Scranton, PA – Inspired by Sean O'Connor's walk-off grand slam, the Lackawanna College baseball team swept its Wednesday afternoon Region XIX Division II doubleheader against Valley Forge Military College. The Falcons won the first game 9-5 and the night-cap by an 11-10 score.
In the opener, Lackawanna trailed Valley Forge by a 5-2 score going into the bottom of the seventh. Loading the bases on three walks with two outs, the Falcons tied the score when Wady Tactuk, Charlie Hessil and Dustin Wilcox, followed with walks to tie the score at 5-5. O'Connor, who entered the game as a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, then hit his walk-off grand slam to claim the 9-5 victory. PJ Mandarano was credited with the win after holding Valley Forge to a solo run on three hits in two innings of relief.
In the second contest, Valley Forge took a 6-0 lead going into the bottom of the third, when Lackawanna rebounded with six of their own. The highlight of the inning was a three run bomb by Shane Rivenburgh. Valley Forge took the lead again in the fourth when they put two more runs on the board. The Falcons again rallied to score four of their own in their half of the fourth to take a 10-8 lead. This time the rally was highlighted by RBI singles off the bats of Zach Lopatka and Rivenburgh. Ethan Bowen finished the scoring for the Lackawanna nine with a solo homer run in the bottom of the sixth. That insurance run proved to be important as Valley Forge scored twice in the top of the seventh to cut their deficit to one. Hessil claimed the win by shutting out VFMC for two and one/third innings. Max Frederick pitched the last inning and was credited with a save. Leading hitters for Lackawanna were Bowen with a two run triple and his homer in three at bats, Rivenburgh with his RBI single and three run homer in three plate appearances; and, Wilcox with two singles in three trips to the plate.
Lackawanna plays again on Friday, when they host Raritan Valley Community College in another Region DII twin-bill. Friday's doubleheader starts at 2:00 PM.