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Palomar College
1140 W. Mission Rd.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150 Ext. 2460
FAX (760) 761-3512
Athletic Director:
John Woods

Comets miss 5th title in 7 years
Palomar College failed in a try for a second straight Pacific Coast Conference championship and fifth conference title in the last seven seasons but placed second and advanced to the Southern California Regionals for the eighth year in a row.

The Comet (21-15) couldn't hold a 7-2 eighth-inning lead and fell to host El Camino College 8-7 in the Southern California Regionals' first round on May 15 in Torrance. The Warriors (29-7) eliminated Palomar from the post-season with the come-from behind victory..

The comets gave coach Bob Vetter his 600th coaching victory and 500th win as Palomar this season.

2004 Baseball Schedule and Results

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME /

RESULT

SUMMARY

ALL

CONF.

PALOMAR INVITATIONAL

Fri

Feb 6

Cerritos

Home

Lost 7-9 Summary 0-1  

Sat

Feb 7

Santa Ana

Home

Lost 6-10 Summary 0-2  

NONCONFERENCE

Tue Feb 17 Mt. San Jacinto Home WON 2-1 Summary 1-2  

PALOMAR TOURNAMENT

Thu

Feb. 19

Siskiyous

Home

WON 6-1

Summary

2-2  
Fri Feb. 20 Siskiyous Home WON 19-2 Summary 3-2  
    Mt. SAC Home WON 11-9 Summary 4-2  
Sat Feb. 21 Mt. SAC Home WON 11-2 Summary 5-2  

NONCONFERENCE

Tue Feb 24 Orange Coast Away Lost 7-10 Summary 5-3  
PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
Sat Feb 28 San Diego City College Away WON 19-5 Summary 6-3 1-0
Thu Mar 4 Southwestern Home Lost 7-13 Summary 6-4 1-1
Fri Mar 5 Imperial Valley Home WON 5-1 Summary 7-4 2-1
Sat Mar 6 Grossmont Home Lost 5-6 Summary 7-5 2-2
Tue Mar 9 San Diego Mesa Home WON 10-1 Summary 8-5 3-2
Thu Mar 11 San Diego City College Away WON 7-5 Summary 9-5 4-2
Sat Mar 13 San Diego City College Home Lost 3-6 Summary 9-6 4-3
Tue Mar 16 Imperial Valley Away Lost 5-10 Summary 9-7 4-4
Thu Mar 18 Imperial Valley Home WON 6-4 Summary 10-7 5-4
Tue Mar 23 Southwestern Away Lost 4-5 Summary 10-8 5-5
Thu Mar 25 Southwestern Home Lost 0-1 Summary 10-9 5-6
Sat Mar 27 Grossmont Away WON 9-6 Summary 11-9 6-6
Tue Mar 30 Grossmont Away WON 10-9 Summary 12-9 7-6
Thu April 1 San Diego Mesa Home WON 6-5 Summary 13-9 8-6
Sat April 3 San Diego Mesa Away Lost 7-8 (16) Summary 13-10 8-7

PALOMAR EASTER SERIES

Tue April 6 Orange Coast Home WON 3-2 Summary 14-10  
Thu April 8 Golden West Home Lost 4-6 Summary 14-11  

PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE

Tue April 13 San Diego City College Away WON 15-0 Summary 15-11 9-7
Thu April 15 San Diego City College Home Lost 7-9 Summary 15-12 9-8
Tue April 20 Imperial Valley Away WON 6-1 Summary 16-12 10-8
Thu April 22 Imperial Valley Home WON 8-1 Summary 17-12 11-8
Sat April 24 Southwestern Away WON 5-2 Summary 18-12 12-8
Tue April 27 Southwestern Home Lost 3-5 Summary 18-13 12-9
Thu April 29 Grossmont Away Lost 7-8 Summary 18-14 12-10
Sat May 1 Grossmont Home WON 7-1 Summary 19-14 13-10
Tue May 4 San Diego Mesa Home WON 7-5 Summary 20-14 14-10
Thu May 6 San Diego Mesa Away WON 11-3 Summary 21-14 15-10

STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE PLAYOFFS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA REGIONALS

Sat May 15 El Camino Away Lost 7-8 Summary 21-15 15-11

2004 Roster

No

Name

Pos

B/T

Ht

Wt

Yr

Exp

Previous School(s)

1 Aaron Garcia SS R/R 6-1 180 So JC Grossmont HS
3 Pat Williamson SS L/R 5-9 160 Fr HS San Pasqual HS
4 Derek Simper 3B R/R 5-10 160 So NCAA-DI San Marcos HS / USD

6

Nobuyuki Hishinuma

2B

R/R

6-0

160

So

JC

Jhotho HS (Tokyo, Japan)

7 Chris Simpson C L/R 6-1 180 Fr RS Mills HS (Milbrae) / San Mateo JC

9

Jose Hernandez

C/P/DH

R/R

6-1

200

Fr

HS

Oceanside HS

11

Tyler Wightman

OF

R/R

6-3

195

So

NCAA-DI

Poway HS / U. of Hawaii

13 Bobby Meyers P L/L 6-0 180 So JC San Marcos HS
14 Brad Miller 3B R/R 6-0 180 So JC Vista HS / Orange Coast JC
15 Sean Murphy P R/R 6-0 215 Fr HS San Marcos HS
16 Erich Kemp 1B R/R 6-0 200 Fr HS Hemet HS
17 Kenoli Fonseca OF R/R 5-9 175 Fr HS Escondido HS
18 Steve Tripp OF L/R 6-1 170 Fr HS Temecula Valley HS
19 Shane Thompson OF L/L 5-10 180 Fr HS Glendora HS
20 Drew Logan P R/R 6-2 170 Fr HS La Costa Canyon HS
21 Charlie Watson P R/R 6-2 170 So JC Rancho Buena Vista HS

22

Andrew Thomson

P

R/R

6-2

205

Fr

HS

Temecula Valley HS

24

Joey Burke

2B

B/R

5-9

170

Fr

HS

La Costa Canyon HS

25 Chris Sweeney OF/1B R/R 6-6 215 Fr RS Orange Glen HS
26 Danny Flannery OF L/R 6-1 185 Fr HS San Dieguito Academy
27 Mike Kearney P R/R 6-4 210 So JC San Marcos HS
28 Brad Clipp P R/R 6-2 185 So JC Scripps Ranch HS
29 Travis Goset P L/L 6-3 182 So JC Temecula Valley HS
30 Brandon Adams P R/R 6-1 175 Fr RS Oceanside HS / Long Beach St.
31 Terry Moritz OF R/R 5-10 180 Fr HS San Marcos HS
32 Dylan Parzyk C R/R 6-1 185 Fr HS Rancho Buena Vista HS
34 Takane Suzuki P R/R 5-9 170 Fr HS Ishikawa HS (Fukushima, Japan)
2003 HEADLINES . . .
Heartbreak loss in Regional finals
Freshman left-hander Travis Goset (right), who had pitched only 11 2/3 innings all year, started and turned in a gutty, near-route going showing May 11 vs. Santa Ana in the championship game of the Southern California Community College Regionals' Site D tournament at Myers Field. Goset's performance took the Comets into the ninth inning with a 4-2 lead. Goset left the game with one out and a 4-3 lead after a walk, single and two-base error, and the Dons rallied to win 6-4 and eliminate the Comets.

Goset, trying to become the first Palomar pitcher to beat the Dons since Mark Ringkamp in the 1988 Regionals, retired the first 11 Santa Ana batters and gave up only 6 hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Scott Robinson went 2-for-4 for the Comets and drove in 2 runs. Carlos Medina slugged a 2-run homer.

Palomar ended the season 27-15.

Robinson signs; Ramos honored
Palomar College outfielder/first baseman Scott Robinson signed a bonus contract with the Houston Astros on Sunday, May 25. Robinson was selected by the Astros in the seventh round of the June 2002 draft and the Astros had until one week prior to the 2003 draft to sign him before his name went back in the draft pool.

Sources said Robinson received a $250,000 signing bonus, virtually doubling the amount he was offered a year earlier by playing one season for the Comets.

In addition, Palomar second baseman Joe Ramos was selected to the Community College All-America first team and to the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association All-State first team. Ramos signed with Chico State.

Both Robinson and pitcher Jon Fleming, who signed with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, made the All-State second team and the All-Southern California first team.

Giants draft Schmidt in 10th round
Former Palomar outfielder Jesse Schmidt, who set a Sacramento State record this past season by hitting in 24 consecutive games, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, June 3, in the 10th round.

Schmidt, a junior, was the second outfielder selected by the Giants. He's expected to sign.

The La Costa High School graduate hit .389 for Sac State during the recent season with 81 hits, 53 runs scored, nine doubles, 16 home runs, 55 RBIs and 16 steals. He set a Sac State record with 12 outfield assists, had a .993 fielding percentage with only one error as the Hornets' right fielder and was selected as Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week April 21 by the Collegiate Baseball News.

Schmidt helped lead Sacramento State to a 33-24 record.

Pitcher Matt Chico, who red-shirted at Palomar, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round.

Pads name ex-Comet to MLB staff
The San Diego Padres named former Palomar College pitcher Darren Balsley as their new pitching coach. General manager Kevin Towers announced the Padres had fired pitching coach Greg Booker and replaced him with Balsley, the pitching coach at Class Double A Mobile, on Saturday, May 17, 2003.

Balsley pitched for coach Bob Vetter's Comets during the 1983 and 1984 seasons before spending six seasons as a minor league pitcher in the Oakland A's and Toronto Blue Jays organizations.

Upon the conclusion of his pitching career in 1990, he both coached in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and then managed the Blue Jays' Rookie Advanced Classification Medicine Hat team.

Balsley moved to the Padres' organization in 2000 as pitching coach at Class A Ft. Wayne. In 2001, he was named pitching coach at Lake Elsinore, the Padres' top Class A club. The Padres promoted Balsley to the Class Double A level at Mobile in 2002.

Ex-Comets in Pro Baseball

PLAYER, POSITION

ORGANIZATION

LEVEL

Keith Anderson, catcher/pitcher

San Francisco Giants

AAA

Gera Alvarez, shortstop

Baltimore Orioles

A

Jake Guzman, catcher

Kansas City Royals

A

Scott Robinson, outfielder

Houston Astros

A

Jesse Schmidt, outfielder

San Francisco Giants

A

Greg Bochy, third base

San Diego Padres

A

Skip Adams, third base

Kansas City (Frontier League)

Ind.

Jeff Nettles, third base

Somerset (Atlantic League)

Ind.

Garry Templeton, outfield

Gary Southshore (Northern League)

Ind.

Bobby Koba, second base

Springfield/Ozark (Central League)

Ind.

Ryan Larson, third base

Cook County (Frontier League)

Ind.

Will Flynt, pitcher/manager

Cananea (Arizona-Mexican League)

Ind.

Paul Sweeney, pitcher

Springfield/Ozark (Central League)

Ind.

Matt Woychak, pitcher

Richmond (Frontier Lesgue)

Ind.

Chad Stewart, outfield

Alexandria (Central League)

Ind.

Nathan Meza, pitcher

Tecate (Arizona-Mexican League)

Ind.

Phil Thompson, outfield

Gary Southshore (Northern League)

Ind.

Adam Thompson, outfield

Cananea (Arizona-Mexican League)

Ind.

Coaching, Scouting

Randy Johnson, Asst. to the GM

Oakland A's

(Played Major League Baseball with Atlanta Braves)

Jason McLeod, Director of Scouting

Boston Red Sox

Darren Balsley, Major League Pitching Coach

San Diego Padres

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