SEASON: Finished the season 3-2
with 4 saves and an ERA of 0.81 for for
22 1/3 innings as the Comets became the
first San Digo County team to reach the
State Championship game in 31 years. ...
Four and played a major role in the
Comets' Super Regionals championship. ...
Had an ERA of 0.00, a 2-0 record and 3
saves for 9 innings pitched in the
Pacific Coast Conference. ... Retired
Ventura 1-2-3 to record his first college
save on Feb. 3 in Palomar's
season-opening 5-3 win over Ventura. ...
Shut out Mt. San Jacinto inthe ninth
inning Feb. 15 in a game the Comets won
6-2. ... Recorded his first community
college win on March 1, throwing 1-hit,
scoreless ball over the last 2 innings of
a 5-4 victory over San DiegoCity
College,striking out 4 and walking 0. ...
Recorded his second win in relief March 9
as the Comets came back to beat Grossmont
8-7 with 2 runs in the bottom of the
ninth. ... Notched his second save on
March 17, pitching 2 innings of
scoreless, 1-hit ball in a 7-2 win over
San Diego City College. ... Pitched a
scoreless ninth inning in a 5-3 win over
San Diego Mesa on March 29, picking up
his third save. ... Recorded save No. 4
on April 2 when he pitched the final 1
1/3 innings in a 10-8 win vs. Grossmont.
... Retired the side in order in top top
of the ninth in a 13-3 win over San Diego
City College on April 9. ... Struck out 2
batters and pitched a scoreless ninth
inning as the Comets beat second-place
Southwestern 16-1 on April 12. Super
Regionals Threw 8-plus
innings of 4-hit shutout ball, striking
out 8, to give the Comets a 5-0 win over
Rio Hondo in an elimination game on May
27. This came after Cueva had thrown only
12 1/3 innings in the previous 38 games.
His performance set the stage for
Palomar's 2 wins the following day that
put them in the State Final Four for the
first time ever. State
Final Fou Started and itched
2 1/3 innings vs. Santa Rosa on May 30.
Took only his second loss of the season
as the Bear Cubs won 5-1 to force an
extra game in the double-elimination
tournament. Santa Rosa won the second
game to clinch its first State title in
53 years and relegate the Comets to a
State runner-up finish.
SCHOOL: Played for
coach Jay Craven, coach Steve Jorde and
coach Matt Parker at Fallbrook High
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 18, 1984
in Escondido. ... Son of Bernadette
Castillo. ... Has one brother, Abe Cueva,
21. ... Nicknamed "Chief" by
his teammatges. ... A member of the Pala
Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.
(Note: Updated on June 2,
2005. Player biographies are updated at
least weekly during the season.)