(Photo courtesy of Sam Graham)

(Lancaster, Pa., Aug. 23, 2022) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Lancaster Barnstormers 9-3 on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Ducks opened the scoring in the third when Tzu-Wei Lin came home on a double play ball to give the Ducks a 1-0 lead. The Barnstormers then went in front 4-1 against Ducks starter Ryan Meisinger in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run to right field by Melvin Mercedes, an RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Jacob Barfield and a throwing error.

A balk by Barnstormers starter Nile Ball in the fourth scored Deibinson Romero to make it a 4-2 game. However, a wild pitch that plated Jake Hoover and a two-run double by Andretty Cordero pushed Lancaster’s lead to 7-2.

Jose Sermo’s sacrifice fly to center in the sixth closed the gap to four, but the Barnstormers plated two runs on a two-run double by Barfield in the bottom of the inning to stretch their lead to six.

Ball (8-4) earned the win, tossing six innings of three-run ball, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out six. Meisinger (3-3) suffered the loss, surrendering seven runs (six earned) on seven hits and four walks over three innings with one strikeout.

The Ducks and Barnstormers continue their three-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Clipper Magazine Stadium. 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. Left-hander Stephen Tarpley (4-7, 4.55) takes the mound for the Ducks against Barnstormers righty Cameron Gann (6-8, 5.62).

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).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League is the first Partner League of Major League Baseball, a player gateway to the major leagues, and a leader in baseball innovation. The ALPB has sent over 1,000 players to MLB organizations while drawing 44 million fans to its family friendly ballparks over its 24-year history. For more information, please visit AtlanticLeague.com.