NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Late in Thursday afternoon's Western State Conference South Division ballgame, Glendale Community College Coach Chris Cicuto was asked by one of his assistants if he could recall ever having won a one-run game despite having committed five errors.
Cicuto replied: "I don't know, but we're going to today."
And on a most unpredictable afternoon of baseball, Cicuto's prognostication came to fruition, as the Vaqueros, buoyed by a strong start on the mound from John La, a stellar relief appearance by Joe Stephan and a redeeming three-run home run from Sako Chapjian, defeated College of the Canyons, 5-4, at Stengel Field.
"We just stayed in the game," said Vaqueros catcher Erik Suarez of his team prevailing despite committing five errors and giving up four unearned runs. "We didn't let the errors get to us like we have in the past."
Down 1-0 with Crescenta Valley High product John Salas holding the Vaqueros at bay on offense, GCC (17-11, 8-7 in conference) erupted for four runs in the bottom of the fifth, with Suarez delivering a go-ahead double before Chapjian blasted a first-pitch offering over the fence in left-center field.