Baseball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Tops Union, 7-4

Sam Schetelich hit his first home run of the season against Union on Tuesday. Credits:
Matt Kipp deals against Union in the seventh inning. Credits:
Matt Fox prepares to drive one. Credits:

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball team rebounded from a last-inning loss Monday to jump on Union early and defeat the Farmers, 7-4, at home Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders (3-1) put up four runs in the first inning and sophomore left-hander Danny Wilkinson took it from there, pitching four innings of one-hit ball for the victory. Junior right-hander Matt Kipp allowed one hit and struck out two over the final two innings to gain the save.

Junior second baseman Sam Schetelich launched a towering, 380-foot home run to left-center in the third inning with a man on to give SPF a 6-0 lead. Matt Fox' RBI double in the fourth extended the lead to 7-0.

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Wilkinson, who allowed just one hit in 2 2/3 innings against Elizabeth on Saturday, struck out six batters and walked one in his four frames on Tuesday. Jake Canavan had a double and a single and scored a run in the victory.

Union, which scored all its runs in the fifth inning, fell to 2-1. Scotch Plains-Fanwood had lost, 3-2, to Cranford on Monday after taking a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

The Raiders (3-1) will host St. Joseph (Metuchen) on Wednesday, April 12, at 4:00 p.m. Union (2-1) visits ALJ (Clark) on Thursday, April 13.

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