Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Pitcher Is Happiest On Mound.(Journal North)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

Horseman's Arm a Force To Be Reckoned With

Back when Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan was in his prime, some major-league batters were rumored to come down with "Ryan Express-itis" the day the Texas fireballer took the mound, thus forcing their managers to find replacements to serve as sacrificial lambs to Ryan's vaunted fastball.

While it's doubtful anyone will mistake southpaw Jerrid Garcia for Ryan, let alone decide to take the day off when he toes the rubber, the St. Michael's junior pitcher is drawing rave reviews from peers and opposing coaches.

"Anytime you face a pitcher like that, you're going to have problems," Raton coach Michael Marez said last week after his club dropped a tough 4-2 decision to Garcia. …

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