HNT Baseball: Spotswood's Petosa signs for Felician
as seen in the Home News Tribune on 1/7/09
by Greg Tufaro
Spotswood High School senior Joe Petosa, one of the best hitters in Greater Middlesex Conference history, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Felician College.
Petosa will attend the Division II school on a partial academic and partial athletic package that amounts to a full scholarship, according to Spotswood coach Glenn Fredricks.
Owner of a 4.25 grade-point average, Petosa, a three-year starter, finished his junior campaign with 113 career hits, two shy of the school mark set by 2007 graduate Mike Hohmann.
Last year, Petosa batted .453 with 39 hits, nine doubles, a triple and three homers. He drove home 17 runs and scored 24 times. He struck out just twice all season.
"Joe has found a way through baseball to accomplish all the things he wanted to," Fredricks said. "Joe has the unique ability to motivate himself and be the best player he could be, which benefits everybody around him."
Petosa helped lead Spotswood to the 2007 GMC Tournament championship along with the New Jersey State Group II title and a #7 ranking statewide. He entered the Charger program as an infielder but unselfishly moved to the outfield to fill a void his freshman year.
"He realized he could best serve the program by making the adjustment to the outfield," Fredricks said. "Without hesitation he made the move and he's done everything we've asked since without looking back."