SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The SPF 9U Raiders wrapped up a successful summer season this past week. The team finished 20-9 overall. The team pulled together when it mattered most to capture the Cal Ripken District 12 Championship.
Wining the District title bought them a ticket to the North Jersey State tournament. The Raiders went 3-0 in pool play during the states, eventually falling to a talented Ridge team in the state semifinals. Baseball in Scotch Plains looks to have a bright future. Here's a little about each player.
Patrick Barnett led off and played a solid 2b. “Patty Red Boots” was a consistent hitter scoring 33 runs and striking out only 5 times this summer!
Joe Larosa played mostly center field this year. “Joey Cheese” was solid on defense recording
lots of big putouts during the district and state tournament. At the plate he hit .411 with 30 hits
and a .511 on base percentage.
AJ Parchman was a beast all summer as he led the team in most offensive categories. He was
a versatile defender as he could play any position. ”Ajax” had 32 RBI ‘s and an amazing .700
on base percentage! He was also one of the main pitchers on the team.
Keith Mann played shortstop and led the team with 4 homers including 2 in the state tourney
game against Monroe. The “Mann Child” batted .520 this summer. On the mound he had a
whopping 74 strikeouts in 36 innings!
Xavier “X-Man” Vega used his smooth lefty swing to hit .430 with 30 hits including 11 doubles.
The power hitter played first base and outfield this summer. He also pitched in many high
pressure situations during the district tournament.
Luke Murphy stepped up this year as a leading hitter and pitcher for the Raiders. “Murph Dog”
started many of the teams biggest games on the mound. He also played third base. He hit a
solid .391, including a monstrous home run against Mountainside in the district tournament!
Jake Todaro handled most of the catching duties. “JJ” hit .415 with 27 hits and a .525 on base
percentage along the way. He also helped on the mound with his crafty sidearm delivery. Jake’s
positive attitude in the dugout always kept the team's spirits up.
Alex Bolton was a spark plug at the plate and on the bases this summer. “Bolt” hit over .400 with
20 hits and a .500 on base percentage. He also had 10 steals and was the smartest base
runner on the team.
Tyler Glynn seemed to be stronger as the season wore on. Nicknamed “Grandpa” as he's the
oldest on the team, Tyler hit .396 with 20 RBI and had a .529 on base percentage. Tyler played first base, outfield, and pitcher this year.
Thomas Dowling played catcher and first base. “Wheels” scored 23 runs this summer and had
some clutch hits during the districts. He also was Keith Mann’s personal catcher as he could calmly
handle his blazing fastball.
Brandon Dinizo was a versatile player this season. A true team player-“B-Dizzle” pitched, played second base and outfield. He knocked in 15 runs this year and had an on base percentage over .400.
Owen Dimon could play any position on the field. A gifted athlete, “Gronk” had a knack for making the hard plays look easy. He scored 20 runs this year and was never caught stealing going a perfect 10 for 10! Owen was also one of the leading pitchers.
The coaches this year were Jack Todaro, Tony Larosa, Fred Parchman, Tom Mann, and Adam
Dowling. They would like to thank the players and their parents for the opportunity to coach the
team this summer. It's truly a privilege to be out there with the kids and help them along the way.