SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ — There’s an abundance of buzz surrounding the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders baseball team this spring, and left-handed pitcher Timmy Geissel’s gem on Opening Day further added to the hype. Geissel's dominance on the mound earned him this week’s Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.

Facing state-ranked Westfield on Opening Day in front of a lively crowd at SPFHS, Geissel got the Opening Day nod from head coach Joe Higgins, and the lefty did not disappoint. In seven innings — a complete game — the senior struck out seven, walked three, scattered eight hits and surrendered three earned runs. 

After a shaky second inning in which Geissel served up two runs, enabling Westfield to tie the game at two, the lefty settled down and pitched efficiently and effectively in the following innings. His only mistake past the second inning came on an elevated fastball that Westfield’s Kobi Wolf smacked over the left field fence for a solo homer. 

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With the win, the Raiders improved to 1-0 on the season and moved into a ranking in the high school baseball top 20. However, Mother Nature did not cooperate with the baseball season this week, and the Raiders’ two other games this week were rained out. 

Scotch Plains-Fanwood takes the diamond again Saturday morning, when they travel to play the Elizabeth Minutemen at Williams Field in Elizabeth at 11:00 a.m. 

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