SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Despite a comeback attempt late in the sixth inning, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood varsity softball team fell to the visiting Arthur L. Johnson Crusaders, 6-4, Tuesday afternoon.

It was a slow starting game, with both sides scoreless through the first two innings of play. The Crusaders’ bats woke up in the third, bringing in five runs.

Shannon Brogan scored on a sacrifice fly in the fourth to give ALJ a solid 6-0 lead.

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The shut-out was not to be, however, as the Raiders rallied in the bottom of the sixth, capitalizing on some misplayed balls and putting four runs on the board.

Junior Lauren Donah led the pitching for the Crusaders through the sixth, when Gianna Randazza came in to close out the game.

The Crusaders travel to Westfield on Wednesday for a 4:00 p.m. game. Scotch Plains-Fanwood travels to Villa Walsh for a Saturday, 11:00 a.m. game. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.