Georgetown, DE – Saturday Morning the Lackawanna College baseball team remained alive in the Region XIX DII Baseball Tournament, with a 7-4 win over the Valley Forge Military College nine. With the win, the Falcons advanced to their second elimination game against the loser of the contest between County College of Morris and Mercer County Community College. That contest will be played immediately after the Morris – Mercer game and will be played on the Delaware Technical Community College baseball field.
The Trojans halved the Falcons' lead with a run of their own in the top of the third, and then tied the score with an unearned run in their half of the fourth.
Lackawanna bounced back in the bottom of the fourth to take the a 3-2 lead when Gomez singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on a Samuel base hit.
In the top of the sixth, Valley Forge tie the score at three all with a solo home run off of the Lackawanna starter, Zach Lopatka.
Again the Falcons regained the lead when D'Quan Matthews slammed a two run home run to put Lackawanna ahead 5-3.
In the top of the seventh, the Trojans loaded the bases with no outs only to have the Lackawanna hold them to them to a solo run.
With a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the seventh, the Falcons took charge of the game when Dustin Wilcox connected on a two run homer to give Lackawanna the two insurance runs that would eventually assure its eventual victory.
Lopatka was credited with the win, pitching six innings while relinquishing three runs only two of which were earned. He gave up two hits, walked four and struck out two. He was relieved by Tyler Fisch, who gave up a run without putting out a Trojan batter. Alex Varaksa replaced Fisch and pitched the final three innings. Varaska earned a save by shutting out Valley Forge for the final three innings on three hits.
Lackawanna's leading hitters were Matthews, with a single and two run homer in four plate appearances; Wilcox, with two singles and a two run home run in four at bats; and, Gomez, with a single and RBI double in three trips to the plate.