(Randolph, NJ) – Lackawanna Softball competed in the Loser's Bracket Final and Region XIX Softball Championship Monday afternoon. The Falcons won their first game of the day against Delaware Tech CC 5-2 in the Loser's Bracket Final. This win propelled Lackawanna into the Region XIX Championship against County College of Morris. The Falcons lost 6-2 and were named Region XIX Runners-Up.
Del Tech scored the first run of the day in the top of the 1st inning. An error but Lauryn Rodriguez helped the runner advance home from 3rd base. The Falcons tied things up in the bottom of the 1st as Colleen Cwalina hit a line drive to center field to score Courtney Hoffman. The very next inning, Jordan Skoff hit a line drive to center as well to score Gabrielle Vuocolo from 2nd. Falcons led 2-1. Del Tech tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the 3rd after a fielding error by Gabrielle Vuocolo at second. Both team's defense held tight till the bottom of the 6th inning. Mia Pawelski bunted Lexi Bruno home and reached on an error to give Lackawanna a 3-2 edge. Gabrielle Vuocolo stepped up next to bat and hit a single to left field. The line drive drove Mia Pawelski and Lexis Chapman around the bases to extend Lackawanna's lead to 5-2. The Falcons took down 3 straight batters in the top of the 7th to preserve their lead and win 5-2. The winning pitcher was Mia Pawelski. She pitched a complete game, allowing only 2 hits and 0 earned runs over 7 innings. She threw 5 strikeouts as well.
Gabrielle Vuocolo: 2-3, 1 Double, 2 RBI, 1 R
County College of Morris started the Region XIX Championship game off with 2 runs in the bottom of the 1st. Morris hit a laser over the center field wall to make the game 2-0. Mia Pawelski helped the Falcons cut the lead in half by belting a solo homer in the top of the 2nd. Lackawanna would hold Morris scoreless until the bottom of the 5th inning. Courtney Hoffman committed an error and Morris' Borozan hit an RBI single to center. The Falcons scored their 2nd run of the day in the top of the 6th as Mia Pawelski singled to center to bring home Courtney Hoffman. CC of Morris added 2 more insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th which proved to be too much for the Falcons. CC of Morris defeated Lackawanna to win the Region XIX Softball Championship 6-2. The losing pitcher was Amanda Mowry. She pitched 6 innings, giving up 8 hits and 4 earned runs.
Mia Pawelski: 2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R
This loss marks the end of the 2019 Lackawanna Softball Season. The Falcons finished with a 34-21 (7-3) record and are the Region XIX Runners-Up. For all your news and updates, please visit us on Facebook: Lackawanna Falcons Athletics, Instagram: @FalconsSports, and Twitter: @falconssports