The Long Island Ducks, the top hitting team in the Atlantic League with a team .293 batting average, were shut down by the Barnstormers on Tuesday night.
The only run Long Island was able to push across the plate came in the fourth inning when center-fielder Blake Tekotte recorded an RBI single that scored first-baseman Tyler Colvin.
The Barnstormers hit three home runs on the night. The first long ball came in the fourth inning when Josh Bell hit a two-run shot that gave Lancaster a lead that Long Island would never answer. In the seventh inning Logan Schafer extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a solo home run.
But perhaps the highlight of the night came in the eighth inning when second baseman Lance Zawadski hit a two-run home run for his first hit of 2016. Tuesday night was Zawadski’s first game of the season after missing spring training and the regular season to-date with an oblique injury. Zawadski struck out swinging and grounded out in his first two at-bats, but came through with a home run that he will remember for quite some time.
Kevin Ahrens hit a two-run single in the fifth inning, giving him seven RBI’s in the last two games.
Mike Lee made his first start of the season for Lancaster, going four innings and allowing one earned run on five hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Ryan Dennick had a solid appearance in relief after recording a loss in his last outing. He went two innings with a walk and four strikeouts, which is more than double his previous season total. His effort would be good enough for him to get the win and improve his record to 2-1.
Long Island starting pitcher John Brownell was given his first loss of the season. He threw 114 pitches over six innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, two walks and five strikeouts.
Tuesday’s win is Lancaster’s second win in a row and puts them over .500. After Sugar Land’s 7-3 loss to New Britain tonight, the Barnstormers are now three games behind the Skeeters in the Freedom division.
Tomorrow night is game number two in this three game series. The pitching matcup will be Long Island’s Darin Downs (3-1, 4.12 ERA in seven starts) taking on Lancaster’s Terry Doyle (1-2, 5.64 ERA in four starts). First pitch at Clipper Magazine Stadium is slated for 7:00 pm.