Ducks Blast Past Skeeters to Open Second Half

(Central Islip, N.Y., July 6, 2018) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 12-4 on Saturday night in the opener of a three-game series at Bethpage Ballpark.

Sugar Land took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning on Colin Walsh’s two-run home run to right field off Ducks starter John Brownell. Long Island closed to within one in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to left off the bat of Ramon Cabrera.

The Ducks offense then exploded for five runs in the fifth inning off Skeeters starter Konner Wade to take a 6-2 lead. Travis Snider’s three-run home run to right-center field and Taylor Ard’s two-run homer to left highlighted the inning.

Six more runs came across for Long Island in the sixth to balloon the lead to 10. Back-to-back bases loaded walks to Snider and Lew Ford, along with a grand slam to left by Ard, did the damage.

Brownell (4-7) earned the win, tossing eight innings of two-run ball, allowing eight hits and five walks while striking out four. Wade (4-2) suffered the loss, surrendering 10 runs on 13 hits and three walks over five and one-third innings with two strikeouts.

Jordany Valdespin led the Flock with four hits and scored a pair of runs. Ard added three hits, six RBIs and two runs, while Bonifacio collected three hits and Snider drove in four runs.

The Ducks and Skeeters continue their three-game set on Saturday night. 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). Following the game, all fans in attendance will be treated to a Fireworks Spectacular, presented by Flushing Bank. In addition, Ducks staff members will be handing out coupons for $10 off a purchase of $50 or more at Dick’s Sporting Goods as fans exit the ballpark following the fireworks show. Right-hander Tyler Badamo (2-5, 4.68) takes the mound for the Ducks against a Skeeters starter to be determined.

Tickets to the game, and all 2018 Ducks home games, are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make it to the game can follow all the action 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

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

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