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Glendale Community College baseball sweeps Grossmont in regionals

Baseball: For third year in a row, Vaqueros move on to super regionals after 8-5 win over Griffins.

May 04, 2013|By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com
  • Glendale College players celebrate a win over Grossmont College in the the California Community College Athletic Assn. Baseball Southern Regional Championship at Stengel Field.
Glendale College players celebrate a win over Grossmont… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

GLENDALE — With a spectacular leap and a splendid snare, Glendale Community College second baseman Sergio Plasencia provided an exclamation point to the conclusion of Saturday afternoon’s California Community College Athletics Assn. Southern California Baseball Regional.

And with a flash of Plasencia’s golden glove, he secured victory and a third consecutive season of advancement to the super regionals.

PHOTOS: Glendale College baseball vs. Grossmont

Bolstered by five innings of shutout relief from the combination of Michael Robinson, Jason Kim and Keaton Leach, Glendale swept Grossmont, winning, 8-5, on Saturday to take the best-of-three regional in two straight games at Stengel Field.

“That was awesome,” said Vaqueros Coach Chris Cicuto of the victory. “They wanted to close it out. I think the mentality of closing was there.”

It was Leach who came on as the closer, earning his first save of the season. He gave up a one-out infield single and looked to have given up perhaps another base hit before Plasencia robbed Brian Lockey to end the game and send the Vaqueros into celebration and the next round.

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“It feels great. We knew we had to put them away in two,” said Plasencia, who went two for two with a pair of runs and a walk. “We felt good, we felt ready. It was just a matter of getting it done.”

Having entered the postseason after winning its third straight Western State Conference South Division title, GCC (27-11) moved on to the super regionals for the third time in as many years with its sweep of Grossmont (26-12), which lost to the Vaqueros, 4-2, on Friday. The super regionals will run from Friday through Sunday at a site to be determined with teams to be determined.

Saturday’s game featured its share of shaky play, with both teams struggling on the mound and in the field, but it was the Vaqueros who won the battle of attrition under the hot sun. Very much using Cicuto’s mantra of taking it one pitch, one inning and one game at a time, the Vaqueros came back from a two-run deficit with a huge five-run third. GCC then fended off a Griffins comeback, turning a contentious 6-5 lead into an 8-5 final score.

“Coach preached this from the very start, it’s pitch by pitch,” said Kim, a Crescenta Valley High product. “That’s how we got through the downs and the ups is pitch by pitch.”

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