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Navarette Ignites Long Island Ducks To Opening Night Win 9-4

The Long Island Ducks defeated the Somerset Patriots, 9-4, on April 26 at TD Bank Ballpark, securing their seventh consecutive victory in the first game of the season.

Somerset took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning against Ducks starter Mike Loree on a two-run homer to right by Adam Mathews. Long Island rallied back to jump in front 3-2 on Brandon Sing’s sacrifice fly to right in the fifth and RBI doubles from Lew Ford and Josh Johnson in the sixth.

After a run-scoring triple by Freddy Sandoval tied the game in the sixth, Long Island put up a pair of three-run innings in the eighth and ninth to blow the game open. A sac fly from Reid Gorecki and a two-run single by Bryant Nelson did the damage in the eighth, while a two-run homer by Ray Navarette and a sac fly by Kraig Binick highlighted the ninth.

Navarette led the Ducks at the plate with his first five-hit game as a Duck. The second baseman finished five-for-five with two doubles, a homer, two RBI and three runs scored. Johnson added three hits, a run batted in and two runs in the win as well.

Neither starter factored into the decision. Loree allowed three runs on six hits while striking out three in five and one-third innings while Mike MacDonald pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits. Jeff Lyman (1-0) got the win in relief, tossing a perfect one and two-thirds innings, and Anthony Claggett (0-1) took the loss, yielding three runs on three hits in one and one-third innings of work.

Long Island will return home on Friday, May 4 for Opening Night, as the Ducks take on the Camden Riversharks. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m., with the Bethpage Ballpark gates opening at 6:05. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a “Whistle Guy” Bobblehead, courtesy of P.C. Richard & Son. Tickets for the game and all Ducks home games are available by visiting the Bethpage Ballpark Box Office, calling (631) 940-TIXX, or visit www.liducks.com.

News

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.


Sports

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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November 24

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