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Vaqueros stumble in state opener

Baseball: Glendale Community College commits eight errors in 21-9 opening-round loss against San Joaquin Delta on Friday.

May 21, 2011|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

BAKERSFIELD — At the onset of what would become a storybook season for the Glendale Community College baseball team, Coach Chris Cicuto admits not many, likely him included, predicted his Vaqueros would find their way to a first-ever state championships series.

But the Vaqueros made a memorable run, characterized by stellar pitching, versatile offense and dependable fielding, to end up in Bakersfield College on Friday afternoon in the opening game of the California Community College Athletic Assn. State Championships.

And at the onset of Friday's play, if Cicuto had been told his Vaqueros would put up nine runs against San Joaquin Delta College, he would've liked his chances and then some.

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"Nine runs, against this team, you'd think you'd at least be in the game, if not winning handily," he said.

Instead, the nine-run output for Glendale was merely a footnote when all was said and done, as eight errors told the majority of a devastating story for the Vaqueros, who stumbled to a disastrous 21-9 loss to the Mustangs, putting them a defeat away from elimination in the double-elimination series.

Glendale will face Santa Ana College, which lost to Ohlone College, 8-0, at 10 a.m. today in an elimination game, with Delta and Ohlone playing at 2 p.m. The loser of the 2 p.m. game will play the winner of the morning game roughly 45 minutes after the second game.

Glendale will clearly have to rebound if it's to continue its season past the 10 a.m. game.

"We haven't been playing that way, I don't know what happened," said GCC sophomore captain Erik Suarez. "It was embarrassing."

Glendale (28-15) allowed eight unearned runs to a Delta squad (32-11) that hardly needed help offensively, as it produced 16 hits. For the most part, though, the game, which was just 10 minutes shy of four hours, got ugly from the beginning, with the teams putting up some somber numbers that included 11 total errors, 13 total pitchers and 12 total walks.

"It was a very sloppy game, obviously," said Delta Coach Reed Peters. "We got a win, that's what we wanted out of it."

In a marathon of game full of gaudy numbers and rather unattractive play, it might well have been what did not happen in the top of the very first inning that set off an unforgiving chain of events for Glendale.

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