SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood incoming freshman baseball team won the Freshman High School Development League Championship this week.

Players from both Terrill and Park middle schools entering ninth grade participated in the Scotch Plains -Fanwood High School Baseball Development League, which ran for six weeks beginning in mid-June. The team was coached by Drew University student and former Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School shortstop Zach Lipshitz.

"Coaching these boys was a privilege, they are extremely talented and have a lot of potential as they continue to grow and develop," Lipshitz said. "They remind me of my SPF teams back when I was their age because of how close they are and how bad they want to win. The sky is the limit for these boys and they can accomplish a lot of special things in high school."

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The Raiders finished the season with a 12-1 record, defeating Governor Livingston, 9-1, for the championship on Thursday. Matt Drubulis pitched a complete game for the victory, and Jack Manville and Dallas Lorenzetti each had two hits in the championship game. Ryan Jones had a hit to solidify the victory. SPF scored seven runs in the sixth inning to break open what had been a close game.  

Stefon Johnson, Jeremy Shults and Hayden Witter all turned in outstanding fielding plays in the final.

Pictured in team photo (left to right, top to bottom):
Alex Fazzino, Matthew Drubulis, Hunter Cardenas
Ryan Jones, Dallas Lorenzetti, Jeremy Shults, Sean Kennedy, Hayden Widder, Coach Zach Lipshitz, Stefon Johnson, Lucas Mackey, Thomas Agueros, Shawn Martin, Jack Manville, John Shults
(Players Missing: Liam Mahr, Christian Piesch).