(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

 (Waldorf, Md., May 17, 2024) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 6-5 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Regency Furniture Stadium.

Long Island took a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Southern Maryland starter Daryl Thompson, with the big blow being a two-run home run to right field off the bat of Tyler Dearden. The Blue Crabs got to within 3-1 a half inning later versus Ducks starter Daniel Corcino courtesy of Alan Alonso’s RBI fielder’s choice. The Flock made it 4-1 in the fifth on Chance Sicso’s solo home run to right. Southern Maryland scored four times in the bottom of the frame for a 5-4 advantage by way of four Long Island errors and a two-run double from Anthony Brocato.

The Blue Crabs added a run in the sixth for a 6-4 cushion as Isaias Quiroz cracked a solo home run over the left field wall. The Ducks got to within 6-5 in the seventh on Frank Schwidel’s run-scoring base knock but would get no closer as Endrys Briceno would close things out in the ninth registering his fifth save of the season.

Thompson (1-3) notched the win, giving up four runs on nine hits (two home runs) in five innings on the mound, walking two and striking out one. Corcino (1-1) suffered the loss, surrendering six runs (two earned) on seven hits in six innings pitched, striking out six.

Schwindel led the way for Long Island reaching base four times in five plate appearances with three hits, an RBI, a run scored and a walk.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs continue their three-game set on Saturday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m. at Regency Furniture Stadium. Fans can follow all the action live on FloBaseball by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander Charlie Neuweiler (0-1, 9.28) toes the rubber for Long Island against Southern Marylan righty Ian Kahaloa (1-2, 8.05).

Long Island returns home on Friday, May 24, to begin a four-game series against the Lancaster Stormers. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Doug Jennings Oversized Baseball Card as part of the 2004 Championship 20th Anniversary Series. It’s also a Tap Room Friday, and as fans exit the ballpark, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for 20% off your entire check (dine-in) and 50% off your first online or mobile app order from Tap Room. Tickets for the game, and all Ducks games, are available by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks are in their 24th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. They are the all-time leader in wins and attendance in Atlantic League history, led all MLB Partner Leagues in attendance in 2023, and have sold out a record 706 games all-time. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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