(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 16, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Staten Island FerryHawks 10-5 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

A sacrifice fly to left field off the bat of Ricardo Cespedes in the first inning gave the FerryHawks a 1-0 lead. An RBI single to right field by Antoine Duplantis in the second doubled the lead to two.

Staten Island ballooned the lead to 7-0 with a five-run sixth. RBI singles by Ricardo Cespedes, Mariel Bautista and Christopher Cespedes along with a two-run error did the damage. Long Island got on the scoreboard in the sixth when Phil Caulfield scored from third on a throwing error. However, Bautista’s RBI single and Justin O’Conner’s two-run single in the seventh extended the FerryHawks lead to 10-1.

Vladimir Frias’ RBI groundout and a wild pitch that scored Jose Sermo in the seventh closed the gap to seven. Carlos Castro then launched a two-run homer to left-center in the eighth, making it a 10-5 game, but the Ducks could not pull even.

Hector Guance (4-5) earned the win, tossing six innings of three-run ball (two earned) allowing two hits and four walks while striking out three. Scott Harkin (8-7) took the loss, giving up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and a walk over five innings with one strikeout.

The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. 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). It’s a Lemonade Stand at Main & Vine Wine Down Wednesday! All fans will be welcome to visit the Duck Club restaurant/bar to enjoy a wine tasting event of featured products. It’s also a Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark! Fans will be able to purchase Ducks player wear shorts for just $20 (normally $35) in the Waddle In Shop throughout the ballgame. Right-hander Ryan Meisinger (3-2, 6.88) takes the mound for the Ducks against FerryHawks lefty Augie Sylk (5-9, 5.81).

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. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8 million fans have enjoyed the Ducks brand of affordable, fun entertainment at Fairfield Properties Ballpark since inception in 2000. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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