SOUTH PLAINFIELD – The South Plainfield Tigers 9U baseball team is headed to the 2017 Northern New Jersey State Tournament championship game. The squad scored a convincing 10-0 mercy rule victory over the Monroe Falcons Tuesday night in the semi-final round held at the Junior Baseball Club’s “B” field. The game lasted only four innings.

Pitcher Braden Tankiewicz was effortless on the mound for South Plainfield, needing only 37 pitches to get through four innings of work.

The Tigers struck early and often on offense. The boys in green hammered across four runs in the first inning, four in the second, and one each in the third and fourth.

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Shortstop Daniel Kapsch got things started with an RBI base hit in the first. Later that inning, third baseman Ryan Balent scorched a two-run double with the bases loaded pushing the score to 3-0. But South Plainfield still wasn’t done. Right fielder Anthony Tomei drew an RBI walk with the bases loaded to extend the lead to four.

In the bottom of the second Tomei nailed an RBI double, first baseman William Bethea hit a run-scoring single, and Dylan Oller knocked home a base hit that scored two more for an 8-0 Tigers lead.

South Plainfield scored on an error in the third inning and, in the bottom of the fourth, Tankiewicz drew a bases-loaded walk that initiated the mercy rule at 10-0.

South Plainfield awaits their opponent in the championship game.