Angel Rodriguez lifts Glendale Community College baseball

Baseball: Vaqueros get eight shutout innings from starter, eight hits at plate in crucial conference win over Cougars.

April 04, 2013|By Andrew Shortall,
  • Glendale Community College pitcher Angel Rodriguez threw eight shutout innings in a 6-1 win over College of the Canyons. He struck out six batters and allowed just six base runners on five hits and a walk.
Glendale Community College pitcher Angel Rodriguez… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

GLENDALE — Angel Rodriguez felt some extra pressure coming into the Glendale Community College baseball team’s critical contest with College of the Canyons Thursday at Stengel Field.

The Vaqueros starting pitcher didn’t mind the extra meaning on the Western State Conference South Division game, tossing eight shutout innings to lead his team to a 6-1 win that broke a four-game losing streak and kept it in first place.

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“Angel Rodriguez, that’s what happened,” GCC Coach Chris Cicuto said of his difference maker on the mound. “Angel’s effectiveness locating his fastball was his biggest ally as far as his pitching goes. … He could have thrown a BB threw a Cheerio with his command of the ball.”

Glendale college (18-9, 13-3 in conference) came into the day with a half-game lead in the division with the Cougars (16-12, 11-5) and Bakersfield (19-8, 11-4) nipping at its heels coming into Thursday.


While Cicuto stressed it was just another game with each being equally as important in a 24-game conference schedule, he had to admit Thursday’s win nice.

“Obviously, extending the lead on Canyons and hopefully staying one, maybe two in front of Bakersfield gives us a little more room to breath,” he said. “I thought we played an outstanding game and they’re a good ball club.”

Canyon had its 10-game conference winning streak — including an 11-5 win over the Vaqs on Tuesday — snapped.

Rodriguez was the perfect picture of composure. He struck out eight and allowed just six base runners on five hits and a walk in on the day.

“I feel like today was I can say a turnaround after a four-game losing streak,” said Rodriguez, who retired the side in order in the first, second, fifth and sixth innings. “It’s a good bounce-back, a good way to come back and move on from here and see what goes on.

“Luckily, I was able to pinpoint my fastball and had a chance to come back with a curveball, which gave me an advantage over the hitters.”

While Rodriguez’ performance all but assured a victory, Glendale’s offense also got back on track after uncharacteristically struggling in its losing streak, scoring just seven runs of the past four games.

The Vaqueros woke their bats up early with a four-hit, three-run first inning.

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