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Off-Season ...

Vincent's final 2015 ERA at 2.35, career at 2.63

SAN DIEGO (10-2-2015) -- Palomar product Nick Vincent lowered his final earned run average for the San Diego Padres to 2.35 for the 2015 season and 2.63 for 150 2/3 innings pitched over four Major League seasons.

The former Comet and Long Beach State star appeared in 18 games in September, allowing zero earned runs for the month and one lone unearned run.

Including five games in June, sandwiched between two trips back to El Paso when the Padres optioned him back to Triple A, Vincent made 22 consecutive Major League pitching appearances without giving up an earned run before finally surrndering an earned run the final game of the regular season on Sunday against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

On Wednesday night, he pitched a scoreless relief inning, with one strikeout and zero walks, against the Milwaukee Brewers in the Padres' next-to-last home game of the season.

Vincent's strikeout breaks Padre team record

SAN DIEGO (9-23-2015) -- With the first of Palomar alum Nick Vincent's two strikeouts in a 1-2-3 seventh inning, the San Diego Padres' franchise single-season pitching staff strikeout record went by the boards in Wednesday night's 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Vincent, who came on in relief of starter Andrew Cashner to lead off his one-inning appearance, threw a change-up to strike out the Giants' Marlon Byrd swinging to lead off the inning and break the record. He struck out Kelby Tomlinson looking, then got Trevor Brown for out No. 3.

Vincent's strikeout of Byrd was the Padres' 1,296th of the season, breaking the franchise record of 1,295 set in 2010.

On Thursday, the right-handed ex-Comet lowered his season earned run average to 2.21 and his Major League ERA to 2.61 for 148 innings pitched as he came on with one out and a runner on in the sixth inning and got both batters he faced, on a groundball fielder's chice and a pop-up to the catcher, as the Padres beat the Giants by an identical 5-4 score.


Saladino breaks up no-hitter with 1 out in 9th

DETROIT (9-22-2015) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino of the Chicago White Sox tripled into the left-centerfield gap with one out in the top of the ninth inning Tuesday night, breaking up a no-hitter being thrown by five Detroit Tigers pitchers.

Saladino came to bat with the White Sox trailing 1-0.

Saladino scored when the next batter, Adam Eaton, singled. That sent the game to extra innings.

Butut the Tigers won 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th.


Ex-Palomar pitching coach takes K-State post

MANHATTAN, Kansas (9-11-2015) -- Tyler Kincaid, who was Palomar's pitching coach from the Comets' state runner-up 2005 season through 2009, has been named the new pitching coach at Kansas State University of the Big 12.

Kincaid was the Palomar pitching coach during future Major Leaguer Nick Vincent's career at Palomar. He was pitching coach from Fall 2005 through the 2006 season under current Comet head coach Buck Taylor.

Kincaid, who played at Antelope Valley College and San Francisco State, also coached Bobby Shore, who went on to pitch for Oklahoma in the College Wold Series, for the Comets. During his stay at Palomar, Kincaid also was the pitching coach for the Chatham A's of the Cape Cod League from 2005-09.

From 2010 through the recently-concluded 2015 season, Kincaid was the pitching coach at the University of San Diego.

"His credentials are great, and his pitchintg plan is one of the best I have seen in my 27 years of coaching," K-State head coach Brad Hill said on the Kansas State web site. "It's very detailed, thorough and well-researched, and it has proven to keep pitchers prepared for the course of a long season."

Saladino homers for White Sox against Indians

CHICAGO (9-9-2015) --  Palomar's Tyler Saladino, back at his customary spot at No. 2 in the batting order, homered into the left-centerfield seats on Wednesday night against the Cleveland Indians.

The bases-empty shot, Saladino's fourth Major League homer since being called up on July 10, came at U.S. Cellular Field.


Saladino's walk-off wins for White Sox in 11th

KANSAS CITY (9-04-2015) -- Palomar product Tyler Saladino went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs on Friday in helping the visiting Chicago White Sox club Kansas City's American League Central Division leaders by 12-1.

The Royals lead the A.L. Central by 16 games over the second-place Minnesota Twins.

Saladino also made a diving stop at third base and gunned the ball to first to rob Kansas City's Jonny Gomes of a base hit.


Palomar's Nick Vincent is recalled by Padres

San Diego Padres (2012 - Pres)SAN DIEGO (9-1-2015) -- Palomar pitching product Nick Vincent was recalled from Class AAA on Tuesday morning by the San Diego Padres.

Vincent, the Comets' all-time second winningest pitcher with 20 victories between 2005-2007, was called up from the El Paso Chihuahaus of the Pacific Coast League, where he pitched 50 1/3 relief innings with a 3.04 earned run average, 5-3 win-loss record, 1 save and 68 strikeouts and 15 walks.

The 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 2.38 ERA in his last 10 appearances in Triple-A.

Vincent has pitched on the Major Leagues for the Padres for parts of four seasons, compiling a 2.76 career ERA in 147 appearances. He has 153 strikeouts compared with only 33 walks over 140.1 big-league innings.

Vincent has been shuttled  back and fourth between the MLB Padres and El Paso multiple times during the 2015 season.

Vincent will attempt to replicate the success he had in his last five Major League outings for the Padres before he was optioned to Triple-A for the third time this season on June 24.

After being recalled from El Paso in mid-June, Vincent made five consecutive scoreless relief appearances vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 14, the Oakland A's on June 15, Oakland on June 17, the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 19 and the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants on June 23.

Those five performances got Vincent shipped back to Triple-A.

Saladino's walk-off wins for White Sox in 11th

CHICAGO (8-30-2015) -- Tyler Saladino's walk-off single into the rightfield corner with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Chicago White Sox a 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Palomar product and 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year drove in Alexei Ramirez with the winning run.

Saladino, whose two-run single in the eighth inning on Saturday pulled the Sox, who had trailed by four runs, back to within one run of the Mariners in a 7-6 loss, also doubled in the bottom of the fourth Sunday to drive in Ramirez with a run with a line-drive double to right.

He finished Sunday's game 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a walk.   


Comets' 2-year baseball signings list reaches 32

SAN MARCOS (8-28-2015) -- Palomar's two-year list of baseball players receiving scholarships to the four-year university level has reached 32.

Two de-commits from earlier verbal commitments are left-handed relief pitcher Graham Gomez (left, to San Jose State), who originally committed to San Diego State; and right-handed pitcher Tyler Russell (to NAIA World Series team Lindsey Wilson University, who originally committed to Oral Roberts University.

Gomez joins former Palomar center fielder Dillon Smith at San Jose State. Smith, the 2014 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, was the Spartans' starting rightfielder during the 2015 season.

Catcher Francis Christy, who had signed early with the University of Washington, instead signed a $250,000 pro contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks after being drafted in the seventh round.

Infielder Vince Mori, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Men's Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports, received an acadmic grant from NCAA Division II UC San Diego, which does not offer athletic scholarships.

Player (High School) 4-Year College
LHP Graham Gomez (Santa Fe Christian) San Jose State (NCAA D-I)
RHP Josh Bravin (Silverado, Las Vegas) Eastern Michigan (NCAA D-I)
C Francis Christy (Casa Grande, Petaluma) Washington (NCAA D-I) - pro contract
LHP Jake Barnett (Orange Glen) Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national champions)
1B Anthony Balderas (La Costa Canyon) Lewis-Clark St. (NAIA national champions)
INF Chris Stratton (Chaparral, Temecula) Cal Poly-Pomona (NCAA D-II WS 3rd place)
RHP Rusty Huber (Mira Mesa) Rogers State (NCAA D-II)
INF Vince Mori (Westview) UCSD (NCAA D-II) - academic scholarship
OF Alec Salcedo (Murrietta Mesa) Lindsey Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
RHP Tyler Russell (Vista Murrieta) Lindsey Wilson (NAIA World Series team)
OF Ryan Lemus (Arlington, Riverside) San Francisco State (NCAA D-II)
OF Travis Mitchell (M.L. King, Riverside) Hope International (NAIA)
DE-COMMITS -- Gomez (from San Diego State); Russell (from Oral Roberts); Christy (from University of Washington) -- drafted in 7th round and signed for $250,000 with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Palomar's Tyler Saladino faces the Angels on Wednesday night at Anaheim. Saladino has been the regular starting third baseman for the Chicago White Sox since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 10. According to a MLB.com article, the Ex-Comet may find himself back at short, where he's played his whole life, for the Sox in 2016 depending on the contract status of current shortstop starter Alexei Ramirez. The Angels won Wednesday's third game of the teams' four-game series in Anaheim 1-0 before Saladino helped spark an 8-2 win for the Sox on get-away day Thursday.  A week ago, Saladino helped make things miserable for Mike Trout and the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Saladino transitions from short to 3rd for Sox

ANAHEIM (8-20-2015) -- One week ago, at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, former Palomar star shortstop / current Chicago White Sox regular starting third baseman Tyler Saladino helped make life miserable for reigning American League MVP Mike Trout and the Angels.

Saladino made a series of his now-familiar spectacular plays, two of them involving Trout on back-to-back nights, as the White swept a three-game series from the Angels. In the series' final game, he gunned down Trout the plate and also turned an unassisted double play.

Then, in a loss to the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular the following night, he made three even-more spectacular plays, all in the second inning, and one of them on an incredible diving catch extending to his left that earned him ESPN Sport Center's No. 1 play of the day recognition. 

Saladino also deflected a hard-hit ball that he then bare-handed in the air, then rocketed the ball to first from the foul line behind the bag as he gunned down the Cubs' Jorge Soler at first.

He admitedly has been experiancing a learning curve at an unfamiliar position on the fly after spending his whole life as a shortstop. But the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year's spectacular defensive plays since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte on July 10 have become expected in Chicago on an almost routine basis.

Early in August, White Sox radio announcer Darrin Jackson, a 15-year Major League veteran as a player, got so excited after another of Saladino's spectacular plays that he called Tyler "the best third baseman I've ever seen" -- on the air during a game. He paused and added the word "recently" after he realized what had just come out of his mouth. But you get the idea.

Saladino was Summit League Player of the Year as an Oral Roberts University junior in 2010 after transferring from Palomar where he was first-team all-state under coach Buck Taylor.

After he led Oral Roberts to its 13th straight conference championship, the White Sox drafted him in the seventh round and signed him. He rose steadily through the Sox' minor league system, undeterred by an injury and arm surgery last summer just before he was scheduled to start at shortstop in the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Saladino has started 32 of 35 games since being called up, all but two of them at third base and the others at shortstop and first base. Along with his defense, he also has made some memorable offensive contributions.

Saladino helped spark the Sox to an 8-2 win over the Angels in Thursday night's series finale. His surprise bunt advanced Adam Eaton from second to third and set up the first run of the game as Chicago took a 2-0 lead. Saladino finished the night 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored -- and more spectacular defense at third.



Saladino goes 2-for-4 vs. Rays' Archer, homers

CHICAGO (8-04-2015) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino smashed his third home run since being called up from Triple-A on July 10 on Tuesday night and wound up going 2-for-4 but the Chicago White Sox lost 11-3 to the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field.

Saladino, who has started every game for the Sox since the call-up and bats second in the order while playing third base, lined his HR into the leftfield seats off the Rays' Chris Archer for Chicago's first run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. He hit a 98 MPH 4-seam fastball.

Saladino, who has played spectacularly at third base for the Sox, also singled to right field off Archer in the sixth inning. He moved over  in the eighth to play the final two innings at shortstop.


New Palomar pitching coach Bobby Shore is shown when he pitched the University of Oklahoma into the 2010 College World Series by winning championship games in both the Regionals and Super Regionals. An All-State first-team selection at Palomar, going 15-3 during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Shore is third on the Comets' all-time career strikeout list behind only Mark Ringkamp and future Major Leaguer Nick Vincent. -- University of Oklahoma photo

Bobby Shore is Comets' new pitching coach

SAN MARCOS (7-29-2015) -- Bobby Shore, one of the best pitchers in Palomar history who spent the 2015 season on coach Buck Taylor's staff as volunteer bullpen coach, has been named the Comets' new pitching coach.

He replaces Jared Suwyn, who is leaving Palomar after three seasons to become the new Cal State San Marcos pitching coach.

Shore came out of Oceanside High School, where he was Avocado League Player of the Year and first-team All-CIF San Diego Section, to compile a 15-3 win-loss record for the Comets (4-2 as a freshman in 2008 and 11-1 with a 2.40 earned run average during a breakout 2009 season as a sophomore). He went 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA, 14 strikeouts and two walks in 14 innings in the post-season in 2009 with pitching wins in both the Regionals and Super Regionals.

Shore was a first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection (teammate Tyler Saladino, who is now the Chicago White Sox' starting third baseman, was the Player of the Year) after the 2009 Comets won 36 games and the PCAC championship -- and advanced to the finals of the Super Regionals. The Comets were ranked as high as sixth in the nation and finished the year ranked No. 11 nationally.

Shore was drafted in the 40th round by the Baltimore Orioles out of Palomar but chose to accept a Division I scholarship to the University of Oklahoma, where he was 10-5 as a junior in 2010. He was the winning pitcher in the championship games of both the Norman Regional and Charlottesville Super Regional, beating North Carolina and Virginia, respectively. He started against Clemson in a winners' bracket game in the College World Series and shut out the Tigers on one hit over the first three innings before Clemson came back to beat the Sooners.

He missed part of his senior season at Oklahoma with injuries but still was selected in the 41st round of the 2011 draft by the Seattle Mariners. He spent parts of three seasons pitching in the Mariners' farm system.

Shore is the only player in Palomar history ever to appear in both the Little League World Series (for Oceanside American in 2001) and the College World Series.

Saladino goes 3-for-5, homers again, is at .355

CHICAGO (7-19-2015) / (7-21-2015) -- Palomar's Tyler Saladino homered for the second straight game on Tuesday night as he went 3-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Saladino, the Chicago White Sox' starting third baseman who turned 26 on Sunday, slugged a two-run shot that landed deep in the stands behind the leftfield fence in the fifth inning.

He'd singled for the Sox' first hit of the night in the fourth and came around to score as he ran his consecutive-game hit streak to seven games. He also singled in the bottom of the ninth after an "out" call was reviewed on video.

With Tuesday night's performance, Saladino raised his Major league batting average to .355. He has a .630 slugging percentage.

Saladino's homer highlighted a three-run inning as the White Sox pulled to within 8-5 after trailing the Cardinals 7-0 earlier in the game. St. Louis won 8-5.

Saladino, the 2009 PCAC Player of the Year for the Comets, slugged his first Major League home run on Sunday, depositing the ball over the leftfield wall at U.S. Cellular Field for the Sox' only run in a 4-1 loss to the American League Central-leading Kansas City Royals.

The Sox had an off-day on Monday, Saladino's birthday.

Saladino has started at third for the White Sox since being called up from Triple-A on July 10, playing almost flawless and often spectacularly defensively. His offense has also been a big plus in a batting order that sorely needs as much offense as it can get. Manager Robin Ventura officially confirmed Saladino as the Sox' everyday third baseman before Sunday's game.


Saladino's 1st-inning triple ignites 5-1 Sox win

CHICAGO (7-11-2015 / 7-12-2015) -- In his second straight start playing third base and batting second since being called up from Triple-A on Friday morning, Palomar alum Tyler Saladino lined a triple off Jon Lester over rightfielder Jorge Soler's head Saturday.

In the process, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year drove in a run which gave the visiting Chicago White Sox an early lead over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

Saladino's first Major League hit and first Major league RBI put the Sox up 1-0 with none out in the top of the first and he scored his first Major League run when the next batter, Jose Abreau, drove him in with a single to make it 2-0.

The White Sox went on to beat the Cubs for the second straight day.

Then on Sunday, the last day before the All-Star break, Saladino singled to rightfield in the top of the fourth inning for one of the visiting White Sox' two hits in a 3-1 loss to the Cubs.  The Sox won 2 of 3 games in the series.

Palomar alumnus Tyler Saladino was called up to the Major Leagues by the Chicago White Sox on Friday and and started at third base, batting second in the order, in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. -- Courtesy photo

White Sox call up Saladino, start him at third

CHICAGO (7-10-2015) -- The Chicago White Sox called up former Palomar shortstop Tyler Saladeno from Triple-A Charlotte on Friday and immediately installed him at third base, batting second in the order, in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs before 41,580 fans at Wrigley Field.

Saladino has spent most of his minor league career at shortstop and had big performances in his last three appearances for the Charlotte Knights in the International League before being called up. In those three games, he drove in seven runs, slugged a grand-slam home run and a solo homer and doubled twice.

Saladino was third in the International League with 25 steals on 28 attempts through the first half of the season.

He didn't know he was starting at third base Friday until he walked into the clubhouse three hours before the game, in which he went 0-for-3 but helped turn a double play defensively.

"You're infusing a guy in there who you know who can play over there (at third)," White Sox manager Robin Ventura told Greg Garno of MLB.com in a post on the Sox' web site. "Offensively, you see what happens. Knowing him the last few years, what he's done in the Minor Leagues, even in Spring Training with us, you are comfortable putting him over there that he can play and see what it does to our offense.

"Tyler in the past has played all over. He's played some outfield, first base. He's done pretty much everything. So I'm comfortable having him over there."

Saladino is the third ex-Comet to play in the Major Leagues this year (along with Nick Vincent, Padres, and Marcus Hatley, Cardinals) and is the seventh Palomar product to play for a MLB team in regular-season games.

Saladino was Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year his sophomore season at Palomar in 2009 and was Summit League Player of the Year for NCAA Division I Oral Roberts University as a sophomore  in 2010. The White Sox drafted him in the seventh round after the season.

2015 Season ...

PC's Christy, McIver, Afenir drafted, signed

SAN MARCOS (6-20-2015) -- Palomar products Francis Christy (Arizona Diamondbacks, 7th round), Anthony McIver (Minnesota Twins, 15th round) and Audie Afenir (New York Yankees, 25th round)  were selected in the First-Year Player Draft and have signed and reported.

Christy was the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, State Community College Player of the Year, American Baseball Coaches Association Pacific Association Player of the Year and ABCA National Community College Player of the Year as the catcher for Palomar’s 2015 championship squad.

McIver was drafted out of the University of San Diego after transferring from Palomar. Afenir was drafted out of Oral Roberts University after transferring from Palomar.

ABOVE: Palomar catcher Francis Christy in the state  Final Four -- Photo by Philip Farry.

Christy wins National Player of Year award

SAN MARCOS (6-04-2015) -- With next week's 2015 First-Year Player Draft only days away, the honors for Palomar sophomore catcher Francis Christy continue unabated.

Christy, an early University of Washington signee who was previously selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, has been named ABCA/Rawlings Gold Bat Award National Co-Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.

He also was the catcher on the ABCA  Pacific Association first team and Pacific Association Player of the Year. Palomar sophomore left-handed pitcher Jake Barnett, like Christy a first-team All-California pick, made the Pacific Association third team. Comet freshman outfielder Chase Grant was selected to the Pacific Association Gold Glove team by the ABCA.

Player of Year Christy, Barnett 1st-team all-state

FRESNO (5-25-2015) – Palomar sophomore catcher Francis Christy, who tied for the state lead with 11 home runs and was third in RBIs with 52, was named California Community College Player of the Year during the weekend’s Final Four.

Christy was joined on the first team by sophomore left hander and Palomar teammate Jake Barnett.Barnett (shown in photo by Philip Farry pitching in the state winners' bracket finals against eventual champion Orange Coast), has signed with Lewis-Clark State of Lewiston, Idaho, the premier team in the NAIA. (Lewis-Clark State won its 17th NAIA World Series championship in June).

Barnett had been recruited by Cal State Fullerton and defending College World Series champion Vanderbilt University, but would have had to remain at Palomar an extra year to obtain his A.A. degree.

Two Comets were named second-team all-state and first-team All-Southern California, freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski and freshman shortstop Dylan Breault.

Comets ‘settle’ for third in state tournament

FRESNO (5-24-2015, 5-25-2015) -- Palomar tournament host Fresno City College 7-3 behind Chase Grant’s four RBIs, stunning a standing room-only crowd to begin the CCCAA State Championship Final Four on Saturday night at John Euless Ballpark.

But Jake Barnett lost a pitching duel to Art Vidrio 3-0 on Sunday afternoon and the Comets were unable to completely recover as they lost 14-7 to San Joaquin under the lights Sunday night and were eliminated. Orange Coast went on to beat Delta 9-4 on Monday, going undefeated in the double-elimination format to claim its second straight state title.

Palomar had to “settle” for third in the state, finishing its season 37-8. It was the first time the Comets were shut out all season and the first time they lost two straight games. The Comets had entered the Final Four ranked No. 2 in the nation while Delta was ranked No. 1. Coast was unranked coming in.

Coach Buck Taylor’s Comets finished the year ranked ninth nationally.

Joey Cooper went 3-for-4 with two RBIs n the win over Fresno, while Taylor Turski ran his win-loss record to 8-0 by striking out five batters over the first 6 2/3 innings. Graham Gomez finished up with 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Grant gave the Comets a 3-0 lead with a bases-loaded triple in the third inning, then scored on Alec Salcedo’s squeeze bunt to make it 4-0. Palomar continued on from there. (Grant is pictured crossing the plate in a photo by Philip Farry).

Against Orange Coast, Palomar wasted Barnett’s pitching performance after blowing an opportunity to get back in the game in the sixth inning, when they loaded the bases with two outs. The following batter, who entered the game as a pinch-hitter, popped up on the first pitch to strand all three runners.

State Player of the Year Francis Christy went 2-for-4 and Anthony Balderas was 2-for-3 against the Pirates. Vince Mori, Cooper and Grant also hit safely.

Delta jumped out 12-1 in the final game of the tournament for Palomar, but the Comets refused to give in and battled back to close to within 12-7 with five runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth. The latter came on Christy’s 11th home run of the year, which disappeared into the night high over the rightfield wall to lead off the inning.

But Palomar could get no closer, leaving two runners on base after Christy’s homer in the seventh and again leading the bases loaded in the eighth. The Mustangs added a pair of late insurance runs.

The Comets left 14 runners on for the game and stranded 27 runners over three games.

For the game, Mori went 4-for-5 and Christy was 3-for-4 and walked twice, once intentionally, to close out with five hits in his last six at-bats in his final appearance as a Comet. Cooper was 3-for-6, finishing the tournament 7-for-12 over three games. Salcedo was 3-for-5 in the game. Chris Stratton added a pair of hits. Grant singled to drive in a run.

Palomar pounded out 18 hits in the loss – but Delta had 19 hits off four Comet pitchers.

It was the Comets’ second appearance in the final Four. They were runners-up in the state tournament in 2005, when they needed one win the final day to bring home the state championship but lost back-to-back games to Santa Rosa, which wrapped up the title.


Christy is Player of Yr.; Taylor is Coach of Yr.

SAN DIEGO (4-30-2015) -- Francis Christy was selected as Palomar’s third consecutive conference Player of the Year and Buck Taylor was named Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his 10 seasons as the Comets’ head coach at the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference coaches’ selection meeting on Wednesday.

Five players from Palomar’s No. 5 nationally-ranked and Southern California Regionals top-seeded team receive first-team recognition in balloting among conference head coaches.

The Comets’ first-team selections are Christy, sophomore left-handed pitcher Jake Barnett, freshman left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski, sophomore right-handed reliever Taylor Russell and freshman shortstop Dylan Brauldt. Christy and Barnett are repeat selections who also made the first team last season.

Kyle Montiel, who moved on to pitch for Cal State San Marcos, and Dylan Smith, now the starting rightfielder for San Jose State, were PCAC Player of the Year selections in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Receiving honorable mention were freshman corner infielder Niko Holm, sophomore outfielder Alec Salcedo, sophomore third baseman Vince Mori, sophomore second baseman Chris Stratton, sophomore utility player Anthony Balderas, freshman right-handed pitcher Troy Lamparello, sophomore right-handed reliever Rusty Huber, sophomore left-handed reliever Graham Gomez and freshman outfielder Joey Cooper.

2015 Baseball Schedule and Results

(Home Games in Bold)



Jan 29

at Orange Coast

Costa Mesa (Orange Coast College)

L 4-5 (11 inn.) BOX 0-1 0-0
Fri Jan 30 Golden West Myers Field W 3-2 BOX 1-1 0-0
Sat Jan 31 at Golden West Huntington Beach (Golden West College) L 6-11 BOX 1-2 0-0
Tue Feb 3 Orange Coast Myers Field W 4-3 BOX 2-2 0-0
Thu Feb. 5 at College of the Desert (Buttles Memorial Tournament) Palm Desert (COD) W 19-0 BOX 3-2 0-0
Fri Feb 6 San Bernardino Valley (Buttles Memorial Tournament) Palm Desert (COD) W 12-3 BOX 4-2 0-0
Sat Feb 7 Cypress (Buttles Tournament) Palm Desert (COD) L 7-8 BOX 4-3 0-0
Thu Feb 12 at Fullerton Fullerton (Hornet Field) W 8-1 BOX 5-3 0-0
Sat Feb 14 Fullerton Myers Field W 4-2 BOX 6-3 0-0
Tue Feb 17 Glendale UC Riverside W 9-2 BOX 7-3 0-0
Wed Feb 18 at Cerritos Norwalk (Cerritos College) W 7-1 BOX 8-3 0-0
Thu Feb 19 College of the Desert Myers Field W 3-1 BOX 9-3 0-0
Sat Feb 21 San Diego City College (PCAC) Myers Field W 8-1 BOX 10-3 1-0
Thu Feb 26 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial (Imperial Valley College) W 12-1 BOX 11-3 2-0
Fri Feb 27 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Myers Field W 10-0 BOX 12-3 3-0
Thu Mar 5 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon (Noel Mickelsen Field) W 4-3 BOX 13-3 4-0
Fri Mar 6 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Myers Field W 7-0 BOX 14-3 5-0
Sat Mar 7 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista (Southwestern College) L 2-3 (12 inn.) BOX 14-4 5-1
Tue Mar 10 at San Diego City College (PCAC) San Diego (Morley Field) W 1-0 BOX 15-4 6-1
Thu Mar 12 San Diego City College (PCAC) Myers Field W 6-1 BOX 16-4 7-1
Sat Mar 14 at San Diego City College (PCAC) San Diego (Morley Field) W 10-6 BOX 17-4 8-1
Tue Mar 24 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial (Imperial Valley College) W 7-1 BOX 18-4 9-1
Thu Mar 26 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Myers Field W 15-3 BOX 19-4 10-1
Fri Mar 27 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Myers Field W 2-0 BOX 20-4 11-1
Tue Mar 31 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego (SD Mesa College) L 5-6 BOX 20-5 11-2
Thu Apr 2 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Myers Field W 5-4 BOX 21-5 12-2
Fri Apr 3 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego (SD Mesa College) W 12-2 BOX 22-5 13-2
Tue Apr 7 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Mt. San Jacinto College (San Jacinto) W 3-2 BOX 23-5 14-2
Thu Apr 9 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Myers Field W 9-2 BOX 24-5 15-2
Sat Apr 11 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Mt. San Jacinto College (San Jacinto) W 6-2 BOX 25-5 16-2
Tue Apr 14 Grossmont (PCAC) Myers Field W 8-0 BOX 26-5 17-2
Thu Apr 16 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon (Noel Mickelsen Field) W 4-2 BOX 27-5 18-2
Fri Apr 17 Grossmont (PCAC) Myers Field W 4-2 BOX 28-5 19-2
Tue Apr 21 Southwestern (PCAC) Myers Field W 7-0 BOX 29-5 20-2
Thu Apr 23 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista (Southwestern College) W 7-4 BOX 30-5 21-2
Sat Apr 25 Southwestern (PCAC) Myers Field L 3-8 BOX 30-6 21-3
Fri May 1 Riverside City College (Game 1) Myers Field W 7-3 BOX 31-6
Sat May 2 Riverside City College (Game 2) Myers Field W 4-2 BOX 32-6  
Sat May 9 Irvine Valley (Game 1) Myers Field W 3-0 BOX 33-6  
Sun May 10 Irvine Valley (Game 2) Myers Field W 10-1 BOX 34-6  
Sat May 16 Saddleback (Game 1) Myers Field W 6-2 BOX 35-6
Sun May 17 Saddleback (Game 2) Myers Field W 6-2 BOX 35-6  
Sat May 23 Fresno City College Fresno (Fresno City College) W 7-3 BOX 36-6  
Sun May 24 Orange Coast Fresno (Fresno City College) L 0-3 BOX 36-7  
    San Joaquin Delta Fresno (Fresno City College) L 7-14 BOX 36-8  

2015 Roster








High School (City) / Previous College

1 Joey Cooper OF L/R 5-10 160 Fr Highland (Bakersfield, CA)
2 Chase Grant OF L/R 5-11 175 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
3 Chris Stratton INF R/R 6-0 165 So Chaparral (Temecula, CA)
4 Dylan Breault INF R/R 6-1 170 Fr Northville (Northville, MI)
7 Jordan Gardner OF R/R 5-10 170 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
8 Taylor Turski LHP L/L 5-9 160 Fr Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
9 Brian Boomhower IF R/R 5-10 175 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
11 Sam Casinelli INF R/R 5-10 175 Fr La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA) / Riverside City College
13 Graham Gomez LHP L/L 6-0 185 So Santa Fe Christian (Encinitas, CA) / Wheaton College
14 Troy Lamparello RHP R/R 6-0 170 Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
15 Colton Aaro C L/R 6-0 175 Fr San Pasqual (Escondido, CA) / Chapman University
16 Alec Salcedo OF L/R 6-2 170 So Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta, CA)
17 Derek Black 1B L/L 6-1 190 Fr Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) / Purdue University
18 Vince Mori INF R/R 6-0 180 So Westview (San Diego, CA)
19 Jake Barnett LHP L/L 6-2 175 So Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
20 Josh Bravin RHP R/R 5-11 175 So Silverado (Las Vegas, NV) / Ventura CC
23 Niko Holm INF R/R 6-2 185 Fr Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)
24 Ryan Lemus PF R/R 6-1 180 So Arlington (Riverside, CA) / Chaffey CC
25 Travis Mitchell OF L/L 5-10 205 So M.L. King (Riverside, CA) / Colorado Northwestern CC
26 Carl Schwettmann OF R/R 6-0 180 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
27 Adam Estemyer LHP L/L 6-0 180 Fr East Valley (Redlands, CA) / Concordia University (Irvine)
28 Cole Brooks OF L/R 6-2 215 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
29 Rusty Huber RHP R/R 6-4 170 So Mira Mesa (San Diego, CA)
31 Matt Flake RHP R/R 6-1 185 Fr Oceanside (Oceanside, CA) / Saint Katherine College
33 Francis Christy C L/R 6-3 220 So Casa Grande (Petaluma, CA)
36 Anthony Balderas 1B/RHP R/R 6-1 210 So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)
34 Brayden McCoy C R/R 6-3 225 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
35 Joel Mitchell 1B R/R 6-4 215 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
36 Anthony Balderas 1B/P R/R 6-1 210 So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)
37 Tyler Russell RHP R/R 6-2 240 Fr Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) / Eastern Michigan University
39 Shane Gonzales RHP R/R 6-2 210 So Great Oak (Temecula, CA) / USC
40 Thomas Brunansky RHP R/R 6-4 215 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
Buck Taylor, Head Coach
Ben Adams, Associate Head Coach; Recruiting Coordinator, Infield Coach
Jared Suwyn, Pitching Coach
Josh Larrinaga, Outfield Coach
Bobby Shore, Bullpen Coach
B.K. Santy, Catching Coach
Michael Cruz, Bullpen Coach

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