drive down. He jumped as the ball sailed near the top of the fence – but the ball caromed off Ford’s glove and bounded over the fence. Ford slumped against the wall, squatting at the base of the fence as Majewski trotted around the bases.
It was York’s first runs and first lead in the series. The blast sparked the Revolution’s 9-0 victory against the Long Island Ducks in front of 4,605 at Bethpage Ballpark.
Ramon Castro and Chris Nowak also homered.
The best-of-five series returns to York Friday, with the Revs needing to win two of a possible three games at Sovereign Bank Stadium to repeat as league champions.