(Central Islip, N.Y., June 21, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 9-7 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.
Johnni Turbo gave the Ducks an immediate 1-0 lead with a leadoff solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning off Rockers starter Jonah Scolaro. Turbo’s two-out RBI single to right in the second doubled the Ducks lead to two.
Two more runs came home for Long Island in the third on Deibinson Romero’s RBI double to center and Vladimir Frias’ RBI infield single to third. Zander Wiel got the Rockers on the scoreboard in the fourth with a leadoff solo homer to left-center off Ducks starter Joe Iorio. However, a trio of runs scored for the Ducks in the bottom of the fourth increased the Ducks advantage to 7-1. Turbo scored on a wild pitch, Sam Travis lined an RBI single to left and Joe DeCarlo lifted a sacrifice fly to center.
High Point closed to within 7-3 in the fifth on RBI singles by Logan Morrison and Ben Aklinski. Long Island got the runs back though in the bottom of the frame on L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single and a passed ball that plated Turbo. The Rockers rallied for four runs in the ninth on Morrison’s RBI single to left and Wiel’s three-run homer to left, but they were unable to pull even.
Iorio collected the win, tossing five innings of three-run ball, allowing five hits and three walk while striking out two. Scolaro suffered the loss, conceding seven runs on 11 hits and two walks over three innings with one strikeout.
Turbo led the Flock offensively with three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Alejandro De Aza added three hits, two runs and a walk.
The Ducks and Rockers 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 will be able to enjoy $2 off all QuackerJack Lunch Boxes ($10, normally $12) in the Waddle In Shop throughout the ballgame. Left-hander Stephen Tarpley (1-3, 3.73) takes the mound for the Ducks against a Rockers starter to be determined.
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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