SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains-Fanwood junior Jake Friedman turned back the clock as the varsity team celebrated "Youth Day" with little league players on Thursday. Recently called up from JV, the big right-hander has put two years of injury, including elbow surgery, behind him and stifled New Providence during five shutout innings on the mound to win his first varsity start, 6-0.
The Raiders (11-9) had a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth when they broke the game wide open against Pioneers' starter Dylan Bedder. Senior shortstop Peter Warren had two hits, two runs scored, two RBI and two stolen bases. Catcher Peter Yarem also was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jonathan Ramos, who made the start at third base, was 1-for-2 with a single, a run scored and an RBI.
Max Rivkees went 2-for-3 with a double for New Providence (8-12).
Friedman walked three and struck out five in five innings of work. Relievers Marc Occhipinti and Matt Kipp pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, respectively, to seal the victory.
SPF will travel to Flemington on Friday to play Hunterdon Central in a game that was a recent addition to the schedule.