(Central Islip, N.Y., Aug. 18, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Staten Island FerryHawks 14-5 on Thursday night in the rubber game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

The Ducks struck first in the opening inning when Phil Caulfield scored on a single by Jose Sermo, coupled with a fielding error. Staten Island answered with four runs in the second off Ducks starter Stephen Tarpley on Joseph Monge’s RBI single, Justin O’Conner’s RBI double and a two-run double by Javier Betancourt. A two-run home run to left field by Christopher Cespedes in the third extended the FerryHawks lead to 6-1.

An RBI single by Bryan Gonzalez and a bases loaded walk by O’Conner in the fifth inning made it an 8-1 ballgame. Deibinson Romero launched a grand slam to left field off FerryHawks starter Matt Solter in the bottom of the fifth, closing the gap to 8-5.

However, a wild pitch that plated Eric Marinez in the sixth, an RBI fielder’s choice by Betancourt in the seventh and an RBI infield single by Betancourt in the eighth pushed the FerryHawks lead up to 11-5. O’Conner’s three-run homer to left in the ninth rounded out the scoring.

Solter (5-8) earned the win, tossing five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks while striking out four. Tarpley (4-7) suffered the loss, surrendering eight runs on eight hits and four walks over four and one-third innings with two strikeouts.

The Ducks hit the road on Friday night to open a three-game series against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at PeoplesBank Park. Fans 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. Right-hander Akeel Morris (4-9, 6.08) gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution lefty Ben Herrick (0-0, 0.00).

Long Island returns home on Friday, August 26, to begin a three-game series against the Charleston Dirty Birds. 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 Hispanic Heritage Night at the ballpark, presented by Wings of Empowerment. The Ducks will be wearing special jerseys, which will be auctioned off throughout the game. It’s also a Lemonade Stand at Main & Vine Sampling Day and an Angela’s Pizza Friday! 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 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).

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