Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Defeats Elizabeth, 13-2, Improves to 2-0

Nick McCormack Credits: Guy Kipp
Sam Schetelich Credits: Guy Kipp
Jake Canavan had three hits, two stolen bases and two diving catches in centerfield to set the tone for the Raiders. Credits: File photo by John Mooney
Mark Occhipinti pitched the final inning for the Raiders in their victory over Elizabeth. Credits: File photo by John Mooney
Dan Wilkinson Credits: Guy Kipp

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.

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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.

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