ONEONTA, NY -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League 12U Blue and White teams concluded their season at Cooperstown Baseball World in dramatic fashion.
Powered by multiple home runs from Daniel Mahr (6), Sean Ferrone and Tommy Schmidt (4), and Matthew Nervi (3) The Scotch Plains Fanwood 12U White team advanced to the finals of the tournament against Team Mizuno, the defending champions. The Raiders kept it close, but some late inning heroics helped Team Mizuno capture the crown.
During the tournament, 12U White defeated opponents handily:
SPF Raiders White 9 - Oneonta All Stars 0
SPF Raiders White 11 - FCA Power 1
SPF Raiders White 11 - Erindale (Canada) Cardinals 5
SPF Raiders White 14 - Medina Swarm Green 5
SPF Raiders White 20 - Erindale (Canada) Cardinals 13
SPF Raiders White 23 - Bigbies Black Sox 3
Team Mizuno 11 - SPF Raiders White 6
1st Place: Team Mizuno
2nd Place: SPF Raiders White
3rd Place: Bigbies Black Sox
The Scotch Plains Fanwood 12U Blue team saved its best game for last at Cooperstown Baseball World and avenged a pool play defeat with a 16-4 victory over the Medina (OH) Swarm in the final game of the tournament consolation round on Thursday. The Raiders, coached by Tim Dursee, broke open a tight game with a 13-run inning and finished the tourney on a victorious note.
SPF batted around in the fifth inning, fueled by hits from George Dursee, Weston Fischer, Gavin Morrobel, Ryan Brandl, Aidan Dursee, Zach Chung, Matt Higgins, Ryan Cawley, Michael Grill, Anthony Malta, Adam Gross and Ben Masella. Dylan Young added a hit in the flurry and played a strong game at shortstop. Malta did a superb job behind the plate.
Brandl (3 innings, 3 Ks) and Gross (2 innings, 5 Ks) combined for the victory on the mound. Brandl and Gross also pitched well in tandem during tough losses to Oneonta (8-7) and Bownet Elite (6-4) earlier in the week. George Dursee, Morrobel and Grill (2 doubles) each collected five hits during the tournament to lead the offense.