Unfortunately, his defense wasn't up to par.
Despite pitching a complete game, Garcia committed three errors on the mound, resulting in two unearned runs, as the Panthers fell to visiting El Monte High, 3-2, in the Mission Valley League season opener.
Garcia (0-1) finished the game with three strikeouts against two walks as he finessed his way from batter to batter, much to the delight of his coach, Mike Salgado.
"(Garcia's) not a power guy, but he has a lot of movement on his ball," Salgado said. "His location was good. His breaking ball was also really good. Keeping batters off guard is key for a pitcher."
Garcia was also very economical on the mound, throwing just 90 pitches.
"That's very good for a high school kid," Salgado said.
El Monte (3-1 overall, 1-0 in league) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third, thanks to a walk, a sacrifice bunt, a fielding error by Garcia and a two-out RBI single by Lion pitcher Daniel Farfan.
Rosemead (0-6, 0-1) tied it up in the bottom of the fourth. Second baseman Paul Cruz led off with a double, moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a wild pitch from Farfan.
But the Lions took the lead for good in the top of the sixth with a walk, a single and some wild throwing by the Panthers.