(Photo courtesy of Worth Canoy)
(High Point, N.C., April 30, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 5-2 on Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series at Truist Point.
Daniel Murphy gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead in the first inning with a mammoth two-run home run to right field off Rockers starter James Marvel. Luis Guerrero extended the lead to three in the fifth with an opposite-field leadoff solo homer to right.
High Point closed to within 3-1 in the sixth on an RBI single up the middle from Zander Wiel. However, back-to-back doubles by Adeiny Hechavarria and Murphy along with a passed ball that scored Murphy gave the Ducks a 5-1 advantage in the eighth. The Rockers plated a run in the ninth on Shed Long Jr.’s RBI triple to center, but they would get no closer.
Ducks starter Stephen Woods Jr. (1-0) earned the win, tossing five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out six. Marvel (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings with three strikeouts.
Murphy led the Flock offensively with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs. Guerrero added a double and a homer, while Hechavarria finished with two doubles and two runs.
Long Island returns home on Tuesday for Opening Night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. The Ducks will host the Staten Island FerryHawks at 6:35 p.m., with gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Reversible Bucket Hats, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:15 to enjoy pregame team introductions. Right-hander Brett Kennedy gets the start for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty Ivan Pineyro.
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 live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE.
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