BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Matt Kipp pitched four shutout innings in relief and Tyler Stines collected two hits and drove in a run as Scotch Plains-Fanwood won its fourth consecutive game, 4-3, over Bridgewater-Raritan on Wednesday.
The game marked junior Danny Wilkinson's first start since his record-setting 20-strikeout performance against Union last Thursday. But Wilkinson, who threw 110 pitches in the 1-0, eight-inning victory over Union last week, ran up a high pitch count and was removed from the game after three innings and 82 pitches in a game that was tied, 3-3.
Patrick Downey drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
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Kipp (2-0), a senior right-hander allowed one hit and one walk and struck out one in four innings. Wilkinson struck out seven in his three innings of work, and did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield, but the junior lefty walked four batters, including one with the bases loaded, and had his pitch count extended by a controversial checked swing call with the bases full before the walk.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood (7-3) scored three runs in the second inning on an RBI single by Stines, a balk and Willy Gale's successful squeeze bunt.
Anthony DiNizo contributed a double to the Raider attack, and shortstop Jonathan Ramos made several outstanding plays on the infield.
Bridgewater-Raritan pitcher Greg Verano, who beat the Raiders with a complete-game effort last season, struck out seven, walked two and allowed six hits in going the route on Wednesday. Bridgewater-Raritan is 4-5, including a victory over Westfield last week.