CLARK, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raiders scored nine unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to glide to a road win against the Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusaders varsity baseball team by a final score of 17-8 Tuesday afternoon in Clark.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, courtesy of freshman Max Carmino reaching on an error and a sacrifice fly from junior Zach Thornton.
The Raiders would strike for four runs in the top of the third inning and added two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 6-2 lead. The Crusaders would answer with five runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning to take a 7-6 lead.
The Raiders came right back to take an 8-7 lead in the top of the fifth inning, before Scotch Plains broke the tie in the top of the sixth inning with two runs, taking a 10-8 lead, continuing the back-and-forth battle between the two teams.
After seven more runs in the top of the seventh inning, the Raiders sealed the deal on the Crusaders and ended their six-game winning streak.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood senior Peter Yarem went 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles and drove in four runs, while senior Colin McAlindin and junior Sam Schetelich both went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs apiece for the Raiders.
Also for the Raiders, senior Peter Warren went 4-for-5 and recorded four RBI’s, along with hitting two doubles. Senior Matt Fox and junior Peter Downey both recorded two RBI’s.
It was the first loss for Johnson since April 15, when they dropped a 7-6 game against Iselin Kennedy HS.
In the loss for Johnson, senior Vin Crisafi went 1-for-4 and had two RBI’s.
The Johnson Crusaders (7-7) will travel on the road and play at Governor Livingston HS in the 2017 Union County Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders (8-7) will return home to take on Union HS in the 2017 Union County Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday morning at 4:00 p.m.
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