Baseball: KJ Edson, the 2011 Star-News Player of the Year, to commit to the University of San Francisco.

KJ Eson, currently pitching at Glendale College and the 2011 Star-News Player of the Year, will commit to the University of San Francisco at a signing event Saturday in front of friends and family in Arcadia. Edson elevated the Apaches baseball program like no one else had done in nearly 25 years. He put Arcadia back on the Southland baseball map, leading the Apaches to the semifinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs, the school’s deepest run since going equally as far in 1987. Edson as a senior earned first-team All-CIF Southern Section honors after going 12-2 with a 1.07 ERA in 17 appearances, including 15 starts. He pitched eight complete games, four shutouts and struck out 89 in 98 1/3 innings. Edson started every playoff game for the Apaches (26-4), who for the second consecutive season finished the Pacific League with an unblemished record after pounding rival Crescenta Valley in the season finale.

Edson was the epitome of durability, and that was showcased throughout his senior season. When called upon, Edson delivered. He was the most sought after by us sportswriters after every game because of his strong insight to the game, and of course his awesome quotes. Win or lose, Edson always carried himself with grace and amazing poise, and we appreciated that very much. I’m happy to hear that Edson is moving on to play Division I baseball. Congrats.

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