Cory Popham and KJ Edson came to the Glendale Community College baseball team in hopes of eventually working their way to the NCAA Division I level.
Both pitchers didn't take straight routes to GCC, though. Popham transferred from Occidental College and Edson was originally committed to play for the University of La Verne before switching to GCC about two weeks before the school year.
Popham and Edson realized their Division-I dreams, as Popham signed his national letter of intent to play for the University of Pacific next year and Edson did the same for the University of San Francisco.
While both right-handed pitchers only had a year with the Vaqueros, they left an impression by guiding Glendale to the championship round of the California Community College Assn. Super Regional tournament at Orange Coast College.
"I came to Glendale and my goal was to play on a winning team for a good coach," Popham said. "I wasn't sure how it was going to work out or how good it was going to be, but it was everything I could ask for. It was great and I am kind of bummed I was only there for a year."