That was hardly the case on Friday, though, and fielding was the chief reason that they will be playing at 10 a.m. in a losers-bracket elimination game.
"Errors, at this level, guys will expose you," Cicuto said.
And eight errors were more than enough to bury the Vaqueros under the weight of an insurmountable lead. GCC gave up eight unearned runs, including six of the first seven, as it fell behind, 7-0, in the fourth inning.
"We capitalized," said Delta Coach Reed Peters, whose team was the No. 1 seed out of Northern California playing Southern California No. 2 GCC.
Oddly enough perhaps, Glendale actually showed off some better-than-average fielding, too, as Chris Stroh showcased some stellar range in left field, the Vaqueros picked off a Mustangs runner and catcher Erik Suarez had three assists, throwing out two would-be base stealers and throwing out a runner trying to take an extra base on a relay throw.
However, for the most part, the ripple effect for the Vaqueros was a bad one.
"It kinda snowballed on us a little bit," said Cicuto, whose team allowed multiple runs in every inning from the third to the last.
Using six relief pitchers — many of them having thrown sparse innings in recent games — the Vaqueros walked five batters in relief and hit three more.
Vaqueros fielders committed errors in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings via more than half their starters.
"When you have an error that gets guys on base, guys get tight and then you get more errors," GCC first baseman Ellis Whitman said.
Though slowed at the start, the Vaqueros' offense was one positive as, though it came too late, it came steadily with them scoring multiple runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings.
"Offensively, I thought we did a really good job," Cicuto said.
And though the team's performance in the field was uncharacteristic, the fight it displayed in trying to come back even when behind by a large deficit has been a characteristic showcased through the postseason.
If the Vaqueros are to fend off elimination and fight into Sunday's championship game, more than likely, it's a characteristic they'll have to show in a big way today.
"We've had a lot of things go our way and we knew eventually they wouldn't," Whitman said. "We just gotta come back [today] and battle through that."
In Cicuto's mind, there is simply no other recourse.
"We'll definitely bounce back," he said. "We're obviously down, but this is baseball — you bounce back. That's the only choice we have."