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Glendale Community College baseball ready for super regionals

Baseball: Vaqueros make third straight trip to super regionals, open up with Palomar.

May 09, 2013|By Grant Gordon
  • Glendale Community College Coach Chris Cicuto, center, has led the Vaqueros back to the super regionals.
Glendale Community College Coach Chris Cicuto, center,… (KEVIN CHANG / File…)

Success is quickly becoming synonymous with the Glendale Community College baseball program in its current three-season run to unprecedented heights.

For a third year in a row, the Vaqueros will ride into the super regionals and for a second straight year, that journey will take them south to Orange County.

"Guys are excited. Guys are less nervous than they were this time last week," said Vaqueros Coach Chris Cicuto, whose squad opens up play at the Fullerton College Super Regional at 11 a.m. Friday against Palomar. "At this point, I think they're pretty confident. They know it's gonna be tough, but they're ready to play."

Palomar (26-12) heads into its showdown with Glendale (27-11) having won the Pacific Coast Conference before defeating Orange Coast in three games in the opening regional round. It was an Orange Coast squad that ended GCC's season a year ago and advanced to the state championship.

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Glendale, the three-time reigning Western State Conference South Division champion, swept through Grossmont in its regional, winning impressively and seemingly doing away with any playoff jitters.

"We feel really good. We feel really loose, that's the great part," said sophomore second baseman Sergio Plasencia of the Vaqueros' mindset going into the super regionals. "We have a lot of sophomores who know what to expect."

Joining fifth-seeded Glendale and No. 4 Palomar in the regional will be host Fullerton (27-12), the top seed, and El Camino Compton (24-16), the eighth seed. Fullerton and El Camino will play following GCC's opener, with the winners of both games facing each other Saturday and the losers taking part in an elimination game. The championship of the double-elimination tournament will take place Sunday.

"[We have] game-planned it out win or lose. If we can, we would love to save [starting pitcher] Angel [Rodriguez] for the elimination/regional championship game," Cicuto said. "If we could go three [games], that would be unbelievable, but we're prepared to go five."

Standing immediately in front of GCC is a Palomar team that's quite foreign to the Vaqueros.

"We don't really have a real scouting report besides the numbers," said Cicuto of Palomar, which went 4-1 in conference play against Grossmont this year and is also 0-2 against Fullerton. "We got a feel for it, now it's about going in and making in-game adjustments and playing baseball. It's nothing we haven't done already this year."

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