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Glendale Community College baseball team eliminated from postseason

Baseball: Vaqueros suffer 4-3 defeat against El Camino Compton in Southern California Super Regional contest.

May 11, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

SANTA ANA — Good-bye hugs were exchanged in right field before a few tears and plenty of beads of sweat were wiped away by many of the members of the Glendale Community College baseball team.

It came shortly after the Vaqueros saw their season wrap up Saturday with a 4-3 defeat against El Camino Compton in an elimination contest of the Southern California Fullerton Super Regional at Santa Ana College.

“It’s a special group of guys,” said Glendale college Coach Chris Cicuto, whose team finished 27-13. “They grew up a lot from the second we’ve had them.”

The Vaqueros, who won the Western State Conference South Division championship for the third season in a row before sweeping Grossmont in the Southern California Regionals, absorbed a pair of one-run losses in the super regionals. Fifth-seeded Glendale opened with a 3-2 loss to fourth-seeded Palomar on Friday.

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Looking for a quick bounce back, the Vaqueros looked to extend their season Saturday.

Things became extra difficult for the Vaqueros. Eighth-seeded El Camino Compton, which began the super regionals with an 8-0 loss to top-seeded Fullerton on Friday, took advantage of some shaky Glendale defense in the first inning to score three runs. The Vaqueros then had a tough time solving El Camino Compton starting pitcher Nick Sanchez, who went the distance in a 138-pitch outing.

Glendale appeared to have Sanchez, a right-hander, on the ropes in the bottom of the ninth inning. With the tying and winning runs on base, Sanchez got Jay Sheeley to fly to medium center field for the final out.

“[Sanchez] did an incredible job, he was tough,” said Cicuto, whose team left six runners on base after stranding 13 on Friday. “We hit some hard grounders against them right at people.”

The Tartars, who improved to 24-19, pushed across three runs in the first against Glendale starting pitcher Angel Rodriguez.

Chris Jacobs and Larry Barraza each reached base with bunt singles with no outs. David Terrazas then hit into what appeared would be a 4-6-3 double play. The Vaqueros got the force at second, but the relay to first by the shortstop sailed wide to allow and Jacobs to score to make it 1-0.

Josh Palmer and Lester Salcedo then followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles to extend the lead to 3-0.

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