BLOOMFIELD — After playing key roles in the success of the Bloomfield High baseball program, Chris Garcia and Donny Trujillo both committed on Monday to continue their playing careers at Luna Community College.
Located in Las Vegas, N.M., the college competes in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference and finished the 2015 season with an 8-12 record.
"I'm proud of both of them," Bloomfield head coach Frank DeHoyos said. "The biggest thing was just watching them grow into young men. They both hit some bumps in the road. Just being kids and turning into men, they've grown a lot."
Garcia will join the Rough Riders as an experienced catcher, starting all four years behind the plate for BHS, but he said it's possible he will move to third base to fill a team need.
Trujillo will try to work his way onto the mound for LCC but could also find himself playing in the outfield.
"They're getting a kid who works his tail off. That's the best part of Donny Trujillo," DeHoyos said. "He's the first to the park and the last to leave. He's going to work from sunup to sundown. When I talked to coach (Antonio) Siqueiros, I just told him to give (Trujillo) a chance. (The LCC coaching staff) are going to have to chase him off the field."
DeHoyos said Garcia has taken great strides toward becoming a better player in the time he has been in Bloomfield's program.
"Chris has been a great kid for us," the coach said. "Four years he's been starting for us behind the plate, just busting his butt. He has really learned the game of baseball and is starting to grow and mature as a player. He's going to be good. He's a little bit of a diamond in the rough."
The decision to join the Rough Riders was an easy one for Trujillo, who said the program was the only one that gave him a chance to keep playing.
Garcia said the coaching staff and players he met on his visit were a big part of his decision to join the Rough Riders. And having Trujillo there with him will be a nice bonus.
"It's going to help tremendously," Garcia said. "We are actually going to be able to do things together, and I'm not going to go down there by myself. I'm going to have a brother there. With him there, it will be a lot easier to be out there and live away from home."
Trujillo intends to major in business management, and Garcia plans to initially take general studies classes, with the hopes of eventually studying to be a physical therapist.
Both Garcia and Trujillo said they want to bring the leadership skills and work ethic they learned at Bloomfield to their new school.
"I just want to give it my all," Trujillo said. "Coach DeHoyos always told us to work hard and try our best, and that's what I'm going to try to do."