PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Port Chester baseball player Angel Manual Garcia has been selected as Port Chester High School/ Daily Voice Standout Student-Athlete this week.
The right-handed pitcher threw a complete game no hitter on Opening Day 2016 in a 3-1 win against Haldane High School.
Angel, in his second year at the varsity level, is making the transition from catcher/3rd basemen to pitcher and first base look easy as he quickly impressed the crowd on hand with his command of the strike zone as he struck out 12.
Angel whose parents hail from the Dominican Republic grew up a baseball fan. His uncle, Jaime Navarro, a former 12-year big leaguer, pitched for the Brewers and Cubs among others teams and was an inspiration for the young hurler.
In his spare time, Angels hangs out with friends and likes to watch baseball games with his mother, who is also an avid fan.
Garcia attributes his families love for baseball as his biggest influence. His cousins who he looks up to would often take him to the park to play catch and hit grounders to him.
When Angel isn’t playing baseball or watching it, he loved to eat Mexican food and in particular the sandwiches at Sin Dulce on Main Street in Port Chester.
The Rams have been improving with each outing this year, recently winning games against Gorton of Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Haldane, pushing their record in the early season to 4-0.
Angel attributes the early season success to the coaching staff of John Cafaldo, Eddie Martinez, Matthew Paz and Robert Thalheimer.
“The team is working harder than ever and the tough season last year, drives us to be better," he said.