Cicuto, Spear draw big honors from CCCAA

Baseball: GCC coach, center fielder garner big accolades in aftermath of successful state ascension.

May 31, 2011|By Charles Rich,

GLENDALE — In the aftermath of its most successful season, a pair of prestigious accolades were bestowed upon the Glendale Community College baseball team.

The Vaqueros accomplished plenty throughout their benchmark season, which included winning the Western State Conference's Southern Division championship and advancing to the California Community College Athletic Assn. State Championships final round for the first time in the program's history.

Glendale college earned a pair of honors, as Coach Chris Cicuto was named the Southern California All-American Team's Coach of the Year and sophomore outfielder Sean Spear earned a spot on the All-Southern California Team.


The Vaqueros (29-16, 13-8 in the division) won their first division title since 2002 and sixth since 1980 before advancing through the regional and super regional rounds of the CCCAA postseason.

"It's super humbling and something I could never ask for," Cicuto said. "That honor came because I'm surrounded by good players and coaches.

"We have one of the best coaching staffs around and I'm grateful to have had players who did something special by getting all the way to state. Who knows when this will happen again?

"We all worked hard and we got a lot of compliments from the other coaches [during the postseason] saying how they liked what we did with the local guys."

Glendale began its surge around the middle of division competition. It captured the division championship on the final day of the regular season with an 8-2 win against Bakersfield College at Stengel Field.

The Vaqueros then lost the first game of their regional round against visiting Cypress before winning the next two games to advance to the super regional at Rio Hondo College. They swept their three contests in that round to move to state. GCC's season came to a close in the double-elimination tournament with a 7-3 loss to eventual-champion San Joaquin Delta on May 21 at Bakersfield College.

One of the players responsible for helping the Vaqueros go deep into the postseason was Spear, a center fielder who transferred to Glendale from USC.

Spear, who missed last season because of a reoccurring back injury, provided the Vaqueros with a steady bat in the middle of the lineup and rangy defense in center. He was a dual-enrolled student this season at Glendale college and USC.

Overall, Spear batted .355 (49-138) with four home runs and 28 runs batted in for the Vaqueros. He also collected five doubles and seven triples.

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