(Central Islip, N.Y., July 28, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 4-3 in 11 innings on Thursday night in the rubber game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
The Ducks took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a wild pitch by FerryHawks starter Dakota Freese that scored Jacson McGowan and an RBI single to left field by Kevin Whatley. The FerryHawks closed to within 2-1 in the third on Mariel Bautista’s sac fly to center off Ducks starter Bennett Parry. It stayed that way until the sixth when Staten Island tied the game at two on Alfredo Reyes’ RBI fielder’s choice.
Rusney Castillo broke the deadlock in the seventh with an RBI single through the left side, putting the FerryHawks ahead 3-2. Long Island tied the game at three in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk by L.J. Mazzilli. It remained even until the bottom of the 11th when Sam Travis won the game with a walk-off RBI single to right.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Parry tossed five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and four walks while striking out six. Freese lasted five and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Chris Cepeda (3-0) earned the win with a scoreless 11th inning, striking out one. Vin Aiello (0-2) took the loss, conceding the winning run on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning.
Carlos Castro led the Flock with two hits and two runs scored. Alejandro De Aza also collected two hits.
The Ducks hit the road on Friday night to open a three-game series against the Wild Health Genomes. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Wild Health Field. Fans 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. Right-hander Ryan Meisinger (2-1, 3.86) gets the start for the Ducks against Genomes righty Elih Villanueva (6-8, 5.82).
Long Island returns home on Friday, August 12, to begin a three-game set against the Charleston Dirty Birds. 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 Suffolk County Boy Scouts Night, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Baseball Caps, courtesy of Dime Bank. It’s also an Angela’s Pizza Friday! A player on the Dirty Birds will be designated as the K-Man. If he strikes out during the game, all fans can show their game ticket to enjoy a special offer throughout the rest of the weekend at Angela’s Pizzeria of Islip. 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 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).
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