SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Elizabeth put up crooked numbers in the 1st, 3rd and 5th innings and defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 11-7. The loss ended the Raiders' six-game winning streak and dropped SPF to 13-5 overall.
With the score tied 3-3 in the third inning, Elizabeth scored five runs in the top of the frame. Following a bases loaded walk that made the score 4-3, reliever Nick Stone struck out the first batter he faced and got the next to hit into a force out at home. However, Israel Santana ripped a line drive single past third baseman George Mueller that scored two runs. Sean Downey hit a double down the left field line that scored a run, but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
Although the Raiders gave up five runs in the top of the inning, they quickly responded by scoring three of their own to make the game 8-6. Elizabeth later added 3 fifth inning runs, to go up 11-6 before the Raiders pushed across another run in the 6th to bring the team to a four-run deficit.
George Leichtling went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored. Peter Yarem went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Fox and George Mueller contributed RBI singles for the Raiders.
Two of SPF's five losses this year have come against Elizabeth. Up next for the Raiders: a Saturday, May 7, home game against Cranford at 4:00 p.m. Elizabeth plays Kearney on Friday afternoon.