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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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

Woodbridge looks to overcome obstacles when Barrons travel to Edison on Opening Day

One could consider the wipeout of the 2020 season by the COVID pandemic an equalizer, putting everyone on the same playing field. No one got to play high school baseball last year.

But from district to district, as things played out, some were left facing bigger obstacles than others.


Take Woodbridge. Though the Last Dance Baseball Tournament – organized by St. Joseph-Metuchen coach and Athletic Director Mike Murray – was meant to give seniors one last go ’round, others played, too.

But not the Barrons. It looked for a while like there might be some type of Mayor’s Cup series between Woodbridge, Colonia and JFK, but that never materialized.

Fast forward to 2020, where the NJSIAA made every effort possible to have a “normal” season since the Spring was the only season entirely cancelled last year, and the Barrons already have had a COVID pause. Their pitchers and catchers – more than half the team – all were in quarantine due to contact tracing, and only recently were able to resume practicing.


And then there’s Mike Monaco, who wouldn’t normally have to do the juggling act he’s doing now: handling the confluence of wrestling and baseball seasons, which are overlapping after wrestling was moved to start later in the winter season. He’s both the baseball and wrestling head coach.

Woodbridge head coach Mike Monaco talks to Mike Pavlichko of Central Jersey Sports Radio about the pandemic shutdown in 2020, how his team handled it, and what to expect from the Barrons in 2021.

Woodbridge travels to take on Edison Monday on the first Opening Day for high school baseball in New Jersey in two years. It’s also the debut broadcast of Greater Middlesex Conference Baseball on Central Jersey Sports Radio.

LIVE coverage begins at 3:40 pm, with first pitch at 4:00. And you can listen by clicking here. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the action. Game sponsors include Derby Appliance, Edison Boys Baseball League, and Ideal Tire Systems of Edison.

Edison returns significant talent, will kick off season today against neighboring Woodbridge

Edison and Woodbridge High Schools are only seven miles apart.

But when they play Monday in the first Opening Day for New Jersey High School Baseball in two years, it will only be the sixth meeting between the two schools since 2010.


You can hear the game LIVE on Central Jersey Sports Radio in our debut of Greater Middlesex Conference Baseball; coverage starts at 3:40 pm, with first pitch at 4:00. Click here to listen to Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas call all the action. Special thanks to game sponsors Derby Appliance, Edison Boys Baseball League, and Ideal Tire Systems of Edison.


Edison will play its second straight season down in the White Division when it begins the 2021 campaign this afternoon, taking on a Barrons team that has a lot of unknowns.

It will also be the first official high school baseball game played on the “brand-new” red and gold field, which was set to go for last season, the season that never happened. All artificial turf, the “grass” areas are Edison red, while the infield, baselines, pitchers’ mound and home plate area is all Edison gold.

For Eagles’ head coach Vinny Abene – now in his 18th season (243-203-1) – the pitching is a bit ahead of the hitting, but he believes they have a good core coming back, including senior shortstop Walker Zampella. Abene calls him one of the best defensive shortstops in the county.


Other returning starters in the lineup include centerfielder Evrin Virola – a senior who has been a starter his entire high school career – and first-baseman/pitcher Sal DellaFave, a junior who led the team in hits and runs batted in during his freshman campaign in 2019.

Click below to hear Mike Pavlichko’s conversation with Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene, ahead of today’s Opening Day matchup with the Barrons:

Edison Head Coach Vinny Abene

Central Jersey Sports Radio will debut LIVE H.S. baseball coverage on Opening Day next Monday

Monday, April 19th, will be the first Opening Day for high school baseball in New Jersey in two years, with last year’s entire season wiped out due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And when the 2021 season begins, Central Jersey Sports Radio will be on hand, kicking off its season coverage.

We’ll begin the slate with a matchup of GMC White Divsion teams, when Edison entertains Woodbridge at 4:00 Monday afternoon. Mike Pavlichko and Chris Tsakonas will call all the live play-by-play at, which you can hear by clicking here. Tentative air time is 3:50 pm from the Boulevard of the Eagles, at the school’s brand-new red turf field.

Athletic Director David Sandaal says the field was under construction last winter and would have been ready to go during the 2021 season.

That season that never materialized. Though some Last Dance baseball tournament games were played there, Monday will be the first time Edison High School’s baseball team gets to take the field.

Sandaal says several dignitaries will be on hand.

Central Jersey Sports Radio will add additional games to the broadcast schedule throughout the season, and Mike Pavlichko will report from other games throughout the year as well.

CJSR also plans to broadcast live from Ray Cipperly Field for the Greater Middlesex Conference Torunament Semifinals and Finals, to be held in late May and early June.

For local businesses interested in sponsoring and supporting live high school baseball coverage on Central Jersey Sports Radio, please contact founder and owner Mike Pavlichko via email, at mike@cjsportsradio.com.

Edison boys’ on two-week COVID shutdown, but had planned to opt-out of GMC “pods” anyway

The Edison boys’ basketball team has halted all team activities and is on a COVID-related pause through the end of the month, according to school officials.

Those officials would not comment further to protect the privacy of their student-athletes.

Edison also won’t be participating in the Greater Middlesex Conference postseason, but Athletic Director David Sandaal says they wouldn’t have anyway.

Sandaal says Edison wanted a guarantee it would play JP Stevens in the postseason, which – in the GMC this year, due to COVID – is made up of four-team pods, with each team guaranteed to play two games. He says GMC officials couldn’t make that guarantee, and Edison instead decided not to participate.

Sandaal says Edison will return from its COVID break on March 1 with a game against Woodbridge, then play cross-town rival Stevens on March 3.

Meanwhile, JFK is not on a pause at the time of this writing, said Athletic Director Warren Rotella, who was reached by phone Tuesday afternoon.

Week 3 Girls’ Top Ten, led by Rutgers Prep, has a perfect week

While two teams dropped out of the Week 3 Central Jersey Sports Radio girls’ basketball rankings, the two that replaced them – and the eight that stayed – didn’t lose a single game last week.

The ten teams combined to go 23-0 in Week Three.

The group again is led by Rutgers Prep. The Lady Argonauts are 5-0 after a pair of wins – by an average 38 points – over Stuart Day and Ridge.

No. 3 Monroe (6-0) and No. 5 St. Thomas Aquinas (5-1) held steady; the two will meet Tuesday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio’s High School Basketball powered by Bellamy & Son Paving, in a Greater Middlesex Conference Red Division game. Both teams are undefeated in GMC play, a combined 11-0, with the Falcons scheduled to travel to East Brunswick Monday night, while the Trojans are off.

Check back Tuesday on Central Jersey Sports Radio for a preview of the Monroe-Aquinas game with Dom Savino.

Two new teams debuted in the Top Ten this week.

Colonia (6-2) debuted at No. 9 on the strength of a three-win week, beating South Plainfield, South Brunswick and North Brunswick.

Calvary Christian (5-0) edged in at the tenth spot. Starting the season late – on Feburuary 5th – the Lady Lions have beaten Wardlaw-Hartridge, Piscataway Tech and Timothy Christian.

Below is the Week 3 Central Jersey Sports Radio girls’ basketball Top Ten:

No. 6 Colonia uses strong 4th quarter to power past Edison, 68-55

Edison won the GMC White Division title last year.

No. 6 Colonia has put itself in a position to win it this year.

In a GMC White Division battle Thursday night on Central Jersey Sports Radio – powered by Bellamy & Son Paving – the Patriots (5-1) doubled up the Eagles (3-4) in the final stanza, 26-13, to get past Edison 68-55.

The victory means Saturday afternoon’s meeting with St. Thomas Aquinas could determine the GMC White Division winner. They play in North Edison at 4 pm this Saturday, their only meeting of the season.

It was a tight one all the way, with just four lead changes, but no one led by more than six until the fourth quarter. Tied at 42-all after three, Colonia built its lead with defense and transition.

Listen to the entire game below.