CRANFORD, NJ – The Cougars are headed to the finals in this year’s Union County Tournament for varsity baseball.

The team sealed its spot in the finals against Westfield after narrowly defeating Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 3-2, in an extra-inning game on Saturday. This will be the first time Cranford is in the finals since 2015.

“It was very exciting,” Coach Dennis McCaffery said of the game. “We beat a very solid team that’s well-coached.”

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However, the team isn’t too focused on Saturday’s final. They have two more games to play beforehand, against Union tomorrow and Bayonne on Wednesday.

“We’re not worried about the game on Saturday,” McCaffery said. “We’ll focus on Saturday when Saturday comes.”

Still, he expects the team to be in high spirits at today’s practice and before the games this week.

“I always say that every game is a big game,” McCaffery said. “We just try to play fundamentally sound baseball and play hard.”

Cranford will play Westfield in the Union County Tournament final on Saturday, May 13 at Kean University at 3 p.m.