MOSES LAKE — Zach Valdez is having quite the week.
First, he celebrated Moses Lake’s first state baseball championship in 38 years last Saturday.
“It’s been a pretty crazy week,” Valdez said. “It’s still kind of trying to sink in, but it’s unbelievable how we came this far our last season as seniors that we accomplished the goal that we’ve had since we were nine or 10 years old so it’s been pretty crazy.”
Before he attends graduation this Saturday he squeezed in one more seminal moment, signing a national letter of intent to play baseball for Big Bend Community College.
“I was pretty excited,” Valdez said. “It has always been my dream to play college baseball and to make this decision it just means a lot to me and I’m ready to continue playing the game that I love.”
Valdez has played under current Big Bend head coach Jameson Lange with the Central Washington Spuds program and will be coached by Big Bend assistant Steve Keller this summer.
“Jamo’s been looking at me for a couple seasons now, ever since freshman year is what he’s told me, and that he really loves the way I play and my coach for summer ball is also an assistant coach there now so he’s been helping me with most of my recruiting and he’s just been very helpful and just pushing me to be the best player I can be and I just wanted to stay and work with him some more,” Valdez said.
Valdez was a steady infielder for the Chiefs and will join teammate Evan McLean with the Vikings next year.
“I think I bring a pretty good defensive part of the game,” Valdez said. I also have been working on my hitting a lot and so I feel like I can contribute to making them get to where they want to be and make the NWAC Tournament and see what we can do.”
Big Bend finished fourth in the NWAC East this season.
Valdez is excited to stay home for school so his family can attend the majority of his games.
“I think it’s awesome that I’m still staying here at home playing now that a lot more family can come and watch me when I’m here. I just love when my family comes out and supports me.”