12/17/2013 11:00 AM
Robbie Pettet, a junior infielder and pitcher, from Palm Beach Atlantic University, will stay in his backyard to play for the Palm Beach Blazers in the South Florida Collegiate Baseball this summer. Pettet, a West Palm Beach, FL native, is excited to take the field with the Blazers this summer. He was recruited by Palm Beach Atlantic University after going to the school’s fall showcase camp. The coach then called him to express his interest in Pettet playing for the team. He was designated as a preferred walk-on and was given a roster spot in the fall season of his freshman year. After his freshman year, he transferred to Snead State Community College for his sophomore year. This past fall he transferred back to Palm Beach Atlantic where he is now a scholarship paid student-athlete. He picked Palm Beach Atlantic because it is close to his hometown, has a competitive baseball program, an excellent biology program (his intended major), and a Christian environment.
This past summer, Pettet played for a team in the West Palm Beach Adult League and participated in the American Legion. He wanted to play in the South Florida Collegiate League to experience “competitive competition,” he said. The league also being located in his hometown made it a realistic summer baseball option for Pettet to partake in. He explained that the president of the SFCBL, Vince Farfaglia, explained the benefits of playing in the league, such as the competition, great facilities, and training options, which made the decision easier to make.
Pettet was homeschooled but played baseball at Wellington Christian High School in West Palm Beach, FL, where he was honorable mention for Palm Beach County. In addition, he was elected to the Dick Howzer All-Star game. This past season, at Snead State, he hit .375 and served as a utility infielder.
When Pettet is not on the diamond or in the classroom, he enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing, and camping.