(Staten Island, N.Y., May 12, 2023) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 3-2 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park.

The Ducks broke a scoreless deadlock in the top of the fifth inning when a leadoff solo homer by Dustin Woodcock and a two-out RBI double by Daniel Murphy gave the Flock a 2-0 lead. A sacrifice fly off the bat of Mitchell Piatnik in the bottom of the inning closed the gap to 2-1. However, back-to-back two-out doubles in the seventh from Adeiny Hechavarria and Murphy gave the Ducks their two-run lead back at 3-1.

Staten Island closed to within 3-2 in the eighth on a sac fly to left-center by Adrian Sanchez. Jose Jose would follow by getting the final out of the inning, and Kevin Quackenbush would retire the side in order to end the game.

Ducks starter Stephen Tarpley (1-0) earned the win, tossing six and one-third innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out five. FerryHawks starter Austin DeCarr (0-2) took the loss, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks over four and two-thirds innings with four strikeouts. Quackenbush picked up his second save with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out one.

Murphy led the Ducks offensively with two hits and two RBIs. Woodcock added two hits, an RBI, a run and a walk.

The Ducks and FerryHawks continue their three-game set on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at Staten Island University Hospital Community Park. Fans can follow all the action live on Flo Baseball by CLICKING HERE. Right-hander Justin Alintoff (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Ducks against FerryHawks righty Ivan Pineyro (0-0, 2.89).

Long Island returns home on Tuesday, May 16, for another three-game set with the Revolution. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It’s a Triple Play Tuesday at the ballpark! If the Ducks turn a triple play during the game, one lucky fan will win $25,000. Simply sign up prior to first pitch at the Ticket Kiosk on the main concourse to be eligible. 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).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary Season in 2023, the Atlantic League is Major League Baseball’s first Professional Partner League, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. ALPB has sent over 1,200 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 45 million fans to its family-friendly ballparks throughout its 25-year history. Please visit AtlanticLeague.com