Sinicropi’s hard work pays off

Edison senior joining Kent State baseball program

KENT BOUND — Edison’s Anthony Sinicropi signed his letter of intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at Kent State University Thursday inside the Edison High School gymnasium. With Anthony are, from left, front, Edison Athletic Director JoAnn Stagani, parents Amy and Mario Sinicropi and Principal Matt Morrison; back, baseball assistant Nick Howell, baseball coach Mike Collopy, family friend Steve Hawkins and football coach Shane O’Brien. -- Andrew Grimm

RICHMOND — Anthony Sinicropi knew from the first visit he wanted to go to Kent State.

Inside the Edison High School gymnasium on Thursday, the senior and multi-sport standout made it official by signing his letter of intent to play baseball for the Golden Flashes.

“It just felt comfortable there ever since the first time I visited,” he said. “The coaches there made me feel comfortable. The players there made me feel comfortable, as well.”

Sinicropi, a center fielder and pitcher for the Wildcats, will play in the outfield for the Golden Flashes.

“It means a lot. It’s going to be challenging,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity to see some really good baseball. I’m really looking forward to it.”

He finished 2018 with 18 hits, 19 runs, 11 stolen bases and 10 RBIs, while going 4-0 with a 1.40 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 30 innings of work on the mound.

His work on the mound will be important for Edison this season, as former teammate Tristan Haught went on to Wright State University this season, giving Edison NCAA Division I products in back-to-back years.

“Tristan is a great player. Some of names in the past here (that have went on to college teams) are great players,” Sinicropi said. “It means a lot to be considered with some of those names.”

Sinicropi adding to the tradition of guys going to the next level is something veteran Edison coach Mike Collopy is very happy to see.

“We have some good players out here,” he said. “I know we’re a little off the beaten path, but we have good guys that come through here, and Anthony is one of them. We normally send guys off to college every year. This is a dream come true as a coach to see a kid that has worked his butt off since he was a little kid get an opportunity to play at that level.”

He couldn’t be happier for Sinicropi, who just finished his basketball career for the Wildcats and was the starting quarterback of the football team this past fall.

“Anthony is an incredible young man that is an extremely hard worker,” Collopy said. “He has such a skill set that someone his age usually doesn’t have and doesn’t acquire until later in life. He’s got high character, he’s got good baseball skill and he’s a good student. I’m just very happy for him and his family. He comes from a great family, so you don’t have to look very far to see where he gets it from.”

Collopy also has noticed its not just Edison sending players to Division I baseball programs.

“Our valley has always been a strong area for baseball,” he said. “We’ve always had guys that can play. It’s nice to see a lot of guys from the area getting an opportunity to go to a higher level.”

Sinicropi is thankful for his time at Edison and can’t wait to get the season started.

“It’s been a blast. Coach Collopy has helped me so much along the way,” he said. “My teammates and the assistant coaches have helped me a lot throughout my four years here. I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me. I’m really looking forward to this season. I think we have an opportunity to do some special things as a team.”

He noted Rich Donnelly has been working with him during the summer.

(Grimm can be reached at agrimm@heraldstaronline.com)