Cory Clevenger of Anchorage signs with East Central U.

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Jun 15, 2013

After dedicating most of his life to baseball, the game will finally pay back Cory Clevenger of Anchorage.

The all-star slugger has signed his letter of intent with East Central University, a NCAA D2 school in Ada, Okla. He will play third, hit in the middle of the order and major in business management.

“It feels good to start making money at the game, even though it’s not money I can put in my pocket,” he said. “It’s paying for school almost. I was always trying to get schooling out of baseball.”

Clevenger, of Dimond Post 21 fame, will receive a scholarship that will cover about 70 percent of his tuition, room and books.

The 5-foot-10, 190-pound infielder hit a career-best .374 in 35 games this year with College of the Desert in California. 

Clevenger picked East Central over offers from several D2 and NAIA schools.

“It just seemed like I fit in,” he said. “I talk to this coach on the phone at least twice a week. I’ve gotten to know him and he’s gotten to know me. I’ve gotten to learn about the program a little bit.” 

He was told that he would bat in the middle of the order and play third base.

He said he would try to emulate the player he was in junior college.

“Just keep the confidence going; act like the man, even if you’re not,” he said with a laugh.

Clevenger is a rarity for Alaska, a state widely known for producing pitchers, not hitters.

But he’s working to change that perception.

“I will keep representing the state the best I can and see where it takes me,” Clevenger said.