From the moment he got to Concordia College for a visit in September, Highland senior Frank Angeloni Jr. knew it was where he wanted to continue both his education and his baseball career.
On Wednesday afternoon, inside Highland's library and media center, Angeloni donned a Concordia baseball cap as he signed a national letter of intent to attend and play ball at the small Bronxville, NY, school.
"The players are going to be good to play with," Angeloni, a product of Blackwood Kiwanis Little League, said. "They're good guys."
Angeloni, who got a chance to practice with the team during his overnight September visit, also pointed to Concordia head baseball coach Craig Everett as one of the top reasons he wanted to be a Clipper.
A pitcher and outfielder, Angeloni hit .414 and drove in 18 runs during his junior season at Highland. He went 4-2 as a pitcher, with a 3.12 ERA.
Concordia competes at the NCAA Division II level, playing out of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC).
Interestingly, Frank Angeloni Sr. is head baseball coach at Philadelphia's University of the Sciences, which also competes in the CACC.
In addition to Angeloni's comfort with his future teammates and coach, Concordia's size was a factor in his family's decision, too. The school's undergraduate enrollment is about 800 students—less than the 1,150 or so who attend Highland.
"You're not going to be a number. You're going to be a name," Angeloni Sr. said to his son, referring to the school's small size.
Angeloni will attend the school on a baseball scholarship that will pay a little less than three-quarters of the $26,000 per year tuition.
Jennifer Angeloni is "thrilled" for and "proud" of her son for earning the scholarship.
Highland head baseball coach DJ Gore is happy for his senior pitcher.
"He's a fantastic kid. He works extremely hard. He's a baseball player year-round," he said. "It's just great to see him get a chance to play after he leaves here."