SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On a squad that includes 15 seniors, including returning varsity starting pitchers Danny Wilkinson, Patrick Cucurullo, and Tommy Laucik, junior Michael Urbano was not one of the players anticipated to make a big impact on the mound this season.

However, his effort against Bridgewater-Raritan on Wednesday, helped turn around the Raiders' season by stopping a five-game losing streak that was punctuated with three walk-off losses, including one at crosstown rival Union Catholic. 

Coach Joe Higgins called on Urbano for a spark, and the junior did not disappoint. In his first career start, he went 7 innings while yielding only one earned run with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts. Although he did not get the win, as the Raiders won the game with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 8th for a 4-3 victory, his effort gave the team a much needed victory over a tough opponent at a time when a win was desperately needed. 

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"Urbano did a tremendous job for us today. He had a great year on JV last year," said varsity coach Joe Higgins. "He was composed on the mound, had great command and held runners on. He had done well for us last week vs. Millville, so we gave him his first varsity start."

The pitcher was rightfully proud of his effort on the mound.

"My two-seamer was jamming hitters," Urbano said after the game. "It (the win) feels amazing, especially coming after a rough spot."

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