Falcon Players receive High Honors

Kelani Luke on left and Joey Baran on Right
Kelani Luke on left and Joey Baran on Right

WILMINGTON, DE – The Region XIX Baseball Committee released its Division II All Region Team for the 2018 season. Four Lackawanna Players were named to that team with Kelani Luke chosen as the "Division II Men's Baseball Player of the Year" and Joey Baran designated as the "Division II Men's Baseball Pitcher of the Year". Besides Luke and Baran, Jahmoi Percival was named to the First Team as an infielder and Colin Weinert to the Second Team as a Catcher.

Kelani Luke , a resident of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands and graduate of Ivanna Eudora Kean High School, earned  his honors by hitting .432 with 9 homers and 55 runs driven in. He had 57 hits in 132 at bats with 19 doubles and 2 triples to go along with his 9 homers. Kelani also scored 36 runs and stole 6 bases. His OBA was .486 and his slugging percentage .780. Luke not only contributed at the plate, he also pitched 9.1 innings in relief earning 2 wins and 2 saves. Luke is committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Jackson State University.

Joey Baran is a resident of Hazelton, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Hazelton Area. Baran received his honors for a superb year on the mound where he won 5 games while losing 1. His ERA of 1.55 ranked 6th in the nation for DII pitchers. Over 40.2 innings, He struck out 52 and only walked 9 while holding opposing batters to a mere batting average against of.201.  Prior to being named the Region XIX DII Pitcher of the Year, he was recognized as the Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference DII Player of the Year. Baran has signed a Letter of Intent to continue his collegiate career at Penn State University.

Jahmoi Percival, like Luke, is a resident of St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands. However, unlike Luke, he graduated from Charlotte Amalie High School. Percival found his way onto the All Region XIX First Team by hitting .382, stealing 27 bases and scoring 43 runs as the Falcons' leadoff hitter. He had 50 hits in 131 at bats with a respectable 12 doubles, 3 triples and 6 home runs. His OBA was .487 and his slugging percentage 656. Jahmoi will use his remaining two years of eligibility at Grambling State University.

Colin Weinert is a resident of Warwick, New York and graduate of Warwick Valley Central High School. Picked to the Region Second Team as a Freshmen, Weinert hit .356 with 8 homers, 25 runs scored and 31 RBIs. He had 31 hits in 87 at bats with 11 doubles and a triple to go along with his 8 homers. The Falcons' starting catcher, he will return to Lackawanna for the 2019 season.

Kelani Luke Joey Baran Jahmoi Percivel Colin Weinert