Wentworth, NC – Saturday afternoon, the Lackawanna College opened their 2017 baseball season with a double header sweep of Rockingham Community College. The Falcons outscored Rockingham 6-2 in the opener and 5-2 in the nightcap.
In game one, the Falcons started their season with a run in the first inning and then scored two in the third and three more in the sixth before Rockingham put their first score, an unearned run, on the scoreboard. Winning pitcher was Jared Solomon, who hurled 6 innings, striking out 7, while yielding 3 hits and an unearned run. Lackawanna's hitting was highlighted by Connor Perry, who had three hits in four at bats, two of which were doubles, and Zach Lopatka, who contributed an RBI double.
In game two, a contest that was cut short by darkness after six innings, the Falcons again scored early and held a lead that they never relinquished. In this game they scored two in the first and single runs in the second, third and fifth innings before Rockingham could put two runs on the board in the sixth. Logan Zavada was credited with the win, throwing 5 shutout innings, relinquishing 4 hits while striking out 7. At the plate, the Lopatka struck the teams' and his first home run of the season, while Kelani Luke had a 2 hit game in his college debut. Also getting their first collegiate base hit were Chris Skermo, Sean Putnam and Vincent Napolitano.
The Falcons return to the diamond tomorrow when they play a double header against Surry Community College at Dobson, North Carolina. The first pitch for game one is scheduled for 1:00 PM.