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.
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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