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Edison looks to keep special year rolling when Eagles face St. Joe’s in GMCT semis

From 1990 to 2001, Edison won eight GMC Tournament championships.

They haven’t been back to the finals since that run ended, but this year’s group is looking to change all that.

Coming off the pandemic year where no high school baseball was played in New Jersey, the 6th-seeded Eagles have had a solid season, bolstered by a strong pitching staff, lef by Dom LaPelosa, Sal DellaFave, and newcomer Jaxon Appelman, who was strong Tuesday in the quarterfinals, and a 7-2 winner over perennial contender South Plainfield.

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READ & HEAR MORE: Edison reaches first GMT semifinal since 2008 with upset win over South Plainfield

That strength will be on display Monday afternoon when Edison (16-6) takes on second-seed St. Joseph Metuchen (16-9) in the GMC Tournament semifinals on Central Jersey Sports Radio, presented by Bellamy & Son Paving. First pitch slated for 2:30 pm.

Click here to listen to the live broadcast, with Mike Pavlichko and Justin Sontupe calling all the action.

The semifinals were originally scheduled for Saturday, but the threat of rainy, windy, and cold weather – with temperatures not expected to get out of the 50s – prompted the move, announced this morning by GMC President Mike Pede.

Edison will throw Dom LaPelosa (4-1, 2.33 ERA) on the mound, a dominant pitcher who struck out 15 in a win over Colonia earlier this month, heard on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

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“K” PARADE: Listen to all Dom LaPelosa’s 15 Ks from Edison’s win over Colonia

The year has quietly been a special one for Edison, which has not been to the GMC Tournament semifinals in 20 years. That capped a stretch of eight titles in 12 years, where the Eagles had won in 1990, then four in a row from 1992 through 1995, then back to back titles in 1998 and ’99, and one more for good measure in 2001.

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Ironically, that 2001 roster had a third baseman named Mark Blevins, who’s now in his fourth year as North Brunswick skipper, and his team is also in the semifinals, as the Raiders play South Brunswick in the opening GMC Tournament semifinal game. Wins by the Eagles and Vikings would pit Blevins against his alma mater for the title a week from Sunday.

Click below to hear CJSR’s Mike Pavlichko chat with Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene about the 2021 season and the Eagles’ semifinal meeting with St. Joseph-Metuchen:

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:

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

Edison gets a gem from LaPelosa to take out Woodbridge on Opening Day

Dom LaPelosa worked quickly, and after giving up a run in the top of the first, settled in to pitch a gem of a ballgame.

And it helped Edison beat Woodbridge 10-4 on Opening Day in the first official high school baseball game played on the school’s year-old, brand-new red and gold field.

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LaPelosa – who got the win – gave up a run on an RBI triple by Barrons starter Matt Medvetz, but that was all he’d let up. LaPelosa got on a roll, especially in the middle innings.

To wit, he struck out four straight batters at one point, fanning the side in the fourth. He retired seven straight following a leadoff double in the third before giving up a one-out single in the fifth. And he retired 12 of the final 14 batters he face.

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LaPelosa finished with eight strikeouts and two walks, allowing just four hits and one earned run in picking up the win.

Offensively, first baseman Sal DellaFave helped break the game open in the 5th inning. Up 7-1 with two on and one out, he blasted a mammoth three-run homer about 350-feet over the wall in left center off reliever Brendan Schmitt.

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Starter Matt Medvetz took the loss for Woodbridge.

After the game, Mike Pavlichko spoke with LaPelosa, while Chris Tsakonas spoke with DellaFave and Edison head coach Vinny Abene. Click below to listen.

Edison starting pitcher Dom LaPelosa
Edison 1B Sal DellaFave
Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene