By Melissa McCaghren
Slaton High School senior Matt Vigil signed his letter of intent to play baseball at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo. Wednesday afternoon (May 5) in the library.
SHS Head Coach Dilon Chancellor read a letter from Lamar’s Coach Roberto Carrasco, about Vigil’s election to play with the school.
“We would like to congratulate you on your decision to join our family as you pursue your education and baseball career,” Carrasco wrote. “We generally start the season ranked in the 20 to 25 in the country and the NJCAA polls, and are very excited about the status of our program as we continue to strive for another (College) World Series appearance and the ultimate goal of a National Championship.”
Chancellor also spoke of his time with Vigil as his coach.
“Matt is a kid that has maintained good grades to help him earn a chance to play at the next level,” he said. “We would like to thank you as coaches for believing in us, trusting that through a plan and hard work your dream could become a reality.”
He also looked forward to Vigil’s future as a Runnin’ Lope (Antelopes).
“Matt is one of those guys that will grow tremendously with the commitment he is fixing to make,” he said.
“As coach of the Slaton baseball program, this is our goal – not only to strive to win championships but to help provide kids with an opportunity to continue their academic and athletic career through their hard work.”
Vigil plans on completing his associates in general studies while attending Lamar.
Vigil said he was thankful for the opportunity to play for Lamar and those who supported him.
“I’m thankful for all of our coaches, my family and everyone,” he said.
He also said Lamar was a perfect fit because, while in Colorado, it felt like Slaton. “Felt pretty tight, everyone was pretty cool there, coaches and everyone,” he said.
“They’ll get a leader, a hard worker and so on.”
Though they ended their series in Bi-District this past Saturday (May 8), Vigil said at the day of the signing he had a good career here and will miss playing for the Tigers. “It’ll be sad leaving here, but I’m just glad to go to the next level,” he said.