(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

(Lancaster, Pa., June 2, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lebanon Ironmasters (a.k.a. Lancaster Barnstormers) 7-6 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Ironmasters took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Andretty Cordero’s run-scoring groundout and Kelly Dugan’s RBI single off Ducks starter Stephen Woods Jr. The Ducks answered with three runs in the second off Lebanon starter Brent Teller, highlighted by Joe DeCarlo’s sac fly to left and Tzu-Wei Lin’s two-run homer to right. A run-scoring error on a pickoff attempt in the bottom of the frame tied the game at three.

Lebanon went in front 6-3 in the third, with Chris Proctor’s RBI single and Joseph Carpenter’s two-run homer doing the damage. Cordero’s solo homer in the fifth made it 7-3. DeCarlo countered with a two-out, three-run homer to left in the sixth for the Flock, closing the gap to one, but Long Island could not complete the comeback.

Teller (2-1) picked up the win despite allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings while striking out six. Woods Jr. (4-1) took the loss, conceding seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits and a walk over five innings with four strikeouts. Andrew Lee collected his third save with a scoreless ninth inning.

Sam Travis and Brian Goodwin led the Ducks offensively with two hits and two runs apiece, while DeCarlo finished with four RBIs on the night.

The Ducks and Ironmasters continue their three-game set on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. Fans can follow all the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE. Left-hander Ian Clarkin (1-1, 4.76) takes the mound for the Ducks against Ironmasters southpaw Jared Lakind (2-2, 2.15).

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, June 6, to open a three-game set against the Frederick Baseball Team. 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 Triple Play Tuesday at the ballpark! If the Ducks turn a triple play during the game, one lucky fan will win $25,000. Simply sign up prior to first pitch at the Ticket Kiosk on the main concourse to be eligible. 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 8.5 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)

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit AtlanticLeague.com