(Central Islip, N.Y., July 23, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs 3-2 on Saturday night in the middle game of a three-game series before a past-capacity crowd of 7,011 at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Southern Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Alex Crosby’s RBI single to right field off Ducks starter Stephen Tarpley. Long Island jumped in front in the third on a two-run home run to left-center by L.J. Mazzilli off Blue Crabs starter Mitch Lambson. Jack Sundberg’s RBI single to center in the fifth tied the ballgame at two apiece. However, a Sam Travis RBI double down the left field line in the bottom of the frame put the Ducks back in front 3-2.

Tarpley (4-4) earned the win, tossing five innings of two-run ball, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. Lambson (5-6) took the loss, giving up three runs on eight hits and three walks over six and two-thirds innings with two strikeouts. Edubray Ramos picked up his first save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Alejandro De Aza led the Flock at the plate with two doubles, a run and a walk. Carlos Castro also collected a hit and reached base safely three times.

The Ducks and Blue Crabs wrap up their three-game series on Sunday evening. Game time is slated for 5:05 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 4:05 (3:50 for full season ticket holders). The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive Ducks Baseballs, courtesy of Yellow Dog Lawn Care. It’s a Sunday Family Funday, presented by Bethpage Federal Credit Union! Prior to the game, fans will be invited down for a Catch on the Field from 4:10 to 4:30. After the game, fans of all ages are also invited to take part in Kids Run the Bases. Right-hander Akeel Morris (4-6, 4.94) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Blue Crabs righty Eddie Butler (7-2, 4.67).

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).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League is the first Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. The ALPB has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing 44 million fans to its family friendly ballparks over its 24-year history. For more information, please visit AtlanticLeague.com.