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Lancaster chooses to host games 1 & 2 of Freedom Division Championship Series

Atlantic League rules dictate the first half division winner gets to choose whether they want to host the first two games or the final three games of the best-of-five divisional round of the playoffs.  A season ago after winning the first half, Lancaster chose the final three games in their series against the second half Freedom Division-winning Revolution.  After the Revolution took the first two games of the series at home, the Barnstormers rebounded to win two in a row at Clipper Magazine Stadium, forcing a game five.  Behind Corey Thurman, the Revs of course won a classic game by a run in extra innings, to close a classic series.

After beating Long Island three games to one to win the title, York became just the second franchise in Atlantic League history to win a championship after qualifying for the playoffs in the second half.  Somerset was the other.

This season, Lancaster has opted to host games one and two.  Therefore, should the Revolution make the playoffs and play Lancaster in the first round, games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) would be at Sovereign Bank Stadium, September 28-30.  The Barnstormers will host games one and two of a first round series on September 26 and 27, that much is for sure.

The Atlantic League Championship series will begin Tuesday, October 2 and be played over five consecutive days weather permitting through October 6, should the best-of-five series go the distance.

-Paul Braverman


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