Yaphank, NY – Coming off a two week layoff caused by Winter Storm Stella and its aftereffects, the Lackawanna College baseball team split a Friday afternoon twin-bill with Queensborough Community College. The Falcons took the opening game winning 18-8 before dropping the nightcap 4-1.
The Falcons got off to a slow start in the opener, allowing Queensborough to take a 6-0 lead through the first three innings. Even though Lackawanna bounced back to score five runs over the next two innings, they relinquished two scores to give QCC a 8-5 lead after five complete innings. In the next two innings the Lackawanna nine rallied for nine runs in the top of the sixth and four more in the top of the seventh to claim the win.
Steven Boscia was awarded the win, when Lackawanna took the lead after Boscia's one inning of relief in the fifth. Carlos Benoit and Jean Carlos Bonilla each earned a hold in relief of Boscia, as each hurled a scoreless and hitless inning. Bonilla was must impressive, striking out three of the four batters he faced. When the Falcons rallied, they did so in a big way. Four Lackawanna hitters had home runs, Vincent Napolitano started with a solo shot in the fifth; Giovanni Torres followed with a two run homer in the nine run sixth; and Zach Lopatka and Michael Villa had back to back dingers in the seventh. Both Dustin Wilcox and D'Quan Mathews had multi-hit games for the Falcons. In five at bats, Wilcox had a single and double in the sixth inning and a triple in the seventh; he scored twice and drove in five. Mathews doubled and tripled in three at bats, while scoring three times and driving in five more.
In the nightcap, the Falcons' bats went silent as they recorded only three hits, all singles. Contributing those three hits were Kyle Rogers, Sean Putnam and Michael Villa. Villa also scored Lackawanna's only run in the first inning on Zach Lopatka's sacrifice fly. Coach Bruce Thompson gave five pitchers a chance to work. Of the five, Jayson Wilbur suffered the loss giving up all four QCC runs, two of which were unearned.
Lackawanna takes the field again tomorrow when it travels to Yaphank, NY, to play a double header vs Suffolk Community College. First pitch for this twin-bill is scheduled for 3:30 PM.