Ducks waddle past the Ferryhawks Extra-Inning Marathon

July 28, 2022 — Atlantic League (AtL) — Long Island Ducks press release

(Central Islip, NY) — The Long Island Ducks defeated the Staten Island FerryHawks 4-3 in 11 innings Thursday night in the rubber game of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

The Ducks went 2-0 up in the second inning on a wild pitch from FerryHawks starter Dakota Freese, which scored Jacson McGowan and an RBI single to left field from Kevin Whatley. The FerryHawks closed at 2-1 in the third on Mariel Bautista’s sack fly to put Ducks starter Bennett Parry at center. It stayed that way until the sixth time, when Staten Island tied the game at two by Alfredo Reyes’ RBI fielder’s choice.

Rusney Castillo broke the deadlock in the seventh with an RBI single through the left touchline to give the FerryHawks a 3-2 lead. Long Island tied the game at three at the end of the eighth on a base-loaded walk by LJ Mazzilli. It stayed even until the end of the 11th when Sam Travis won the game with a walk-off RBI single to the right.

None of the starters considered the decision. Parry threw five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and four walks while hitting six. Freese lasted five and two-thirds innings and spawned two runs with seven hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Chris Cepeda (3-0) won with a scoreless 11th inning, batting one. Vin Aiello (0-2) took the loss and conceded the winning run on a hit and a walk in a third of an inning.

Carlos Castro led the herd with two hits and two runs scored. Alejandro De Aza also scored two goals.

The Ducks headed out Friday night to open a three-game series against the Wild Health Genomes. The 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 of HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on as well as on the official Ducks Facebook page and YouTube channel. Right-hander Ryan Meisinger (2-1, 3.86) gets the go-ahead for the Ducks against Genomes righty Elih Villanueva (6-8, 5.82).

Long Island returns home on Friday, August 12 to begin a three-game set against the Charleston Dirty Birds. Game time is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., with Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 p.m. (5:20 a.m. for season ticket holders). It’s Suffolk County Boy Scouts Night and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive Ducks baseball caps courtesy of Dime Bank. It’s also Angela’s Pizza Friday! A Dirty Birds player is referred to as a K-Man. If he hits during the game, all fans can show their game card to enjoy a special offer for the rest of the weekend at Angela’s Pizzeria of Islip. Tickets for the game and all Ducks games are available at the Fairfield Properties Ballpark box office by calling (631) 940-TIXX.

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