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Alumni Spotlight - Yvanna and Lawrence Chavez

Yvanna Chavez is from Thatcher, Arizona. She graduated from Thatcher High School in 2011. While in High School, she led the team to 3 state tournament appearances. After high school, she played softball at and graduated from Eastern Arizona College in 2013 with an associate degree in Biology. In her time at EAC she received All-America Scholar-Athlete and exemplary academic achievement awards for having a 3.77 GPA.

After EAC, she continued to play softball at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Her Senior season she finished the year with 66.2 innings pitched, threw 4 complete games, earned 6 wins and finished the year with a 4.10 era. Her last appearance on the mound for the Thunderwolves she threw a complete game shutout allowing only 4 hits.

She graduated from CSU-P in 2016 with a double bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. In 2016 she was accepted to The University of New Mexico’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program. In May 2020, she will graduate with her Doctorate degree as a Pharmacist. She will move back to the Gila Valley to work as a Community Pharmacist.

Her Husband Lawrence Chavez is from Estancia, New Mexico. He graduated from Estancia High School in 2011. While in high school, he pitched and won the 2011 State Championship game. After the game, he was approached by coach Chalmers who offered him a scholarship to Eastern Arizona College. He played baseball and graduated from Eastern Arizona College in 2013 with an associate degree in general studies. His sophomore year he led the Gila Monsters with a .351 batting average tallying 60 hits that season.

After EAC, he continued playing baseball at Colorado State University-Pueblo. He was on the 2015 team that ended with an overall record of 41-13, finishing 28-10 in conference making them the 2nd most winning team in school history and 1st in conference wins in school history. Chavez finished his senior season with a .323 batting average while leading the team with 14 doubles. He was also tabbed to the RMAC 2015 conference all-tournament team. Lawrence went on to graduate with his bachelor’s degree in Sociology/Criminology.

For the last 4 summers, he played independent professional baseball for the Great Bend Boom, Bakersfield Train Robbers and the Tucson Saguaros. In 4 years, he tallied a .309 average, 203 hits, 32 doubles, 6 triples, 15 homeruns, and a .477 on base percentage. In 2019 he received the Pecos League Pacific Division Offensive Player of the Year.

He is currently the Associate Head Baseball Coach at EAC and pursuing his master’s degree from NAU.