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Ryan Vice will be only three hours away from home, as he will pitch for Western Michigan University next year. Pictured is Vice on Senior Night this past spring season with Lincoln-Way Central. BURNS PHOTOGRAPHY
Steve Millar, Freelance Reporter
1:37 pm CDT August 6, 2018

Prior to his final two seasons at Lincoln-Way Central, Ryan Vice was a first baseman with a powerful bat who had never spent much time pitching.

That all changed in the summer before his junior year.

“People always told me I should pitch, because I’m tall [6-foot-4] and everything,” Vice said. “I wanted to give it a shot and gain experience.

“I went to a tryout for the Chicago Elite travel team and pitched. I was throwing 87 or 88 [miles per hour] right away and they were like ‘OK, you’re on the team.’”