(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

 (Frederick, Md., Sept. 6, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Spire City Ghost Hounds 8-5 on Wednesday evening in the middle game of a three-game series at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium.

The Ducks took a 2-0 lead versus Ghost Hounds starting pitcher Zac Rosscup in the top half of the third inning courtesy of a two-run double off the bat of Alejandro De Aza. The visitors made it 4-0 in their favor in the fourth thanks to a sacrifice fly from Ernie Geraci and a run-scoring base knock produced by Ruben Tejada.

Spire City got to within 4-1 in the home half of the fourth frame against Long Island starter Robert Stock by way of a home run from Craig Dedelow. The Flock made it 6-1 in the fifth thanks to back-to-back four-baggers from Sam Travis and Alex Dickerson. An Ernie Geraci RBI single made it 7-2 Ducks in the seventh, and Brantley Bell’s run-scoring two-base hit in the eighth extended the advantage to 8-4 as the Ducks pounded out 18 more hits to notch their third consecutive victory overall.

Stock (9-3) picked up the win, allowing four runs on seven hits in seven innings pitched, walking two and striking out seven. Rosscup (4-3) suffered the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits in four innings of work, walking a pair of batters while striking out three.

De Aza led the way at the plate with three more hits, including a double, along with two RBIs, a run scored and a walk as every batter in the staring lineup had at least one hit for the third straight ballgame.

The Ducks and Ghost Hounds wrap up their three-game series on Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Nymeo Field at Harry Grove Stadium. Fans can follow the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander Augie Voight (Atlantic League Debut) gets the nod for the Flock against Ghost Hounds righty Matt Reitz (3-0, 5.55).

Long Island returns home on Friday, September 15, for their final home series of the regular season, a three-game set against the High Point Rockers. 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 Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at the Ballpark, and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Seat Cushions, courtesy of Good Samaritan University Hospital. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home 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)

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