Palomar College
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San Marcos, CA 92069
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John Woods


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5-11, 175, Age 19, Sophomore

La Costa Canyon High School, Carlsbad CA

HIGH SCHOOL: Played three seasons for coach Justin Machado at La Costa Canyon, making second-team All-Avocado League as a junior and graduating in 1999. ... During the off-season he continued a long association playing for the Encinitas Reds. The Reds won five World Series titles in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association and the American Amateur Baseball Congress while Balderos was playing for them. ... With the Reds, Balderas played for former Comet pitcher Dana Blalock.

2000 SEASON: Saw limited action for the Comets, getting only 19 at-bats.

2001 SEASON: Delivered some clutch hits for the Comets while splitting time in right field with Jesse Schmidt and finished the season with a .311 batting average. ... Went 2-for-3 against one of the best teams on Palomar's schedule on Feb. 20, doubling and singling to drive in a run against Cypress. ... Went 2-for-4 the following day as the Comets handed Orange Coast its first loss against a California opponent this season after 10 straight wins. His three-run double in the fourth inning keyed a six-run outburst that enabled Palomar to come back from a 5-1 deficit and take the lead. ... Balderas also had multiple-hit games vs. Imperial Valley on March 14 and March 31, against San Diego City College on April 17, and against San Bernardino Valley in the Southern California Regionals, when he went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.

2001 SEASON: Went 2-for-5 with two doubles May 12 in a Southern California Regional game against San Bernardino Valley.

4-YEAR COLLEGE: Offered scholarship by Oklahoma Baptist but elected not to sign.

PERSONAL: Born Nov. 4, 1981 in San Diego. ... Son of Carlos and Susana Balderos. ... Has one brother, Jimmy, 17. ... Lives in Escondido.

(Note: Updated Fall 2001. Player biographies are updated weekly during the season.)



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