Stone used his centrifugal force to score the game-winning run moments
after he advanced on a foul ball out to give Glendale (20-3, 11-2 in
conference) its second last at-bat victory this week.
With the Vaqueros trailing, 7-6, Jon Horwitz hit a grounder to second
with the bases loaded. Moorpark's John Day fielded the ball, but GCC's
Evan Shahak got into a rundown and afforded John Manuel and Stone to
I had to just keep running," said Stone, who finished with two hits
and two runs scored. I didn't want to be stuck at third base because I
was running on adrenaline. I couldn't say if I was tired."
It was the kind of victory which rarely occurred last year for the
Vaqueros, who used a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the 11th
inning from Ryan Noll on Tuesday to topple Oxnard College, 6-2.
Thursday's game was a paradox for the Vaqueros, whose four errors
helped Moorpark (5-17-1, 5-8 in conference) build a 6-0 lead in the
Then GCC awoke from its offensive slumber to tie the game at 6 in the
Moorpark hit the ball hard at us and we cracked," Glendale Coach Jon
Strauss said. But our players still had a chance to rebound. Stone has
got speed, and I just hoped he would keep running. It was a play that I
was going to take a chance on because I was sure he'd score."
GCC was bolstered by its bullpen Thursday. Josh Herman (2-0) earned
the win, and Ivan Lopez picked up his team-leading fifth save.
Vaquero starting pitcher Kevin Welch yielded seven runs, but only one
It seems like every game is nerve-wracking," Strauss said. We beat a
first-place team in Oxnard and then came back to beat a team like
Moorpark which had nothing to lose."