Baseball: Ferrone Belts Three Home Runs as 12U Raiders Advance to Cooperstown Semis

Sean Ferrone blasted three home runs vs. Erindale, Canada Credits: John Fei
Daniel Mahr launches another home run. Credits: John Fei
Matthew Nervi adds to the Raiders' score Credits: John Fei
​Matt Nervi after his solo home run Credits: John Fei
​Ryan Yarnall Credits: John Fei
Jack Fallo on the mound Credits: John Fei

ONEONTA, NY -- It was a little early in the day, but the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 12U White team decided to launch their own fireworks show for the Cooperstown crowd by unleashing seven home runs against the Erindale Cardinals (Canada) in a 20-13 playoff victory.

With almost half of the team’s home runs and living up to his nickname, Sean “Delicious Baby” Ferrone was finger-licking good with his left-handed stroke, as he hit three deep shots over the centerfield walls. Yet, his approach for getting the hits was a simple baseball fundamental.

“I was trying to hit line drives and only good things come if you try to hit line drives,” Ferrone said.

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Ferrone would end up going 3-4 with seven RBIs and a stolen base.

Batting behind Ferrone in the cleanup spot was Dan Mahr. As he was waiting on the on deck circle after each Ferrone at-bat, Mahr had one objective.

“I got to keep on doing this,” Mahr said. “Swing for the fences.”

After Ferrone’s first home run in the third inning, Mahr followed up the four-bagger with one of his own to extend the Raider lead to 5-1. Erindale would experience déjà vu in the fourth inning to the combo of Ferrone and Mahr.

After the Cardinals exploded for 10 runs to grab an 11-8 lead, the SPF duo answered quickly to the Canadians as Ferrone hit a two-run home run and Mahr knocked out his second solo shot to take the lead 12-11 before running away with the rest of the game. For Mahr, the correlation was discovered for home runs in the contest.

“I was in a slump before,” Mahr said. “But then I started using heavier bats.”

Mahr finished the contest going 2-4 with two RBIs. 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.

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