REVS REPEAT! York Revolution reign as champs in 2011, winning back-to-back Atlantic League titles!

(York, Pa.): The York Revolution realized the ending they dreamt of for their magical 2011 season, defeating the Long Island Ducks 6-3 in Game 4 of the Atlantic League Championship Series on Sunday afternoon for their second consecutive Atlantic League championship. This time, the Revs did it at home, and celebrated with the crowd of 3,767 on hand at Sovereign Bank Stadium. The championship came exactly one year to the day of claiming their first crown, which was won in Bridgeport on October 2, 2010.

The Revs become just the second team in league history to repeat as champions. Only the 2008-2009 Somerset Patriots had previously won back-to-back crowns. Incredibly, they also become only the second club in league history to win the championship after losing the series opener, bouncing back to win each of the final three games of the series. The Revs also become only the second team in league history to win the championship after failing to win the first half, and they are the only minor league team in the state of Pennsylvania to win their league championship in 2011.

Down 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh, the Revs received a leadoff double to right-center from Vince Harrison, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles in the clincher, and finished the postseason 18-for-34 with six doubles. Jose Herrera then bunted for a single to put runners at the corners, and Harrison scored on a double play grounder by Liubiemithz Rodriguez.

With the score tied, the Revs then erupted for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, claiming their third last at-bat win of the playoffs. Scott Grimes drew a leadoff walk from Ducks closer Jon Hunton to ignite the rally. Bryant Nelson then smashed a single into right-center, and Ramon Castro was hit by a pitch in his left hand to load the bases and was forced to leave the game on the play. Team co-Player of the Year Chris Nowak then ripped a go-ahead RBI single to left field giving the Revs the lead for the first time in the game. Val Majewski drew a bases loaded walk, increasing the lead to 4-2, and chasing Hunton in the process. Herrera later stroked an RBI single to right, and Rodriguez drove a sacrifice fly to center off reliever Jeremy Hill to cap the decisive rally.

Matt DeSalvo closed it out, allowing just an unearned run on a double by Matt Esquivel. DeSalvo retired Freddie Thon on a bloop pop up to second base with Eric Eymann making the season-ending catch, and setting off a wild celebration near the pitcher's mound on the Sovereign Bank Stadium infield.

Revs starter Nick Schumacher came back on three days' rest in place of scheduled starter Corey Thurman, who listened to the radio call of the final out while with his wife Angela as the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Ella who was born on Sunday afternoon.

Schumacher allowed just two runs on three hits in 6.1 innings. He allowed two runs or fewer and worked into at least the seventh in all three of his playoff starts. In two starts against Long Island in the Championship Series, he allowed only seven hits combined in 14.1 innings.

Michael Nix (1-0) earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief, one year to the day after earning the save in the Revs' first championship clincher.

Hunton (0-1) suffered the loss for Long Island.

The Ducks scored the first run on an RBI double by Kennard Jones in the top of the third.

York answered when Grimes doubled up the first base line and scored on Nelson's RBI single to center, tying the game at 1-1.

Esquivel's RBI groundout gave Long Island the lead again in the fourth at 2-1.

The comeback victory for the Revs was their fourth in six postseason games. It was their third comeback win in the final three innings during the playoffs.

The Revs are also the first team in York professional baseball history to win back-to-back championships. The closest timeframe between league titles for a team from York prior to this season was 1904 and 1906.