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GCC salvages day

Softball: Vaqueros get one-run win in second half of doubleheader.

March 24, 2012|By Andrew Shortall
(CHERYL A. GUERRERO…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — It didn't matter how it happened, but the Glendale Community College softball team needed a win in the second half of its doubleheader with visiting San Diego Mesa.

The Vaqueros got the win in walk-off fashion, 5-4, in the second game Saturday — albeit with as little drama as possible, as three straight walks brought home the winning run.

Glendale Coach Dave "Hawk" Wilder didn't care how pretty it looked.

"[San Diego Mesa] wasn't really playing their [starters in the second game] until they got close to tying, so we had to win it," said Wilder, whose team fell to the Olympians in the opener, 13-1. "You can't let someone like that come into your home and beat you both games."

Glendale's Brandy Morin started the bottom of the seventh off with a slap single and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Carley Zabka. Two consecutive walks — one intentional — loaded the bases for Casey Nicodemus.

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"I had an aggressive mindset, but the pitcher was struggling a little bit, so I just had to be patient and wait for the right pitch to drive out," Nicodemus said.

It never came, as Nicodemus, who finished two for three with three runs batted in, watched three straight balls cross the plate and took a strike before coaxing the run-scoring walk.

"I guess it was my favorite [RBI] since it was the gam-winner, but other than that it was kind of anti-climactic," Nicodemus said.

Morin got the win in the circle for the Vaqueros (18-8) after surrendering five hits, two walks and three earned runs in the complete-game performance, which included eight strikeouts.

The victory helped ease Glendale's pain from being mercy-ruled in the opener.

"It was super, super important [to get the win]," Nicodemus said. "We had to split this game, it was important just for our morale to come back and win."

The Vaqueros struggled mightily at the plate in the first game, manufacturing just seven base runners with just four hits. They were unable to move runners over, batting .125 (one for eight) with runners in scoring position in the opener and .166 (two for 12) with runners on base.

It was the exact opposite for San Diego Mesa, which batted .500 with runners on base (eight for 16) and .615 (eight for 13) with runners in scoring position. The Olympians also got a helping hand from seven free passes Glendale issued in the circle.

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