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SPF 7U Captures New Providence League Crown

July 31, 2014 at 11:05 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The SPFBL 7U Raiders capped off an impressive 2014 summer season with a New Providence Green League (NPGL) 8U Championship by defeating #2 seed New Providence Pioneers on July 30 at Route 22 Field.  The 7U team finished league play including the playoffs at 10-2-3, defeating Long Hill 11-10 in 8 Innings in the quarterfinals and Summit 6-4 in the semifinals along the way.

Sam Beirne started the game for the Raiders and pitched into the 3rd inning allowing only 2 runs; AJ Saccento relieved Beirne and kept the Pioneers in check with 2 strikeouts and no runs.  Saccento was relieved by Jack Sponheimer in the top of the 5th; “Spony” shut down the Pioneers throwing a perfect 1 2/3 innings to close out the game.  Offensively, the Raiders rallied to score all 4 of their runs in the bottom of the 4th inning helped by Colin Mahr's single.

Sam Beirne made the defensive play of the season stabbing a hard hit one hopper at third base and throwing a laser to a stretching CJ Bates at first base to record the all important first out of the top of the 6th. Bobby Christensen recorded the second out at shortstop by catching a popup, and Sponheimer struck out the final batter of the game to start the celebration for the Raiders.

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“This team has come so far since our first practice, and each and every player developed leaps and bounds from where they were. Being able to take home a Championship trophy is something they will never forget,” said Coach Chris Bates. “All season we stressed the importance of throwing strikes and making the routine plays in the field.  We did what we needed to do that to beat a very good New Providence team.”

“As a coach there is no better feeling than helping a player succeed when they feel that can’t; to help build their confidence and give them the knowledge to be a better player and teammate,” Bates added. “All season our boys battled, never were once intimidated by playing up in an age group, and often used it as a motivation. Proud doesn’t begin to describe how I feel for this team in 2014 it was a great run. The challenge now is to continue to keep that momentum going as we springboard into the future.”

The Raiders also went 2-0 at the Ridge Summer Jamboree in July.

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December 3, 2016

CLARK, NJ – A 7-unit condominium building will soon stand on the site of the Clark Power Equipment property at 1132 Westfield Ave. The Clark planning board voted unanimously in favor of an application presented by Vincenzo Associates at its meeting Thursday night.

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Scotch Plains Grieves Loss of Longtime Librarian Meg Kolaya

December 1, 2016

Dear Editor:

I am saddened to hear of the passing of our former Scotch Plains librarian Meg Kolaya. Her loss reminds me, and I assume all of us yet again how precious life is.

She served our Township with great dignity and professionalism; always committed to making our library the valued centerpiece of our community, one that we could all take great pride in. Her influence and ability to ...

Congregation Beth Israel to Host Scholar-in-Residence Weekend With Rabbi Esther Reed From Rutgers Hillel

December 3, 2016

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Congregation Beth Israel in Scotch Plains will hold a Scholar-In-Residence weekend on Friday evening, Dec. 9 and Saturday morning, Dec. 10, with Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director for Jewish Campus Life at Rutgers University Hillel.  The program is free and open to the community, with an oneg dessert reception Friday evening and a kiddush ...

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