They're confident and they have something to prove.
At least that's what Glendale Community College baseball Coach
Chris Cicuto has to say about the 2004 Vaqueros.
The confidence lies in the freshmen and sophomore returners, among
them, starters Rene Gonzalez, A.J. Anthony, Matt Jordan, Scott Smith,
Jon Conley and Bill Spottiswood.
"They expect a lot from each other," said Cicuto, who, in his
first year, is the third GCC coach in the past three seasons,
succeeding Jon Strauss and Bob Myers.
"I think our freshmen have confidence in their abilities. They
are not going to be afraid of anyone.
"If we take care of the little things, our season should take care
"They are just waiting to put on a uniform and play another team
other than themselves."
GCC went 16-24-1 last year, but it has won four of the past six
Western State Conference titles. The Vaqueros are hoping to return to
their past glory.
"They have something to prove," said the 26-year-old Cicuto, whose
father, John, is the GCC head football coach. "They did not meet
their expectations last year. We want to get that conference [title]
GCC will start four sophomores, including Anthony, a catcher, and
outfielders Jessie Hirdler, Gonzalez and Chris Oliver.
Gonzalez, a 5-foot-8, 155-pound left-hander, graduated from
Burbank High in 2002.
The infield will consist of a talented freshmen class that
includes Jordan (first base), Smith (second), Gabriel Gonzalez
(short) and Daniel Lee (third). Sophomore left-hander Bryan Robinson,
Conley and Spottiswood will carry the bulk of the load for the season
on the mound.
"Billy has all the makeup you want in a good pitcher," Cicuto
said. "He's competitive. He's smart and he loves playing baseball."