Virgin Valley High senior pitcher Dillan Fuqua signed a letter of intent last week to continue his baseball career and education with Utah State Eastern. The two-year school is located in Price, Utah, and is affiliated with Utah State University in Logan.

Fuqua was a key cog in Virgin Valley’s recent run in postseason play that saw the Bulldogs advance to the semifinal game of the 3A South Regional tournament before being eliminated. The Bulldogs finished 19-10-1 overall on the season.

The right-hander won six and lost two for the Bulldogs this season while compiling an earned run average of 1.70 in 53.2 innings of work. He struck out 65 opposing batters.

Utah State Eastern is a member of the Scenic West Athletic Conference. The Eagles finished 23-29 overall this past season going 14-17 in SWAC play.

The Eagles will lose 14 players (sophomores) from this year’s squad which should give Fuqua a chance to compete for playing time on the mound next season.

Fuqua will be the second VVHS athlete to play at Utah State Eastern joining former Lady Bulldog soccer standout Abbie Barnum who was a forward on the Eagles squad this past season and will return for her sophomore season this fall.