Palomar Comets Baseball
So., 5-9, 175;
SCHOOL: Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
PERSONAL: Born Jan. 18, 1984
in Escondido. ... Son of Bernadette
Castillo. ... Has one brother, Abe Cueva,
22. ... Nicknamed "Chief" by
his teammatges. ... A member of the Pala Band of Kupa
2006 SEASON: Was 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA for 14 innings
pitched through the regular season and finished 2-1 with
a 1.69 ERA through the post-season. ... Pitched shutout ball over the last 2
innings, striking out 2, as the Comets rallied to beat
Cerritos 6-5 on Feb. 1. ... Worked an inning of hitless,
scoreless relief, in a 12-1 win over Imperial Valley on
Feb. 25. ... Came on to pitch 1-hit, shutout ball over 3
innings in an 18-3 win at Imperial Valley on April 6.
... Started and struck out 5 batters in 5 innings in a
15-1 victory over Mt. San Jacinto on April 13.. ...
California Regionals Round 1 Was a hard-luck loser in a 7-6 loss
to Rio Hondo on May 14, pitching 2 innings without an
earned run as the Comets fell on an unearned run in the
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 Diego 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 Diego City
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
School. ... Compiled a 4-1 record with 3 consecutive
shutouts for the Warriors during the 2001 season. ...
Helped lead Warriors to an Avocado League championship
and was recruited by UC Irvine coach John Savage before
sustaining an injury.
TRAVEL BASEBALL: Played for the America's
Premier International Traveling Team. ... Performance
highlighted by a complete game in which he struck out 11
and walked 2.
(Updated on May 24, 2006)