NORTHEAST GLENDALE — With control of its own destiny and championship proposition, Glendale Community College's baseball team rose to its opportunity in every imaginable facet of the game.
Supplemented by flawless defense, the Vaqueros were privy to yet another stellar pitching performance, while their offense was ignited by Sean Spear before visiting Bakersfield's hopes were doused by Sako Chapjian.
It all concluded with every member of the GCC ballclub celebrating upon the Stengel Field infield after a resounding 8-2 win over Bakersfield on Thursday afternoon bestowed the Vaqueros with their first Western State Conference South Division title since 2002.
"It's huge. I just really wanted to win it," said Chapjian, who blasted a seventh-inning grand slam over the left-field fence that brought the Vaqueros' lead from a precarious one-run advantage to a 7-2 benefit. "We knew we had the capability. It's just huge for the team."
While Chapjian's home run put the Vaqueros ahead for good, it was the dramatics of Spear that turned the game for GCC in the sixth when the sophomore tripled home a run for a 2-1 lead before scoring on a brilliant squeeze play from John Schwer to score what would stand as the game-winning run.