(Photo courtesy of Sam Graham)

(Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 25, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 4-3 on Thursday night in the final game of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

Carlos Castro gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with an RBI groundout to second base in the second inning off Barnstormers starter Brooks Hall. The Barnstormers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on a bases loaded walk to Trace Loehr by Ducks starter Akeel Morris. Long Island went back in front 3-1 in the third on Phil Caulfield’s RBI single and a flyout that scored Caulfield.

Lancaster closed back to within a run in the bottom of the frame on Colton Shaver’s two-out RBI single to center. It stayed that way until the sixth when a two-out RBI single to right by Anthony Peroni tied the game at three. It remained even until the bottom of the ninth when Melvin Mercedes’ RBI single to center gave the Barnstormers 4-3 win.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Morris pitched six innings of three-run ball, allowing eight hits and four walks while striking out five. Hall lasted five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three. West Tunnell (5-0) earned the win after tossing a scoreless ninth inning, working around two walks and a hit batter. Jose Jose (3-1) took the loss, conceding the winning run on two hits in the ninth.

The Ducks return home on Friday night to begin a three-game series against the Charleston Dirty Birds. 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 Hispanic Heritage Night at the ballpark, presented by Wings of Empowerment. The Ducks will be wearing special jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game. It’s also a Lemonade Stand at Main & Vine Sampling Day and an Angela’s Pizza Friday! Right-hander Joe Iorio (8-4, 4.97) gets the start for the Ducks against Dirty Birds lefty Denson Hull (2-8, 5.15).

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.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball. Over 8 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).

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