Long Island Ducks starting pitcher Scott Harkin delivers a pitch...

Long Island Ducks starting pitcher Scott Harkin delivers a pitch against the York Revolution, Sunday, July 18, 2021, at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. Credit: George A Faella

Like they have so many times this year, the Ducks have life. They made a habit of winning when they absolutely had to — and they never needed a win more than they did on Tuesday night in Southern Maryland.

The Ducks staved off elimination with a 7-0 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the second game of the best-of-3 North Division Series. The Ducks, who lost Game 1 at home Monday night, will play a winner-take-all third game Wednesday night in Southern Maryland. Should they win that game, they’ll be headed to the Atlantic League Championship Series for the fifth straight season.

Ducks starter Scott Harkin pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits, and struck out six.

The Ducks scored early Tuesday night, plating a run in both the first and second innings. Steve Lombardozzi’s RBI single in the first inning drove in newly acquired Boog Powell (no relation to the former American League MVP) and gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead.

They took a 2-0 lead in the second inning after Powell’s bunt single drove in Deibinson Romero. The Ducks added two runs in the sixth to take a 4-0 lead, two in the eighth to extend it to 6-0, and took a 7-0 lead with a run in the ninth.

Joe Iorio will start Game 3 for the Ducks Wednesday. Iorio went 13-2 with a 4.65 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 23 appearances (22 starts) this season.

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