(Central Islip, N.Y., April 30, 2017) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the New Britain Bees 5-1 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.
Both sides traded zeroes until the top of the sixth inning when Conor Bierfeldt hit a two-run home run to left field to give the Bees a 2-0 lead. Long Island answered with a run in the bottom of the frame when Fehlandt Lentini singled, stole second and third base, and came home on a wild pitch.
New Britain extended their lead with a three-run seventh inning. Michael Crouse’s two-run homer to left and a passed ball did the damage.
Ducks starter Matt Larkins pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out five but did not factor into the decision. Bees starter Anthony Marzi (1-1) picked up the win with five shutout innings of his own, yielding three hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Patrick Crider (0-1) suffered the loss, allowing two runs on a hit and a walk while striking out two in one inning.
Cody Puckett led the Flock with two hits.
The Ducks hit the road on Monday to begin a four-game series against the York Revolution. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. from PeoplesBank Park. Fans can follow all the action online on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on the Ducks’ official Facebook page, YouTube channel and at LIDucks.com. Right-hander John Brownell gets the start for the Ducks against Revolution righty Ty’Relle Harris.
Long Island returns home on Friday, May 5 to kick off a three-game series against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It will be a Fowl Pole Friday at the Duck Pond, and if a select Ducks player hits a home run off of one of the foul poles during the game, one lucky fan will win $50,000. In addition, a Blue Crabs player will be selected as the Pizza Hut K-Man of the game. If that player strikes out, fans will receive a special offer for a FREE 1-Topping Personal Pan Pizza at a participating Pizza Hut location. Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
The Long Island Ducks are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and play their home games at Bethpage Ballpark. For further information, call (631) 940-DUCK or visit www.liducks.com.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.