Lackawanna Sweeps Region XIX Doubleheader
Lackawanna College's baseball team swept a Region XIX conference doubleheader from Del-Tech Owens to improve its Region XIX Division II record to 5-3 and its overall win/loss record to 19-14. Lackawanna took both games by scores of 13-1 and 9-6.
In the first game, the Falcons took an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, largely on Carlos Piccardo's three run home run. Those four runs were all they needed as Kyle Miller and Nick Wilson held Del-Tech to one unearned run the rest of the game. Miller was especially impressive as he pitched shut-out ball for five innings, giving up only three hits, while recording nine strikeouts. Wilson entered the game in the top of the sixth after a nine run outburst in the bottom of fifth increased the Lackawanna lead to 13-0. He went on to record a hold by limiting the Roadrunners to an unearned run in his two innings of work. Wilson gave up on only two hits while striking out three.
In addition to his three run homer, Piccardo also added a single and RBI to his game one statistics. Also contributing to the Falcon offense were Sam Parente with a single, double, a run driven in and 2 runs scored; John Peluso with a single, double, two runs scored and a stolen base; Tom Crimi with two singles and two runs scored; and Josh White with two safeties, a run and a RBI. Chris Kirsch's only hit proved effective as he drove in three runs with a triple.
In the second game, Lackawanna fell behind early, giving up three runs in the second. The Falcons showed no life until the bottom of the fourth when Sam Parente led off the frame with a single; followed by Piccardo with a walk, and Steve Aniska with a bunt single. With the bases loaded, Carson Baker had the opportunity to cut into Del-Tech's lead. He made the most of it with a grand slam home run that gave Lackawanna a lead which they never relinquished. A five run fifth cushioned their lead. These insurance runs proved beneficial as the Roadrunners pushed three runs across the plate in the top of the ninth.
Baker was the hitting star with his four run home run, however he wasn't done for the day as he also drove in a run with a single. Other Lackawanna players having a multi-hit game were Parente with a single, two doubles, a RBI and run scored; and Aniska with two hits and a run. Tom Crimi and Doug Turnbull drove in the remaining three runs; Crimi with a single and RBI; and Turnbull with a safety and two runs driven in.
On Wednesday, the Falcons travel to Raritan Valley Community College to play the Lions in a conference doubleheader. The first contest starts at 2:30 PM. Including the Raritan Valley twin bill; Lackawanna has three remaining conference two game sets. The Falcons need to win two of those six games to clinch a spot in the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament.