(Editor’s note: This story originally appeared last fall in a digital edition of South Jersey Glory Days. Arcadia University has begin preparing for its 2023 season, which opens at home on Feb. 23 vs. Ursinus College. Logan Petty was the Championship Series MVP last summer in the South Jersey South Shore Baseball League, leading the South Jersey Surf to their second straight title.)

By CAMERON CARMEN
Correspondent
Sports fans always hear about first-round picks in the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, but what about the rest of the family? In 2021, Mainland Regional star pitcher Chase Petty was drafted in the first round by the Minnesota Twins after an illustrious high school career with the Mustangs that brought him national notoriety.
Part of the reason that Chase became such a good baseball player is because of his older brother, Logan, himself a star first baseman during his days as a Mustang. Logan is Chase’s older brother by two years, and at 21 years old Logan committed this past summer to Arcadia University for the spring 2023 season.
After a few seasons with the Atlantic Cape Community College Buccaneers, Logan battled injury and a covid season, but with plenty of work with Baseball Performance Center in Pleasantville, hitting the gym and a tremendous summer ball playoff run in the South Jersey South Shore Baseball League, he impressed the coaching staff at Arcadia and is hoping to help the Knights get the championship they were so close to last year.
This summer, Petty was a huge part of the South Jersey Surf repeating as champion in the SJSSBL, a league in its second year of existence that showcases top high school and collegiate talent in South Jersey. For the second straight year, the Surf took down the Buena Blue Dawgs in the best-of-5 championship series and it was thanks in no small part to Petty. The Championship Series MVP, all Petty did was hit .692 (9-for-13) in four games with a single, four doubles, a triple, three home runs and a whopping 10 RBIs as the Surf won the series three-games-to-one.
Petty “carried the team with his bat,” said Surf coach Jeff Ball, who also is an assistant at ACCC under Rod Velardi.
This South Jersey South Shore Baseball League playoffs linked Petty to Arcadia. A few of Petty’s teammates on the Surf play for Arcadia and they put in a good word to the Knights’ coaching staff.
“I have a couple kids on my team from Arcadia and they said ‘hey, we are going to talk to the coach at arcadia for you.’ Time passed and I was invited to a visit and saw all the facilities and the campus, and I fell in love with it. They are coming off an amazing season, so now we are looking to get further,” Petty said.
Arcadia, an NCAA Division 3 school in Pennsylvania, went 40-9 last year — including a 19-2 mark in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Division.
At Arcadia, Petty will be joining longtime childhood friend Hunter Sibley, a former player at Millville High. Petty spent his youth days in Millville before moving to the Mainland Regional school district. It was during that time when the Petty brothers starting making a name for themselves in youth baseball.
“I’m always going to cherish the moments we had playing sports together,” Logan said. “Not too many people can play competitive sports with their siblings.”
They didn’t have too many competitions like home run derbys or who can run the bases the fastest, Logan said, but when the season came closing in the two would always go to the local fields and return to the basics to fine-tune the little things. Logan credits his many coaches and how much they helped, but none more than the guys at Baseball Performance Center, which is run by former professional players Mike Adams (Holy Spirit) and Ed Charlton (St. Augustine Prep). He has been going to BPC for about five years with Chase and has the highest praise for them, saying, “I can’t put into words how they have developed me as a ball player, and a person, especially.”
During his time at BPC his swing has improved tremendously, he said, and he doesn’t let it go unknown that BPC had a lot to do with that. They’ve also helped with his mental approach as he’s come back from some tough injuries. Logan had two hernias in his stomach that required season-ending surgery one year apart from each other. Coming back from one injury is hard enough, coming back and then getting set back again for the same injury can be extremely frustrating. But Logan kept an upbeat attitude, and he said that was his No. 1 priority.
“The big thing for me was ‘don’t give up, it’s only going to put you back a few weeks.’ I had to understand it was just a minor setback. I thought that this injury was going to be the end of me for baseball, but I talked to my parents and talked to my brothers and they all said it’s a small setback and you’re going to get back on it,” he said.
Coach Ball is not short of words when praising Logan’s good attitude, baseball IQ and his performance during this SJSSBL championship series. Said Ball, “he’s fun, jovial and just a good person to be around, but when he gets on the field he’s strictly business.”
It’s clear that Logan Petty is all business now. He parlayed a solid junior college career into an opportunity at Arcadia, and after suffering through two seasons lost to injury and another to covid, Petty said he’s looking forward to carrying his summer success over to the Knights.