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Honey Hunters Rally Late to Take Series Finale

June 24, 2021 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Long Island Ducks News Release

Long Island Ducks first baseman Hector Sanchez
Long Island Ducks first baseman Hector Sanchez
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(Central Islip, N.Y.) - The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the Gastonia Honey Hunters 5-3 on Thursday night in the finale of a three-game series at Fairfield Properties Ballpark.

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Hector Sanchez tripled off Honey Hunters starter AJ Merkel and scored on a groundout off the bat of Rey Fuentes. L.J. Mazzilli's sacrifice fly to right field in the third scored Jesse Berardi, making it a 2-0 ballgame.

It stayed that way until the sixth when a two-out RBI single through the right side by Sal Giardina stretched the Ducks lead to three. RBI singles by Jake Skole and Jesus Sucre in the seventh trimmed Long Island's advantage to 3-2. Then, a three-run ninth inning, highlighted by Sucre's sac fly to right and a two-run single to center by Mike Osinski gave the Honey Hunters a 5-3 lead.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Joe Iorio pitched six scoreless innings for Long Island, allowing four hits and four walks while striking out two. Merkel lasted six innings, yielding three runs on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Donnie Hart (2-1) picked up the win with a scoreless eighth inning, striking out two. Michael Tonkin (1-1) took the loss, giving up three unearned runs on one hit and three walks in one inning. Robby Scott collected his third save with a scoreless ninth inning despite allowing tow hits and a walk.

The Ducks hit the road on Friday to open up a three-game series in North Carolina against the Honey Hunters. First pitch is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. at CaroMont Health Park. Fans can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on as well as the Ducks official Facebook and YouTube accounts. Right-hander Jhoendri Herrera (0-0, 9.00) gets the start for the Ducks against Honey Hunters righty Jay Gause (1-2, 9.39).

Long Island returns home on Friday, July 2, to begin a four-game set against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by calling (631) 940-TIXX or.

The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, a Professional Partner League of Major League Baseball, and play their home games at Fairfield Properties Ballpark. For further information, visit or call (631) 940-DUCK (3825).

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