Baseball: Cranford Hands Scotch Plains-Fanwood a 9-1 Loss Before Tournament Showdown on Saturday

Kevin Donovan was the winning pitcher for Cranford on Thursday. Credits: John Mooney
Sam Schetelich drove in the Raiders' only run on Thursday with a second inning single. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ - In a regular season matchup of the two teams that will play in the semifinal round of the Union County tournament on Saturday, the Cranford Cougars won a decisive 9-1 victory over the Raiders at Scotch Plains-Fanwood on Thursday.

Winning pitcher Kevin Donovan held the home team to just one run on five hits on a blustery afternoon in Scotch Plains. Meanwhile, Cranford took advantage of 9 hits, 6 walks, 2 balks, and 3 Raiders errors in a sloppy game. 

Sam Schetelich drove in the lone Raiders run with a single in the second inning. James Shriner went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored for the Cougars.

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Cranford has now taken two games from the Raiders this season. Earlier this season, on April 10, they stunned the Raiders with a walk-off 3-2 victory. Thursday's game was not as close.

The two teams will play their biggest game of the season on Saturday in Cranford when they meet in the Union County tournament's semifinal.



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