Lackawanna upsets Morris in Region XIX Tournament

Lackawanna upsets Morris in Region XIX Tournament

Georgetown, DE – Sunday afternoon, the Lackawanna College baseball team upset County College of Morris, 7-5 in ten innings. With the win, Lackawanna moves into the Region XIX Division II Championship round against Mercer County Community College. In order to take the title, the Falcons will have to beat Mercer twice, while Mercer can claim the Championship with one win over Lackawanna. The first game in that round is scheduled for 11 AM tomorrow morning. If a second game is required it will be played immediately after the conclusion of that morning contest.

Morris held the lead in today's  contest by a 3-2 score through four complete innings. Lackawanna tied the score at three in the top of the fifth, when Michael Villa doubled, moved to third on a fielder's choice and then scored on a Mercer balk. The Titans responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to retake the lead at 5-3. 

That score remained the same through the eighth inning. In the top of the ninth with one out, Mike Villa singled and Giovanni Torres walked to place runners on first and second. Zach Lopatka then singled in Villa and moved Torres to third. Perry followed to tie the score on a sacrifice fly to right. Lopatka who relieved the Lackawanna starter, Alex Varaksa, in the fifth, held Morris scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. 

In the top of the tenth, Jahmoi Percival led off the inning with his second home run of the season to put the Falcons ahead. Later in the inning Kulani Luke singled and moved to third on a stolen base and Chris Skermo single. Luke then scored the insurance run on a fielder's choice. Again, Lopatka held Morris scoreless in the bottom of the inning to claim his fifth win of season.

The Falcons scored their initial two runs of the game on a Kyle Roger's homer in the second and an unearned run in the third.

Lopatka was credited with the win after hurling five and a third innings, while holding Morris scoreless on two hits. He struck out six. With the victory, he now has a win/loss record of 5-0.

At the plate, Lackawanna hitters had nine hits, with Lopatka and Villa contributing four of those hits. Villa singled and doubled in six plate appearances, while scoring twice and driving in the insurance run in the tenth. Lopatka also singled and doubled in five at bats, while driving in one of the runs that the Falcons used to tie the score in the top of the ninth.