Steve Lombardozzi homers, extends on-base streak in defeat

(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)

(Gastonia, N.C., June 26, 2021)
– The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Gastonia Honey Hunters 9-3 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series at CaroMont Health Park.

A first inning two-run single by Jesus Sucre off Ducks starter Darin Downs put the Honey Hunters on top early 2-0. It stayed that way until the fifth when a solo home run to left field by Mike Osinski made it a 3-0 game.

Gastonia doubled their lead to six in the sixth on a two-out, three-run homer to right by Emmanuel Tapia. Adrian Gomez added a two-out, three-run homer of his own in the eighth to make it a nine-run game. Long Island got on the scoreboard in the ninth when Steve Lombardozzi launched a three-run home run to right-center.

Honey Hunters starter Jailen Peguero (2-1) earned the win with five and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing six hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Downs (0-1) took the loss, giving up three runs on four hits and three walks over five innings with four strikeouts.

L.J. Mazzilli and Ryan Jackson each had two hits to lead the Ducks offensively.

The Ducks and Honey Hunters wrap up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 4:50 p.m. at CaroMont Health Park. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on as well as the Ducks official Facebook and YouTube accounts. Right-hander Mike Bolsinger (1-3, 7.52) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Honey Hunters righty Brock Knoten (Gastonia Debut).

Long Island returns home on Friday, July 2, to begin a four-game set against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. 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 750 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Inflatable Bats. It’s also a Flash Sale Friday! Fans will have the opportunity to receive a special ticket offer to a select home game(s) later in the season by calling (631) 940-TIXX.Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by calling (631) 940-TIXX or by CLICKING HERE.

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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