The South Plainfield High School baseball team is off to an outstanding start to their 2017 season with a record of 8-3. This past week, the Tigers finished 3-1 splitting with division rival North Brunswick, and beating top notch North Hunterdon and the #9 team in the State of New Jersey Milburn. A huge part of the success the Tigers had this week, let alone the season, has been the consistent contributions of sophomore pitcher, Christopher Shine, this week’s athlete of the week.

After limited varsity experience as a freshman, the Tigers are beginning to rely heavily on their sophomore pitcher. Chris has developed into one of South Plainfield’s starting pitchers.  On the season he is 1-0 with two no decisions.  He has pitched to a 2.38 earned run average.  Chris has pitched five solid innings in the Tigers 2-1 win over Spotswood on April 8th.  He also went six innings in their 7-4 win over Paramus on April 15th.  Chris saved his best pitching performance for Saturday April 22, 2017.  During the Autism Awareness Challenge, Shine pitched a gem to earn his first varsity win on the season.  He went 6 and 2/3 innings giving up just one earned run.  His opponents were only able to scatter seven hits while being struck out five times.  This helped South Plainfield upset #9 Milburn by a score of 3-1.   South Plainfield will continue to depend on Chris Shine while the Tigers compete in the rest of the season.