UNION CITY, NJ — It was a party on the roof for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball team, as the Raiders crushed the Union City Soaring Eagles, 10-2, Saturday afternoon on the famous rooftop field at Roosevelt Stadium in the heart of Hudson County.
Nick McCormack, in his second career varsity start, tossed a 5 2/3 inning gem to lead the way for Scotch Plains. The junior allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits, while striking out five and walking four.
The Raiders’ offense, which had shown signs of waking up from a deep slump, erupted for 10 runs, headlined by a six-run fourth inning.
Peter Yarem delivered the big blast of the day — a three-run triple in that fourth inning. Patrick Downey, George Mueller and Colin McAlindin each went 1-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. Mueller also made a spectacular diving stab of a line drive at third base late in the game.
Junior right-handed pitcher Matt Kipp shut the door on Union City, throwing 1 1/3 innings and striking out one, to end the game.
The Raiders (6-5) picked up momentum with two consecutive victories before embarking on a potentially season-defining week in which they have two county championship rematches with Gov. Livingston and visit Westfield.