Falcons rally for eleven runs to sweep Mercer and take First Place in Region DII Standings

Catch!
Catch!

Scranton, PA - The Lackawanna College Baseball team erased Mercer County Community College's 12-2 lead in the second game of Saturday's Region XIX Division II doubleheader, by scoring six runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth to claim a 13-12 win and a sweep of the conference twin-bill. Earlier in the day, the Falcons won game one by a 9-5 score. With the duo wins, Lackawanna moved past Mercer into first place in the Region's DII standings. The Falcons now have an 8-2 conference win/loss record and are two games ahead of Morris in the win column and three games ahead of Mercer.

In game one, Lackawanna held a 4-1 lead through four innings, only to have Mercer rally to tie the score in the top of the fifth at 4-4. The Falcons didn't take long to regain the lead as they scored five runs in the bottom of fifth to go in front 9-4. Lackawanna scored those runs on RBI singles by Colin Weinert, Aaron Yurko and Jahmoi Percival; and a two RBI base hit by Thylar Summarell. The Viking scored a run in the seventh but it was too little too late, as the Falcons claimed a 9-5 win.

The Falcons combined for eleven hits in the twin-bill opener, with three of its players having multi-hit games. Thylar Summarell was the most productive of that group with two singles,a double, a run scored and four RBIs in three at bats. The double was the Falcons' only extra base hit of the game. Also having two hits for the game were Jahmoi Percival and Aaron Yurko. Percival singled twice in four plate appearance with a run driven in; while, Yurko singled twice in four visits to the dish with two runs scored  and an RBI.

Joey Baran was credited with the win after relinquishing four unearned runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out five. Steve Boscia earned a hold in relief by limiting Mercer to a sole run on one hit over the final two innings. Baran now has a 2018 win/loss record of 4-1.

Lackawanna 's win in game two may be the most impressive in its baseball history. The Falcons took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Thereafter, the Vikings dominated the game through the top of fifth as they scored five, three and four runs from the third through fifth innings. Rather than quit, the Falcons rallied to make the score respectable with RBI singles by DJ Berry-Staszak, Kelani Luke and Chris Skermo, and a three run home run by Colin Weinert. Carlos Benoit entered the game in relief and held the Vikings scoreless and hitless to give Lackawanna the opportunity to make a further dent into the Mercer lead. In the bottom of inning, RBI singles by Luke, Aaron Yurko and a two run single by Thylar Summarell tied the score at 12-12. The very next hitter, Zac Granger broke that tie with another RBI single to put Lackawanna ahead by a run. In the top of the seventh, the Vikings threatened that lead as Benoit walked the first two hitters. Kelani Luke was called in to relieve Benoit with no outs and runs on first and second. A sacrifice bunt moved those runners to second and third with one out. Luke then induced a pop out to the first baseman and a game ending groundout to short to complete the Falcons' amazing comeback.

The Falcons combined for eighteen hits in the 13-12 win with every batter in the Lackawanna lineup providing at least one hit and seven contributing multi-hits. Both Kelani Luke and Aaron Yurko had three hit contests. Luke singled twice and doubled in four at bats. Yurko singled three times in his four visits to the plate. Both Luke and Yurko scored twice and drove in two runs. Colin Weinert was the most productive batter of the hitters with two hits. Weinert singled and homered in his three plate appearances with two runs scored and three driven in. All the remaining players with multi-hit games contributed singles. They included Jahmoi Percival, DJ Berry-Staszak, Thylar Summarell and Chrris Skermo. Of that group, each hitter scored or drove in one or more runs.

Carlos Benoit was the winner of record, while Luke earned a save. It is Benoit's first win of the season without a loss and Luke's first save.

Lackawanna plays again tomorrow when they host ASA College in a non-conference doubleheader at their Jadwin Street field. Tomorrow's contests start at 12:00 PM.