NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Chris Cictuo looked for a walk-off suicide squeeze bunt to win the game for his Glendale Community College baseball team Saturday.
Instead, the Vaqueros got a game-ending grand slam from Julian Jarrard in the bottom of the 10th inning of a 5-3 victory over San Diego Mesa in the first game of the best-of-three first-round series of the Southern California Regional Saturday at Stengel Field.
"His first one came at a great time," said Cicuto of Jarrard's first home run of the season, which silenced teammates who had been poking fun at him for being the only Vaquero in the starting lineup without a bomb. "The guys have been riding him a little bit and I think he showed he was due and just waiting for the right time."
Glendale Community College (26-10) will look to advance to the Southern California Super Regionals, as it needs to win one game against the Olympians (20-16) today. Play starts at Stengel at 11 a.m. with a second game, if GCC loses, taking place afterward.