Baseball: Piedra Vista and Farmington standouts latch on to college programs
FARMINGTON — The spring signing season was good to products of Piedra Vista High School baseball coach Mike McGaha. Now, halfway through the summer, players associated with McGaha are still finding places to play college ball.
Last week, recent Farmington High graduate Chris Moore and 2013 PV grad Nate Dominguez committed to college programs.
Moore, an infielder and pitcher, will walk-on to play at Trinidad Junior College, while Dominguez will transfer to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dominguez just finished his sophomore season at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colo., where he spent two seasons in the Runnin' Lopes' bullpen.
After suffering a broken finger three weeks into the baseball season, Moore has resurfaced as one of the top veteran contributors to the 4-Corners Clubsox this summer, a team hopeful of hosting the Connie Mack World Series.
Moore said the season-shortening injury definitely contributed to his lack of scholarship offers.
"I didn't even know if I'd be playing summer ball because of my injury," Moore said. "So a few months back, I definitely wasn't expecting much as far as colleges."
Moore will walk-on to play the infield and possibly pitch for the Trinidad Trojans, who are fresh off a second straight Region 9 championship-winning season. Located in Alamosa, Colo., the Trojans play ball in the Empire Conference.
According to Moore, all of the Trojans' scholarship money for this year has been allocated, but he expects to receive a scholarship from Trinidad this spring.
Though he didn't coach Moore in high school, McGaha has spent time around the former Scorpion during the past few summers and thinks very highly of him.
"It has been a pleasure to be able to help such a hard working kid that was injured most of the high school season," McGaha said via email on Sunday. "(Trinidad) coach (Matthew) Torrez is getting a good kid from a good family that we expect will become a great teammate at Trinidad."
Dominguez started for PV against St. Pius in the 2013 state title game, and he's been one of the most dependable relievers for Lamar the past two seasons.
Through 41.2 career innings pitched, Dominguez has struck out 40 batters and has compiled five saves, four wins and a 4.37 career earned run average. In 2015, he registered a sterling 2.71 ERA.
"Nate was one of the players in our program that we referred to as 'program kids,'" McGaha said of Dominguez. "This means to us that they just work so hard that even though their skill set is not that much different than most kids, they just impose their will by working harder, playing harder and playing the game the right way."
The UTPB Falcons - Dominguez's new squad - finished 30-15 last year while playing in the Heartland Conference in Odessa, Texas. McGaha said he thinks the Falcons will see a return on their new investment right away.
"The University of Texas Permian Basin is getting a great team guy that understands his tools and gets the most out of himself," he said. "I am extremely blessed to have another Panther move on and have the opportunity to finish his education using baseball as his vehicle."