(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Gastonia Honey Hunters 5-0 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Steven Moya’s solo home run to right field in the second inning off Ducks starter Ian Clarkin gave the Honey Hunters a 1-0 lead. A two-out RBI single to center by Luis Curbelo in the fifth doubled Gastonia’s lead to two.

Zach Jarrett’s RBI single to left in the seventh made it a 3-0 ballgame. An RBI double by Braxton Davidson and a run-scoring groundout from David Washington in the eighth pushed the lead to five.

Honey Hunters starter Zach Mort (12-2) earned the win, tossing six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while striking out nine. Clarkin (2-3) suffered the hard-luck loss, giving up just two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings with nine strikeouts as well.

Ruben Tejada led the Ducks offense with two hits and a walk.

The Ducks and Honey Hunters wrap up their three-game set on Thursday 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive QuackerJack Oversized Baseball Cards, courtesy of The Anne V. Graziani Fund. It’s also a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark, and fans will be able to enjoy a special buy one, get one half-price offer on Michelob products during the game. In addition, the Duck Club restaurant and bar on the suite level will be open for all fans to enjoy. Right-hander Justin Alintoff (2-1, 4.01) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Honey Hunters righty Sal Romano (4-4, 3.97).

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home 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 the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8.5 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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