Moosic, PA – Saturday was a special day for the Lackawanna College Baseball team. They played their annual doubleheader at PNC Field, home of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, where they swept a Region XIX Division II twin bill against Raritan Valley Community College. Winning the opener 10-1 and taking the nightcap 18-1. The Sweep guaranteed the Falcons a .500 conference record and a spot in the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament. Their seed in that tournament being determined next weekend when they play Lehigh – Carbon Community College at home on Friday and at Rowan College at Burlington County on Saturday.
Game One Summary: The Raritan Valley Lions took the initial lead of the game with a single and an RBI double in the top of the first. The Falcons quickly erased that deficit in the bottom of the inning on singles by DJ Barry-Staszak, Zac Granger and Thylar Summarell. The Summarell hit driving in two runs, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead. Although Lackawanna would score nine more runs over the course of the game that one run lead would be all that starting pitcher, Nathan McClain , would need, as he shutout Raritan the rest of the game on one hit. McLain's final pitching line had him earning a win after working seven innings, relinquishing one earned run on three hits and a walk, while striking out sixteen.
Five Falcons had multi hit games. Zac Granger and Jerry Reinhart both had three hit performances with Reinhart doubling twice and adding a single while Granger had three singles. The remaining Lackawanna hitters with multi hit games were DJ Barry Staszak, Ryan Cole and Thylar Summarell. Both Summarell and Cole each had two singles, while Staszak singled and doubled.
Game Two Summary: Again, the Lions took the lead in the top of the first scoring with a solitary run on two hits. This time the Falcons erased that lead with three unearned runs in the bottom of the second. Much like the first game, this 3-1 lead was all Lackawanna needed, as starter, Grant Powell and relievers, Bryce Timko and Isaiah Ausby, held Raritan scoreless the rest of the game. Powell threw five innings giving up a solo run in the first inning while relinquishing three hits and striking out five. Both Timko and Ausby pitched a scoreless and hitless inning with Timko striking out two and Ausby recording three k's. Powell earned the win.
Five Lackawanna hitters had two hit games; David Williams tripled and struck a two run homer; Ian Diaz singled and blasted a three run homer; Anthony Socci and Matt Clarke each singled and doubled; while Ryan Cole singled twice.
The Falcons return to the field on Monday when they travel to Lincroft, New Jersey to play Brookdale Community College in a nine-inning contest. Monday's game is scheduled for a 3:30 PM start.