|Kevin Haag||Brandon Peters|
SCRANTON - Junior's Kevin Haag (Ossining, N.Y./Ossining /Bridgton Academy (Maine)) and Brandon Peters (Peckville, Pa./Valley View) hit home runs in the fourth inning, but it wasn't enough, as top-seeded Susquehanna came back from a deficit in the middle innings to take a 6-5 decision over the fourth-seeded Royals on Friday afternoon at the Landmark Conference Championships, which are being held at Volpe Field.
With the loss, Scranton dropped to 17-21 and into a Landmark Conference Championship elimination game tomorrow at 11 a.m. against either Moravian or Catholic. Susquehanna, meanwhile, improved to 21-16 with the win.
After a scoreless two and a half innings in the contest, Susquehanna struck first in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs on a pair of two-RBI, two out hits to take a 2-0 lead on the Royals into the fourth inning.
But in the fourth, Scranton struck, using the long ball to take their first lead of the day.
First, Haag cracked a two-run homer over the right field fence that scored sophomore Connor Harding (Vestal, N.Y./Vestal) that tied the game up at 2-2. The home run was Haag's seventh of the season and the 15th round tripper of his career, as well.
Later in the frame, Peters gave the Royals their first lead with a swing of the bat, as his two-run homer put Scranton up, 4-2, after three and a half. The home run, which scored freshman Chris Wagner (Westfield, N.J./Westfield), was the third of the year for Peters and the fifth of his career, as well.
After a scoreless bottom of the fourth and top of the fifth, Susquehanna struck back, using a pair of solo home runs to tie the game back up at 4-4 entering the sixth. After one and half more scoreless innings, Susquehanna then took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh, plating two more runs to go up, 6-4, entering the eighth inning.
In the top of the eighth, the Royals advanced a runner to third base with two outs, then scored a run on a Susquehanna balk, as junior Travis Adams (Clark, N.J./St. Joseph's (Metuchen)) scored on the play. But, that was all Scranton was able to muster in the frame, as they entered the ninth still down a run after keeping Susquehanna scoreless in the bottom of the eighth.
The ninth saw Wagner lead off with a single, but after a fielder's choice and a fly out, the Royals faced their last out with the tying run at second and the leading run batting. Unfortunately for Scranton, their last batter flew out to center, as Susquehanna hung on for the one-run win.
Overall for the Royals, Haag and Peters were the only players in the line-up to have RBI hits, as Scranton was only able to muster six hits against Susquehanna pitching.
On the mound, reliever senior Bryan Carmon (Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central) took the loss, allowing two runs in two and two-thirds of relief.
Scranton will now take on either Catholic or Moravian in an elimination game to open the day Saturday at Volpe Field. For more information on the 2019 Landmark Conference Championships,click here.