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Right-hander earns fifth win in five starts, leading Ducks fourth straight win

(Central Islip, N.Y., Sept. 8, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 4-2 on Wednesday night in the middle game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Johnni Turbo broke the scoreless deadlock in the third inning with a leadoff solo home run to left field off Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thompson. Two more runs came across in the fourth when Hector Sanchez doubled down the right field line, scoring Deibinson Romero, and Chris Shaw scored on a throwing error.

Southern Maryland closed to within 3-1 in the fifth on Zach Collier’s RBI single to right off Ducks starter Scott Harkin. However, the Ducks got the run back in the bottom of the frame on Lew Ford’s sacrifice fly to right. Collier hit a solo homer to center field in the seventh, closing the gap to 4-2, but the Blue Crabs would get no closer.

Harkin (5-0) earned the win, tossing six innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out two. Thompson (11-3) took the loss, pitching all eight innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Rob Griswold picked up his third save with two perfect innings of relief, striking out two.

L.J. Mazzilli led the Flock offensively with two hits. Shaw added a hit, a run and two walks.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their three-game set on Thursday 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 90's Night at the ballpark and a Thirsty Thursday! The Ducks will be celebrating all of the fun of the 1990's, including music, television, movies and more. In addition, fans will be able to enjoy an exclusive drink special during the game. Right-hander Anderson DeLeon (4-4, 5.04) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Carl Brice (3-3, 7.10).

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased 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 in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage 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, and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. For further information, visit or call (631) 940-DUCK (3825).

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