Long Island posts shutout in game one, totals eight runs in game two
(Central Islip, N.Y., July 7, 2021) – The Long Island Ducks swept the High Point Rockers in a single admission doubleheader on Wednesday night at Fairfield Properties Ballpark, taking game one 2-0 and game two 8-3.
Steve Lombardozzi gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead in the second inning of game one with a two-out, two-run single up the middle off Rockers starter Craig Stem.
That was all Ducks starter Scott Harkin (1-0) needed to earn the win. The right-hander tossed six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out one. Craig Stem (1-5) suffered the loss, surrendering two runs on six hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Michael Tonkin picked up his eighth save of the season with a scoreless seventh, yielding a hit while striking out two.
High Point struck first in game two when Johnny Field led off the game with a solo home run to left-center by Johnny Field. Long Island tied the game in the bottom of the second on an RBI triple to right-center by Jesse Berardi.
The Ducks took a 4-1 lead with a three-run third inning, highlighted by Lombardozzi’s two-run homer to right and Danny Valencia’s RBI single to center. A four-run fourth inning extended the advantage to 8-1. L.J. Mazzilli's two-run single, a sac fly from Deibinson Romero and an RBI single by Berardi did the damage. The Rockers scored a pair in the sixth on a wild pitch and a sac fly from Stephen Cardullo.
Ducks starter Mike Bolsinger did not factor into the decision but threw three innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits with one strikeout. Brady Dragmire (3-0) collected the win after a scoreless inning of relief. Rockers starter John Hayes (0-1) took the loss, conceding three runs on three hits and three walks over two innings.
The Ducks and Rockers wrap up their three-game set on Thursday night. Game time is slated for 6:35 p.m., with the Fairfield Properties Ballpark gates opening at 5:35 (5:20 for full season ticket holders). It's a Thirsty Thursday at the ballpark! Enjoy a two-for-one special on Budweiser and Bud Light, either bottled or on draft, at the concession stands and in the Duck Club during the game. Right-hander Joe Iorio (2-0, 3.00) toes the rubber for the Ducks against Rockers righty Cooper Casad (1-0, 6.20).
Tickets to the game, and all Ducks home games, can be purchased by visiting the Fairfield Properties Ballpark 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 HD video and audio will be available via BoxCast on LIDucks.com in the Ducks Video Center on the homepage as well as on the Ducks official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
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 LIDucks.com or call (631) 940-DUCK (3825).
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