CLARK, NJ - Scotch Plains-Fanwood banged out 19 hits and scored nine unanswered runs in the sixth and seventh innings to glide to a 17-8 road victory over Arthur L. Johnson on Tuesday afternoon.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning, helped by a Raider error and a sacrifice fly from Zach Thornton. Scotch Plains-Fanwood struck for four runs in the top of the third and added two more runs in the top of the fifth to take a 6-2 lead. The Crusaders answered with five runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to take a 7-6 lead.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood came right back to go ahead, 8-7, in the top of the fifth inning. ALJ knotted the game before Scotch Plains broke the tie in the top of the sixth inning with two runs to take a 10-8 lead in the seesaw battle played in extremely windy conditions. The Raiders tacked on seven more runs in the top of the seventh to end the Crusaders' six-game winning streak.
Peter Yarem went 3-for-5 with two doubles and drove in four runs, while Sam Schetelich (2-for-5) homered to right field and drove in three runs. Colin McAlindin also went 2-for-5 and drove in three runs. Peter Warren went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. Matt Fox (2-for-5 with a double) and Patrick Downey (3-for-4) each drove in two runs.
Nick McCormack started the game for the Raiders. Junior Jake Friedman bounced back from two years of arm injuries for the win.
"We're very happy for Jake. He really hasn't pitched much in almost two years due to injury," Raiders head coach Joe Higgins told TAP. "He did a great job on JV, and we just brought him up, so that was his first varsity action. His stuff and his mound demeanor were both great."
Matt Kipp finished the game for the Raiders, pitching a scoreless seventh.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood (8-7) returns home to take on Union in the Union County Tournament Quarterfinals Wednesday at 4 p.m.