On Nov. 20, Point Boro senior Nicholas Guzzi signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and baseball careers at St. John’s University in Queens, NY, where he received a full-ride scholarship.
The desire to stay close to his family largely impacted the right-handed pitcher’s decision to commit to the Division I school and become a member of the Red Storm baseball team.
“It was more of a family decision for me because they’ve done a lot for me over the years,” Guzzi said. “And if I were to go somewhere really far away, they wouldn’t really be able to see me play so much, and I feel like they deserve to watch me play.”
His parents are thrilled that he is just a two-hour drive away, and more importantly, they’re glad that he’s happy with his decision.
“I know he thinks about us, but I think the main thing is, as long as he’s happy in what he’s doing and what his decision was to pick a school that was so close,” Darlene Guzzi, Nicholas’ mother said. “I’m glad he’s close, but he has to be happy too. We’re thrilled, we really are.”
As far as academics are concerned, Guzzi is considering a degree in sports management, where his leadership role on the field could certainly come into play.
“I feel like I’ve been a leader ever since I started playing baseball, not even just being the best player on the team,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re the best or worst, as long as you know how to lead a team and control the environment and control the pace of the game.”
During the 2019 season, Guzzi helped his team win major titles, including the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II Championship and the Ocean County Tournament Championship, where he received the MVP trophy.
Introduced to baseball at only 5 years old, he has been playing with most of his high school teammates since age 7 or 8. The team’s undeniable bond and commitment to the sport is demonstrated through their successes, and Guzzi is proud that Point Boro has become a “baseball school.”
“We’ve all been playing together and we’ve won championships together since we were kids, so we already know the feeling, it’s just doing it at a higher level.” Guzzi said. “[...] I feel like we’re a baseball school right now. We have so many talented guys from 1-9, and our bench. We have so much depth in everything, so I’m just excited to get the ball rolling.”
His time at Point Boro isn’t up yet, however, and there is still an opportunity for the Panthers to gain more major wins under their belt. No matter what goal Guzzi sets for himself in the 2020 spring season, Baseball Coach David Drew is confident in his ability to take the necessary steps to get there.
“He’s very focused,” Drew said. “He sets a goal, and he works and takes the steps to get there. He’s taken his steps to not only become a great baseball player but to become an even better man.”