Vaquero Dynasty

Ken Allard, Editor-In-Chief

The dynasty lives on.

The Vaquero baseball team, led by head coach Chris Cicuto, has earned itself the 2018 Western State Conference championship – adding another memento to an already tightly packed trophy case.

It’s now GCC’s sixth conference title since 2011, which was secured on the heels of three straight wins over Citrus College to end the season.

The highlight game came on Thursday, April 26 at home against Citrus College in a 5-4 win. With one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, Tom Tabak made contact and ended the game with a walk-off single.

That victory gave GCC a share of the WSC East division title, and the very next day Glendale won it outright with another 5-4 victory against Citrus College.

With the sweep, Glendale’s record improved to 28-12 overall. The Vaqueros now look ahead to the postseason, where fifth-seeded Glendale matches up against twelfth-seed Pasadena City College on Friday, May 4 at Stengel Field in a best-of-three series.

Despite dominating the conference, Glendale hasn’t advanced to the second round of the playoffs since 2015.

2018 GCC All-Western State Conference East Selections

Coach of the Year:

Chris Cicuto

Pitchers:

1st team – Chris Davidson, sophomore.

2nd team – Jason Whaley, sophomore.

Relief Pitchers:

1st team – Felix Rubi, sophomore.

2nd team – Kevin Holcomb, freshman.

Catchers:

1st team – Konner Piotto, sophomore.

Infielders:

1st team – Troy Viola, sophomore.

2nd team – Lucas Sakay, freshman.

First Base:

2nd team – Jake Selco, sophomore.

Designated Hitter:

2nd team – Thaddeus Wilson, sophomore.

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Outfielders:

1st team – Jacob Gribbin, sophomore; Tom Tabak, freshman.