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Glendale Community College baseball gets extra-inning win

Baseball: Vaqueros move into first-place tie with 10th-inning comeback victory.

March 14, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com

GLENDALE — Three comebacks was plenty for the Glendale Community College baseball team through 10 innings.

Thus, when Max Fecske flared a fly ball to shallow left field, the Vaqueros, and more accurately third base coach Alex Kocol, were going for the win.

“As we came into [the 10th] inning, Coach [Chris Cicuto] gave us a talk and said we had to battle back,” said GCC freshman Mike McCallister, who reached base in the 10th with a one-out bunt single and was standing on third with the game tied and still one away. “As soon as I got back to the bag, coach Kocol said, ‘Go.’ Immediately, I just took off and I wasn’t stopping.”

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It was the right call and the right slide, as McCallister slid in safely across the outside of the plate, avoiding the tag and sending the Vaqueros into a delirium and first place in the Western State Conference South Division with an 8-7 win in the bottom of the 10th inning over L.A. Mission at Stengel Field.

“That was a bang-bang play, it doesn’t get much closer than that, I’m glad coach Kocol sent him. I want to go for the win there,” said Cicuto, whose team drew even with Bakersfield at 8-2 in the standings and upped its overall mark to 13-5 with its third consecutive victory. “That puts us in first.

“Obviously, we’re not thinking about championships right now, we’re just taking it one game at a time.”

On Thursday, the Vaqueros, the two-time defending conference champs, took it one comeback at a time.

Down, 3-0, in the bottom of the fifth, the Vaqueros took the lead when Austin Walker hit a one-out, bases-loaded double. Mission (8-10, 5-5 in conference) took the lead right back in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring single and a suicide squeeze.

Down, 5-4, in the bottom of the ninth, Fecske came up clutch for the first time, as the late substitution doubled with one away. After moving to third on a groundout, he came around to tie the game when a bullet hit by Edgar Montes was booted by the Mission second baseman.

“Even though it was an error, he hit the crap out of that ball,” Cicuto said.

But the error bug bit the Vaqueros right back in the top of the 10th, as Mission plated a pair of unearned runs to take a 7-5 advantage heading into the bottom of the stanza.

Walker came up big once more, though, leading off with a stand-up double.

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