Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Baseball's Jake Canavan

Jake Canavan, left, makes a diving catch against Union Catholic Thursday. The Raiders' speedy outfielder is this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week. Credits: John Mooney
Jake Canavan leads off third base. Canavan is hitting .571 this season and ranks high amongst hitters in Union County. Credits: John Mooney

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Jake Canavan is quickly emerging as one of the best hitters in Union County. The speedy outfielder's impressive performance at the plate for the Scotch Plains-Fanwood baseball team is why he's this week's Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week. 

Jake Canavan continued his hot hitting by going 3-for-3 with two runs scored against Union Catholic on Thursday. He also made two great catches in center and has played spectacular defense all season long.

Canavan is batting .571 this season. The senior collected 11 hits and scored three runs during a marathon week (four games in four days) for the Raiders, in addition to being at the forefront of the team's big win against Union Tuesday. 

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In addition to swinging a scorching-hot bat, Canavan has been making highlight-reel plays in center field all spring. Saturday in Elizabeth, he stunned the crowd with two lay-out diving catches, and made two more spectacular catches that displayed his range Thursday at Union Catholic. 

Canavan and the Raiders will look to get back on the beam Saturday morning at West Morris-Mendham after two tough loses to strong parochial teams St. Joseph (Metutchen) and Union Catholic this week. 

Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.

The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), the facility offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email

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