(Central Islip, N.Y., April 30, 2024) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Staten Island FerryHawks 9-4 in 11 innings on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Staten Island grabbed the early lead on Pablo Sandoval’s run-scoring groundout to second base in the first inning. Ivan Castillo answered in the bottom of the frame with a two-run home run to right field off FerryHawks starter Mark Faello, giving the Ducks a 2-1 lead. Staten Island tied the game at two in the third on a wild pitch that scored Kolby Johnson.

Staten Island went back in front 3-2 in the fifth on Nate Scantlin’s RBI single to left field. It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when Chance Sisco launched a one-out solo homer to right, tying the game at three.

Sandoval put the FerryHawks ahead 4-3 in the 10th with a two-out RBI single up the middle. However, Kevin Higgins scored from third with two outs on a wild pitch in the bottom of the frame, tying the game at four.

A five-run 11th gave Staten Island the lead for good. RBI singles from Ben Norman and Johnson, an RBI double by Scantlin and a two-run single by Sandoval did the damage.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Mike Montgomery pitched two innings for the Ducks, allowing an unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts. Faello lasted four innings, conceding two runs on a hit and four walks with two strikeouts. William Kirwan (1-0) picked up the win with two innings of relief yielding one unearned run. Sam Delaplane (1-1) took the loss, giving up six runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks in one and two-thirds innings.

The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday 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). It’s a Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark! Fans who spend $100 or more at the Waddle In Shop during Wednesday home games will receive a voucher good for $10 off a future purchase at the team store during the 2024 season (limit one voucher per person, per game).

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 FloBaseball by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks are entering their 24th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. They are the all-time leader in wins and attendance in Atlantic League history, led all MLB Partner Leagues in attendance in 2023, and have sold out a record 706 games all-time. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

Celebrating its third decade, 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. Over its 25-year history, the ALPB has sent over 1,400 players to MLB organizations while drawing over 47 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks. Please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.