SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Baseball League (SPFBL) 13U Raiders won the USABL summer championship on Tuesday evening at VoTech.
 
Joe DeFrancesca with walk-off base hit in bottom of 7th with one out, and Chris Kennedy pitched great game and defense came through big time against a team that knocked off the No. 1 seed Cranford the day before. The Raiders were led by big hits from Jaden Carpien, Chris Kennedy and Evan Doyle. Nathan Arnold scored the game-winning run.
 
It was a seesaw battle for the entire game with the Nationals scoring 2 runs in the top of the first, which were quickly answered by the Raiders, who put up three in the bottom of the frame. The Nationals went up 4-3 in the top of the 5th and then scored two more runs in the top of the 6th to take a 6-3 lead.
 
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The resilient Raiders responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to go up 7-6. The Nationals tied in the top of the 7th before DeFrancesca knocked in Arnold, who crossed the plate to win the game and start the celebration.
 
Raiders 13U Roster
  • Jaden Carpien (SS) 2-for-4 with 2 SB, and 1 double
  • Chris Kennedy (P): 6 IP, 4 runs 3 ER, 3K; 2-for-4, 2 Runs
  • Evan Doyle (1B): 1-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI
  • Luke Doyle (3B): 1-for-3 with 1 run, 1 RBI
  • Louis Messano (CF): 1-for-4 with a double, 1 RBI
  • Nathan Arnold: 1-for-4, 1 SB, scored the winning run
  • Matt Arnold (RF): 2-for-4, 1 run, 2 SB
  • Joe DeFrancesca (2B): 1-for-3, 1 run, 1 SB, 1 RBI, and walkoff game-winning single 
  • Sean Harris (LF): 1-for-3 with a double 
  • Anthony Veglia (C): 0-for-2
  • Mason Dinizo: 0-for-1 with 1 run 
  • Ryan Quinones (C): not pictured
  • Matt Capozzola (P): 1 IP, 1 run, winning picher in relief

Team coaches were Josh Decker (head coach), Ryan Beauregard (assistant coach), Daniel Decker (assistant coach, not pictured). 

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