So. California Championships
at Merrill Douglas Stadium
San Diego Mesa College
1. Cerritos 92
2. Riverrside City College 80
3. College of Sequoias 75.33
20-tie. Palomar 8
(40 scoring teams)

at Chick Embrey Field
Wilson Stadium
Escondido High School
vs. Southwestern, 6 p.m.



CARY, North Carolina (5-29-2016) - Palomar alum Chris Stratton went 2-for-4 on Saturday as Cal Poly Pomona won its opening game in the NCAA Division II World Series.

The Broncos defeated Southern Indiana 2-1 in 10 innings. Stratton also contributed a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base.

DeOndra Young with her silver medal from the weekend's CCCAA State Championships


SAN DIEGO (5-21-2016) - DeOndra Young of Palomar got out at throw of 51.66 meters (169 feet, 5 inches) to place second in the hammer throw at the CCCAA State Track & Field Championships over the weekend hosted by San Diego at Merrill Douglas Stadium.

Her metric mark was 51.66 meters.

Destiny Mack-Talatemotu of Cerritos threw 174 feet, 11 inches (53.31 meters) to win the event.

Cerritos won the women’s state championship with 92 points. Riverside City College (80 points) placed second. College of the Sequoias was third with 75.33 points. The Comets tied for 21st among 40 scoring teams in the meet with 8 points, all coming from Young’s second place.

Vista Murrieta High School product Young has signed with Long Beach State.


SAN DIEGO (5-15-2016) -- Palomar freshman softball second baseman Brienna Dunckel has been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended on Sunday.

Dunckel, a freshman second baseman from Valley Center High School and a second-generation Comet whose parents are former Palomar, San Diego State and Angels minor league baseball outfielder Billy Dunckel and former Palomar and San Diego State softball  infielder Christie Westerlund, helped the Comets to the championship game of the Cypress Super Regional.

Dunckel, the PCAC Player of the Year, went 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI as the Comets reached the title game with a 6-1 victory over Cerritos. The following day, in the Super Regional championship game against the Southern California No. 1 seeded Chargers, she singled and scored the tying run in the fifth inning to pull the Comets even at 2-2. But Cypress answered with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh to defeat the defending state champions 3-2, reaching the State Final Four in Bakersfield this upcoming weekend.

Dunckel hit .471 on the season with four doubles, five triples, five home runs 30 RBIs and 30 steals on 31 attempts as the Comets went 37-7. During the Comets' 18-0 PCAC championship season, she hit .600 as the Comets won their 33rd conference title.


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BASEBALL: Pro, College Alumni

Tyler Saladino, Chicago White Sox  Nick Vincent, Seattle Mariners 
James Hoyt
Astros, AAA
Danny Bethea
Red Sox, AAA
Jeff Ibarra
... Mexico, AAA 
Brenden Webb
Nationals, AA 
Tim Hill
Royals, AA

Nine former Comets getting it done in pros

SAN MARCOS (5-24-2016): Nine former Palomar players are getting the job done in professional baseball, including two ex-Comets currently in the Major Leagues.

Nick Vincent, in his fifth season in The Show, has a 2-1 record out of the bullpen with a save, a 1.40 earned run average and 24 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings through Monday pitching for the Seattle Mariners after being traded by the Padres just before the start of the season.

For his Major League career, Vincent has a 2.49 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 170 innings pitched through games on Monday. He pitched a hitless, scoreless inning with a strikeout and no walks in a 5-4 victory against the Reds on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Tyler Saladino, playing both shortstop and third base in his second MLB season for the Chicago White Sox, was hitting .407 during May, with a .283 season batting average, and hits in all seven of his starts in the month, including four multiple-hit games, before he went hitless on Sunday vs. the Kansas City Royals.

Three former Comets are on Triple A rosters, pitcher James Hoyt (Houston Astros), catcher Danny Bethea (Boston Red Sox) and pitcher Jeff Ibarra, who is property of the Padres on loan to Guerreros de Oaxeda of the Class AAA Mexican League after starting the season with Diablo Rojos del Mexico (the Mexico City Red Devils).

The 6-foot-6 Hoyt was with the Major League Astros during spring training and was the last pitcher they sent down to the minors before the start of the regular season. Hoyt has a 2.11 ERA with nine saves as the closer for the Astros’ Fresno Grizzlies farm club in the Pacific Coast League, allowing only 12 hits in 21 1/3 innings while striking out 35 batters.

Bethea, who led St. Johns University to within one game of the Division I College World Series before being drafted and signed by the Red Sox, is with the Pawtucket, their Triple A club in the International league but is on the disabled list.

Ibarra has a 2.79 ERA for his first 9 1/3 innings pitched for Oaxeda.

Ex-Comets in Double A rosters are pitcher Tim Hill (Kansas City Royals) and outfielder Brenden Webb (Washington Nationals). Catcher Audie Afenir (New York Yankees) and utility player River Stevens (Padres) are in Class A ball Christian Johnson is an infielder in Independent pro baseball with the Roswell Invaders in the Pecos League.

Hill, who missed the entire 2015 season with cancer and has now been diagnosed free of the disease, is rising quickly through the Royals' farm system, beginning with stints in Rookie ball, long-season Class A and Advanced A in 2014 after his Bacone College team played in the NAIA National Tournament and narrowly missed a berth in the organization's World Series. He was moved from Advanced A Wilmington to to Northwest Arkansas in the Double-A Texas League two weeks ago.

Webb has played in 17 games since being moved up from Advanced Class A to Double A for the Nationals' Harrisburg Senators farm club in the Eastern League. Afenir is hitting .267 for the Yankees' Class A Charleston RiverDogs in the South Atlantic League. Stevens is hitting .285 for the Fort Wayne Tin Caps in the Class A Midwest League after stints with Advanced A Lake Elsinore and Class AA San Antonio earlier in the season.. Johnson is 3-for-8 in his first two games for Roswell.

Francis Christy, a seventh-round draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks after Palomar's 2015 season, remains in Extened Spring Training.

Chris Stratton
Division II World Series
A. Balderas
NAIA World Series
Alec Salcedo
NAIA World Series 
Dennis Morton
NAIA World Series 
Rusty Huber
4th in D-II, 12 saves

BELOW: San Jose State's Dillan Smith (left), a second-team All-Mountain West Conference selection; NAIA World Series-bound pitcher Jake Barnett of Lewis-Clark State

... and ex-Comets make big impact in the next level

SAN MARCOS (5-24-2016): The Palomar baseball program is considered prime recruiting territory for four-year college and university coaches year after year.

Looking at former Comets' success in four-year college baseball again during the 2016 season, one can see why.

From San Jose State outfielder Dillan Smith on the Division I level to second baseman Chris Stratton, a huge cog in Cal Poly Pomona's successful Regional run into the Division II World Series, to five ex-Comets helping lead their teams into the NAIA World Series, Palomar products have come up big on the next level. Again.

Smith's No. 1 strengths are considered to be his speed and defense, but he's given the Spartans a big offensive boost as well as they enter the Mountain West Conference Tournament, hitting .370 in conference games and .280 on the season. He led San Jose State in conference hits (34), runs (20) and on-base percentage (.420) and was selectd to the All-MWC second team.

Smith's ex-Palomar teammate Graham Gomez has made 23 pitching appearances for San Jose State, primarily as a starter. At the University of San Diego, ex-Comet Gary Cornish is 5-3 with a 4.57 ERA and leads the Toreros in strikeouts (80 compared with only 25 walks) and innings pitched (80 2/3).

Other Palomar products at the D-I level include pitcher Josh Bravin at Eastern Michigan, pitcher Zach Wilkins with a 3-3 record in 13 appearances at Nevada, pitcher Taylor Miller at Nevada and catcher Zach Bonneau who is red-shirting at Gonzaga after transferring from the University of Washington.

Stratton, a two-year starter at Cal Poly Pomona, is batting .387 and went 7-for-13 in the first three games of the recently completed West Regional tournament the Broncos won to move on the the upcoming NCAA Division II World Series at the USA Baseball National Training Complex at Cary, North Carolina. Stratton finished third in hitting in the CCAA conference.

Meanwhile, pitchers Jake Barnett (5-1, 1 saves, 2.72 ERA, 47 strikeouts in 43 innings) and Anthony Balderas (4-0, 4 saves, 1.80 ERA) play key roles for Lewis-Clark State, the host team for the NAIA World Series, as the defending champion Warriors seek their 18th national title.

Also helping lead their teams to the NAIA World Series with championships in Opening Round tournaments in the national tourney are third baseman Dennis Morton of 2013 champion Faulkner University (.349, 14 doubles, 15 home runs, 58 RBIs), left fielder Alex Salcedo of Lindsey Wilson (.299 average in 57 games leading off) and pitcher Tyler Russell, also of Lindsey Wilson (7-2 record for 84 innings pitched).

Pitcher Rusty Huber had a huge junior season at Rogers State University, making all-conference and All-South Central Region while going 2-1 with 12 saves (fourth-best in NCAA Division II) and an ERA of 1.50 (seventh best in D-II). Huber has struck out 43 batters while allowing only 18 hits in 36 innings and was honored as Rookie of the Year for the Rogers State athletic programs.

Also in D-II, Dylan Navarro hit .346 wth 9 doubles, 3 triples, 4 home runs and 28 RBIs playing first base for Regis University. Nolan Berraza hit .317 with 9 doubles, 6 triples, a home run and 28 RBIs for Hawaii Pacific University, while pitched Cody Ells compiled a 3.52 ERA for 30 2/3 innings for the Sharks, allowing only 23 hits. Ex-Palomar catcher Bubba Craig was sidelined for the season with an injury.

Emilio Esquibel had a 4.10 ERA for 74 2/3 innings pitched at Cal State San Marcos. Zack Wickham also pitched for the Cougars. And Vince Mori appeared in 44 regular-season games as an infielder for UC San Diego.

Infielder Matt Matlock hit .340 for Westmont University, which narrowly missed a trip to the NAIA World Series with a third-place finish in the Santa Barbara Bracket. Pitcher Michael Jordan was 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 15 saves at Vanguard University and made a big run in the Montgomery, Alabama Bracketl before being eliminated by Morton and Faulkner. 

BASEBALL: Scholarships

Niko Holm (top photo) lines a double in Palomar's 16-11 victory over San Diego Mesa on March 22. He's accepted a scholarship to Santa Clara University. Mitch Hayes (directly above) deals in the Comets' 15-1 win over Imperial Valley on March 8. Hayes has signed with the University of Nevada. -- Photos by Philip Farry

Holm to Santa Clara and Hayes to Nevada

SAN MARCOS (5-17-2016) – Two more Palomar players are headed to NCAA Division I baseball on scholarships, sophomore first baseman/third baseman Niko Holm to Santa Clara University and freshman right-handed pitcher Mitch Hayes to the University of Nevada.

Holm, who came to Palomar from Rancho Bernardo High School, hit .363 during the recent season with 1 double, a triple, a home run, 23 RBIs and a .987 fielding average. In the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, he hit .433 with 13 doubles, a triple, a home run, 20 RBIs and a .995 fielding average. Holm was a two-time all-conference selection. He batted .322 as a freshman in 2015 in helping the Comets to their fifth straight PCAC title and third in the CCCAA State Tournament.

Hayes, out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, started the season as Palomar’s closer and ended it as the Comets’ Thursday starter. He compiled a 6-2 win-loss record with four saves over 59 innings pitched. In conference games, he was 4-1 with a 3.66 ERA for 39 1/3 innings.

Previously, left-handed starting pitcher Taylor Turski signed with the University of Kansas.

SOFTBALL: Cypress 3, Comets 2

Iesha Hill singles to center in the fifth inning Sunday to drive in Brei Dunckel, tying the game with Cypress at 2-2. – Photo by Hugh Cox

PC's post-season run ends in bottom of 7th

CYPRESS (5-15-2016) – Palomar’s post-season softball run ended in the bottom of the seventh inning on Sunday afternoon when host Cypress pushed across the winning run with one out to win the championship game of the Cypress Super Regional 3-2.

The defending state champion Comets, who eliminated Fullerton and Cerritos on Saturday, ended their season with a 37-7 record while the Chargers, who advance to next weekend’s CCCAA State Championship Final Four in Bakersfield, are 40-6. Palomar needed to win twice Saturday to win the Super Regional and qualify for the Final Four.

The Comets, trailing 2-0 scored their first run in the top of the second inning on Mo Lopez’ single to rightfield, Tayler Moore’s single to left which advanced pinch-runner Marisa Herrera to to second, Taylor Fa’asua’s single to center that loaded the bases and Summer Evans’ sacrifice fly to center.

Palomar then tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth inning when Brei Dunckel singled to left, Katy McJunkins advanced her with a sacrifice bunt and Iesha Hill singled to center to drive her in.

But Cypress won it in the seventh on Jezz Portillo’s RBI single.

Lopez paced a nine-hit attack for Palomar in the loss, going 2-for-3. Dunckel, McJunkin, Brooke Huddleson, Hill, Bubba Romano , Moore and Fa’asua also had hits.

Palomar left eight runners on base, stranding runners at second and third in the fourth inning.

Evans pitched five-hit ball from the second inning on but took the loss, finishing her sophomore season with a 34-7 record.

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