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2016 Season ...

Hornets win pitchers' duel 1-0; Rematch Sat.

FULLERTON (2-04-2016) -- Fullerton College's 6-foot-4, 240-pound right-hander Randall Ortiz won a pitchers' duel on Thursday as the Hornets, runners-up in the 2014 state community college tournament, edged Palomar, third-place finisher in the state in 2015, 1-0 at Hornet Field.

The two teams will face each other again in a rematch on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the new Palomar Baseball Complex.

Ortiz, who trimmed down 25 pounds from his 2015 playing weight for the Hornets during the off-season, struck out 11 Comets, 10 of them looking. Fullerton played spectacular defense in back of Ortiz.

Troy Lamparello (left), Carter Johnson and Marc Sauceda pitched for the Comets.

Lamparello threw the first five innings. Johnson came on to begin the sixth and Sauceda came in to begin the eighth. They combined to strike out six.

Fullerton scored the game's only run in the third inning on Austin O'Banion's two-out RBI single through in the hole between the shortstop and the second baseman.

Dylan Breault, Casey Henderson, Cole Brooks and Chase Grant singled for Palomar's hits in the game.

ABOVE: Palomar starter Taylor Turski throws out Golden West's Chris Gilbody on a first-inning sacrifice bunt in the Comets' 4-3 win Saturday at Palomar College Ballpark. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Mike Lopez, who followed Turski to the mound, delivers a pitch. No. 20 is second baseman Mitch Gallagher. -- Photos by Philip Farry. BELOW: Chase Grant (left), who tripled in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on a single by Cody Norton (right)

Norton's single gives PC first win in new park

SAN MARCOS (1-30-2015) -- Chase Grant tripled into the rightfield corner with one out in the bottom of the ninth and Cody Norton drove him in with a bloop single into short rightfield on Saturday as Palomar beat Golden West 4-3.

Leading up to Norton's game-winning RBI, Casey Henderson slugged a two-run home run to leftfield in the third inning, the first HR ever at the new Palomar College Ballpark, giving the Comets a 3-1 lead. The Rustlers scored single runs in the seventh and the top of the ninth to tie it, the latter on a bad-hop single that knocked down shortstop Dylan Breault with with two outs.

Mitch Hayes, a freshman right-hander from Great Oak High School in Temecula, picked up Palomar's first win of the season in relief. Taylor Turski, who started and was the victim of an unearned run, and Mike Lopez had limited Golden West to two runs through 7 2/3 innings.

After the Rustlers went in front 1-0 on an error to lead off the game, the Comets tied the game 1-1 in the second inning when when Mitch Gallagher singled to center to drive in Breault, who was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a passed ball.

Shane Olson doubled and Matt Benson, Breault and Matt Wezniak singled for the other Palomar hits.

Benson, the Comets' catcher, had his third big game defensively, picking off two baserunners and blocking eight pitches in the dirt on eight attempts.

Golden West is the defending champion of the Orange Empire Conference, which is considered the best community college conference in the nation. The OEC has produced the last three state champions, Cypress in 2013 and Orange Coast in 2014 and 2015. Orange Empire teams have won 14 state titles in the last 22 years.

Palomar will play three more times vs. Orange Empire teams in its next three games.

BOX | SEASON

PC seeks split with Orange Empire champs Sat.

HUNTINGTON BEACH (1-28-2016) -- Palomar, which inevitably seems to start the season slowly, played better on Thursday than it did 24 hours earlier. But the Comets still lost 8-6 to defending Orange Empire Conference champion Golden West.

PC will return to the new Palomar College Ballpark to host the Rustlers in a return matchup at 1 p.m. Saturday, when they will host former Palomar players from all eras for the second time this week.

If the five-time defending PCAC champion Comets win Saturday's rematch behind pre-season community college All-American pitcher Taylor Turski, they'll be 1-2 to open the season.

That would be the same record, complete with a split vs. Golden West, that the Comets had to begin 2015 when they wound up 37-8, placed third in the CCCAA State Tournament and were ranked No. 9 in the nation to conclude the season.

On Thursday, the Comets were much improved from an opening 7-3 loss to College of the Desert in the first game ever played at the new baseball facility on Wednesday. But they were still far from what coach Buck Taylor expects from a squad that came into the season ranked No. 9 in the nation.

The big problem again was defense. The Comets had six errors and two passed balls over the first four innings. They solved the defensive problems over the final five innings and twice rallied to tie the score at 3-3 and 6-6, breaking out offensively with a 10-hit attack that included a triple by Dylan Breault and doubles by Eric Charles (above left, file photo), Grant Buck and Casey Henderson (above right).

Buck, their 6-foot-5 freshman first baseman from Carlsbad High School, went 2-for-4 to lead the offensive attack.

Charles, who made a series of catches going back toward the centerfield fence, originally signed with Cal State Fullerton out of Redwood High School in Visalia. He was rated the No. 1 player in the Titans' 2016 recruiting class.

Buck, Mike Benson and Cody Norton all singled as the Comets pushed across three runs in the top of the fifth to come back from a 6-3 deficit to tie the game the first time.

After Golden West tallied three times in the bottom of the inning, Palomar again scored three runs to tie it up in the following inning on a single by Chase Grant and, after a hard-hit ball resulted to a bang-bang double play, Breault's triple off a post in the leftfield fence, Buck's RBI double, an RBI single by Mitch Gallagher and an RBI triple off the bat of Henderson.

Henderson's hit drove Golden West opening-day starter Cody Marshall, a transfer from Long Beach State, from the mound with a non-decision. Palomar got all 10 of its hits off the highly-touted Marshall before Rick Winfield came on to retire the Comets' last 11 batters.

For Palomar, starter Carter Johnson allowed only two earned runs out of the seven runs Golden West scored in the first five innings. He took the loss. The Comets' third pitcher of the afternoon, Mitch Hayes, retired the Rustlers in the eighth inning, giving up a one-out walk before second baseman Nashea Diggs, Breault at short and first baseman Buck turned a double play.

The other big defensive play for Palomar besides Charles' catches and the eighth-inning double play, play included an earlier 6-4-3 double that went from Breault-to-Diggs-to-Buck. Diggs had the Comets' other hit of the day, a third-inning single.

The Rustlers won the game game with one run each in the fifth and eighth innings.

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UCLA transfer Mike Benson is safe at first in the fourth inning in the first game at the new Palomar College Ballpark on Wednesday. COD spoiled the Comets' debut at the new facility 7-3 in a sloppy game. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PC comes up short in sloppy debut on new field 

SAN MARCOS (1-27-2016) -- The best thing about Palomar's first game ever at its new baseball facility on Wednesday is that the Comets won't have any time to stress about what happened because they get to play another game less than 24 hours later. 

Coach Buck Taylor's team, ranked No. 2 in Southern California and No. 10 in the nation in the pre-season, will be right back in action Thursday at 2 p.m. at Golden West with an opportunity to even its record at 2-2 after a forgetable, error-filled, sloppy opening loss.

Playing before a big crowd including a large contingent of Palomar baseball alums in the first game ever at Palomar Baseball Park, the Comets were upset by visiting College of the Desert 7-3 in a game that was marred by 11 combined errors by the two opponents.

Palomar imploded early when the Roadrunners pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the top of the first inning as three three straight infield errors and a single gave COD a 2-0 lead.

The Comets answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning when Dylan Breault singled, stole second, took third on a throwing error by the catcher and came home on Grant Buck's RBI single to left.

But they never really got untracked and COD scored four runs in the third inning on a series of hits and another error. And, by the time the dust had cleared, Palomar had come up four runs short despite six errors by the visitors.

The Comets scored twice in the third inning on Niko Holm's single, two COD errors and Shane Olson's RBI fielder's choice.

Two College of the Desert pitches shut out Palomar the rest of the way. Starter Shane Lamparello, who had only one bad inning, retired the side in order in the fourth before leaving the game and was tagged with the loss.

Tyler Baca, who followed Lamparello to the mound, threw four scoreless innings and Tom Brunansky came on to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning.

Meanwhile, the Comets managed only five hits on the afternoon, the singles by Breault, Buck and Holm and an eighth-inning single by Casey Henderson.

Rancho Buena Vista High School product Mike Benson, a transfer from UCLA where he red-shirted, threw out two COD runners in the top of the eighth.

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Field dedication ceremonies are slated for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with the 2015 baseball opener vs. College of the Desert at 2 p.m., at the new Palomar College Ballpark at the far north end of campus. Ex-Palomar players from various eras will be recognized. Then, on Saturday, all former Palomar players in attendance will be hosted and recognized at the Comets' 1 p.m. game vs. Golden West. The Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame dinner is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Twin Oaks Golf Club. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Ceremonies, games at new field in HOF week

SAN MARCOS (1-26-2016) -- Dedication ceremonies for Palomar College Ballpark are slated for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the Comets' first game ever at the new facility at the north end of campus vs. College of the Desert at 2 p.m.

Ex-Palomar players from various eras will be recognized. Then, on Saturday, all former Palomar players in attendance will be hosted and recognized at the Comets' 1 p.m. game vs. Golden West.

The complex features a new grass playing surface punctuated by artificial turf adjoining the playing surface, stadium seating, state-of-the-art dugouts, press/announcers box, the same audio system utilized at San Diego State's Tony Gwynn Field, a Daktronics high visibility LED scoreboard, an artificial turf warm-up surface, five bullpen mounds, seven batting cages, restrooms, snack bar, ornate entrance, landscaping and other amenities.

The complex's opening begins a migration of all of the college's athletic facilities to the North end of campus which will also include a softball complex, new gymnasium complex, new strength facility, swimming/water polo pool, tennis courts and a multi-story kinesiology building. The college previously moved its artificial-turf soccer facility to the upper end of campus. The new facilities will be served by a parking structure.

Three former Palomar players, San Diego Padres pitcher Nick Vincent, pitcher Donnie Johnson and middle infielder/outfielder Dick Christman will be among 14 inductees into the Palomar Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Twin Oaks Golf Club. Another ex-Comet baseball player, Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley, is unable to attend due to personal reasons. Balsley will now be inducted as part of next year's class.  

PC, Washington alum Santy to Cal as assistant

BERKELEY (1-25-2016) -- B.K. Santy, who played four seasons as a starting catcher, as a freshman and sophomore at Palomar and as a junior and senior at the University of Washington, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach by the University of California-Berkeley.

After playing two seasons in the Pac-12 for the Washington Huskies, Santy spent part of two seasons in the Minnesota Twins farm system.

He was Palomar's catching coach last season.

Palomar ranked No. 2 in state in the pre-season

SACRAMENTO (1-03-2016) -- Palomar will enter the 2016 baseball season ranked No. 2 in Southern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association.

Orange Coast, which eliminated the Comets in the 2015 State Final Four, then won its second consecutive state championship, is ranked No. 1.

Palomar's 2015 team, which won its fifth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title, entered the Final Four ranked second in the nation. The Comets wound up third in the state tournament and ranked No. 9 in the nation by Perfect Game USA.com

The Comets will play 14 games against nine teams ranked in the top 20 in Southern Cal: two vs. the top-ranked OCC Pirates, one vs. No. 3 Cypress, two vs. No. 6 Golden West, two vs. No. 8 Fullerton, four vs. No. 11 Southwestern, one vs. No. 12 Glendale, one vs. No. 16 San Bernardino Valley and one vs. No. 18 Cerritos.

SOCAL BASEBALL RANKINGS

1. Orange Coast (30-17 in 2015), 2. Palomar (37-8), 3. Cypress (25-13), 4. Santa Barbara City College (33-11); 5. Oxnard (26-11-1), 6. Golden West (26-16), 7. Saddleback (27-16), 8. Fullerton (24-17), 9. Riverside City College (22-17), 10. Rio Hondo (26-12), 11. Southwestern (29-10), 12. Glendale (22-20), 13. Cuesta (22-18), 14. College of the Canyons (19-17), 15. Hancock (13-23), 16. San Bernardino Valley (23-15), 17. Los Angeles Mission (22-15), 18. Cerritos (22-15), 19. El Camino (24-12), 20. Long Beach City College (20-18)

Troy Lamparello (above, photo by Hugh Cox) and Taylor Turski (below, photo by Melinda Finn) are 2016 community college pre-season All-Americans. Lamparello, a sophomore from El Camino High School, and Turski, a sophomore from Temecula Valley High School, were a combined 13-0 as freshmen a year ago. The Comets will play their season opener vs. College of the Desert at the new Palomar College Ballpark on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m.

Pre-season All-American honors for 2 Comets

SACRAMENTO (1-03-2016) -- Left-handed pitcher Taylor Turski and right-hander Troy Lamparello have been selected as pre-season CCCBA Community College All-Americans.

Turski, a sophomore from Temecula Valley High School, compiled an 8-0 win-loss record and 1.03 earned run average for the Comets in 2015 as a freshman.

Lamparello, a sophomore out of El Camino High School, had a 5-0 win-loss record and a 2.57 ERA.

Palomar, ranked No. 2 in Southern California in the pre-season, will play its season opener against College of the Desert in the first-ever game played at the newly-completed Palomar College Ballpark at the far north end of campus on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 2 p.m. Official Opening Ceremonies for the new facility will be conducted prior to the game.

After an away game at No. 6-ranked Golden West the following afternoon, the Comets will play host to Palomar baseball players of the past when they host the Rustlers on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.  

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.

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.

BOX VS. FRESNO | BOX VS. ORANGE COAST | BOX VS. DELTA | SEASON STATS

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.

2016 Baseball Schedule and Results

(Home Games in Bold)

DAY DATE OPPONENT SITE TIME / SCORE BOX W-L PCAC

Wed

Jan 27

College of the Desert

Palomar College Ballpark

Lost 3-7 BOX 0-1  
Thu Jan 28 at Golden West Huntington Beach (Fred Hoover Field, Golden West College) Lost 6-8 BOX 0-2  
Sat Jan 30 Golden West Palomar College Ballpark WON 4-3 BOX 1-2  
Thu Feb 4 at Fullerton Fullerton College (Hornet Field) Lost 0-1   1-3  
Sat Feb 6 Fullerton Palomar College Ballpark 1 p.m.      
Tue Feb 9 Orange Coast Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Thu Feb. 11 at College of the Desert (David Buttles Memorial Tournament) Palm Desert (Hamilton Baseball Field, COD) 4:30 p.m.      
Fri Feb 12 San Bernardino Valley (David Buttles Memorial Tournament) Palm Desert (Hamilton Baseball Field, COD) 4:30 p.m.      
Sat Feb 13 Cypress (David Buttles Memorial Tournament) Palm Desert (Hamilton Baseball Field, COD) 10 a.m.      
Thu Feb 18 at Orange Coast Costa Mesa (Wendall Pickens Field, Orange Coast College) 2 p.m.      
Sat Feb 20 Cerritos Palomar College Ballpark 1 p.m.      
Tue Feb 23 Glendale Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Sat Feb 27 (Grossmont PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark Noon      
Tue Mar 1 San Diego Mesa  (PCAC) San Diego (SD Mesa field) 2 p.m.      
Thu Mar 3 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) San Jacinto (Mt. San Jacinto College field) 2 p.m.       
Sat Mar 5 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark Noon      
Thu Mar 10 Southwestern (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Sat Mar 12 at San Diego City College (PCAC) San Diego (Morley Field) Noon      
Tue Mar 15 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon (Noel Mickelsen Field, Grossmont College) 2 p.m.      
Thu Mar 17 Grossmont (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Sat Mar 19 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon (Noel Mickelsen Field, Grossmont College) Noon      
Tue Mar 22 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Thu Mar 24 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego (SD Mesa field) 2 p.m.      
Fri Mar 25 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Tue Mar 29 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Thu Mar 31 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) San Jacinto (Mt. San Jacinto College field) 2 p.m.      
Sat Apr 2 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark Noon      
Tue Apr 5 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial (Imperial Valley College field) 2 p.m.      
Thu Apr 7 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Sat Apr 9 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial (Imperial Valley College field) Noon      
Tue Apr 19 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista (Juncture Field, Southwestern College) 2 p.m.      
Thu Apr 21 Southwestern (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Sat Apr 23 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista (Juncture Field, Southwestern College) Noon      
Tue Apr 26 San Diego City College (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      
Thu Apr 28 at San Diego City College (PCAC) San Diego (Morley Field) 2 p.m.      
Fri Apr 29 San Diego City College (PCAC) Palomar College Ballpark 2 p.m.      

2016 Roster

NO.  

NAME                POS.

B/T    

HT.   

WT.  

YR.

HIGH SCHOOL (CITY) / PREVIOUS COLLEGE

1 Nashea Diggs INF R/R 5-9 170 So Esperanza (Anaheim, CA) / Central Arizona CC
2 Chase Grant OF L/R 5-11 175 So Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
3 Eric Charles OF L/L 6-0 170 Fr Redwood (Visalia, CA)
4 Dylan Breault INF R/R 6-2 190 So Northville (Northville, MI) / New Mexico Community College
7 Effrin Medina INF R/R 5-8 180 So Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA) / St. Katherine College
8 Taylor Turski P L/L 5-9 175 So Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA)
9 Casey Henderson INF R/R 6-0 180 So Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA) / UC Riverside
11 Sam Casinelli UT R/R 5-10 175 So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA) / Riverside City College
13 Trae Erikson INF R/R 6-0 160 Fr Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta, CA)
14 Troy Lamparello P R/R 6-0 170 So El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
15 Mitchell Hayes INF L/R 6-0 180 Fr Great Oak (Temecula, CA)
17 Tyler Baca P R/R 6-2 170 Fr Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, NV)
18 Mike Lopez P R/R 6-0 175 So El Camino (Oceanside, CA) / Central Arizona CC
19 Matt Wezniak 1B L/L 6-1 200 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
20 Mitch Gallagher INF R/R 6-0 170 So IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL) / Pepperdine University
21 Carter Johnson P R/R 6-2 200 So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA) / San Jose State
22 Nick Juhl C R/R 6-0 180 So Temecula Valley (Temecula, CA) / Metro State
23 Niko Holm INF R/R 6-2 185 So Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)
24 Mike Benson C R/R 6-2 200 Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista,
CA) / UCLA
25 Marc Sauceda P/1B L/L 5-10 200 Fr Chaparral (Temecula, CA)
26 Juwan Maxwell OF L/L 5-10 175 Fr Chaparral (Temecula, CA)
27 John Makay R/R C 6-1 210 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
28 Cole Brooks OF L/R 6-3 215 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
29 Connor Stotz HP R/R 6-2 180 Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA) / UC Davis
31 Shane Olson OF R/R 6-4 210 So Loyola Sacred Heart (Missoula, MT) / University of Washington
32 Brett Lockwood P R/R 6-4 210 Fr Murrieta Vally (Murrieta, CA)
33 Cody Norton OF R/R 6-4 210 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
34 Grant Buck 1B L/R 6-5 210 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
35 Joel Michell 1B R/R 6-1 215 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
36 Kyle McKean 1B R/R 6-3 225 Fr San Ramon (San Ramon, CA) / Chabot CC
37 William Law P L/R 6-0 210 So Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA) / St. Joseph's U. (IN)
40 Thomas Brunansky P R/R 6-4 215 Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
COACHING STAFF
Buck Taylor, Head Coach
Ben Adams, Associate Head Coach; Recruiting Coordinator, Infield Coach
Bob Vetter, Bench Coach
Bobby Shore, Pitching Coach
Josh Larrinaga, Outfield Coach
Hayden Carter, Bullpen Coach

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