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1140 W. Mission Rd.

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

Second in State

Top photo: Comets celebrate victory over Southwestern in champinship game of Palomar Super Regional. Left: Terry Moritz gets down bunt in State championship game vs. Santa Rosa in Fresno.

(Photos by Rick Rowell and Hugh Gerhardt)

Comets 2nd in State

Palomar College became the first San Diego County baseball team to reach the State Community College championship game in 31 years by winning its first two games in the State Final Four May 28-29 in Fresno.

But the Comets (34-11) came up just short in their State title bid when Santa Rosa (32-15) swept two games from the Comets 5-1 and 13-4 on Monday, May 30, at Fresno City College's John Euless Ballpark to capture its first State title since 1952.

"There are 88 community college baseball teams in California and we were one of the final two left standing," retiring coach Bob Vetter said. "We've can't let what happened today detract from what this group of players accomplished. They had a great season."

Palomar 10, Santa Rosa 5 — The Comets opened play in the Final Four by beating the Bear Cubs on Friday 10-5. Erich Kemp went 3-for-5 with a first-inning home run and a double. Tristan Gale went 2-for-2 with two doubles and two RBIs, and Konoli Fonseca was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two stolen bases. Cameron Penney also had two hits. Brandon Adams pitched the first eight innings to record his 10th victory in 14 decisions, and Takane Suzuki came on in the ninth inning and retired all three batters he faced.

Palomar 12, Fresno City College 9 — Dylan Parzyk slugged a three-run home run and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, helping lead the way as the Comets knocked off the host Rams before an overflow crowd in the winners' bracket finals on Sunday. Parzyk also gunned down a runner trying to steal after a Suzuki strikeout in the seventh inning. Gale went 4-for-5 with an RBI for the Comets. Brendan McNamara pitched the first 5 1/3 innings to record the win.

Santa Rosa 5, Palomar 1 — The Comets had a chance to lock up the State title in Monday morning's game, but the Bear Cubs from North of San Francisco forced an extra game behind the one-hit pitching of Eric Keithley. Penney singled in the ninth inning for the lone Palomar hit. The Comets wasted 1 1/3 hitless, scoreless relief innings from Kevin Wilson, who struck out 2 and walked 0.

Santa Rosa 13, Palomar 4 — Kemp and Jose Hernandez each went 2-for-4 but Santa Rosa jumped in front early and won its first State championship since Harry Truman was President of the United States.

Goset transfers to Sac State

Former Palomar College pitcher Travis Goset has transferred from the University of Kansas to Sacramento State. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 190-pound left-hander had a 2.57 earned run average in a limited role for the Jayhawks as a junior this past season, striking out 7 batters in 7 innings.

Goset is 2-0 with a 4.11 ERA and 20 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings for the San Diego Stars wood-bat team this summer. The Western Wood Bat League champion Stars will open play in the 71st National Baseball Congress World Series Thursday, Aug. 4, against the Oklahoma City A's at Wichita, Kan. Goset threw a hitless, scoreless inning against the Chinese Tapaei National Team on Monday at USC as the Stars warmed up for the trip to Wichita.

Sac State, a Division I independent since leaving the Big West Conference, will play baseball in the Western Athletic Conference next season. Ex-Comets who have played for the Hornets include outfielder Jesse Schmidt, a 10th-round pick of the Giants in the 2003 draft who is playing in the Cubs' organization, and pitcher Pat Edwards.

14 Comets are moving on

Palomar College, second-place finisher to Santa Rosa in the 2005 State Community College Baseball Tournament, is sending 14 players from the squad on to the four-year college level.

Center fielder Tristan Gale, an offensive and defensive standout for the Comets in the State Final Four over Memorial Day weekend in Fresno, this week became the 14th member of the 2005 team to commit. Gale will play at Sacramento State.

The other Comets who have signed with Division I schools are catcher Dylan Parzyk (Kansas), right-handed pitcher Brandon Adams (Oklahoma State), third baseman Erich Kemp (Utah) and right-handed pitcher Brendan McNamara (Oklahoma State).

Comets headed to Division II schools are second baseman Joey Burke (Chico State), catcher Scott Clement (UC San Diego), shortstop Derek Simper (San Francisco State), designated hitter Justin Lehr (Chico State, walk-on) and right-handed pitcher Takane Suzuki (San Francisco State).

Headed to NAIA schools: outfielder Kenoli Fonseca (Eastern Oregon), outfielder Terry Moritz (Eastern Oregon), first baseman Chris Poirier (Fresno Pacific) and right-handed pitcher Ryohi Tsukamoto (Eastern Oregon next spring).

Ex-Comet Ramos All-American

Ex-Palomar College baseball standout Joe Ramos, a senior third baseman at Chico State, has been named to the NCAA Division II All-America first team by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Ramos batted .380 and had a .973 fielding percentage for the Wildcats, who advanced to the Division II World Series. He has the seventh best career average, .363, in Chico State history.

18 alums finish 4-year season

Kansas catcher Sean Richardson and Chico State third baseman Joe Ramos highlighted 2005 showings by 18 Palomar alums in 4-year college baseball.

NCAA D-I

Sean Richardson, C, Kansas — Batted .302 with 19 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 45 RBIs and was named All-Big 12 honorable mention. Signed with the Twins after being drafted in the 19th round.

Travis Goset, LHP, Kansas — Compiled 2.57 earned run average in limited action. Struck out 7 batters in 7 IP and was clocked at 90 miles per hour.

Jon Fleming, RHP, Cal Poly — Pitched only 3 innings due to an injury, striking out 6 and finishing with a 3.00 ERA.

Chris Sweeney, 1B, Oral Roberts — Appeared in only 7 games due to an injury and batted .200.

Cliff Hinkle, INF, Sacramento St. — Batted .226 in limited action.

NCAA D-IIJoe Ramos batted .380 for Chico St. and was a first-team All-American. ... LHP Robert Anaya notched 8 wins for Chico St. ... CF Carlos Medina batted .322 with 7 doubles, 5 triples, 9 homers and 47 HRs for San Francisco St., making All-California Collegiate Athletic Association second team. ... SS Aaron Garcia hit .312 with 16 RBIs for San Francisco St. and was All-CCAA honorblable mention. ... 1B Brian Robinson hit .283 with 12 doubles, 5 HRs and 31 RBIs for UC San Diego. ... OF Tyler Whiteman (Stanisluas St.), P Mike Kearney (UC San Diego) and INF Nobu Hishinumna (San Francisco St.) red-shirted.

NAIA — RHP Charlie Watson (Biola) was 1-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings. ... C Mike Cerda (Cal Lutheran) hit .250 and drove in 13 runs. ... RHP Brad Clipp (Point Loma Nazarene) had a 5.85 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 20 innings. ... INF Brad Miller (Oklahoma Baptist) hit .152 with 6 RBIs. ... LHP Bobby Meyers (Point Loma Nazarene) red-shirted.

Twins sign former Comet

Former Palomar College catcher Sean Richardson, a senior at the University of Kansas who was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round of the June 2005 draft, signed with the Twins on Saturday, June 11.

Richardson, a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's best collegiate catcher, will first report to the Twins' Ft. Meyers, Fla., complex on Wednesday, June 15, and then to the Elizabethton, Tenn., Twins of the Class A short-season Appalachian League, who will open the season June 21 against the Bluefield Orioles at home. The 21-year-old 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was signed by scout Gregg Miller. In two seasons for the Jayhawks, Richardson batted .317 with 34 doubles, 18 home runs and 114 runs batted in.

Richardson and current Comet Clint Preinsendorfer both were selected in the draft on Wednesday, June 8. Preisendorfer, a Palomar freshman pitcher during the recently concluded season, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 31st round.

2 Palomar products drafted

Former Palomar College baseball standout Sean Richardson and current Comet pitcher Clint Preinsendorfer both were selected in the June 2005 draft on Wednesday, June 8. Richardson, a senior catcher at the University of Kansas, was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 19th round. Preisendorfer, a Palomar freshman during the recently concluded season, was taken by the New York Yankees in the 31st round.

In two seasons for the Jayhawks, Richardson batted .317 with 34 doubles, 18 home runs and 114 runs batted in. Preisendorfer, a 6-foot-5 left-hander, was 0-0 with a 4.82 earned run average over 18 1/3 innings for Palomar as a freshman during the 2005 season

Preisendorfer also was drafted by the Yankees, in the 32nd round, in 2004 after his senior season at La Jolla Country Day School. Richardson prviously was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 43rd round in 2001, after his senior season at Vista High School, and the 44th round in 2002, after his freshman season at Palomar.

8 Comets, Vetter honored

Palomar College landed eight players on the All-Pacific Coast Confernece baseball first team selected Tuesday, May 10, by conference coaches. Bob Vetter was named conference Coach of the Year.

Comets named to the first team were pitchers Brandon Adams and Brendan McNamara, catcher Dylan Parzyk, first baseman Cameron Penney, infielders Erich Kemp and Joey Burke, and outfielders Kenoli Fonseca and Terry Moritz.

Pitcher Takane Suzuki, shortstop Derek Simper and center fielder Tristan Gale were honorable mention selections.

Comets: 5th title in 8 yrs.

Palomar College finished the regular season 26-8, went 21-4 to win its fifth Pacific Coast Conference championship in the last eight seasons and will enter the Southern California Regionals ranked No.2 in Southern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. The regional pairings will be announced Monday, May 9.

The Comets gave coach Bob Vetter his 600th coaching victory and 500th win at Palomar during the 2004 season.

Comets' Terry Moritz is safe at home in Super Regional action vs. Southwestern.


Bob Vetter

Buck Taylor

Vetter retires;

Taylor named

Bob Vetter, who has guided Palomar College to eight Pacific Coast Conference championships and a 531-390-5 record in 24 seasons, will step down as head baseball coach after the current season.

Associate head coach Buck Taylor will be the Comets' new head coach.

"I feel comfortable retiring because I feel I'm turning the program over to someone who is ready to take it over," Vetter said. "Buck's young and enthusiastic and has established a good reputationin the community."

CLICK HERE to view the North County Times' May 1 profile of retiring coach Bob Vetter

CLICK HERE to view the North County Times' May 1 profile of new coach Buck Taylor

Coach Bob Vetter is all smiles after being doused with ice water by his players after the championship-game win in Super Regionals.

Erich Kemp watches one of his two doubles land as he gets ready to round first in championship game.

Brandan Adams delivers pitch in Sunday morning game.

Left fielder Kenoli Fonseca makes another signature catch.

Cameron Penney follows flight of the ball.

Derek Simper is all smiles.

Tristan Gale delivers for Comets.

Closer Takane Suzuki is mobbed by teammates.

Coach Bob Vetter has "discussion" with umpire.

Cameron Penney gets high five from teammate Kevin Wilson.

Bryan Duffy delivers in 7-4, 11-inning win over Santa Barbara City College that clinched first round of Regionals on May 15.

Jose Hernandez gets congratulations after 3-run home run in 11th inning of win over Santa Barbara.

(Photos by Rick Rowell)

2005 Baseball Schedule and Results

DAY

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME /

RESULT

SUMMARY

ALL

CONF.

PALOMAR INVITATIONAL

Thu

Feb 3

Ventura

Home

WON 5-3 Summary 1-0  

Fri

Feb 4

Santa Ana

Home

Lost 2-7 Summary 1-1  

Sat

Feb 5

Cerritos

Home

WON 9-2 Summary 2-1  

NONCONFERENCE

Tue Feb 8 Golden West Away Lost 4-12 Summary 2-2  
Mon Feb 14 Cypress Away Lost 0-9 Summary 2-3  
Tue Feb 15 Mt. San Jacinto Away WON 6-2 Summary 3-3  
PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE
Sat Feb 26 Southwestern Away Lost 3-4 Summary 3-4 0-1
Tue Mar 1 San Diego City College Home WON 5-4 Summary 4-4 1-1
Thu Mar 3 San Diego Mesa Away WON 4-1 Summary 5-4 2-1
Tue Mar 8 Imperial Valley Away WON 22-4 Summary 6-4 3-1
Wed Mar 9 Grossmont Home WON 8-7 Summary 7-4 4-1
Thu Mar 10 Southwestern Away WON 10-1 Summary 8-4 5-1
Sat Mar 12 Southwestern Home Lost 4-9 Summary 8-5 5-2
Tue Mar 15 San Diego City College Away WON 14-8 Summary 9-5 6-2
Thu Mar 17 San Diego City College Home WON 7-2 Summary 10-5 7-2

PALOMAR EASTER SERIES

Mon Mar 21 Orange Coast Home WON 7-2 Summary 11-5  
Thu Mar 24 Mt. SAC Away WON 7-2 Summary 12-5  
    Mt. SAC Away Lost 7-8 (10 inn.) Summary 12-6  

PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE

Tue Mar 29 San Diego Mesa Home WON 5-3 Summary 13-6 8-2
Thu Mar 31 San Diego Mesa Away WON 9-2 Summary 14-6 9-2
Sat Apr 2 Grossmont Away WON 10-8 Summary 15-6 10-2
Tue Apr 5 Grossmont Home WON 11-4 Summary 16-6 11-2
Thu Apr 7 Imperial Valley Away WON 30-4 Summary 17-6 12-2
Sat Apr 9 Imperial Valley Home WON 13-3 Summary 18-6 13-2
Tue Apr 12 Southwestern Home WON 16-1 Summary 19-6 14-2
Thu Apr 14 Southwestern Away Lost 4-5 Summary 19-7 14-3
Tue Apr 19 San Diego City College Away WON 2-1 Summary 20-7 15-3
Thu Apr 21 San Diego City College Home WON 2-0 Summary 21-7 16-3
Sat Apr 23 San Diego Mesa Home WON 2-1 Summary 22-7 17-3
Tue Apr 26 San Diego Mesa Away WON 11-1 Summary 23-7 18-3
Sat Apr 30 Grossmont Home Lost 2-3 Summary 23-8 18-4
Tue May 3 Imperial Valley Away WON 19-4 Summary 24-8 19-4
Wed May 4 Grossmont Home WON 6-3 Summary 25-8 20-4
Thu May 5 Imperial Valley Home WON 1-0 Summary 26-8 21-4

SOUTHERN CASLIFORNIA REGIONALS

Sat May 14 Santa Barbara City College Home WON 6-0 Summary 27-8  
Sun May 15 Santa Barbara City College Home WON 7-4 (11 inn.) Summary 28-8  

PALOMAR SUPER REGIONAL

Fri-

May 20

Southwestern

Home

Lost1-9

Summary Boxscore 28-9  

Sat

May 21

Cuesta

SD Mesa

WON 7-6 (10 inn.)

Summary Boxscore 29-9  
 

May 21

Rio Hondo

Home

WON 5-0 Summary Boxscore 30-9  

Sun

May 22

Southwestern

Home

WON 5-4 (10 inn.) Summary Boxscore 31-9  
   

Southwestern

Home

WON 5-0 Summary Boxscore 32-9  

CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STATE FINAL FOUR

Sat May 28 Santa Rosa Fresno City College WON 10-5 Summary Boxscore 33-9  
Sun May 29 Fresno City College Fresno City College WON 10-5 Summary Boxscore 34-9  
Mon May 30 Santa Rosa Fresno City College Lost 1-5 Summary Boxscore 34-10  

State Championship Game

Mon May 30 Santa Rosa Fresno City College Lost 4-13 Summary Boxscore 34-11  

2005 Roster

No

Name

Pos

B/T

Ht

Wt

Yr

Exp

Previous School(s)

1 Gordon Stevens OF L/L 5-10 165 Fr HS Vista HS

2

Joey Burke

2B

B/R

5-9

170

So

JC

La Costa Canyon HS

3 Austin Way OF L/R 5-10 170 Fr RS Fallbrook HS
4 Derek Simper SS R/R 5-11 165 So NCAA-DI San Marcos HS / USD
7 Terry Moritz OF R/R 5-10 170 So JC San Marcos HS
8 Theron Cueva P R/R 5-9 172 Fr RS Fallbrook HS

9

Jose Hernandez

P/1B

R/R

6-1

210

Fr

RS

Oceanside HS

11

Kenoli Fonseca

OF

R/R

5-9

180

So

JC

Escondido HS

12 Trevor Boucher IF R/R 5-10 175 Fr HS Escondido HS
13 Ryohei Tsukamoto P R/R 5-11 160 So JC Tokai-Vrayasu HS (Vrayasu, Chiba, Japan) / Merced CC
14 Cameron Penney Util R/R 6-3 170 Fr HS Valley Center HS
15 Nick Vincent P R/R 6-0 150 Fr HS Ramona HS
16 Erich Kemp 3B R/R 6-0 200 So JC Hemet HS
17 Scott Clement C R/R 5-10 180 Fr HS La Costa Canyon HS
18 Takane Suzuki P R/R 5-10 165 So JC Gakuho Ishikawa HS (Fukushima, Japan)
19 Tristan Gale OF R/L 6-0 185 So NCAA-DI Rancho Bernardo HS / USD
20 Eric Meyerholtz P L/L 6-1 175 Fr HS San Marcos HS
21 Kevin Patterson OF R/R 6-1 185 Fr HS La Costa Canyon HS

22

Justin Lehr

DH

R/R

6-2

200

So

JC

Hemet HS

24

Chris Poirier

1B

L/L

6-0

190

Fr

RS

Temecula Valley HS

25 Dylan Parzyk C R/R 6-1 192 So JC Rancho Buena Vista HS
26 Bryan Duffy P L/R 6-3 170 Fr HS Poway HS
27 Clint Preisendorfer P L/L 6-5 210 Fr HS La Jolla Country Day HS
28 Keith Noe P R/R 5-11 185 Fr HS Rancho Buena Vista HS
29 Kevin Wilson P R/R 6-3 198 Fr HS Scripps Ranch HS
30 Brandon Adams P R/R 6-1 180 So JC Oceanside HS / Long Beach St.
31 Lyndon Poole OF R/R 5-11 180 Fr HS John W. North HS (Riverside)
32 Brendan McNamara P R/R 6-2 200 So JC Oceanside HS
35 Adam Duncan P R/R 6-3 180 Fr HS Carlsbad HS

Comets in College Baseball 2005 Season

NCAA DIVISION I

  1. Sean Richardson (Kansas)

  2. Travis Goset (Kansas)

  3. Chris Sweeney (Oral Roberts)

  4. Jon Fleming (Cal Poly SLO)

  5. Cliff Hinkle (Sacramento State)

NCAA DIVISION II

6. Joe Ramos (Chico State); 7. Robert Anaya (Chico State); 8. Tyler Wightman (Cal State Stanislaus); 9. Brian Robinson (UC San Diego); 10. Mike Kearney (UC San Diego); 11. Carlos Medina (San Francisco State); 12. Aaron Garcia (San Francisco State); 13. Nobu Hishinuma (San Francisco State)

NAIA

14. Brad Clipp (Point Loma Nazarene); 15. Bobby Meyers (Point Loma Nazarne — redshirt); 16. Brad Miller (Oklahoma Baptist); 17. Chgarlie Watson (Biola); 18. Jeff Cummings (Cal Lutheran); 19. Mike Cerda (Cal Lutheran)

2006 SIGNINGS, COMMITMENTS

  1. C Dylan Parzyk (Kansas)

  2. RHP Brandon Adams (Oklahoma State)

  3. 3B Erich Kemp (Utah)

  4. RHP Brendan McNamara (Oklahoma State)

  5. CF Tristan Gale (Sacramento State)

  6. 2B Joey Burke (Chico State)

  7. C Scott Clement (UC San Diego)

  8. SS Derek Simper (San Francisco State)

  9. RHP Takane Suzuki (San Francisco State)

  10. OF Kenoli Fonseca (Eastern Oregon)

  11. OF Terry Moritz (Eastern Oregon)

  12. 1B Chris Poirier (Fresno Pacific)

  13. DH Justin Lehr (Chico State — walk-on)

  14. RHP Ryohi Tsucamoto (Eastern Oregon — Spring 2006)

Ex-Comets currently in Pro Baseball

PLAYER, POSITION (4-YR COLLEGE)

ORGANIZATION

LEVEL

Gera Alvarez, shortstop (Texas Tech)

Baltimore Orioles

Class AA

Scott Robinson, outfielder (none)

Houston Astros

Class A

Jesse Schmidt, outfielder (Sacramento State)

Chicago Cubs

Class A

Skip Adams, third base (Florida International)

San Diego Padres

Class A

Sean Richardson, catcher (Kansas)

Minnesota Twins

Class A short-season

Jeff Nettles, third base (none)

Independent

 

Garry Templeton, outfield (North Carolina A&T)

Independent

 

Ryan Larson, third base (UC San Diego)

Independent

 

Chad Stewart, outfield (Oral Roberts)

Independent

 

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

Will Fluynt, League Pitching Coach

Florice, Ala. (Frontier League)

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