West Windsor, NJ – With wins over Mercer County Community College and County College of Morris on Friday afternoon, the Lackawanna College Baseball team qualified for the Championship game(s) in the Region XIX Division II Baseball Tournament. In the 10:00 contest, Lackawanna outscored Mercer by a score of 6-3 and then claimed the 2:00 game by a score of 10-4. The Falcons impressed by taking a 6-0 lead in the top of the first inning in the initial game and never trailing the rest of the day.
Game One Summary: Lackawanna used a 6 run offensive outburst and shutout pitching by their bullpen to claim the first game victory. The Falcons led off the contest with six consecutive hits; a single by DJ Barry-Staszak; a base hit by Ryan Cole; an RBI single by Zac Granger; an RBI double by Thylar Summarell; another RBI base hit by David Williams; and a RBI single by Colin Weinert. After two outs, the Falcons again put runs on the board on an RBI base hit by Matt Clarke and Barry-Staszak's second hit in the frame, an RBI single.
After that half inning, Lackawanna relied on their pitching, especially the bullpen staff. Nathan Mclain started for the Falcons, going three and a third innings, while giving up three runs on four hits and three walks. He did strike out two. He was relieved by Dominic Verrastro, who earned the victory by pitching one and two third innings of shutout ball. He gave up a solo hit and struck out two. He was followed by Owen Kiess, who threw two scoreless innings striking out one batter and giving up a solo hit. Finally, Grant Powell completed the game with one and two-thirds of shutout baseball, He also gave up a solitary hit, while striking out four. Powell's efforts earned him a save.
Lackawanna's top performers were DJ Barry-Staszak with three hits, a run scored, and a run batted in; and, Colin Weinert with a run, RBI and two hits in four plate appearances. Thylar Summarell's double was the Falcon's only extra base hit of the game.
Game Two Summary: The Falcons took an early 4-1 lead over the first two innings of the second game. They scored on RBI base hits by Zac Granger and Colin Weinert in the first frame and two more RBI singles in the second by DJ Barry-Staszak and Owen Kiess. The Falcons scored an unearned run in the fourth to increase their lead to 5-1, only to see Morris respond with two in the bottom of the inning and one more in the seventh, cutting Lackawanna's lead to one. In the eight, Lackawanna finished the day with another offensive outburst. This time David Williams led off the inning with a solo homer run, only to be followed three batters later with a two-run homer by Owen Kiess. Later in the frame, Granger added his second RBI single of the game. An unearned run gave the Falcons their final run of the inning.
Like the opener, Lackawanna's relief pitching was vital to the game-two victory. Grant Powell started the contest for the Falcons, giving up three runs over four innings on six hits, one of which was a homer, one walk and four strikeouts. He was followed by Leon Finney, who earned the win after pitching two hitless and scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three. Matt Clarke finished the contest with a save, pitching the final three innings, yielding one run on a home run and single, while striking out one.
Lackawanna's top performers were DJ Barry-Staszak, who was three for five with four runs scored and a run driven in; David Williams with a homer, single, run scored and RBI in five plate appearances; and Owen Kiess with a single, homer, two runs scored and two RBIs in his four trips to the plate.
Tomorrow's championship game will be played at Mercer County Community College against the winner of the Morris – Mercer contest scheduled to be played on Saturday morning. Game time for tomorrow's