ELIZABETH, NJ — The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders baseball team brought an offensive barrage to Williams Field in Elizabeth to mercy-rule the Minutemen, 13-2, Saturday morning.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood tallied two runs in the first inning and never looked back. The Raiders scored in every inning but the fifth in the six-inning decision.
Jake Canavan led the charge with three hits, two stolen bases and two phenomenal diving catches in center field to set the tone for the Raiders.
First baseman Matt Fox drove in three runs while tallying two hits, and Ryan Yawger drove in two runs in his first at-bat of the season.
After Scotch Plains starter Danny Wilkinson departed the game in the third inning, junior Nick McCormack came in and tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball to earn the first win of his varsity career.
Marc Occhipinti threw a scoreless sixth inning to shut the door on Elizabeth.
The Raiders improve to 2-0 with Saturday's win, and embark on a jam-packed week beginning Monday, when they pay Cranford a visit to start a five-game-in-six-day stretch.