at Palomar College Ballpark
Palomar 10, San Diego City College 4

CCCAA State Championships
East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium
Monterey Park

Day 1 of 3, 9:30 a.m.

Southern California Playoffs
Game 1 of Best 2-of-3 Series
at Cuesta College Field
San Luis Obispo

vs. Cuesta, 2 p.m.

CCCAA State Championships
East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium
Monterey Park

Day 2 of 3, 9:30 a.m.

Southern California Playoffs
Game 1 of Best 2-of-3 Series
at Cuesta College Field
San Luis Obispo

vs. Cuesta, 11 a.m. (third game to follow, if necessary)

CCCAA State Championships
East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium
Monterey Park

Day 3 of 3, 9:30 a.m.



SAN DIEGO (5-04-2016) – The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar softball pitcher Summer Evans as Women’s Athlete of the Week for the week of April 25-May 1.

Evans, coach Lacey Craft’s sophomore right-hander from Escondido High School and two-time conference Pitcher of the Year, two-time first-team all-state selection and Most Valuable Player n the 2015 CCCAA State Tournament as the Comets won their second California championship in three years, pitched a four-hit shutout in the last game of the regular season, a 9-1 win over San Diego Mesa in six innings.

With the win, Evans and her teammates won the PCAC champonship by seven games over runner-up Grossmont. Evans finished the regular season with a 30-5 win-loss record and a 1.44 ERA for 184 1/3 innings. It was Palomar’s 33rd conference softball title.

The Comets (33-5) are seeking their sixth state title this season and are entering the Southern California Community College playoffs this weekend, hosting Santa Ana in a best 2-of-3 playoff series beginning Saturday at 2 p.m. A second game will be played at noon Sunday, with a third game, if necessary to follow.  


SAN MARCOS (4-30-2016) – No. 4 Southern California seed Palomar (33-5) will host No. 13 seed Santa Ana (20-20) on Saturday and Sunday in a best-of-3 series to begin the SoCal Regional Playoffs.

Saturday’s game will be played at 2 p.m. The teams will play game 2 on Sunday at noon, with a third game, if necessary, to follow.

Cypress (35-5) is the No. 1 seed in Southern California. The No. 2 seed, Santiago Canyon (32-7), and No. 3 seed, Mt. SAC (35-5) are in the other half of the bracket. The two survivors of the two brackets will move on to the Super Regional round the following weekend. The two Super Regional winners will move on to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four the following weekend at Bakersfield College.

Other teams in the defending state champion Comets’ half of the bracket are No. 5 seed Cerritos (28-12), No. 8 Grossmont (28-12-1), No. 9 Santa Barbara City College (28-11) and No. 12 Southwestern (24-15-1). Teams in the other half of the bracket, along with Rancho Santiago and Mt. SAC, are No. 6 College of the Canyons (29-11), No. 7 El Camino (27-13), No. 10 Fullerton (22-17) and No. 11 Moorpark (28-8).

There also are two Tuesday play-in games, involving No. 15 Ventura (26-13), No. 16 Long Beach City College (22-18), No. 17 Bakersfield (18-21-1) and No. 18 Rio Hondo (16-24). The highest-seeded play-in winner will play Rancho Santiago next weekend. The second-highest seed will play Cypress.


CHICAGO (4-22-2016) – Palomar’s Tyler Saladino and the Chicago White Sox pulled off a 9-3-2-6-2-5 double play on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field as the Sox defeated the visiting Texas Rangers 5-0.

The triple play, which came with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, was the White Sox’ first in 10 years. Chicago last had pulled off a triple play the first inning on Sept. 18, 2006 against the Detroit Tigers.

Friday night’s triple play went from White Sox right fielder Adam Eaton, who ran down Mitch Moreland’s line drive and threw to first baseman Jose Abreau. Abreau spotted Ian Desmond dancing around attempting to get back to the bad. He chased Desmond down and tagged him for out No. 2.

Abreau then saw Adrian Beltre coming into third, which was occupied by Prince Fielder. He threw the ball to Saladino, the White Sox’ shortstop, who then started chasing Beltrie.

Saladino saw Fielder break for the plate and threw the ball to the catcher, Dionier Navarro.  At that juncture Fielder put on the brakes and started back to third. Navarro fired the ball to Todd Frazier, the third baseman, who tagged out Fielder for the third out.

It was the first triple play in the Major Leagues this season.



SAN DIEGO (4-22-2016) – Trinity Fa’asua threw a one-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one, as Palomar rolled up San Diego City College 11-0 in a five-inning run-rule game on Friday at Betty Hock Field. Fa’asua ran her win-loss record to 3-0 with her complete-game victory.

Taylour Fa’asua (right) supported her twin sister with a three-run homer home run over the leftfield fence that highlighted an eight-run second inning that broke the game open.

With the win, the Comets advanced to 30-5 on the season and 17-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. State No. 6-ranked Palomar, which has one PCAC game remaining at San Diego Mesa on Tuesday, will play newly-crowned Western State Conference Blue Division champion College of the Canyons in a 1 p.m. non-conference double-header Saturday in Santa Clarita.

Brienna Dunckel again led the Comets at the plate, going 3-for-4 against the Knights with an RBI, two runs scored and three stolen bases. Bailey Romano went 2-for-2, doubled and drove in three runs. Moriah Lopez tripled and had one RBI. Nani Leonui had a double.

Iesha Hill singled and drove in a run. Brooke Huddleson and Briana Moreno also hit safely.



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BASEBALL: D-I Signing, Athlete of Week

Taylor Turski, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week and Southern California Community College Player of the Week the previous week, has accepted a D-I scholarship  to the University of Kansas. -- Photo by Philip Farry

Jayhawks land Athlete of the Week Turski

SAN MARCOS (5-04-2016) -- Taylor Turski, who has a 12-0 pitching record in two seasons at Palomar, has committed to the University of Kansas where he’ll become the 14th Comet to play for the Jayhawks’ head coach, Ritch Price.

Turski – who chose the Jayhawks over Oklahoma, Kansas State, San Jose State, the University of San Diego and Utah -- has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Athlete of the Week after pitching eight innings of three-hit ball, striking out seven and walking none, to beat San Diego City College 12-1 last week. The previous week, he was selected as Southern California Community College Player of the Week for defeating Southwestern 4-1 with an eight-inning, four-hit performance.

After going 8-0 last season as the Comets won their fifth straight PCAC championship and finished third in the California State Community College Tournament, the former Temecula Valley High School standout, was held out of much of the 2016 season with a minor tricep strain. Coach Buck Taylor and pitching coach Bobby Shore brought him back slowly, holding him out and then limiting his innings, until he was completely recovered.

Turski has a 4-0 win-loss record for the Comets, who placed second in the PCAC, one game out of first place, and will open play in the Southern California Regionals this Friday and Saturday when they play at best 2-of-3 series at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. Turski has a 1.84 ERA for the season with 49 strikeouts and 19 walks on the season.

Previous Comets who played for Price at Kansas have been catcher Sean Richardson, pitcher Travis Goset, catcher Dylan Parzyk, pitcher Brendan McNamara, pitcher Andres Esquibel and pitcher Alex Cox. Catcher Marty Comacho, third baseman Steve Rohlmeier, outfielder Kyle Albright, pitcher Greg Bochy, catcher Keith Anderson, outfielder Phil Thompson and pitcher Mark Engel played for Price when he was the head coach at Cal Poly SLO.

BASEBALL: So. California Regionals

Dylan Breault leads Palomar regulars in hitting through the regular season with a .414 average. The Comets open the postseason this weekend vs. Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar opens Regionals on Friday at Cuesta

SAN MARCOS (5-01-2016) – Coach Buck Taylor’s Palomar baseball team, runner-up in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and 24-12 on the season, has been seeded 11th in the Southern California Community College Regional Playoffs.

The Comets will open with a best of-3 series on the road against No. 6 seed Cuesta (25-11), the Western State Conference Northern Division champion, beginning Friday at 2 p.m. in San Luis Obispo.

Other teams in Palomar’s half of the bracket are No. 2 seed Glendale (28-8), No. 3 seed Golden West (23-13), No. 7 seed Chaffey (27-9), No. 10 College of the Canyons (28-8) and No. 14 seed Rio Hondo (24-12)/

The teams in the other half of the bracket are No. 1 seed Saddleback (29-7), No. 4 Cypress (24-12), No. 5 Grossmont (27-9), No. 8 Long Beach City College (24-12) and No. 9 Bakersfield (26-10). The winner of each bracket will move on to the CCCAA State Final Four at Fresno City College on Memorial Day weekend.

The four play-in teams are No. 15 seed Santa Barbara City College (19-17), No. 16 Mt. San Jacinto (20-16), No. 17 Fullerton (15-21 including 12 forfeit losses) and No. 18 Riverside City College (21-15). The top two seeds in Northern California are No. 1 Santa Rosa (29-6) and No. 2 Consumnes River (28-8).

SOFTBALL: All-Conference, All-State teams

PC sweeps PCAC awards; 4 Comets all-state

SAN MARCOS (4-30-2016) – Pacific Coast Conference champion Palomar has swept the conference’s major postseason awards in voting among PCAC coaches – with Brienna Dunckel (left) being named Player of the Year, Summer Evans (right) repeating as Pitcher of the Year.

Lacey Craft's staff was honored as conference Coaching Staff of the Year.

The Comets also landed four players on the California Community College Athletic Association all-state first team. Five Palomar players made first-team all-conference.

The Comets’ first-team all-state selections were Evans, Dunckel, Iesha Hill and Katy McJunkin. Those four players, plus Bailey Romano and Brooke Huddleson, were voted to the all-conference first team. Taylor Willis and Taylor Moore made second-team all-conference. Trinity Fa’asua received honorable mention.

BASEBALL: PC 10, SD City 4

Starter Troy Lamparello deals in the first inning in Friday's 10-4 victory over San Diego City College at Palomar College Ballpark. Lamparello pitched the first six innings to record the win, striking out nine and walking one. He retired 11 straight batters in a row at one point. -- Photo by Phil Farry

Comets finish with 15 wins in last 17 games

SAN MARCOS (4-29-2016) -- Palomar concluded the regular baseball season with a 10-4 victory over visiting San Diego City College on Friday, sweeping its series with the Knights 4 games to 0 as Troy Lamparello, Matt Wezniak, Connor Stotz and Marc Sauceda combined on a seven-hitter, striking out 13 and walking three.

The Comets saw their string of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champonships end at five by finishing in second place, one game behind champion Grossmont, a 10-1 winner over Mt. San Jacinto on Friday. But there is no denying that coach Buck Taylor's club will enter the postseason as one of the hottest teams in the California.

The Comets go into the the Southern California Regional Playoffs with records of 10-1 for their last 11 games and 15-2 in their most recent 17 games.

Palomar (24-11, 18-6 in conference) banged out 18 hits against three City College pitchers, led by Nashea Diggs (3-for-4, double, 2 runs scored) and Sam Casinelli (3-for-3, 2 RBIs).

Niko Holm (2-for-2, double, 2 runs scored), Mike Benson (2-for-2, double, sacrifice fly, RBI), Casey Henderson (2-for-4, run scored, RBI) and Dylan Breault (2-for-5, 1 run, 2 RBIs) also had multiple hits. Mitch Gallagher tripled to drive in two runs. Sauceda singled to drive in a run. John Mackay and Efrain Medina each singled and Chase Grant drove in a run on a fielder's choice.

Taylor utilized 19 players, substituting liberally when it became obvious Mt. San Jac was out of the game vs. Grossmont. A win by the Eagles over the Griffins would have given Palomar a tie for its sixth straight conference title.

City College took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Comets took over the game with a run in the bottom of the inning, four runs in the third and five more in the fourth to go in front 10-1.

Lamparello (2-2) struck out nine and walked one over the first six innings. He retired 11 batters in a row at one juncture.

Palomar will find out its opponent and the game site to begin the Southern California Regionals after a seeding meeting on Sunday. The Comets finished third in the state tournament last season.


BASEBALL: Comets 6-11, SD City 5-4

Mitch Gallagher (No. 20 in the top photo) is greeted by Niko Holm (23) as he leaps in the air after crossing the plate following what turned out to be the game-winning home run to lead off the top of the 10th in the continuation of a game from March 11. Nashea Diggs (directly above) scores for the Comets in the regularly-scheduled game that followed. The Comets swept the Knights 6-5 and 11-4 at San Diego's Morley Field. -- Photos by Philip Farry

3 wins for PC: forfeit plus a two-game sweep

SAN DIEGO (4-28-2016) – Palomar’s day in baseball went better than anyone could ever have expected on Thursday.

In the morning, the Comets received word that Fullerton, who had beaten them 1-0 back on Feb. 4, has forfeited the game for use of an ineligible player. One win on the day.

In the afternoon, Palomar faced nearly insurmountable odds as coach Taylor’s squad squared off at Morley Field against San Diego City College to complete a game that had been halted by rain on March 11. The Knights led 5-2 with the Comets batting in the top of the ninth with none out and a runner at first base. Nearly insurmountable odds aside, Palomar scored three runs to tie the game, then won it in the on Mitch Gallagher’s home run over the leftfield fence to lead the off the 10th inning. Two wins on the day.

Shortly after the completion of that game, the two teams played again in a regularly-scheduled game, and the Comets beat the Knights again, this time 11-3. Three wins on the day.

Palomar (23-12, 18-5) clinched no worse than undisputed second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and a Southern California playoff berth with the two Thursday wins -- can tie for its sixth straight conference championship if the Comets beat City College in the final game of the regular season on Friday at 2 p.m. at Palomar College Ballpark, and Mt. San Jacinto wins on the road over Grossmont. The Griffins clinched at least a tie for the title with an 11-3 win over the Eagles on Thursday.

In the suspended game, the Comets tied the Knights at 5-5 with three runs in the top of the ninth on a two-run triple to centerfield by Mike Benson and an RBI double down the leftfield line by Nashea Diggs. That set the stage for Gallagher’s game-winning homer on the first pitch in the 10th.

Carter Johnson, who had relieved starter Mike Lopez in the eighth inning back on March 11, finished the game and was the winning pitcher.

In the regularly-scheduled game, the Comets banged out 16 hits, led by Nico Holm (4-for-4, 3 runs scored, 3 doubles) and Dylan Breault (4-for-6, 2 runs scored, 1 RBI). Chase Grant was 2-for-4 and drove in a run, and John Mackey and Gallagher each had two singles. Casey Henderson and Benson also hit safely.

Palomar led 2-1 after three innings and broke the game open with three runs each in the fifth, sixth and seventh.

Mitch Hayes pitched the first seven innings to record the victory. Tyler Baca and Tom Brunansky each threw a scoreless relief inning.

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