Edison's Dale Thayer threw 137 pitches to get the Chargers past Villa Park, 4-2, in the first round of the Southern Section Division II baseball playoffs Friday at Villa Park.
Edison (19-8), runner-up in the Sunset League, knocked out the Century League co-champions because of Thayer's gritty performance, a first-inning home run by catcher Tony Cappuccilli and a seventh-inning sacrifice fly by Ryan Stemmer. The Chargers move to Tuesday's second round against Chino Don Lugo. Villa Park finished 16-10.
Despite issuing seven walks and never having a 1-2-3 inning, Thayer (8-3) gave up only three hits. He helped his own cause by picking off two Villa Park runners and striking out eight, including Spartan designated hitter Spencer Grace to end the game.
Last season, Edison lost to El Segundo in the second round.
"The players from last year remembered that playoff loss, and it has [inspired] us this year," said Thayer, a senior right-hander. "I knew I threw a lot of pitches today, but I planned to pitch the whole game. It was mine to win."