SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Several Scotch Plains-Fanwood travel baseball teams scored well in their annual Ripken District 12 Tournaments. Teams have now advanced out of pool play and moved into the playoff rounds.
13U, managed by former Raider varsity captain and current Drew University player Zach Lipshitz, had a strong showing at 3-2 in pool play, but due to tiebreaker rules were unable to advance.
A highlight of the tourament was beating a scrappy Westfield team that led 2-0 after 2 innings. Things changed in the top of the 4th inning when the Raiders scored their first run on a 1st and 3rd play where the runner on first breaks early as soon as the pitcher comes to a set position.
"The Westfield players yelled step off, but the pitcher balked, which allowed the runner on 3rd to score and the runner on first to advance to second," said manager Zach Lipshitz.
"Dallas Lorenzetti started and pitch a solid 3 innings. Jeremy Shults pitched the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th inning and did an outstanding job keeping the Westfield hitters off balance with his incredible knuckleball," Lipshitz added.
Westfield would not score again. In the top of the 5th inning, clutch hits by Hayden Widder and Sean Kennedy pushed 2 runs across the plated to make the score 3-2. Stefon Johnson and Dallas Lorenzetti each delivered two-out base hits to make the score 6-2. On the mound Jeremy Shults closed the door with a 1-3 double play and a ground out to Widder at short.
The 11U team, managed by former Raider standout Christian Zazzali is currently starting its District tournament.
The 10U and 9U teams advanced out of Pool Play for the 2nd year in a row. 8U came up just short with a 2-2 Pool Play record -- an excellent experience for these boys and girls.
"This is a strong showing considering that in 2014 SPF did not have any teams advance out of Pool Play," said SPFBL president Chris Bates. "The program from 7U - 14U continues to see development and momentum as we move forward."
Manager: Zach Lipshitz
De Maria, Eric
Manager: Christian Zazzali
Manager: Chris Gibbons/Christian Isolda. Coaches: John Veglia, Ed DeFrancesco
Manager: Chris Bates. Coaches: Anthony Dinizo, Rob Christensen, George Camba, Mike George
Manager: Jack Todaro