Scotch Plains Fanwood Baseball League Hosts Inaugural Raiders Classic

8U Raiders Classic was held on Memorial Day Weekend
Tourney winners
Raiders hustled to a title.

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The SPFBL 8U team finished the weekend going 3-0 including an 8-4 victory in the inaugural Raiders Classic Memorial Day Tournament finals over the Westfield Blue Devils.

With the score knotted at 4 in the bottom of the 5th the Raiders plated 4 runs backed by 3 RBI singles by AJ Saccento, CJ Bates and Chris Harris.

On the mound, Bobby Christensen and Bates threw 2 innings each. Jack Sponheimer secured the victory pitching the 5th while Sam Beirne closed the game out throwing a scoreless 6th for the Raiders.

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"The team moved to 12-1 during their spring season and more importantly each player continues to get better every time out on the diamond," said Coach Chris Bates. " It is definitely something we want to do annually and build on for more age groups. We just need to secure the volunteer manpower and the sky is the limit."

The Raiders Classic Memorial Day Tournament was sponsored by Grillestone and Scoops.

"This was an exciting event for our town and travel program as we look to put our fundraising focus on an annual Cooperstown trip for our 12 year old age groups," Bates added. "This was just a small sample of some of the great events we have lined up for our program and community."

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