FARMINGTON — Two former Piedra Vista baseball stars had their names called in the 2014 MLB draft.
Kholeton Sanchez, a 2012 graduate, and 2011 graduate Dominic Moreno were selected on Saturday.
Sanchez was selected in the 32nd round as the 959th overall pick by the Los Angeles Angels. Moreno went in the 33rd round with the 1005th overall pick to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Sanchez, who just completed his sophomore year as a catcher at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, said he thought he had a chance to be taken, but as the rounds dwindled, he began thinking it wouldn't happen.
"It was the best feeling watching it pop up with my family," said Sanchez, who has committed to Texas Tech in Lubbock next season. "I kind of gave up hope, and then I got the call, and it made my day."
Moreno was taken by the Cardinals less than an hour after Sanchez.
"We all stay close," Sanchez said. "So as soon as I got drafted, he called me, and I called him when he did, too."
Moreno is currently in his junior season as pitcher for Texas Tech.
"Thank you to everybody for the support. A dream come true," Moreno said via Twitter.
If both players turn down their MLB offers, they'll get the chance to team up again next season with the Red Raiders and try to make the College World Series together.
"That would be a dream come true," Sanchez said.
Moreno and the Red Raiders moved one win away from the CWS this season with a 1-0 victory over the College of Charleston on Saturday.
PV head coach Mike McGaha said seeing two of his former players taken in the draft is a boost for everyone involved with the Panthers' program.
"I couldn't be prouder. It's becoming more and more realistic," McGaha said of local players getting drafted. "I think these guys have shown the kind of good character players we have here. They've always been quick to pass along the credit to anyone but themselves."