SOUTH PLAINFIELD - South Plainfield closed its regular season campaign by hosting Scotch Plains-Fanwood. While the Tigers put on decent performances on the mound and on the field, they just couldn't put it together on offense. The Raiders (16-9) took full advantage of the Tigers’ hitting struggles, and handed them a 4-1 defeat, the team's first home loss of the season.
“Right now, anyone could’ve come in here today and beat us; that’s the way I feel about how we hit,” said South Plainfield head coach Anthony Guida. “We pitched very well, and had decent defense but no offense to (Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s) pitchers...but we just couldn’t hit the ball. A lot of the stuff we’ve been preaching all year we just didn't do at the plate today. I’m shocked and upset.”
South Plainfield got on the scoreboard first as Connor Adams stole second, third, and eventually home after getting on first off a bunt in the third inning. In the fourth inning, Colin McAlindin tied the game with an RBI double and Spencer Vaughn drove McAlindlin home for the go-ahead run off a single. Peter Yarem hit an RBI double for the Raiders in the seventh inning.
Danny Wilkinson pitched 4.1 innings and allowed one run while striking out 7 batters. Matt Kipp finished the game and earned his second save this week.