Branchburg Township, NJ – Tuesday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team swept an important Region XIX Division II doubleheader against Raritan Valley Community College. Lackawanna outscored Raritan 18-8 in the opener, before beating the Lions 20-2 in the nightcap.
In game one, Zach Lopatka was credited with the win after pitching three innings and relinquishing one run on two hits. He struck out five. Lopatka was the most effective pitcher of the three pitchers, Lopatka, Steven Boscia and Quinton Heckard, who combined to pitch a total of seven innings, while giving up eight runs on 13 hits. The combo struck out 14 Raritan batters.
The Falcons were led by four hitters who had multi-hit games. Those four batters were Jahmoi Percival , who singled twice and doubled in four at bats, while driving in three runs and scoring twice; Connor Perry, who singled twice in three plate appearances, scoring three times and adding an RBI; Vincent Napolitano; who singled and added a grand slam homer in four visits to the plate; and Sean Putman, who single and doubled in five trips to the plate, scoring twice and driving in three runs.
In game two, the Falcons scored 20 runs over five innings, 12 of which came in the fifth, to give Lackawanna starter, Alex Varaksa his fourth win of the year. Varaska worked six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, while striking out seven.
Lackawanna blasted three home runs in the nightcap, all in the same inning. D'Quan Matthews had two of them, both two run blasts, while Luis Rodriguiz had solo shot.
Four Falcons contributed to the victory with multi-hit games. Mathews had a single to go along with his two home runs; Giovanni Torres had three singles and a double in five at bats; Chris Skermo had three singles in his three plate appearances; while Vincent Napolitano had two singles in four at bats. Connor Perry and Jahmoi Percival both extra base hits; each had a double.
The win gives the Falcons a 6-4 conference win/loss record and a solid hold on the third place seed in the Region XIX Division II standings.
Lackawanna plays again next Friday, when they host Lehigh Carbon Community College in a nine inning single game. First pitch for that contest is scheduled for 4:00 PM.