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John Woods


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Palomar Comets Baseball 2006


NO. 8 /  RHP, So., 5-9, 175; BATS: Right; THROWS: Right

HOMETOWN: Fallbrook, California 

HIGH 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 Indians.

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.. ... Southern 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 11th inning.

2005 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.

2004 SEASON: Red-shirted.

HIGH 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)

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