(Charleston, W.Va., April 26, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Charleston Dirty Birds 7-5 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Appalachian Power Park.
Deibinson Romero put the Ducks ahead 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run to left field off Dirty Birds starter Kevin Herget. An RBI double into the left field corner by Johnni Turbo in the second extended the Ducks lead to 3-0.
The Dirty Birds closed to within 3-1 in the fourth on a solo homer to left by Miles Williams off Ducks starter Akeel Morris. Four two-out runs in the fifth put Charleston ahead 5-3. An RBI infield single by Juan Perez and a three-run homer to right-center by Nick Longhi did the damage.
Sam Travis answered with a two-run home run to right-center in the sixth, tying the ballgame at five apiece. Long Island took the lead back with two runs in the eighth on L.J. Mazzilli’s solo homer to right-center and Dustin Woodcock’s sac fly to left.
Neither starter factored into the decision. Morris pitched four and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts. Herget lasted six innings, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Anderson DeLeon (1-0) earned the win, tossing two and one-third perfect innings out of the bullpen, retiring all seven batters he faced. Justin Miller (0-1) suffered the loss, yielding two runs on three hits in one inning. Tyler Webb picked up his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth.
Mazzilli led the Flock offensively with two hits, a walk, an RBI and three runs scored. Romero and Travis each added two hits and two RBIs.
The Ducks and Dirty Birds continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Appalachian Power 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 Brett Kennedy (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound for the Ducks against Dirty Birds righty Jordan Stephens (0-0, 1.80).
Long Island returns home on Friday, May 6, to begin a three-game set against the Lancaster Barnstormers. 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 an Angela’s Pizza Friday, and a player on the Barnstormers will be designated as the K-Man. If he strikes out during the game, all fans can show their game ticket to receive 20% off their order of $25 or more throughout the rest of the weekend at Angela’s Pizzeria of Islip. 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.
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