Senior Dom LaPelosa gave up a run each in the fourth and fifth innings, but mowed down 15 Colonia batters, while sophomore catcher Charlie Taub’s three-run inside-the-park home run gave Edison enough to beat the visiting Patriots 3-2 in a GMC White Division home game heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.
LaPelosa – who works quickly – threw six-innings of four-hit ball for the Eagles (8-5), and only walked two batters. At one point, he had struck out seven in a row, including the last two batters of the first inning, the side in the second, and the first two hitters of the third inning. Of the 15 Ks, six went down looking.
Colonia (5-6) got out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth on an RBI single by catcher Frank Milone, but Edison got three in the bottom of the frame, when Taub’s one-out, two-on line drive to center was misplayed by Harrison Brindley.
The ball went all the way back to the wall – 425 feet from the plate- and Taub scored when the relay throw was cut off at the mount by Rutgers-bound first baseman J.T. Kroner.
Colonia picked up another run in the fifth on an RBI single by shortstop Chris Waldron, but that was as close as the Pats would get. LaPelosa struck out Kroner to end the inning, then two more batters in the sixth.
The game also saw two defensive web gems by Edison. The first ended the sixth when left fielder Nico Lopez dove to grab a fly ball down the line. He ended up in the corner by the foul line, and it appeared the ball was foul when it was caught by Lopez to end the inning.
The second was even more dramatic and ended the game. Right fielder Kyle Tkaczyszyn led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and advanced into scoring position at second on a sac bunt by nine-hitter Ivan Quiles.
After Harrison Brindley struck out – the 16th Colonia strikeout victim in the game – Chris Waldron drilled a 1-0 pitch to right field, where Just Rivera came on strong, splayed out, and caught the ball on a dive to end the ballgame.
Click below for postgame reaction from Edison’s win over Colonia: