SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On a day when Scotch Plains-Fanwood's top starter Danny Wilkinson didn't meet his usual standard of dominance, senior Matt Kipp came in and kept hitters off balance with 4 1/3 innings of relief and the Raiders overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Westfield, 7-5.
"The kids have shown themselves to be very tough competitors. They are battling every at bat and every inning in the field," said Coach Joe Higgins in an interview with TAPintoSPF. "Matt Kipp showed his calm leadership with some tough innings against a great hitting team."
"Sam Schetelich, Josh Canavan and Jonny Ramos had some huge at bats today."
Schetelich knocked in 3 runs with a double and a sacrifice fly. He also scored a run. Canavan had a double and an RBI, and Ramos also drove in a run as the Raiders rallied in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Patrick Downey added a double and a run scored.
Wilkinson threw 86 pitches, giving up 4 runs (3 earned) with four strikeouts and four walks that hurt him. Kipp, who improved to 3-0, threw an economical 65 pitches while giving up just one earned run in 4+ innings of work.
Westfield's Christopher Ho, a freshman, lasted 3.1 innings and was charged with 5 earned runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. He also had 3 strikeouts. Dan Russo took the loss after giving up 2 runs (only 1 earned) in 2.2 innings.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood now has a seven-game win streak and improved to 10-3 overall (5-1 in the division). Westfield dropped to 8-4 (4-2 in the division). One of those wins was a 12-6 victory over SPF on April 9. The Raiders next travel to Gov. Livingston on Thursday, April 26, while Westfield will host Cranford that day.