Sports column: Huskies pitcher provides support from homeDuluth Huskies pitcher Nathan Garza will have to continue to cheer for his teammates from the confines of his Texas home as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
By: Sarah Packingham, For the Budgeteer News
Duluth Huskies pitcher Nathan Garza will have to continue to cheer for his teammates from the confines of his Texas home as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
Sitting on the sidelines and returning home was not what Garza had in mind, especially as the season was going well for him and his teammates.
“My season was going really well, but my arm just didn’t cooperate,”
Garza, a relief pitcher, appeared in eight games before getting injured and picked up 9.1 innings of play. In those 9.1 innings, Garza gave up five hits, and allowed two runs. He struck out six batters and walked seven. He even picked up one win in relief. He finished his 2013 Huskies season with an earned run average of 1.92 and was on pace to have a better season than the one he had in 2012.
Garza joined the Huskies roster last season after being referred to Duluth by his college coaches at Oral Roberts University and signing a contract.
“I love Duluth (when the weather cooperates),“ he said. “And the organization is outstanding.”
Although he misses throwing a baseball, Garza said one of the most challenging aspects of being away from Duluth and the Huskies is the connection he was able to form with teammates in such a short amount of time.
“It was hard to leave because I had some really close friends on the team,” he said.
Garza and the other Huskies players use their summer in Duluth in hopes of working on their game and being able to take it to the next level, both with their respective colleges and maybe even someday professionally.
“My career goals are to make a College World Series with Oral Roberts,” Garza said. “Then I’d like to get a chance to play professionally.”
Although Garza may be out of Duluth for the rest of the season, he will continue to work to be better and stronger than before, so that when it’s time to get back in the lineup for Oral Roberts, it’ll be like he hasn’t skipped a beat.
The memories of being a Husky are ones which will stay with Garza for a lifetime.
“I loved playing in Duluth for two seasons,” Garza said. “If I could
go back, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Garza’s teammates are in action once again on July 14 against the Rochester Honkers. The first pitch is set for 5:05 p.m. at Duluth’s historic Wade Stadium.
Duluthian Sarah Packingham writes about sports for the Budgeteer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.