Georgetown, DE - Friday, the Lackawanna College baseball team split its first two games of the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament, losing the morning opener and then claiming a victory in the afternoon elimination game. In the opener, Lackawanna fell by a 6-4 score to Mercer County Community College, before shutting out Rowan College at Burlington County, 8-0. The victory over Burlington moved Lackawanna into another elimination game on Sunday when they play the loser of the Mercer game against County College of Morris. Sunday's game is scheduled for 2 PM. That game was initially scheduled for Saturday but was moved to Sunday because of expected heavy rains in the Georgetown, Delaware area.
In today's morning game, Lackawanna had a 4-1 lead through six innings. However, Mercer took a 6-4 lead when they scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was a lead that the Falcons could not overcome.
Two of Lackawanna's runs came in the first innings, when they scored a run on Connor Perry's RBI single, and another on Kulani Luke's RBI double. Lackawanna's other two runs came in the top of the six inning on back to back solo home runs by Perry and D'Quan Matthews.
Jared Solomon suffered the loss. He hurled six and two third innings, giving up six runs on six hits. Of those six runs only two were earned. Solomon struck out four. Alex Varaksa pitched in relief of Solomon and held the Vikings hitless and scoreless over the remaining inning and a third. He struck out two,
At the plate, Lackawanna batters had nine hits, with three Falcons contributing six of those nine. Those three Lackawanna hitters were Giovanni Torres, who singled twice and scored a run in four at bats; Connor Perry, who single and homered in five plate while scoring twice and driving in two runs; and, D'Quan Matthews, who singled and homered in four visits to the plate while scoring one run and driving in another. Dustin Wilcox, did not have a multi-hit game, but did have a double in his only hit in four at bats.
With the loss in their first game of the double elimination tournament, the Falcons found themselves in the first elimination game of this year's tourney. Lackawanna bounced back impressively in this contest by scoring six runs in the first three innings, before adding two more in the bottom of the seventh. to give them an eight run lead and a victory under the Tournament's run rule. That run rule goes into effect if a team leads by eight after seven innings of play.
The amazing fact about Lackawanna's attack, was that they scored those eight runs without an extra base hit. The Falcons scored all eight runs on eight base hits. Chris Skermo had three of those hits in four at bats with a run scored and a run driven in. Mike Villa had two more of those hits with two singles in four at bats, also with a run scored and one driven in. Giovanni Torres, Zach Lopaka and Connor Perry each contributed one of the teams remaining three hits. However those three had productive plate appearances, as each also had two RBIs.
Elijah Baez was the winning pitcher, throwing a seven inning shutout on four hits while striking out six.