SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball team will head into the state tournament next week on a seven-game winning streak after defeating South Plainfield, 4-1, on Friday.
Sophomore left-hander Danny Wilkinson, who pitched 4 1/3 innings, and junior right-hander Matt Kipp, who saved it with 2 2/3 innings pitched, combined on the victory. South Plainfield (16-9) had not lost a home game all season prior to Friday.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood (16-9) erased a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the top of the fourth, when Colin McAlindin drilled a long RBI double to the gap in left-center and then scored himself on Spencer Vaughn's single.
Jake Canavan scored from second on Peter Yarem's infield grounder in the fifth, and then Yarem knocked in Jonathan Ramos with an RBI double to right in the top of the seventh for a 4-1 lead.
Wilkinson (4-2) scattered five hits, struck out seven and allowed just an unearned run in his stint. Kipp allowed two hits--both bunts--and no walks and fanned one in his game-closing effort for his third save.
On Thursday night, Nick McCormack (five innings) and Jake Friedman (two innings) teamed up on a two-hit victory over Union, 3-1. SPF will travel back to Union Monday afternoon in the opening round of the NJSIAA Section 2, Group 4 state tournament.