Lady Falcons prepare for Regional Tournament with Doubleheader Sweep

A Reninga Gapper!
A Reninga Gapper!

Bethlehem, PA – Thursday afternoon, the Lackawanna College Softball team prepared for the Region XIX Division II Softball Tournament by sweeping Northampton Community College in a non-conference doubleheader. The Falcons beat NCC 10-2 in the opening game before outscoring the Spartans 20-1 in the nightcap.

In game one, the Falcons scored six runs in the first innings to give Ashley Walsh all the support she needed to lead Lackawanna to its 10-2 win. Walsh held Northampton to two runs on six hits over five innings, while striking out seven. Sierra Mulgrew was Lackawanna's most productive hitter as she drove in three runs and scored two more after singling and slamming a three run homer in three at bats. Brenda Reninga started an amazing day by contributing a single, triple, three stolen bases two runs scored and RBI in her three plate appearances.

The Lackawanna batters combined for thirteen hits with twelve being provided by six hitters. Besides the contributions of Mulgrew and Reninga, Shea Petty, Paige Durkin, Alexandria Thoman and Ashley Walsh had two hit contests. Petty singled and doubled in three at bats; Durkin singled twice in four plate appearances, while Thoman and Walsh each had two base hits in in their two trips to the plate. Each of those four batters also drove in a run. Kacey Orlowski had the team's only other hit, a single.

With the win, Walsh improved her mound record to 4-6.

In the nightcap, the Falcons scored four runs in the second and nine in the third, to allow the pitching combo of Amanda Varaksa and Katelyn Weller to coast to the eventual 20-1 victory. In this contest, Brenda Reninga continued her awesome day as she scored four runs and drove in three more while adding two more stolen bases to give her five for the twin-bill. Although it is not recognized as such, Reninga hit for the cycle in the twin-bill as she singled, doubled and homered in game two to go along with her single and triple in game one. Her feat was accomplished in a doubleheader total of seven at bats.

In the second game, the Falcon batters recorded sixteen hits with five batters contributing twelve of those hits. In addition to Reninga, Vanessa had three singles in three at bats. She scored twice and drove in three more. Of the remaining multi-hit performances, Colleen Cwalina was the most productive as she drove in four runs on a single and a fourth inning grand slam home run in three plate performances. The other two hitters with at least two hits were Paige Durkin and Katelyn Weller Both Durkin and Weller were two for three with Durkin singling and doubling with three runs scored and an RBI, while Weller singled twice and scored a run. Alexandria Thoman had Lackawanna only extra base hit, a double in the third.

Amanda Varaksa was credited with the win after relinquishing a single run on three hits over three innings. Relief pitcher, Katelyn Weller pitched the last two innings of the contest holding the Spartans scoreless on single hit. Both Varaksa and Weller struck out two Northampton hitters. The win was Varaksa first of the season. She has no losses.

The Falcons' regular season game to an end with today's doubleheader. Lackawanna completed the campaign with an overall record of 28-14.

The Lady Falcons will open their post season play on Saturday when they play County College of Morris in a 12:00 contest, in the opening round of the Region XIX Division II Tournament. Lackawanna enters the tourney as the third seed and will be the visiting team in that contest.

The tournament will be played at Randolph, New Jersey, on the campus of the tourney host school County College of Morris.