WHITTIER — For all the last at-bat heroics and nailbiting dramatics that have characterized the Glendale Community College baseball team's run to and through the postseason, the Vaqueros' biggest triumph thus far in a magical season came with a reasonable margin of comfort.
That did little to lessen the adulation of the Vaqueros as reliever Michael Noteware struck out the last batter of the game to put the finishing touches on defeating Southwestern, 11-5, in the championship game of the Rio Hondo Super Regional on Saturday afternoon to advance to the California Community College Athletic Assn. State Championship for the first time in program history.
"Jubilation," said GCC's Ellis Whitman. "It's a great feeling. … We got it done."
Behind a multi-faceted offense keyed by big-time contributions from Sako Chapjian and Whitman and a solid start on the mound from Thomas Korn, the Vaqueros capitalized on a plethora of Southwestern miscues to continue a historic season.