(Photo courtesy of Nick Betson)

 (Staten Island, N.Y., May 21, 2024) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 5-3 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park.

Long Island took a 3-0 lead in the second inning against Staten Island starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn courtesy of an RBI double from Rixon Wingrove, a run-scoring single by Scott Kelly and a wild pitch from Shawaryn that scored Kelly later in the frame. The FerryHawks got to within 3-1 in the third versus Ducks starter Stephen Woods Jr. on Taylor Motter’s RBI base knock.

Staten Island scored single runs in the fourth and fifth to get even at three apiece on a sacrifice fly by Robert Brooks and solo home run to left off the bat of Motter. The visitors jumped back out in front 4-3 in the seventh on Aaron Antonini’s run-scoring base hitand added an insurance run in the eighth thanks to Ryan McBroom’s leadoff home run to left centerfield.

Neither starter factored in the decision. Woods allowed two runs on five hits in four innings pitched, walking and striking out two. Shawaryn surrendered three runs on five hits in six innings of work, walking two and striking out four. Ramon Santos (2-0) tallied the win with a scoreless inning on two hits allowed along with one walk and two strikeouts. Joe Jones (0-1) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on four hits (one home run) in an inning and two-thirds on the mound, walking and striking out one. Matt Seelinger fired a scoreless frame in the ninth for his team-leading third save of the season.

Frank Schwindel had two more hits in the winning effort, extending his on-base streak to 12 consecutive games overall.

The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Wednesday morning. First pitch is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park. Fans can follow all the action live on FloBaseball by CLICKING HERE. Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 5.40) toes the rubber for Long Island against Staten Island lefty Aaron Leasher (2-1, 3.00).

Long Island returns home on Friday, May 24, to begin a four-game series against the Lancaster Stormers. 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). The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Doug Jennings Oversized Baseball Card as part of the 2004 Championship 20th Anniversary Series. It’s also a Tap Room Friday, and as fans exit the ballpark, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for 20% off your entire check (dine-in) and 50% off your first online or mobile app order from Tap Room. 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 Ducks are in 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.