Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Downs Elizabeth, 10-2; Will Host Youth Day on Thursday

Timmy Geissel had 8 strikeouts in Tuesday's victory over Elizabeth. Credits: File photo
Colin McAlindon had two hits in the Raiders' 10-2 victory over Elizabeth on Tuesday. Credits: File photo
Peter Warren leads off first. Credits: File photo
Sam Schetelich had two hits against Elizabeth. Credits: File photo
Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS varsity coach Joe Higgins and SPFBL president Chris Bates at the youth league's recent Opening Day ceremonies. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Raiders pounded 11 hits and took advantage of seven walks and two errors by Elizabeth to beat the Minutemen, 10-2, at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Tuesday.

Peter Warren, Colin McAlindin, Sam Schetelich and Jonathan Ramos each had two hits. Timmy Geissel evened his record at 4-4 by going six innings, yielding seven hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out eight. Erik Kaufman pitched the seventh inning.

The Raiders will host New Providence on Thursday, May 11. Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) players will get to join the “big kids” – most of whom are SPFBL alumni – on the varsity field on as part of the league’s inaugural Youth Day. The young players will serve as bat boys during the game. There will also be post-game pictures with the varsity team, and the young athletes will have the opportunity to run the bases and work on some drills with coach Joe Higgins and the high school team.

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"Coach Higgins and I have been working on this fun day for some time now. We are extremely grateful for the excellent relationship between the youth program in town and the high school and the Athletics Department," said SPFBL President Chris Bates. "If we do our part at the youth level, we will continue to help feed players into the high school program." 

"With so many of the high school players having come through the SPFBL program, we felt it was a great opportunity for tomorrow's players to see what it takes to be a Raider at the highest level," Bates added. 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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