June 25 - What a year it’s been for Jake DeLisi.
After playing a supporting role as Brentsville District won the Region 3B championship and advanced to the Class 3 state semifinals in 2018, DeLisi entered the offseason prior to his senior year uncommitted and without many college suitors.
A good showing last summer and fall on the showcase circuit while playing for the Marucci Stars travel program changed that, and over the winter he committed and then signed to play at Division II King University in Tennessee.
Fast forward to this spring, and DeLisi took on a larger role, teaming with junior Vince DiMauro to give coach Brian Knight a dominating 1-2 pitching punch as the Tigers repeated as region champions before falling, 5-4, to eventual champion Fluvanna County in the state semifinals. He went 8-2 with a 1.42 ERA and 84 strikeouts to only 18 walks in 59 innings while hitting .359 with 25 RBI, earning second-team All-Met honors by The Washington Post and was named a second-team all-state selection.
The versatile 5-foot-10, 165-pound shortstop and right-hander added to the accolades in his final game in a Brentsville uniform last night at the VHSCA All-Star Game at James Madison University. Playing left field, which could be his college position, DeLisi went 2-for-3 with an RBI and earned Most Valuable Player honors for the Blue team.
“It was a great experience and fun playing around other college athletes,” said DeLisi, whose team lost, 4-3, to the Red team. “It was an honor to win MVP against so many other great players.”
DeLisi’s performance highlighted a game that included six players from Northern Virginia schools. George Mason’s Jay Nesson and Potomac’s Josue Cumba also suited up for a Blue team that was coached by Potomac’s Mike Covington, while Madison’s Josh Gjormand, West Springfield’s David Giorgis and Chantilly’s Dylan Siesky played with the Red team.
Madison’s Matt Howat and Westfield’s Joe Clancy had initially accepted invitations to play in the annual game, but were unable to attend.
Photo of Brentsville District’s Jake DeLisi, at left, courtesy of VHSCA