(Lexington, Ky., April 29, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Lexington Legends 11-9 on Friday night in the opener of a three-game series at Wild Health Field.
Johnni Turbo put the Ducks in front immediately, leading off the game with a solo home run to left field off Legends starter Tom Dorminy. A throwing error that scored Deibinson Romero and a sacrifice fly by Deven Marrero that plated Sam Travis extended the Ducks lead to 3-0 in the second.
Lexington closed to within 3-2 in the bottom of the second on Dom Bethancourt’s RBI double and Cesar Cuevas’ run-scoring groundout off Ducks starter Scott Harkin. The Ducks restored their three-run advantage in the fourth on a double play ball that scored Sam Travis and Turbo’s RBI single to center. However, Montrell Marshall’s RBI double and Boog Powell’s two-run double in the bottom of the frame tied the game at five.
Joe DeCarlo put the Ducks back in front with a sac fly to right in the sixth. A five-run seventh, highlighted by RBI singles from Rusney Castillo and L.J. Mazzilli along with a three-run homer to left by Romero, extended Long Island’s advantage to 11-5. The Legends closed to within two in the eighth on a wild pitch that scored Courtney Hawkins and a three-run double by Cuevas. However, they could not pull even.
Harkin (1-0) picked up the win, tossing five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and three walks with one strikeout. Jalen Miller (0-1) took the loss, giving up six runs on six hits in one inning. Sandy Baez earned his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth, working around two hits while striking out one.
Turbo, Castillo and Travis each had three hits to lead the Ducks offensively. Turbo finished with two RBIs and two runs, Romero drove in three runs and scored twice, and Travis scored three times.
The Ducks and Legends continue their three-game set on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. at Wild Health Field. 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 Hunter Caudelle (1-0, 4.50) takes the mound for the Ducks against Legends righty Jeff Thompson (0-1, 9.00).
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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