Myrtle Beach, SC - On day two of their spring trip, the Lackawanna College baseball team fell twice, losing to John Wood Community College 6-2 in its morning game and to Danville Area Community College 4-3 in the afternoon contest.
In the morning contest, the Falcons scored first in the second inning when Zach Lopatka reached first on a John Wood error, moved to second on Shane Rivenburgh's walk, advanced to third on a wild pitch before scoring on Sterling Smith's ground out. John Wood rebounded in the third with four runs, all of which were unearned. Facing a three run deficit, Lackawanna scored again in the top of the sixth when Lopatka led off with a double, advanced to third and again scored on Smith ground out. John Wood completed the scoring with two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Despite a respectable pitching performance, Zach Lopatka suffered the loss for Lackawanna, his second defeat of the 2016 campaign. He hurled four innings relinquishing only three hits and four runs, all unearned, while striking out two.
Lopatka was also Lackawanna's offensive star, scoring twice and doubling in three at bats. The Falcons other base hit was a fourth inning single by Rivenburgh, who also reached base in his other two plate appearances both times on walks.
In the afternoon, Danville Area scored first with a run in the third. The Falcons bounced back in the bottom of the third with two runs when Isaac Samuel led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Samuel scored when Lopatka followed with a ground out to first. Connor Perry immediately followed with a triple and scored on D'Quan Matthews RBI single. Lackawanna scored again in the fifth when Lopatka doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and then scored on Perry's sacrifice fly. Lackawanna held that lead until the sixth when Danville scored three to take control of the game.
Taking the loss for Lackawanna was Daquan Mathews, who gave up the winning run in his one third of an inning of work.
The Falcons top hitters were Lopatka with a single, double, a run scored and an RBI in four at bats; and, Connor Perry with a triple, single, a run scored and run batted in in three at bats.
Lackawanna plays again tomorrow with a 3:00 PM contest against Sauk Valley Community College and a 6:00 PM game versus Penn State – Allegheny.