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Ford Leads Long Island in Offensive Onslaught

Long Island Ducks

(High Point, N.C., Aug. 18, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks defeated the High Point Rockers 11-4 on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a three-game series at BB&T Point.

The Ducks wasted no time, scoring in the top of the first inning after Rey Fuentes lifted a two-run home run to right. Long Island increased their lead with a solo home run from Hector Sanchez in the third, bringing the score to 3-0.

The Rockers finally got on the board in the fourth inning, putting up two runs thanks to an RBI double from Quincy Latimore and a sacrifice fly to center by Richie Shaffer. High Point then took a 4-3 lead in the fifth when Hector Gomez lined a two-run double to left.

However, their lead would not last long as Clint Freeman drilled a bases clearing double, allowing Long Island to reclaim the lead at 6-3. Vladimir Frias got in on the action, lacing a two-run single in the seventh. The Ducks rounded out the scoring in the eighth with a three-run inning, highlighted by an RBI single off the bat of Sanchez, a passed ball and run-scoring double by Lew Ford.

Ducks starting pitcher Brandon Beachy (2-0) picked up the win for Long Island, yielding four runs over five innings on six hits and two walks, while striking out eight Rockers. Starter Joe Van Meter (6-4) was tagged with the loss for High Point, tossing five and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts.

Ford led the Flock offensively with five hits, including three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.

The Ducks return home on Monday to open a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. 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’s a K-Man Merch Monday, and a designated player on the Patriots will be selected as the evening’s K-Man. If the K-Man strikes out during the game, fans will receive a 10% savings on a specific item in the Waddle In Shop. If he strikes out a second time, the discount will grow to 20%. A third strikeout by the K-Man increases the savings to 30%. Left-hander Darin Downs (3-3, 2.77) gets the start for the Ducks against Patriots lefty Dave Holmberg (1-3, 4.25).

Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE. Those unable to make the game can follow all the action on the Long Island Ducks Broadcast Network. Live streaming video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com, Facebook Live and the Ducks official YouTube channel.

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) 

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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