West Windsor, NJ – Sunday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team split an important Region XIX Division II doubleheader against Mercer County Community College. Mercer took the opener by an 11-2 score, before the Falcons bounced back in the night cap to claim a 5-2 win.
The Game two victory was important to Lackawanna, the third place team in the conference standings, because it gives them the tie breaker if there is an end of the season tie with Delaware Technical Community College. It also puts pressure on Rowan College at Burlington County to sweep next Saturday's doubleheader at Lackawanna. A sweep by Lackawanna or a split would clinch third place for Falcons and a bye into the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament. As it presently stands, the worst scenario that Lackawanna can face is a fourth place finish and a home team advantage in the play-in series for the Region tourney.
In game one of today's twin-bill, Elijah Baez, suffered the loss, after giving up six runs on six hits over four innings.
At the plate, Lackawanna was held to four hits. Zach Lopatka was the only Falcon to have more than one. He singled twice in three at bats. The other two Lackawanna batters with a base hit were Jahmoi Percival, with a single and RBI in three plate appearances, and Chris Skermo, with a single and the team's only two RBIs in three plate appearances.
In game two, Jared Solomon hurled seven innings to claim the win, after holding Mercer to two runs on four hits. Solomon also struck out 10, two of which were for the last outs of the game..
At the plate, Lackawanna hitters recorded six hits with D'Quan Matthews contributing half that total. Matthews singled twice and doubled in four at bats. He also scored twice. The other Falcons having base hits were Giovanni Torres, who walked, singled and drove in a run in five plate appearances; Vincent Napolitano, who walked, singled and contributed an RBI in four visits to the plate; and, Zach Lopatka, who drove in a run with a single in four at bats. Although they were held hitless, both Jahmoi Percivel and Kyle Rogers were each credited with a run batted in.
Lackawanna has added Penn State Schuylkill to their schedule. The Falcons will host that campus of the PSU system in a nine inning contest on Tuesday at Lackawanna's North Scranton field. Tuesday's contest is scheduled for a 4:00 PM start.