ONEONTA, NY -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders 12U White team's Cooperstown conquest continued with another victory Tuesday morning over Medina Storm (Ohio), 14-7, at SUNY-Oneonta.
Raider starting pitcher Matthew Nervi commanded the pitching rubber against Medina, bringing a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Before being replaced after 71 pitches by Jack Fallo, Nervi surrendered no earned runs while on the mound.
"I was really on the same page with my catcher, Drew Bartley," Nervi said. "That was the key to my success."
In addition to a phenomenal pitching effort, Nervi led SPF batters in attacking the Storm's hurlers. The pitcher helped himself with three hits, three stolen bases, and three runs. Other impressive offensive performers included Dan Mahr (home run) Dylan Fei (two RBIs, two stolen bases) Vincent Amato (three stolen bases) and Bartley (two RBIs, two stolen bases). Together as a unit, the Raiders had 16 hits and reached base safely 22 times.
Defense also played a big role, as players such as Ryan Yarnall and Parker Raham had diving catches in the outfield to preserve runs while Bartley protected the backstop as a catcher by throwing out an attempted base stealer in the second inning.
But for the players, the experience has been more than the middle schoolers could have asked for.
"My favorite part has been staying with friends... bonding and playing baseball," said Nervi.