(Central Islip, N.Y., April 22, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the California Dogecoin 5-1 on Saturday afternoon in a spring training game at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

The Dogecoin opened the scoring in the first inning with an RBI single to left-center field by Kenton Strachan. It stayed that way until the fourth when the Ducks put up a three-spot to take a 3-1 lead. A solo home run to left field by Edward Salcedo, an RBI double by Jesse Russo and a sac fly to right off the bat of Adeiny Hechavarria did the damage. Luis Guerrero added a two-run homer to left in the sixth, extending the advantage to four.

Ducks starter Brett Kennedy earned the win, tossing five innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits while striking out four. Chris Cepeda came on in relief and pitched two scoreless innings, conceding two hits while striking out five batters.

In addition to the game, the Ducks hosted their annual Fan Fest at the ballpark. Fans were treated to free admission and fun activities throughout the day. Season ticket holders were invited to a meet-and-greet with Ducks manager Wally Backman, while Bethpage Kids Club Members were able to pick up their membership packets. Fans had the exclusive opportunity to watch the teams take batting practice and then were introduced to the Ducks spring training roster prior to the game’s first pitch.

The Ducks continue their spring training schedule on Monday, April 24, against the Long Island Black Sox. Game time is slated for 1:00 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 12:30. Admission to the exhibition game is free for Ducks full season ticket holders, while a $5 donation to the QuackerJack Foundation will apply for all other fans.

Following spring training, the Ducks will begin the 2023 season, presented by Catholic Health, on Friday, April 28, when they visit the High Point Rockers at 6:35 p.m. Opening Night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark will follow four days later on Tuesday, May 2, when the Ducks host the Staten Island FerryHawks at 6:35 p.m. Gates will open at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders), and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Reversible Bucket Hats, courtesy of P.C. Richard and Son. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:15 to enjoy pregame team introductions. 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 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).