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175, Age 19, Freshman
High School, La Mesa, Calif.
El Cajon, Calif.
2003: The Comets' starting
shortstop since Day One and finished the regular
season with a .343 overall batting average (.385
in Pacific Coast Conference play) while playing
steady and often-spectacular defense. ... An
All-Pacific Coast Conference first-team
selection. ... A big reason Palomar won its
fourth conference title in six years. ...
Including the postseason, batted .335 with 19
doubles to lead the team and conference. ... Was
third in the State in doubles. ... Slugged a
two-run home run as part of a 7-run sixth inning
that lifted the Comets to a 16-14 victory over
Cochise Community College of Douglas, Ariz., on
Feb. 1. ... Went 2-for-4 vs. Long Beach City
College on Feb. 8. ... Was 2-for-5 vs. Golden
West on Feb. 20, singling and doubling in the
Comets' 11-run eighth inning. ... Gave the Comets
4-1 lead over Southwestern in the teams' Pacific
Coast Conference opener Feb. 22 with a two-run
single in a game the Jaguars eventually won, 5-4.
... Helped spark the Comets to their first
conference win, 15-5 over Imperial Valley on Feb.
27 with a sacrifice fly, a sacrifice bunt, 2 RBIs
and by turning a pair of double plays. ... Went
3-for-4 with a double in a 6-3, 10-inning victory
vs. Southwestern on March 6. ... Made a pair of
spectacular defensive plays to help the Comets
beat defending conference champion Grossmont on
the road on March 11, including one in the bottom
of the ninth inning when he dove to his left to
make a horizontal diving catch to rob the
Griffins' Frank Lopez of a hit, then jumped to
his feet to gun the ball across the field to
first baseman Brian Robinson to double the runner
off first. ... Went 2-for-5 with a double in the
Comets' 11-10, 10-inning victory over Grossmont
on March 13. ... Doubled in all 4 of Palomar's
games for the week ending March 22, helping the
Comets go 4-0 for the week to stretch their lead
over second-place San Diego Mesa to 3 1/2 games.
... Went 3-for-5 with a double in a 7-3 win on
the road against Mesa on March 26. ... Was
4-for-5 vs. San Diego City College on March 29.
... Went 3-for-4 with a double on April 3 as the
Comets beat Southwestern 12-9 to open up a 4-game
lead in the conference race. ... Went 2-for-3
with a double and an RBI in an 8-3 win over
Glendale on April 16. ... Made two spectacular
defensive plays as the Comets won two of three
games against the Vaqueros, the team that
eliminated them from the 2002 State Community
College Tournament's Southern California
Regionals. ... Went 6-for-10 during the
next-to-last week of the regular season. Was
3-for-6 as the Comets clinched the conference
championship with an 18-5 road victory over San
Diego Mesa on April 24. Came back April 26 to go
3-for-4 with his 17th double in a 12-4 win over
the Olympians and was selected Pacific
Coast Conference Athlete of the Week for all
sports for the week. ... Went 2-for-4 and drove
in two runs in the Comets' regular-season finale,
a 12-0 victory over San Diego City College on May
outstanding defense for four straight games in
the Southern California Regionals. ... Went
3-for-4, doubled, scored 3 runs and stole a base
as the Comets opened Regional lay with an 13-8
victory over East Los Angeles on May 9.
for coach Rob Phillips at Grossmont High School.
... A Grossmont League Northern Division
first-team selection as a sophomore, junior and
senior, helping lead the Foothillers to the
CIF-San Diego Section Division II championship as
a junior and to the Grossmont League South title
as a senior. ... Two-time All-CIF selection,
Grossmont team captain as a senior, Coaches Award
winner as a junior and Golden Glove award winner
his senior year. ... Member of East County
All-Star team as a senior. ... Batted .385 as a
senior with four home runs, 35 RBIs, 40 runs
scored and 24 stolen bases. . Batted .364 with 2
homers, 19 runs scored, 22 RBIs and 10 steals as
a junior. ... Was Grossmont North Rookie of the
Year as a sophomore, when he batted .376 with two
homers, 29 runs scored and 20 RBIs. ... Also
played varsity soccer for Grossmont as a
freshman, sophomore and junior. ... Was
first-team all-league in soccer as a junior.
PERSONAL: Born Feb. 13, 1984 in
San Diego. ... Son of Linda and Rick Garcia. ...
Has two sisters, Kimberly (20) and Ashleigh (15).
... His father played for Grossmont College and
on the pro level in Mexico and is Grossmont High
School varsity softball coach.
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