GLENDALE — With a late-season surge, the Glendale Community College baseball team rose to the top of the Western State Conference South Division and stayed there, winning the program's first conference title since 2002.
Clinching the crown amid a crowded four-team race on the very last day of the regular season, the Vaqueros thrived on lights-out pitching, clutch offense and steady fielding, all of which was recognized in the recently released All-Western State Conference South voting.
A total of four Glendale players earned first-team nods, highlighted by the unanimous selection of sophomore outfielder Sean Spear.
"I was really honored and very excited when I got the award," said Spear, who batted a fifth-best .382 in conference with two home runs, 16 runs batted in, 14 runs scored and four doubles, while leading the conference with a .706 slugging percentage and six triples. "I think the reason I kind of stood out was because of my hitting all year. I had a really good year at the plate."