Cypress (21-15) went 10-11 to take fourth place in the well-regarded Orange Empire Conference, while GCC won its last two games of the season against Bakersfield to claim the WSC South Division and earn a home playoff series in the process.
Cicuto said he's likely to start Ryan Sherriff, who threw a shutout on the road to defeat Bakersfield in the last week of the season to key GCC's push to the conference crown. Sherriff sports a 2.45 earned-run average and a 5-4 record.
"I think our pitching staff will keep us in the game," said Cicuto, who's relied on a stellar starting squad that also features Nick Woodward (4-1, 2.14 ERA) and John La (3-3, 2.29 ERA), as well as a lights-out bullpen, led by Michael Noteware (1.53 ERA, 41 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings).
Winners of eight of their last 10 and five of six at home, the Vaqueros (23-13) have been led offensively by the likes of Sako Chapjian (.310 average, 27 runs, 36 RBI, six home runs) and Sean Spear (.337 avg., 20 runs, 19 RBI, six triples).
As for Cypress, Cicuto admitted he didn't know much about this year's group, but was well aware of the history program, which has won four state titles under Coach Scott Pickler, one of the most highly regarded junior college coaches in the country.
"They're extremely well-coached. He's extremely well-respected," Cicuto said. "It'll be fun for us, it's be a challenge for us."
On the mound, Cypress is led by Connor Haddock, who sports a 2.90 ERA to go with a 6-4 record. At the dish, Cypress is averaging nearly seven runs a contest and has eight players with more than 25 starts hitting .300 or better.