Ducks settle for series split with Rockers in North Carolina
(Photo courtesy of Joe Doll)
(High Point, N.C., June 16, 2019) – The Long Island Ducks were defeated by the High Point Rockers 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday afternoon in the finale of a four-game series at BB&T Point.
The Ducks opened the scoring in the first inning on L.J. Mazzilli’s RBI single to center field off Rockers starter Seth Simmons. High Point evened the score in the second when Hector Gomez hit a solo home run to left field off Ducks starter Kevin McAvoy.
Long Island took the lead back at 2-1 in the sixth on Mazzilli’s solo homer to left. However, another solo homer to left in the bottom of the seventh, this time by Viosergy Rosa, tied the game at two.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the 10th inning. Richie Shaffer was placed on second to begin the inning and came around to score on Giovanny Alfonzo’s two-out RBI single to right.
Neither starter factored into the decision. McAvoy pitched five innings of one-run ball, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out five. Simmons lasted six and two-thirds innings, yielding two runs on seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Trevor Frank (2-2) collected the win after pitching two scoreless innings of relief, while Enrique Burgos (4-2) suffered the loss, surrendering an unearned run on one hit in two-thirds of an inning.
Mazzilli led the Flock offensively with two hits, two RBIs and a run. Hector Sanchez and Rey Fuentes each added two hits as well.
The Ducks continue their road trip on Tuesday night when they open a three-game series against the Somerset Patriots. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. from TD Bank Ballpark. Fans 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.
Long Island returns home on Friday, June 21, to play a single admission doubleheader against the Lancaster Barnstormers. First pitch for game one is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 for all fans. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive 20th Anniversary Season T-Shirts, courtesy of Petro Home Services. Game two will begin approximately 20-25 minutes after the completion of game one, and both games are slated for seven innings. Tickets to the doubleheader, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the box office, calling (631) 940-TIXX or CLICKING HERE.
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