Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Iowa Western nabs Lansing senior

March 16, 2006

Lansing High senior Chris Wagner gave a verbal commitment last week to play baseball at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

A skilled all-around player, Wagner will fill a number of holes for the Reivers, who went 49-13 last year and placed third at the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.

"Chris will be able to help us in many facets of the game," IWCC coach Mark Rardin said in a statement. "He can play all spots of the infield, and we believe he could possibly even help us in the outfield. Another great tool is his ability to pitch. He has three pitches that he can throw for strikes and we are excited to see him possibly be a 'dual' guy for us. Getting a chance to talk with Chris as well, you can tell that he is a great character kid and we are looking forward to tracking his progress this spring and summer seasons. We are very happy with Chris' decision and we look forward to coaching him."

As a junior, Wagner hit .464 with an on-base percentage of .620. He had four doubles, five triples and two home runs. He also was Lansing's top pitcher with a 3-3 record, 2.03 earned run average and 46 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched.

Wagner is a two-time All-Kaw Valley League shortstop and was listed in Collegiate Baseball Magazine as a player to watch in the state of Kansas.

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