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Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders Advance in NPGL Playoffs

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Hard-throwing lefty Shawn Martin struck out 11 batters in four innings of work. Credits: File photo by John Mooney
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SPFBL 11U advances to the next round of the NPGL playoffs.
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Andy Kipp bats in second inning vs. Union in 12U action. Credits: TAPinto.net
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UNION COUNTY, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) 8U, 9U, 11U and 12U teams all have won playoff games in the New Providence Gold League and New Providence Green League action this week.

8U Gold
#2 Scotch Plains Raiders defeated #7 Westfield White (12-11)

9U Gold
#2 Scotch Plains Raiders defeated #7 Ridge Black (12-8)
The Raiders will host the #6 Elmora Troopers in their next game.

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10U Gold
#4 Chatham defeats #5 Scotch Plains Raiders (13-12)

11U Gold
Game 1: #1 Scotch Plains Raiders - BYE

11U Green
Game 1: #8 Scotch Plains Raiders Silver @ #1 Chatham B

The Scotch Plains-Fanwood 11U Silver baseball team rolled to a 9-0 victory over Chatham in the first round of the New Providence Green League playoffs on Tuesday night at Shunpike Field in Chatham. Dan Mahr and Ryan Brandl combined for a one-hit shutout as Mahr fanned five batters in four innings and Brandl hurled two innings of no-hit ball to finish the game. Ryan Cawley led the offense with four hits and four RBI, while Mahr and Joe Catalano added two hits apiece and Drew Bartley laced a two-run double to cap a four-run fifth inning surge. Nick Sanchez made two running catches in right field to highlight an errorless defensive effort by the Raiders, who will play the winner of the Clark-Green Brook game on the road in Wednesday night's semifinals.

Game 2: #7 Scotch Plains Raiders Blue @ #2 Springfield Minutemen

12U Green
#5 Scotch Plains Raiders defeated #4 Union Marauders (6-3)

SPF starter Shawn Martin struck out 11 batters -- including the first seven hitters he faced -- in four innings. Andy Kipp pitched two innings for the save and drove in two runs. Tommy Wright scored three runs and Andrew Jotz singled in a run to pace the offense. In their next game to be played on Thursday, July 28, the Raiders visit Cranford White, which defeated Summit, 15-12.

"Shawn was electric on the mound tonight. Union simply could not catch up with his fastball," said 12U manager John Mooney. "We had great pitching and timely hitting, and we played good defense. This was a very good win for us."

13 A League
#5 Westfield-McKeon defeats #4 Scotch Plains Raiders (6-5)

In other action, #6 Scotch Plains Renegades @ #3 Union Storm, 4-3, in 12U Gold action.

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