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Glendale Community College baseball can't come through against Palomar

Baseball: Vaqueros strand 13 in 3-2 loss in opening game of super regionals.

May 10, 2013|By Grant Gordon

FULLERTON — Timely hitting throughout the order and reliable relief pitching have been staples of Glendale Community College baseball success this season.

On Friday afternoon, however, they were the Vaqueros' undoing.

GCC stranded 13 base runners and its bullpen allowed two runs, as the Vaqueros lost to Palomar, 3-2, in the opening game of the Fullerton Super Regional of the CCCAA tournament at Fullerton College.

"We really didn't play our game," said Vaqueros Coach Chris Cicuto, whose team will now play either El Camino Compton Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at Santa Ana College, hoping to move on and into another elimination game Saturday afternoon at Fullerton. "They were nervous today, the day I didn't think we would be nervous.

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"We did have opportunities with runners in scoring position and we didn't get the big hit."

Palomar (26-12), which won the Pacific Coast Conference, stranded plenty of runners in its own right with a final tally of eight. However, the Comets — who will play Fullerton, which beat Compton, 8-0, Saturday at 11 a.m. — tallied a run in the bottom of the second and clung to the lead before coming back in the eighth, scoring a pair of runs against the GCC pen before closing out the win.

The Western State Conference South Division champion Vaqueros (27-11) stranded runners in seven innings, including the ninth, and loaded the bases in three separate innings. Yet, all looked to have come to form when Pepe Marquez clutched up in the top of the eighth inning.

"The same approach," said Marquez of his mindset going into the at-bat with his team down, 1-0, and the bases loaded and two outs. "I just did what I could. Luckily it fell down.

"Everybody was up, they were screaming."

Indeed, it seemed as though the Vaqueros' season long formula of clutch-hitting heroics was coming to fruition after Marquez dropped a single into center field to score Austin Walker (two walks, hit) and Eddie Munoz.

"That's how we've done it all year long," Cicuto said.

But the lead was a brief one, as the Comets jumped right back ahead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth.

GCC's Tyler Delzell, out of Hoover, came on in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and third with one out. Before his second pitch, he picked off the runner at first, which led to a rundown with the runner at third and, ultimately, the second out. Three strikes later, Delzell induced a flyout to left field and the threat was over.

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