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Eastern New Mexico signs VanZant

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An 86-mile an hour fastball from an “out-of-shape” Chris VanZant was enough to impress Eastern New Mexico University.

The 2000 Dayton High graduate signed a letter-of-intent to play with the Division II program where he will enter school as a junior. VanZant comes to Eastern New Mexico by way of Victor Valley Community College in Southern California.

VanZant is a utility player who can play first base and the outfield as well as pitch. Eastern New Mexico recruited VanZant as a first baseman and pitcher. VanZant said Eastern New Mexico has offered him a financial package that’s equivalent to half a scholarship.

VanZant, who attended Carson High before heading to Dayton for his senior year, was an all-conference second team performer at Dayton and was an all-conference performer at Victor Valley as well.

During a recent workout with Eastern New Mexico, his fastball was clocked at 86 mph.

“I’m pretty much out of shape right now,” VanZant said. “I thought that was pretty awesome.”

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When asked if he can increase the velocity of his fastball, VanZant said, “Easily. Once I get all my mechanics and my arm in shape, I’m pretty sure I’m going to hit 89.”

VanZant said he’s determined to earn a starting spot at Eastern New Mexico.

“I’ll be one of the hardest workers on the team,” VanZant said. “No matter what, I’m going to earn a spot.”

Eastern New Mexico plays in the Lone Star Conference. “It’s a great baseball program,” said VanZant, who plans to major in business administration. “It’s a really tough conference. The caliber of play has gotten really, really good.”

VanZant was recruited by many Division II and III schools, including Cal Lutheran.