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Audio: Listen to all Dom LaPelosa’s 15 Ks from Edison’s win over Colonia

After his eight pitch, two-minute long top of the first inning, Dom LaPelosa knew he had it going on.

The senior Edison pitcher, who like to work quickly, made short work of Colonia’s hitters over the first three innings, at one point striking out seven straight Patriots.

LISTEN: POSTGAME REACTION from Edison’s 3-2 win over Colonia, including comments from Dom LaPelosa

He ended the game with 15 Ks – 6 of which were caught looking – as Edison topped Colonia 3-2 in a GMC White Division home game.

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Click below for an audio montage of all 15 of Dom LaPelosa’s strikeouts:

Edison tops Colonia 3-2 to split home-and-home

Edison salvaged a two-game, home-and-home series with Colonia by picking up a 3-2 win behind a 15-strikeout performance from senior Dom LaPelosa.

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Included in that total were six Patriots who struck out looking, as LaPelosa painted the corners all afternoon and kept Colonia hitters off balance.

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The Eagles (8-5) also got a three-run inside the park home run from sophomore catcher Charlie Taub, his first high school home run of any kind.

Click below to hear the fill game broadcast featuring Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino:

LaPelosa’s 15 Ks, Taub’s inside the park HR power Edison

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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Senior pitcher Dom LaPelosa (15 Ks)
Sophomore catcher Charlie Taub (3-run inside-the-park HR)
Edison head coach Vinny Abene

Colonia wins pitchers duel, as Kroner outlasts Appleman, and helps his cause at the plate

We said it before, and we’ll say it again: J.T. Kroner is getting it done on the mound and at the plate for Colonia.

It’s been true all year, and it was true Monday afternoon as the Patriots blanked Edison at home 1-0 on Pat Barbato Way.

Kroner threw 109 pitches and got the win, fanning 10 batters in a two-hit shutout. His RBI triple in the third inning scored Harriosn Brindley, and wound up being the difference.

Edison freshmanJaxon Appelman wasn’t far off Kroner’s pace on the mound though. He allowed just one run and only four hits, while striking out 11, and walking only two.

Both pitchers went the distance.

The teams will rematch Tuesday on Central Jersey Sports Radio, as the home-and-home series shifts to Edison. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action, with pre-game set for 3:45 from Boulevard of the Eagles, and first pitch set for 4 pm.

You can hear the game by clicking here.

Edison looks to right ship in home-and-home with Colonia

After winning five straight to start the season, Edison has dropped four of its last six, but the opponents have been tough.

They’ve dropped two to South Plainfield, the GMC White Division leader whose only blemish was a tie this weekend against North Brunswick. Another loss came to Middlesex, the Blue Division’s top team. And they split with North Brunswick, a literal tough out in the division.

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Pitching has been a part of it, as has defense, according to head coach Vinny Abene. But the bats have cooled a bit, too.

The Eagles scored an average of 11 runs a game in their first five, but have only plated 11 runs total in their last six games.

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Of course, three runs in the sixth to beat in-town rival JP Stevens this weekend was no slouch of an effort, and the Eagles hope to maintain that timely hitting when they face divisional foe Colonia in a home-and-home series that starts on the road this afternoon at 4 pm.

Freshman Jaxon Appelman is scheduled to get the start in Monday’s series opener.

The teams will play in Edison tomorrow at 4 pm, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will have the call, with pregame starting at 3:45.

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The game will be sponsored locally by Ideal Tire of Edison, the Edison Boys’ Baseball League, and NIck’s Meat Depot.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko talk with Edison head coach Vinny Abene about the series with Colonia:

Colonia ace Kroner set to start big divisional series against Edison

Having gone 2-3 in their last five games – including what head coach Mike Scialfo called a disappointing split against in-town rival JFK – the Colonia Patriots have a big series Monday and Tuesday against Edison.

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And who better to kick off that big series than J.T. Kroner. The Rutgers-bound senior has been lights out, most recently pitching a complete-game one-hitter in the Pats’ win over Kennedy last week.

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Colonia hosts Edison in a 4 pm game Monday, while the two will play in Edison Tuesday at 4pm, in a game that can be heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Dom Savino will call all the action LIVE from the Boulevard of the Eagles.

Tuesday’s game is sponsored locally by the Edison Boys’ Baseball League, Ideal Tire of Edison, and Nick’s Meat Depot.

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Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko discuss the Edison series with Colonia head coach Mike Scialfo:

Individual pitching highlights Woodbridge and Colonia split doubleheader in battle of cross-town rivals

It might sound counterintuitive to say that pitching highlighted a doubleheader in which a combined 23 runs were scored, but both Woodbridge and Colonia got some highlight efforts Saturday afternoon as they split a doubleheader in Colonia.

The twinbill – heard Saturday on Central Jersey Sports Radio and sponsored by Woodbridge Township – was made necessary when Thursday’s matchup under the lights at Woodbridge was called due to rain in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Patriots up 4-3.

In Game One, the Barrons won 6-4 to extend their winning streak to five games. Starting pitcher Matt Medvetz went five innings, allowing just 3 hits and 2 earned runs, striking out 9 Colonia batters. His performance was much-needed considering the Barrons’ ace, Josh Vazquez – like Pats’ ace J.T. Kroner – threw over 50 pitches in Thursdays’s rainout and was unavailable Saturday.

Click below to hear a replay of Game One. (Woodbridge 6, Colonia 4)

Due to technical issues, the game is joined in progress beginning with Woodbridge leadoff hitter A.J. Bosch at the plate in the top of the first inning.

In Game Two, Colonia’s Tyler Mendez – making his first varsity appearance – came on in relief of starter Harrison Brindley and pitched five solid innings out of the ‘pen. Though he allowed four runs, it was the length of the outing that was key, preventing head coach Mike Scialfo from having to go further into his bench.

But even in defeat, Woodbridge got a thrilling and gutsy performance from freshman Eddy Nunez, who struck out 14 in six innings of work. That’s at least a recent best for a freshman at Woodbridge, though whether it’s a record is unknown.

Current Rutgers ace Harry Rutkowski struck out a season-high 13 in his freshman debut on April 12, 2014 in a 3-2 loss at Sayreville.

The strikeouts were the thrilling part. The gutsy part came in the fourth inning when Nunez, already nine strikeouts into his day, was drilled on the right shoulder – his throwing arm – by a line drive off the bat of Colonia second baseman Benjie Pabon.

It caromed to first baseman Matt Medvetz, who stepped on the bag for the out, and after a brief delay, Nunez walked it off, stayed in the game, and struck out five more batters.

Click below to hear a replay of Game Two. (Colonia 7, Woodbridge 6)

Colonia snapped a three-game skid with the Game Two victory, improving to 3-3. Woodbridge had its five-game win streak snapped in the second game, and drops to 5-3.

Woodbridge extends win streak to five with 6-4 win over Colonia in twinbill opener

After both team’s aces pitched in Thursday’s rainout, with neither available for Saturday’s doubleheader, Woodbridge coach Mike Monaco was looking for some help from the rest of his staff.

He got a pleasant surprise, and a senior delivered.

Matt Medvetz hadn’t pitched since Opening Day on April 19th against Edison, when he came out of the game with arm issues. Monaco had hoped he would be back Saturday to give the rest of this staff some rest.

Medvetz delivered, and then some.

The senior pitcher threw five innings to get the win, allowing just two earned runs on three hits, while striking out nine. Both runs came in the first, after which Medvetz settled down to even his record at 1-1.

But most importantly, it allowed Monaco to get some breathing room for the rest of the day.

Medvetz also helped his cause at the plate, doubling in a run in the first inning to help the Barrons to a 3-0 lead.

Click below to hear Central Jersey Sports Radio’s Mike Pavlichko speak with Mike Medvetz about his winning performance against in-town rival Colonia.

Colonia looks to stay unbeaten in GMC White in home doubleheader against cross-town rival Woodbridge

Though Colonia is just 2-2 in the early part of the 2021 high school baseball season, the Patriots have two out-of-conference losses, to Sparta and Immaculata.

That means they’re unbeaten in the GMC White Division, with a pair of wins over North Brunswick. And they’ll hope to continue that trend Saturday morning when they play a 10 am twin bill against Woodbridge, after rain wiped out their game in the third inning Thursday night.

The Patriots were leading 4-3 in the bottom of the third with Woodbridge at bat, and the Barrons had two runners on when the game was called.

The cancellation means they’ll restart that game from scratch Saturday, though the teams’ aces – who started Thursday’s game – won’t be able to pitch. Both Josh Vazquez for the Barrons and J.T. Kroner for the Patriots threw more than 50 pitches, which means two days rest is required and they wouldn’t be available until Sunday at the earliest.

WOODBRIDGE PREVIEW: Woodbridge takes four-game win streak into Colonia for twin-bill following rainout

Listen to Central Jersey Sports Radio for pregame coverage starting at 9:45 am as Mike Pavlichko will call all the action of both games. You can listen by clicking here. The game is sponsored by Woodbridge Township.

Click below to hear Colonia coach Mike Scialfo talk about his team’s season so far, and the matchup against Woodbridge:

Woodbridge takes four-game win streak into Colonia for twin-bill following rainout

Their aces were on the mound Thursday night, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Josh Vazquez of Woodbridge and Rutgers commit J.T. Kroner of Colonia were duking it out when the rains came, and stopped their game after 3 1/2 innings with the road Patriots ahead 4-3.

In the world of baseball, the stats don’t count, but at the high school level, the pitches do.

Since both eclipsed the 50 pitch mark, neither is available for what will now be a 10 am doubleheader Saturday at Colonia, which you can hear in its entirety on Central Jersey Sports radio by clicking here.

COLONIA PREVIEW: Colonia looks to stay unbeaten in GMC White in home doubleheader against cross-town rival Woodbridge

Coverage begins at 9:45 am with Mike Pavlichko calling all the action. The game is sponsored by Woodbridge Township.

The Barrons (4-2) enter the game on a four-game winning streak after two season-opening losses to Edison, while the Patriots (2-2) are looking to end a two-game skid, having dropped a pair of our-of-conference games to Sparta and Immaculata.

Click below to hear Woodbridge head coach Mike Monaco discuss the season so far, and preview Saturday’s doubleheader against in-town rival Colonia: