(Staten Island, N.Y., Sept. 18, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 7-5 on Sunday afternoon in the rubber game of a three-game series and the final game of the 2022 season at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park.

Staten Island struck first, courtesy of an RBI single by Mariel Bautista in the first inning off Ducks starter Joe Iorio. The Ducks answered with a four-spot off FerryHawks starter Anthony Rodriguez in the second to take a 4-1 lead. Jose Sermo’s RBI double, Joe DeCarlo’s RBI single, an error that scored Dustin Woodcock and a wild pitch that plated DeCarlo highlighted the inning.

The FerryHawks closed to within a run in the third on a two-out, two-run homer to center by Bautista. Carlos Castro lifted a sac fly to center in the seventh, pushing the Ducks lead to 5-3. However, a two-run homer to left by Bautista in the seventh tied the game at five. It stayed that way until the top of the ninth when Castro launched a two-out, two-run homer to left, giving the Ducks a 7-5 advantage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Iorio tossed five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out three. Rodriguez also pitched five innings, conceding four runs on seven hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Chas Cywin (1-1) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless eighth inning, striking out one. Nelson Figueroa (0-2) took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits in one inning. Jose Jose collected his third save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Castro led the Flock offensively with three hits, three RBIs and two runs scored. Zach Racusin added two hits and two walks, while Dustin Woodcock chipped in with two hits and a run.

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