Quiet bats quash Vaqs in opener

Baseball: Glendale Community College stifled by Cypress pitcher in first game of best-of-three playoff series.

May 06, 2011|By Gabriel Rizk,

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — After remaining a swing or two away from evening things up for most of the game and confident that the 7-1 final score doesn't quite tell the complete story of Friday afternoon's loss to Cypress College in the California Collegiate Athletic Assn. regional playoffs, the members of the Glendale Community College baseball team are ready to close the book on an underwhelming postseason opener.

The Vaqueros could never get much going against Cypress College pitcher Tommy Nance during what remained a pitchers' duel for eight compelling innings before, to cap off the frustrating afternoon, they surrendered five runs in the top of the ninth inning to scuttle their own chances of an 11th-hour rally.

"The great thing about baseball is there's always tomorrow," said Glendale left fielder Sean Spear, who had four of the Vaqueros' nine hits and drove in the team's only run on the day with a sixth-inning home run.


Tomorrow arrives at 11 a.m. today, when the Vaqueros (23-14) host the Chargers (22-15) in the second game of the best-of-three series. They'll need to win that game to force a third game, which would begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first, in order to keep their hopes of reaching the Super Regional Tournaments.

"You've got to win two," Glendale Coach Chris Cicuto said. "Nobody said in which particular order."

Despite its offensive woes — leaving nine runners aboard and going 0 for six with runners in scoring position over the first eight innings — Glendale stayed within striking distance all afternoon and trailed, 2-1, after eight innings.

Ryan Sherriff pitched into the top of the ninth for Glendale, but only recorded one out and allowed base hits to four of the first five batters he faced. A base hit up the middle by Anthony Razo that rolled just under the glove of shortstop Josh Canales scored two runs and ended Sherriff's outing.

"I thought we had a double-play ball at the end of the game," Cicuto said. "We didn't make a couple of plays we probably could have or should have made."

The first batter reliever Joe Stephen faced, Bradley Hartong, singled to left field to load the bases and Max Price then cleared them with a double that skipped along the left-field foul line all the way to the corner of the outfield.

Glendale News-Press Articles Glendale News-Press Articles