SUMMIT, NJ - Summit's Johnny Floegel was six outs and a bunt single away from a no-hitter, as the Hilltoppers defeated Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 6-1, at Memorial Field on Monday.
Floegel was stellar in the start, allowing only a run on three hits and four strike outs to give Summit their sixth win in a row.
"Johnny Floegel threw tremendous," Summit head coach Kevin Zaleski said. "We had a game plan of working backwards against them. We threw a lot of off-speed stuff. We made the plays. We outplayed them in basically each aspect of the game. We showed up today."
Summit scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning. After Nick Abbott reached on a leadoff single, he scored on a throwing error. Later in the inning, Andrew Aguilera drove in both Sean Guida and Cam Fuoti to give Floegel a 3-0 lead.
The Hilltoppers added a run in the second when Andrew George scored on an RBI single and Guida crossed the plate on a hit from Fuoti to jump out 5-0
Floegel retired 15 of the first 16 batters he faced, allowing only a walk through the first five innings of the game. He didn't allow a hit until SPF's Matt Ridge led off the sixth with a bunt single to third. Ridge later scored the Raider's only run of the game.
Raider head coach Tom Baylock thought the team looked flat following Sunday's dramatic loss to Westfield in the Union County Tournament semi-final.
"We didn't come out ready to play," Baylock said. "That's my fault. Having the way it ended yesterday. Having guys on base, the tying run on base, the winning run on base and coming up short there. This was a trap game for us. We knew it."
Despite not reaching a career milestone, Floegel was somewhat relieved when Ridge reached with a hit.
"Everyone kept it quiet I guess," he said. "I had it in the back of my mind. Actually, it almost helped getting it out of the way so that the thought wasn't there anymore."
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday as SPF will host Linden, while Summit faces Plainfield at home.
A win for the Hilltoppers will secure a conference championship, a feat that Zaleski said is huge for his young team.
"It would be a huge momentum," he said. " Going into states, going into future years too. A conference championship would be fabulous for these guys."