gives Vincent 4th win
Coast Conference baseball leaders defeated
Grossmont for the second time in three days
Thursday, beating the Griffins 6-4 at
Grossmont's Noel Mickelsen Field.
Winning pitcher Nick
Vincent (4-1) pitched 6 1/3 innings of five-hit
ball, striking out four and walking none, and
left the game with one out in the seventh with a
6-2 lead. Kevin Wilson came in and struck out
seven Grossmont batters in 2 2/3 innings.
Nick Burke (2-for-4,
triple, three RBIs), Cameron Penney (2-for-4,
double, RBI), Jeff Tezak (2-for-4, double) and
Kurt Wideman (2-for-5, RBI) paced an 11-hit
attack for Palomar. Penney has hit safely 12
times in his last 17 at-bats.
Comets (15 hits) top 2nd-place Griffs
doubled for his third hit of the game in the bottom of the
ninth inning on Tuesday, March 14, driving in the tying run,
and the winning run scored moments later on a wild pitch,
giving Palomar a 6-5 baseball win over visiting Grossmont on
Tuesday, March 14.
The victory over
the second-place Griffins solidified the defending Pacific
Coast Conference champions' hold on first place in the
Comets (16-6, 6-1 in conference) drove Grossmont starter
Sean O'Sullivan, the Angels' third-round draft pick last
June, from the game after seven innings after getting to
O'Sullivan for 11 hits and his first four earned runs in 34
innings on the season. Penney and Gordon Stevens, who
committed to the University of Connecticut earlier, had
two-run doubles off O'Sullivan in a four-run third inning.
3-for-4 with the double, three RBIs and a walk Palomar
banged out 15 hits off three Grossmont pitchers, led by
Penney, Jeff Tezak (3-for-5), Tyler Perkins (3-for-5) and
(2-for-4, two RBIs) and Stevens (2-for-4, two RBIs).
came back to take a 5-4 lead, but the Comets scored two runs
in the bottom of the ninth to leave them standing. Joey
Fandel walked with one out and was safe at second on an
error on Ben Caple's fielder's choice. Penney's
opposite-field double to right scored Fandel with the tying
run and moved pinch-runner Lyndon Poole to third. After am
intentional walk to Tim Deering loaded the bases, Poole
scored the winning run on the wild pitch.
(above left), the third Palomar pitcher of the day, threw 3
1/3 innings of scoreless relief, striking out three and
walking none, to notch the victory and advance to 2-1 on the
The Comets, who
have won four straight games and seven of their last eight,
will visit the Griffins at 2 p.m. Thursday, then will play a
rain make-up at Imperial Valley on Friday at the same time.
team to throw
Nick Vincent, Ricky Norton, Jeff
Ibarra and Keith Noe combined to throw a one-hitter, striking out
10 and walking 1, as Palomar (15-6 overall, 5-1 Pacific Coast
Conference) beat Imperial Valley 12-1 on
Field on Thursday, March 9.
Vincent (right) threw six innings
of one-hit ball with six strikeouts to advance to 3-1 on the
season. Noe struck out the side in the ninth.
Jeff Tezak (left) paced an 18-hit
attack, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBIs. Zane
Chavez (2-5, two doubles, three RBIs), Danny Pieczynski (2-5,
double, two RBIs) and Gordon Stevens (2-3, double) also had
Kurt Wideman slugged his third home
run of the season, a two-run shot in the second inning that gave
the Comets an 8-0 lead..
Palomar won for the sixth time in
its last seven games.
Penney pace 5-1 win
Cameron Penney (right) went
3-for-4 and drove in 2 runs in support of winning pitcher Andres
Esquibel (left, 7 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run) as Palomar downed
visiting San Diego
Tuesday, March 7.
Third baseman Jeff Tezak singled
to drive in a run, walked, stole a base and made a diving catch
of a pop-up in front of the bag in foul territory in the ninth
Palomar advanced to 14-6 on the
season, 4-1 in the Pacific Coast Conference and remained in a
tie for first place with Grossmont.
Palomar will play host to Imperial
Valley on Thursday at 2 p.m. The Comets then will go on the road
to face the Arabs at Imperial on Saturday. That game is slated
delivers pitch to San Diego City College's Mike
Reynolds . -- Photo by Hugh Gerhardt
tie for first
(left) and Cameron Penney (right)each went 4-for-5 and
Palomar banged out 21 hits to bury San Diego City College
16-3 in a Pacific Coast Conference game Saturday, March 4 at
Morley Field in San Diego.
The victory puts the
Comets (13-4, 3-1) back into a tie for first place in the
conference with Grossmont, which was upset 4-3 by Southwestern.
Kevin Wilson (3-1) threw six innings of three-hit ball, giving
up one run, striking out six and walking one.
Wideman slugged a
solo home run over the leftfield fence in the third inning,
dubled in the fourth, singled to drive two runs in the fifth and
doubled in the seventh. Penney singled in the second inning,
doubled to drive in two runs in the fourth and singled again in
both the sixth and seventh.
Tyler Perkins went
2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and 2 stolen bases.
Palomar coach Buck
Taylor used 20 players in the game. The Comets host San Diego
Mesa on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Palomar drops pitchers' duel
overcame a strong pitching
performance by Palomar starter Nick Vincent to down Palomar 2-1 in a Pacific
Coast Conference match-up played in intermittent
rain Friday, March 3, at Grossmont.
The Griffins' Sean O'Sullivan, the
Kansas City Royals' third-round pick in the 2005
draft, won a pitching duel from Vincent (right),
who threw the first six innings, giving up 1
earned run and striking out six.
Ben Caple went 2-for-4 and drove in
the Comets' run with a sixth-inning single.
Tyler Perkins and
Kurt Wideman each doubled and walked for
11-1, face Griffs
(right) pitched six innings of five-hit ball with no earned
runs, seven strikeouts and one walk and Zane Chavez clubbed his
seventh home run as Palomar routed visiting Southwestern 11-1
in a Pacific Coast Conference game
The win set up a
showdown for the early Pacific Coast Conference lead Friday,
March 3, vs. Grossmont on the road. Palomar's Nick Vincent (2-0,
1.57 ERA) will pitch against the Griffins' Sean O'Sullivan 2-1,
0.00 ERA), the Angels' third-round draft pick last June.
James McLaughlin and Ricky Norton each pitched an dinning of
shutout ball in relief of Esquibel. Jeff Tezak (3-for-4, double,
RBI), Ben Caple (3-4, RBI), Chavez (2-5, HR, four RBIs), Gordon
Stevens (2-4, triple, RBI) and Cameron Penney (2-5, RBI) had
multiple-hit games as the Comets banged out 16 hits.
Caple, with a
leaping catch in right field, and Tyler Perkins, with a diving
catch in center, made huge defensive plays in back of Esquibel
Palomar, second in
the state tournament last season, takes records of 12-5 overall
and 2-0 in conference against Grossmont (12-4, 2-0) in today's
rain make-up. The game is slated for 2 p.m. at the Griffins'
Noel Mickelsen Field. The Comets will go on the road to play San
Diego City College on Saturday at noon at Morley Field in Balboa
lead Comets 12-1
right-hander Joe Cates (right) pitched seven innings of
four-hit ball with no earned runs, seven strikeouts and two
walks Saturday, Feb. 25, as Palomar opened defense of its
Coast Conference baseball championship with a 12-1 romp over
visiting Imperial Valley.
and Theron Cueva each followed Cates to the mound with an inning
of shutout relief.
Zane Chavez, a
19th-round draft pick of the Kansas City Royals last June, went
2-for-4 for Palomar (11-5, 1-0 conference) with a grand-slam
home run, his sixth homer of the season, and five RBIs.
Cameron Penney went
2-for-4 with an RBI. Tyler Perkins drove in threee runs with a
single and a sacrifice fly and Jason Ednoff had a two-run
The Comets were
rained out at Grossmont on Tuesday and will make up the game
this Friday at Grossmont at 2 p.m. The game will be sandwiched
between regular-season games against Southwestern at home on
Thursday at 2 p.m. and vs. San Diego City College at Morley
Field in San Diego on Saturday at noon.
12-1, opens PCC
Kevin Wilson threw 5 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball, striking
out 5 and walking 1, as
visiting Palomar beat Mt. San Jacinto 12-1 on the road Thursday,
advancing to 10-5 on the season entering Saturday's Pacific
Coast Conference opener vs. Imperial Valley at noon at Myers
Wilson and relievers
Jeff Ibarra, Adam Duncan, Keith Noe and Ronnie Loeffler combined
on a 5-hitter, striking out 10 and walking 2. Duncan, Noe and
Loeffler each worked an inning of shutout, hitless relief.
Kurt Wideman (right,
3-for-3, 3-run double), Zane Chavez (2-run home run, his fifth
of the season), Jeff Tezak (2-for-3, double, RBI) and Cameron
Penney (2-for-4, RBI) paced a 13-hit attack for Palomar.
Comets edged 5-4
Defending Orange Empire Conference
champion Orange Coast came from behind to edge defending
Pacific Coast Conference champion Palomar on Tuesday, Feb. 21,
at Costa Mesa in a
battle of two state Final Four teams from 2005.
Nick Burke went 3-for-4 for Palomar
with two RBIs and a steal. Kurt Wideman (No. 9, right) was 2-4
with a walk.
Coast took its first lead of the
day by scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4
tie and it stood up for the victory. Two of the Pirates' runs
OCC advanced to 11-2 while Palomar
will take a 9-5 record into a road game at Mt. San Jacinto on
Thursday at 2 p.m. The Comets open Pacific Coast Conference play
Saturday vs. Imperial Valley at home at noon.
Pierce loss 12-4
Palomar supported winning pitcher
Nick Vincent (right) with a 16-hit attack and snapped Los
Angeles Pierce's unbeaten streak at nine games on the
final day of the Comet Invitational Saturday, Feb. 18.
Jeff Tezak went 4-for-5 with two
doubles and an RBI to conclude a 9-for-16 week. Gordon Stevens
was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Ricky Imperiali went
2-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Tyler Perkins was 2-for-5.
Vincent pitched 7 1/3 innings to advance to 2-0.
The Comets avenged a
loss to Los Angeles Pierce on Thursday.
Palomar advanced to 9-4, while Pierce fell
falls short 7-5
After starting the
season 8-2, Palomar has banged out 27 hits in its previous two games
but lost them both, falling to Cerro Coso 7-5 Friday morning,
Feb. 17, in
the Comet Invitational.
Trailing 7-2 in the
ninth inning, Palomar rallied for three runs with two outs on
Cameron Penney's single, Jeff Tezak's run-scoring double and a
two-run home run, his fourth of the year, by 19th-round Kansas
City Royals draft pick Zane Chavez (2-for-5, HR, double, three
But, with runners on
first and second and the winning run at the plate, the Coyotes'
third pitcher of the day got the final out on a pop-up to the
second baseman. T
Tezak, Nick Burke
and Ricky Imperiali had 2 hits each for the Comets (8-4).
Palomar, led by Zane Chavez (4-for-5, double, RBI) out-hit visiting Los Angeles Pierce 15-14
Thursday, Feb. 16, only to lose 15-4 in the Comet Invitational.
The Comets self-destructed by
making a season-high six errors and leaving runners in scoring
position. Palomar had made only four errors in its previous 37
Chavez was a 19th-round draft pick
of the Kansas City Royals last June. Gordon Stevens was 3-for-3
for the Comets, and Jason Ednoff was 3-4.
Pitcher Miguel Cuevas, a 6-foot-9
right-hander from the Dominican Republic who has been clocked at
95 miles per hour and is considered Pierce's best pitching
prospect since Barry Zito played for the Brahma Bulls, spotted
the Comets a 2-0 lead in the first, then shut them out until
leaving the game with one out in the seventh. Palomar wasted 10
hits against Cuevas.
The Comets host Cerro Coso Friday
at 10 a.m., then get a rematch with Pierce on Saturday at 2
p.m., both at Myers Field. Pierce advanced to 10-3, while
Palomar fell to 8-3.
Palomar opened play in the Comet
Invitational on Wednesday, Feb. 15, by taking a 6-1 lead into
the ninth inning and beating Mt. SAC 6-3 to avenge Saturday
night's 3-2, ninth-inning loss to the Mounties on the road.
Trevor Boucher (right) paced a
10-hit attack by going 3-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base.
went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jeff Tezak
The Comets (8-2 on the season) put
together singles by Cameron Penney, Tezak, Kurt
Wideman, Chavez and Boucher with Ben Caple's
sacrifice fly to break a scoreless tie with a
4-run sixth inning. Palomar added a pair of
insurance runs in the eighth on Chavez' single,
Caple's sacrifice bunt, Gordon Chavez' triple
and Andrew Hayashi's squeeze bunt.
starter Joe Cates pitched 5 innings of 3-hit,
shutout ball. Jose Hernandez got the win in
relief and Bryan Duffy struck out 4 and walked 0
in 2 relief innings.
Invitational continues with Palomar hosting Los Angeles Pierce
(Barry Zito's former team) at 2 p.m. Thursday, Cerro Coso at 10
a.m. Friday and Pierce again at 2 p.m. Saturday, all at Myers
Host Mt. SAC
overcame another strong pitching performance by Palomar starter
Nick Vincent (6 IP, 5 hits, 1 run), scoring an unearned run in
the bottom of the ninth to beat the Comets 3-2 Saturday night in
the final game of the Mt. SAC Tournament.
The Mounties snapped
the Comets' 6-game win streak.
Zane Chavez went
2-for-4 and drove in a run for Palomar. Tyler Perkins had a
single and an RBI.
with the 2 losses by 1 run reach) host Mt. SAC in a rematch on
Wednesday at 2 p.m. to begin the Comets Invitational.
Palomar wins 2
more 7-1, 11-2
Palomar won its
fifth and sixth straight baseball games Friday, Feb. 10, at
the Mt. SAC Tournament, disposing of Glendale 7-1 and San
Bernardino Valley 11-2 to run its record for 2006 to
seven wins and one loss.
Andres Esquibel (right), a transfer from San Diego State who has
signed with Kansas, threw eight innings of shutout, two-hit ball
in the win over Glendale, striking out eight and walking one.
Jeff Tezak (left, 3-for-4, three RBIs) and Tyler Perkins
(3-for-3, triple, RBI, steal, two walks) paced a 10-hit attack
In the victory over
San Bernardino Valley, sophomore right-hander Kevin Wilson
picked up the win by pitching five innings of shutout, four-hit
ball, striking out five and walking none.
Stevens was 3-for-3 at the plate. Tezak drove in two more runs,
giving him five for the day, by going 1-for-2, walking, and
forcing in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases
The Comets visit Mt.
SAC to conclude the tournament Saturday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.
Coach Buck Taylor's
Palomar then will be off until Wednesday, when it hosts Mt. SAC
at 2 p.m. to begin the Comet Invitational Tournament. The Comets
also will face Los Angeles Pierce at 2 p.m. Thursday, Cerro Coso
at 10 a.m. Friday and L.A. Pierce again at 2 p.m. Saturday.
pitches in the sixth inning of 10-3 win at Citrus on Friday (Photo by Hugh Gerhardt)
Comets gun down
Palomar ran its
baseball record to 5-1, rocking host Citrus 10-3 in the Mt.
SAC Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 9.
staked starting pitcher and winner Joe Cates to a 9-0 lead
after 3 1/2 innings and cruised to victory as Tyler Perkins,
Kurt Wideman and Ben Caple each banged out two hits. Wideman
drove in two runs. Jeff Tezak had a single and two RBIs. Cameron Penney had a
single, sacrifice fly and two RBIs.
Theron Cueva, Eric
Meyerholtz and Adam Duncan followed Cates to the mound. Duncan
pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, retiring the Owls on five pitches.
play in the tournament with three games at Mt. SAC's field on
Friday and Saturday. The Comets face Glendale at 10 a.m. and San
Bernardino Valley at 2 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, they play
host Mt. SAC at 6 p.m.
Zane Chavez (No.
6, right) gets congratulations after three-run homer in the
fourth inning. Jeff Tezak (No. 7) scored just ahead of him.
(Photos by Hugh Gearhardt)
Comets top NC
No. 2 Sac City 10-3
Pitcher Nick Vincent
(right) struck out six batters in 5 2/3 innings, giving up only
four hits and a pair of unearned runs, as
ran its baseball record to 4-1 Saturday, Feb. 4, with a 10-3
rout of visiting Sacramento City College.
The Comets broke the
game open 10-1 on a three-run triple by Cameron Penney in the
third inning and back-to-back home runs by Zane Chavez and Kurt
Wideman which highlighted a five-run fourth.
Palomar came in
ranked No.4 in Southern California. Sacramento, a five-time
state community college champion, came in ranked No. 2 in
Vincent showed no
signs of an elbow injury that ended his 2005 season and got him
a medical red-shirt after he began the year 5-1 with a 1.49.
Wideman was 2-for-3
with a solo homer, double, walk and three runs scored. Jeff
Tezak went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Tyler Perkins was 2-for-3 and
drove in a run. Chavez' HR, a three-run shot, was his third of
Citrus in the Mt. SAC Tournament on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m.
Comets win 10-4
Freshman second baseman Andrew Hayashi
led the way as Palomar College downed visiting Ventura 10-4 at
Meyers Field on Friday, Sept. 3, in its second game in the
Palomesa Tournament at Myers Field.
went went 5-fo-5
with an RBI, three runs scored and a stolen base as
the Comets banged out 17 hits in support of
San Diego State transfer Andres Esquibel.
Esquibel (1-0) threw the first six innings, giving
up two runs on four hits and striking out five. Zane
Chavez (2-for-3, 3 RBIs) and Gordon Stevens
(2-for-3, RBI) both homered for the Comets.
Tyler Perkins and Danny Pieczynski had 2 hits
Palomar (3-1) hosts Sacramento City
College on Saturday at 11 a.m. Ventura falls to
Palomar wins on
three-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning
lifted Palomar College to a 6-5 come-from-behind victory over
Cerritos in the Palomesa Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at
walked to lead off the inning and Jason Ednoff drew a one-out
walk, bring Perkins to the plate. The sophomore center fielder
from Campbell High School in Ewa Beach, HI and a transfer from
the University of Portland then deposited a Brad Schwarzenbach
pitch over the center field fence to leave the Falcons standing.
The HR gave the
pitching win to Theron Cueva, the eighth Palomar pitcher of the
afternoon, who threw two innings of shutout relief ball.
Jeff Tezak went
3-for-4 with a double for the Comets (2-1). Ben Capel was
2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.