When you sit down and speak with Tyler Petsch, it’s apparent he loves pitching. The 20-year-old also makes it clear that he prefers warm weather.

The Galloway resident appears to have found his happy place at Barry University, the Miami-area school where the right-hander suits up as a pitcher on the Buccaneers baseball team. Since earning a spot on Barry’s roster as a walk-on freshman player in 2011, the 6’4” hurler has carved out a role on one of the top teams in collegiate baseball’s Division II tier.

“I really wanted to get out of New Jersey to play baseball,” Petsch explained. “I don’t like the idea of baseball in the gym in the fall and winter. I knew my key to success was to get into the warm weather and I thought it was in my best interest to go down south and play baseball.”

Petsch’s baseball roots are entrenched in Atlantic County.

Listen to Tyler Petsch on the South Jersey Sports Report:

He starred at Holy Spirit High School, emerging among the Cape-Atlantic League’s elite pitchers during his four-year varsity run from 2007-2010. Petsch also participated as a member of the Margate Green Wave, joining a longstanding tradition of local players in the Atlantic County Baseball League.

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