(Central Islip, N.Y., May 28, 2024) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Gastonia Baseball Club 9-4 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

Both teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the fourth inning when Ryan McBroom launched a solo home run to left-center field off Gastonia starter Ryan Conroy. A long solo homer down the right field line by Taylor Kohlwey in the fifth doubled the Ducks lead to 2-0.

Gastonia went from two runs down to two runs up in the sixth against Ducks starter Wei-Yin Chen. Zach Racusin’s RBI triple, Jack Reinheimer’s RBI single and a two-run homer to right off the bat of Kevin Watson Jr. did the damage. However, Chance Sisco tied the game in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer to left field.

Gastonia took the lead back in the seventh on a double play that scored Eric De La Rosa and a two-run homer to left by Reinheimer. Patrick Mazeika added a two-run homer to right in the eighth to make it a 9-4 ballgame.

Chen did not factor into the decision but tossed six innings, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out five. Conroy (2-2) collected the win, pitching eight innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Ramon Santos (1-1) took the loss, giving up three unearned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of relief.

The Ducks and Gastonia Baseball Club continue their three-game set on Wednesday 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 a Waddle In Wednesday at the ballpark, and fans who spend $100 or more at the Waddle In Shop during the game will receive a voucher good for $10 off a future purchase at the team store during the 2024 season (limit one voucher per person, per game). Right-hander Daniel Corcino (2-1, 3.12) takes the mound for the Ducks against Gastonia righty Mike Wright Jr. (season debut).

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 live on FloBaseball by CLICKING HERE.

The Ducks are in their 24th season of play in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central Islip, N.Y. They are the all-time leader in wins and attendance in Atlantic League history, led all MLB Partner Leagues in attendance in 2023, and have sold out a record 706 games all-time. For further information, visit LIDucks.com or call 631-940-DUCK (3825).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

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