(Scranton, PA) – The Lackawanna Falcons are bound for the NJCAA Northeast Championship against Frederick Community College after claiming a 9-2 victory in the 2019 Region XIX Championship. A best of 3 series will take place this weekend in Frederick, Maryland as Game 1 starts on Friday at 11:00am. Game 2 is scheduled for 2:00pm on Friday and Game 3 will be played on Saturday at 12:00pm if needed. The winner of the District Championship will head to the NJCAA World Series which will be held at the David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Oklahoma. The 2019 DII NJCAA World Series will be played on May 25th through June 1st 2019.
The Falcons recorded a 30-14 (11-3) record during the 2019 season. Lackawanna scored some notable wins over the year, including NJCAA DIII #1 Cumberland (10-3), NJCAA DIII #3 Northampton (15-7 and 7-6), and Sullivan County CC (11-4). The Falcons earned themselves a #3 seed in the 2019 Region XIX Baseball Tournament. Lackawanna dominated throughout the tournament defeating Mercer County CC 6-3 in round 1, beating CC of Morris 10-4 in round 2, and winning the Region XIX Championship by taking down Mercer County CC again by a score of 9-2. The Falcons never trailed in a single inning over the course of the tournament. Region XIX named Grant Powell the MVP. He pitched in the first 2 games and earned 2 saves. Powell threw 6 innings, gave up 1 run, and tossed 9 strikeouts over the course of both games.
Lackawanna was led by their first year Head Coach, Mike McCarry. A former Stephen F. Austin and LaSalle University pitching coach, Coach McCarry used his expertise to help Lackawanna Baseball win its first Region XIX Championship since 2015. The Falcons defeated County College of Morris 7-3 to move onto the 2015 Northeast Championship. In a twist of fate, Lackawanna lost the best a 3 championship series 2-1 to Frederick CC that year.
Lackawanna Baseball has also seen its fair share of individual success during the 2019 season. Thylar Summarell, Jerry Reinhart, and Zac Granger were named to the NJCAA Region XIX Baseball All-Region First Team. Additionally, Nathan McLain and David Williams were named to the NJCAA Region XIX Baseball All-Region Second Team. Jerry Reinhart also won the 2019 DII EPAC Player of the Year Award.
Falcons Baseball will head to Frederick, Maryland to take on Frederick CC in the 2019 NJCAA Northeast Championship. Game 1 will be on Friday May 17th at 11:00am. For all your news and updates, please visit us on Facebook: Lackawanna Falcons Athletics, Instagram: @FalconsSports, and Twitter: @falconssports