(Gastonia, N.C., June 2, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Gastonia Honey Hunters 5-0 on Thursday evening in the finale of a three-game midweek series at CaroMont Health Park.
Long Island took a 2-0 advantage in the second inning on back-to-back two-out run-scoring singles produced by Austin Rei and Joe DeCarlo off Gastonia starter John Anderson. Rei was at it again in the fifth as the Ducks catcher plated L.J. Mazzilli with a double into the left field corner which made it 3-0 in favor of the visitors after Mazzilli tallied a two-base hit of his own earlier in the frame.
The Flock closed out the scoring in the sixth with a pair of runs to give the game its final of 5-0 thanks to a sacrifice fly off the bat of Johnni Turbo that plated Dustin Woodcock and an RBI ground-rule double from Alejandro De Aza that enabled Deven Marrero to cross the plate as De Aza finished the series with eight runs batted in. Akeel Morris (1-4) won his first game of the season as the right-hander fired six scoreless innings on just five hits allowed, striking out six in the process. Anderson (3-4) was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs on 12 hits across five and one-third innings on the mound, walking three and striking out five.
Mazzilli led the way with three hits in the ballgame, with De Aza, Rei, Woodcock, and DeCarlo tallying a pair of hits apiece as Long Island won their fourth consecutive game on the road en route to the sweep.
Long Island returns home on Friday, June 3, to begin a three-game series with the Staten Island FerryHawks. 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 an Angela’s Pizza Friday! A player on the FerryHawks will be designated as the K-Man, and if he strikes out during the game, all fans can show their game ticket to receive six zeppoles with the purchase of a pie throughout the rest of the weekend at Angela’s Pizzeria of Islip. Right-Hander Joe Iorio (4-0, 2.81) gets the start for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty Matt Solter (0-3, 1.93).
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.
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