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 nine hits, six walks, two balks, and three 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. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.