Scranton, PA – Wednesday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team swept its Region XIX Division II doubleheader with Sussex County Community College, to improve their conference record to 5-5 and put them into third place in the Region XIX standings. The Falcons outscored Sussex 3-2 in the opener and then beat the Skylanders 12-2 in the night-cap.
In the opener, Lackawanna took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a two run single by Connor Perry. In the top of the fourth, Sussex tied the score on a two run two out Falcon error. That tie did not last long, as Wady Tactuk slammed a solo home run to give Lackawanna the lead that they never relinquished.
Zach Lopatka earned the win, pitching a five hitter over six innings, while giving up two unearned runs. He struck out eight. The win was Lopatka's third of the season. Alex Varaksa was credited with his first save of the season, after hurling a one hit, two strikeout, seventh inning.
The top hitters were Perry, with two singles in three at bats, and Tactuk, with his home run.
In game two, Max Frederick won his third game of the year, shutting out the Skylanders over five innings on seven hits, while striking out eleven. P.J. Mandarano threw a scoreless inning in relief, while Tyler Fisch finished the game in the seventh, relinquishing two runs on three hits.
Three Lackawanna batters had multi-hit games in the victory. Connor Perry led the group with a single, homer, a run scored and two runs batted in, in three at bats; Ethan Bowen with a single, triple, two runs scored and three runs driven in four trips to the plate; and, Sterling Smith with two hits and an RBI in two plate appearances.
Lackawanna's next game is scheduled for this Friday. On Friday they will host Raritan Valley Community College in an important Region XIX Division II doubleheader. A Falcon sweep of that two game set would go a long way in guaranteeing a bye into the Region's DII Baseball Tournament. Game one is scheduled for 2:00 PM.