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Saladino 3rd-best prospect
in White Sox system
(1-10-2012) -- Former
Palomar shortstop Tyler Saladino will head to Major League
spring training with the Chicago White Sox for the second
straight season ranked as one of the top prospects in the Sox'
Two web sites, Baseball Instinct.com and
Bullpen Banter.com, both rank the former Comet and 2010
Summit League Player of the Year at Oral Roberts University as
the third-best prospect at all positions in the White Sox
Saladino sustained a fractured
hand in a Major League spring training game for the White Sox a
year ago and missed more than a month to begin the season before
slugging 16 home runs with 26 doubles, nine triples and a .501
slugging percentage at Double-A Winston-Salem.
He'll report to White Sox Major
League spring training camp at Glendale, AZ for the second year
in a row as a non-roster player. The other ex-Comet reporting to
Major League spring training, pitcher Nick Vincent, is on the
San Diego Padres' 40-man roster.
Saladino dominated for the Comets
during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, then also dominated Division I
pitching during his junior season at Oral Roberts in 2010 before
being drafted by the White Sox in the seventh round.
He'd been a 36th-round selection
of the Houston Astros coming out of University City High School
Saladino credits his two seasons
with the Comets so much for his development as a baseball player
that he lists "Palomar" instead of "Oral Roberts" as his college
on all of his Major League and Minor League bios.
On the fast track to making the
Sox' Major League roster, Saladino was one of three ex-Comets
who spent the past off-season in the prestigious Arizona
Padres elevate Vincent to their 40-man roster
Right-hander Nick Vincent, who made a quantum jump
in his baseball career while pitching at Palomar,
was elevated by the San Diego Padres to their 40-man
Major League roster on Friday.
Vincent, 25, a Ramona
High School product, came into his own as a Comet
with 20 career victories, second-best in Palomar
After an outstanding
junior season at Long Beach State, he was drafted
and signed by the Padres in 2008.
Vincent was a
finalist for Outstanding Double-A Reliever in Minor
League Baseball in 2011, when he was
8-2 with 3 saves, a 2.27 ERA
and 54 hits, 89 strikeouts, and 20 walks in 79 1/3
in helping lead San Antonio to the Texas League
championship and the best record of any minor league
team on any level..
The Padres' pitching
coach is another former Comet, Darren Balsley.
Nick Vincent is shown pitching for Palomar
and in the San Diego Padres' farm system. Vincen, who helped the
San Antonio Spurs to the 2011 Texas League championship
and the best record of any team in Minor League Baseball, is one
of six finalists for the Minor League Double A Reliever of the
Vincent 3rd so
far in vote for AA Reliever of Year
Carolina (10-10-11) --
Palomar alum Nick Vincent, who helped lead the San
Diego Padres' San Antonio Missions farm club to the
Texas League championship and the best record in
Minor League Baseball in 2011, is a finalist for the
Double-A reliever of the Year Award.in 2011, is a
finalist for the Double-A Reliever of the Year
Vincet (8-2, 3 saves, 2.27 ERA, 54 hits, 89
strikeouts, 20 walks in 79 1/3 innings) is
currently third in the 6-man voting behind
leader Cory Burns (Akron, Eastern League) and
Justin Miller (Frisco, Texas League). Trailing
are Shawn Tolleson (Chatttanooga), Brad Brach
(San Antonio) and Jeff Beliveau (Tennessee).
One can vote for Nick
Vincent for the
Minor League Double A Reliever of the Year award
up to 25 times on each computer or smart phone
by clicking on the following link:t:
Saladino 18-for-28 last 6 games, slugs
Maryland / SALEM, Virginia (8-23-11) -- Former
Palomar shortstop Tyler Saladino, the Summit League
Player of the Year as an Oral Roberts University
junior in 2010 before being drafted in the seventh
round by the Chicago White Sox, is red hot in minor
Beginning slowly coming of the
disabled list after breaking his hand in a White Sox
major league spring training game this past March,
Saladino is on fire for the Winston-Salem, North
Carolina Dash in the Advanced A Carolina League.
In his last six games, the ex-Comet
and current Winston-Salem shortstop has gone
18-for-28 in those six games for a .642 average,
going 3-for-5, 4-for-5, 3-for-4, 2-for-4, 4-for-6
and 2-for-4. Saladino is hitting an even .500
(21-for-42) in his last 10 games.
Saladino was 4-for-6 with two runs
scored, three RBIs, two triples and his 16th home
run since coming off the DL on Sunday in Frederick,
Maryland in a game against the Potomac Nationals.
On Monday, he tripled again while
gong 2-for-4 against the Salem Red Sox at Salem,
Saladio is batting .268 for the
season with 20 doubles, 6 triples, the 16 home runs
and 49 RBIs. The University City High School product
has a .507 slugging percentage.
Hatley has 4-1
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (8-27-11) --
Former Palomr baseball pitcher Marcus Hatley is now
4-1 with 11
and a 3.02 ERA for the 2011 season as he continues
up the ladder in the Chicago Cubs organization.
Hatley, a Mission Hills
High product, began 2011 in Class A, moved up to
advanced A and is currently pitching for the Cubs'
Tennessee Smokies farm club in the Class AA Southern
Hatley struck out two
batters in 1 2/3 relief innings against the
Jacksonville Suns on Friday.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound
right-hander is 2-0 with four saves since being
promoted to Double-A
PRO ALUMS UPDATED AUG. 23, 2011
Organization / Team
Padres / San Antonio (AA)
Cubs / Tennessee (AA)
Angels / Arkansas (AA) - x
Padres / Elsinore (Advanced A)
White Sox / Winston-Salem (Advanced A)
Orioles / Delmarva (A)
Orioles / Delmarva (A)
Mariners / Pulaski (R)
Royals / Arizona (R)
Independent / Lincoln
Independent / Somerset
Independent / Lake Erie
Independent / Evansville
Independent / Grand Prarie
Independent / Gary South Shore
Austrian Baseball League / Vienna
x -- announced voluntary retirement on
4-Year College Teams for Players in Pro Baseball --
Nick Vincent, Long Beach State / Mitch Blackburn,
San Diego State; Tyler Saladino, Oral Roberts / Jeff
Ibarra, Lee University / Bobby Shore, Oklahoma / Casey
Edelbrock, Lewis-Clark State / Joe Ramos, Chico State /
Andres Esquibel, Kansas / Cameron Aspass, Abilene
Christian / Zane Chavez, Indiana State / Scott Clement,
UC San Diego / Jeff Tezak, Nebraska
Vincent: 79 strikeouts 14 walks in 68 innings
ROCK, Arkansas (8-16-11) -- Nick Vincent,
dominant for both Palomar and Long Beach State, has
also been dominant on every level in the minor
leagues since signing with the San Diego Padres.
Vincent remained hot on Monday
evening, throwing a 1-2-3 relief innings, striking
out two and walking none, as the Class Double-A San
Antonio Missions continued to do the same thing --
dominate -- in the Texas League.
The Missions beat the Arkansas
Travelers 8-6 before 3,817 fans at Little Rock's
Dickey Stephens Park to advanced to 80-40, becoming
the first Texas League team to reach 80 wins this
The Missions, who clinched the South
Division first-half title with a victory over Corpus
Christi back on June 14 in San Antonio as Vincent
picked up the win in relief, now lead the
second-half standings by 3 games over second-place
Vincent is 7-1 with 3 saves and a
2.12 ERA for San Antonio. He's given up only 44 hits
in 68 innings, striking out 79 batters and walking
Opposing batters are hitting an even
.100 against Vincent as the Missions prepare to open
a home series against the Springfield Cardinals on
Wednesday evening. The league playoffs will get
underway on Sept. 7.
Afenir goes 2-for-4 to finish
tournament at .438
WICHITA, Kansas (8-12-11) -- The San Diego Waves,
were eliminated from the 77th National Baseball
Congress World Series on Thursday evening 9-2 by the
But not before Audie Afenir (right),
one of three Palomar players on the Waves roster,
went 2-for-4 to conclude the tournament with a .438
batting average (7-for-16) while playing in five of
the team's six games.
Afenir was the Waves' designated
hitter in Thursday's game while also playing first
base and catcher in the tournament. The Waves
Palomar's other players on the Waves
team were second baseman Christian Johnson and
pitcher Clayton Voechting. players Audie
Christian Johnson and Clayton Voechting.
The Waves, who dropped a 7-0 decision
in Wednesday's winners' bracket finals to the Santa Barbara Foresters,
the defending tournament champions who have advanced
to Saturday's finals.
The Waves had reached the winners' bracket final by
downing the Valley City (Kansas) Diamond Dogs 5-4 on Tuesday.
Comets' Afenir remains on a
roll in Wichita
WICHITA, Kansas (8-4-11) -- Audie Afenir, Palomar's All-Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference first-team first baseman
during the 2011 season as a true freshman, stayed on
a roll Thursday evening in
the 77th National
Baseball Congress World Series
Afenir singled to drive
in a run to get the Waves untracked in the fourth
inning as the San Diego Waves reached the winners'
bracket quarterfinals in the double-elimination
tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.
Afenir's two out-single
tied the game at 1-1 and the Waves went on to beat
the Park City (Kansas) Rangers 4-3 in 10 innings.
Through the Waves' first two games in the
tournament, Afenir leads the waves with a .500
batting average, going 4-for-8 with three RBIs.
On Monday, Afenir
3-for-4, scored a run and drove in two runs as he
led the Waves to an 11-3 win over the Katy
(Texas) Collegians. The game began at 12:17 a.m.
Central Time and ended at 2:26 a.m.
Palomar teammate Clayton
Voechting pitched a scoreless ninth inning in relief
against the Collegians.
Afenir, Voechting and
the Waves will play the Arvada (Colorado) Colts in
the winners' bracket quarterfinals on Saturday.
Arvada has beaten the Clarinda (Iowa) A's and gthe
Haysville (IKansas) Heat in their first two games in
Afenir is the son of
former Palomar all-state selection and ex-Major
League catcher Troy Afenir, now an assistant coach
for the Comets.
Vincent ups mark to 7-1 with 2.03 ERA in AA
ANTONIO, Texas (8-4-11) -- Palomar alum Nick
Vincent ran his win-loss record to 7-1 and lowered
his ERA to 2.03 for the San Diego Padres' San
Antonio Missions' farm club in the Class AA Texas
League on Thursday night.
Vincent picked up the win in relief,
pitching a hitless, scoreless relief inning,
striking out one and walking none, as the Missions
defeated the Corpus Christi Hooks 6-1.
The former Ramona High School,
Palomar and Long Beach State standout has now gone
12 straight relief appearances without giving up a
run. He's allowed only 40 hits in 62 innings while
striking out 72 batters and walking 14.
Royals sign Edelbrock; Vincent's ERA at 2.17
CITY, Missouri / SAN ANTONIO, Texas / LAKE ELSINORE
/ PULASKI, Virginia (7-29-11) -- The Kansas City
Royals have signed 6-foot-3, 203-pound right-handed
pitcher Casey Edelbrock, Palomar's all-time saves
leader, to a free-agent contract.
Edelbrock has yet to be assigned.
He's coming off his senior season for NAIA national
power Lewis-Clark State College of Lewiston, ID,
where he went 4-4 with one save and a 2.54 earned
run average, the second-best ERA for a team that
made it through four games in the NAIA World Series.
The former Poway High School pitcher
broke Palomar's single-season saves record
with 10 as a sophomore in 2009, when he helped
pitched Palomar to the Pacific Coast Athletic
Association championship, the top seed in the
Southern California community college regionals and
rankings of No. 6 nationally (at the conclusion of
the regular season) and final No. 11 national
Edelbrock (file photo by Hugh Cox)
was a California Community College first-team
all-state selection and a community college
All-American. He was the closer on the
all-conference first team.
Edelbrock pitched his junior season
for Chico State in 2010 before transferring to
Nick Vincent.(left) has lowered his
ERA to 2.17 in 47 relief appearances for the San
Diego Padres' San Antonio farm club in the Double-A
He's 6-1 with three
saves and has struck out 65 and walked
14 in 58 innings pitched. Vincent has allowed only
The former Long Beach State standout
has made eight straight shutout relief appearances.
In his last 10 appearances, Vincent has an ERA of
Jeff Ibarra, who pitched for NAIA
national power Lee University after two seasons at
Palomar, is 2-0 since being called up from Class A
ball to the Lake Elsinore Storm in the Class
A-Advanced California League.
Bobby Shore, a former Palomar
All-American who pitched Oklahoma to the 2010
College World Series and just pitched his senior
season for the Sooners, has a 1.93 ERA in his first
three appearances for the Seattle Mariners' Pulaski
farm club in the Rookie Classification Appalachian
Shore, who just made his pro debut on
July 12, has struck out nine batters in his first 9
Mitch Tybroski, getting congratulated
after inside-the-park home run in 7-4,
come-from-behind win over Grossmont on March 11, has
accepted a scholarship to West Texas A&M. --
Photo by Deb Hellman
Tybroski lands scholarship to
West Texas A&M
Texas (7-18-11) -- Outfielder Mitch Tybroski has
become the 16th Palomar player to commit to the
four-year college level for the 2012 season,
accepting a scholarship to NCAA Division II West
Tybroski hit .273 in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference play as a sophomore as the
Comets won the PCAC championship in 2010. He was an
All-PCAC honorable mention selection.
Tybroski, a second-generation Comet,
is a La Costa Canyon High School product.
COMMITS, SIGNINGS, TRANSFERS
University of Hawaii
North Carolina State
St. John's University
San Jose State
C / 1B
West Texas A&M
3B / 1B
Alex Meza - x
Cal State San Marcos
Scott Myers - x
Cal State San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos
x - Meza and Myers pitched for Palomar's 2010 team;
Myers is transferring from Oklahoma to San Marcos
pick Carmichael commits to Hawaii
MARCOS (7-11-11) --
Palomar closer Nick Carmichael, who was drafted by the
Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round last month, has committed to
the University of Hawaii. He's the 15th Palomar player to commit
to a four-year school and the ninth to Division I.
Carmichael, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound red-shirt
freshman right-hander from Rancho Bernardo High School and the
closer on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team, was
4-1 with four saves and a 2.51 ERA for the Comets during the
He allowed only 18 hits in 32 1/3
innings. He still has until Aug. 15, the last day a draft pick
can sign, to sign with the Orioles.
Carmichael also was one of 67 Palomar athletes
(including 12 baseball players) to be named to the Academic
All-PCAC team for the spring semester. He compiled a perfect 4.0
grade-point average for the spring semester.
(Above Photo by Hugh Cox)
|FROM LEFT: The
Chicago Cubs have promoted Marcus Hatley, who had a 1.76
ERA for Advanced Class A Daytona, to Class AA Tennessee.
SECOND FROM LEFT: Nick Vincent, who recorded his
second save Monday and is 5-1 with a 2.30 ERA for the
Padres: Class AA San Antonio farm club. THIRD FROM
LEFT: Tyler Saladino is batting ,333 for his last
nine game for the White Sox' Advanced A Winston-Salem
team. RIGHT: Jeff Ibarra, who is is 2-1 with a
2.03 ERA in his last 10 appearances for the Padres'
Class A Fort Wayne farm club.
Hatley takes 1.76 advanced 'A' ERA to Double-A
SEVIERVILLE, TN / SAN ANTONIO, TX /
WINSTON-SALEM, NC (7-5-11) -- Marcus Hatley, who was
drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of Palomar in 2006,
continues up the ladder in minor league baseball.
Hatley, who began the 2011 season with
Low A Peoria, and was promoted to High A Daytona Beach
in May, has been promoted again over the weekend and now
is with the Class AA Tennessee Smoikies of the Southern
This, after Hatley was 2-1 with 3 saves
and a 2.35 with Peoria and notched four saves with a
1.75 ERA for Daytona Beach. He made his debut for the
Smokies on Monday and for his three 2011 teams has
struck out 40 and walked 19 in 32 1/3 innings. Hatley
allowed only 22 hits.
Nick Vincent, Padres, Class AA San
Antonio -- The ex-Comet, who pitched a hitless,
scoreless inning the 75th Texas League All-Star Game on
June 29, has not allowed a run in his last 10
appearances for the Missions.
Vincent recorded his second save by
shutting out Tulsa in the ninth inning as the Missions
won 6-5 on the Fourth of July in Tulsa, OK.
Vincent is 5-1 with the two saves, a 2.30
ERA and 55 strikeouts and 11 walks for San Antonio
during the 2011 season. He's appeared in 37 games,
allowing 22 hits over 47 innings.
Tyler Saladino, White Sox, Advanced A
Winston-Salem -- Saladino, coming off a broken hand
suffered in a Major League preseason game for the White
Sox, continued his comeback on July b4. He went 2-for-5
with two runs scored and a walk against Salem in a
Carolina League game at Winston-Salem.
Saladino is hitting .333 for his last
nine games for the Dash, with five home runs and sixth
RBIs during that span. He's playing shortstop for
Jeff Ibarra, Padres, Class A Fort
Wayne -- The left-handed Ibarra is 2-1 with a 2.03
ERA in his last 10 appearances for the TinCaps. He has
16 strikeouts and 5 walks over 13 1/3 innings for the
Midwest League club during that span.
On the season, the 6-foot-5 Ibarra is 3-3
with a 3.24 ERA, allowing only 15 hits in 29 2/3 relief
innings. He's struck out 34 and walked 11.
No hits, no runs for Vincent in All-Star
ANTONIO, Texas (6-29-11) --
Palomar baseball alum Nick Vincent of the host San
Antonio Missions, the San Diego Padres' Class AA team,
threw a hitless, scoreless eighth inning as his South
Division team beat the North 3-2 Wednesday in the 75th
Texas League All-Star Game at Wolff Stadium.
Vincent, who is 5-1 for the Missions with
one save, a 2.45 ERA and 50 strikeouts and nine walks in
44 innings, got Salvador Perez to lead off the inning
with a grounder to the third baseman, who made an error
on the play.
Vincent then served up a double-play
ground ball to Jeff Bianchi and got Wil Myers to fly out
to center for the third out of the inning..
Sepulveda 4th 2011 Palomar catcher
Kody Sepulveda has become the fourth 2011 Palomar
baseball catcher to move on to the NCAA Division I
level -- to the University of Mississippi.
Sepulveda will be the second Palomar catcher to play
at Ole Miss, following in the footsteps of Tom
Afenir, who played for the Rebels before spending
three seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Sepulveda is a sophomore who transferred to Palomar
from Cal Baptist after the 2010 season. He's a
product of Paloma Valley High School in Menifee.
Sepulveda played in 22 games during the 2011 season.
other 2011 Palomar catchers who have signed with
Division I schools are Danny Bethea with the
University of Connecticut, Casey Husband with Santa
Clara and Derek Baum with Northern Colorado.
Palomar had three former catchers on four-year
college rosters during the 2011 season, including
B.K. Santy, a junior who was the starting catcher
for the University of Washington.
Hatley stays on
fire after promotion to high A
FL (6-21-11) -- Former Palomar pitcher Marcus Hatley
was on fire for Peoria Chiefs in the Class A Midwest
League before the Chicago Cubs promoted him to Daytona
in the Advanced A Florida State League late last month.
Since then, Hatley has remained on fire.
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound right-handed
closer, who was drafted by the Cubs in the 39th round
after his freshman season for the Comets in 2006, was
2-1 with Peoria with three saves, allowing 9 hits in 15
1/3 innings and striking out 21 and walking 8 in 15 1/3
Since being promoted to the Daytona Cubs,
Hatley has appeared in eight games, compiling a 2.00 ERA
with three more saves. He's struck out 13 batters in 9
For the 2011 season, Hatley has a
combined 2-1 record with 6 saves with a 2.22 ERA
for 24 1.3 innings pitched. He's allowed 15 hits while
striking out 34.
Photo: Hatley delivers a pitch for
the Peoria Chiefs earlier in the season.
ex-Palomar, Oklahoma star Shore
MD (6-15-11) -- The Seattle Mariners have signed
ex-Palomar and Oklahoma University pitching standout
Bobby Shore, their 41st-round selection in last week's
draft, and assigned him to the Pulaski Mariners of the
Advanced Rookie Classification Appalachian League.
Shore, a member of Oceanside American's
2001 Little League World Series team and an Oceanside
High School product, was 15-3 for Palomar in 2008 and
2009. Shore went 10-5 for Oklahoma in 2010, when he
pitched the Sooners into the College World Series by
winning the championship game in both the Regionals and
Super Regionals. He was injured during much of his
senior season in 2011, when he went 3-2, but has been
diagnosed as fully recovered.
Two 2011 Comets, pitcher Nick Carmichael
(drafted in the 17th round by the Baltimore Orioles) and
shortstop Tyler Bernard (49th round by the Colorado
Rockies) are unsigned.
Mitch Blackburn slides in safely at second on a
successful stolen base for San Diego State during
the 2010 season. He was an All-Mountain West
Conference first-team selection and had the
fourth-longest hitting streak in Aztec history prior
to signing with the Angels as a free agent. -- San
Diego State University photo
retirement from baseball
ROCK, Arkansas (6-16-11) --
Former Palomar and San Diego State star second
baseman Mitch Blackburn, who had been playing in the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization,
announced his retirement from baseball on Friday..
Blackburn went 2-for-4 in his final pro game on June
14 for the Angels' Class AA Arkansas Travelers farm
Prior to signing with the Angels, he was a four-year
starter in college baseball, for the Comets in 2007
and 2008, and for San Diego State in 2009 and 2010.
Blackburn, who came to Palomar out of Chaparral High
School in Temecula, was an All-Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference first-team selection for the
Comets and an All-Mountain West Conference
first-team choice for the Aztecs.
Myers transfers from
Oklahoma to San Marcos
MARCOS (6-18-11) -- Scott Myers, who went 2-2 with
21 strikeouts and eight walks in 18 1/3 innings for
Palomar in 2010, said Saturday he is transferring from
Oklahoma University to Cal State San Marcos.
Myers (left, file photo by Hugh Cox)
began the 2011 season on the Sooners' roster but wound
Alex Meza (right), who had a 3.24 ERA for
the 2010 Comets and sat out the 2011 season, said he
also is headed to Cal State San Marcos.
Myers is a product of Beckman High School
in Irvine who began his high school pitching career in
New Jersey. Meza is from Great Oak High in Temecula.
Former Comet Nick Vincent deals to the plate as the Padres' San
Antonio farm club clinches the first-half championship in the
Double-A Texas League by beating Corpus Christi on Sunday.
Vincent was the winning pitcher. -- San Antonio photo. BELOW:
Mitch Blackburn, who has been promoted back to Double-A with the
Angels' Arkansas Travelers farm club, also in the Texas League
Vincent pitches title
clincher; Blackburn to AA
ANTONIO, TX / LITTLE ROCK, AK
Former Palomar pitching standout Nick Vincent picked
up the victory in relief on Sunday as the San Diego Padres' San
Antonio Missions farm club clinched the first-half championship
in the Class AA Texas League.
The Missions beat Corpus Christi 6-4 as Vincent
came on to pitch a 1-2-3 inning in relief. Vincent also was the
winner on Saturday evening as San Antonio beat Frisco.
Vincent is now 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 27
appearances, allowing 30 hits in 36 innings, striking out 43
batters and walking 9.
Meanwhile, ex-Comet second baseman Mitch
Blackburn in back in Class AA, being promoted to the Los Angeles
Angels of Anaheim's Arkansas Travelers affiliate, also in the
The promotion came after Blackburn went .273 in
his last 10 games, .364 in his last seven games (8-for-22) and
.357 in his last three games (5-for-14) for the Angeles' Inland
Empire 66ers farm club in the Advanced A California League.
The Padres signed Vincent in the 18th round of
the 2007 draft out of Long Beach State, after his junior season.
Blackburn signed with the Angels as a free agent on July 9,
2010, following his senior season at San Diego State.
Orioles select PC's
Carmichael in 17th round
MARCOS (6-7-11) --
The Baltimore Orioles selected Palomar pitcher Nick
Carmichael in the 17th round in the First-Year Player Draft on
(photo at left by Hugh Cox),
a red-shirt freshman right-hander from Rancho Bernardo High
School, was an All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection
as the Comets won the conference championship during the
recently-completed season. He compiled a 4-1 record with four
saves and a 2.51 ERA.
The draft got underway on Monday with
the first round and supplemental first round and was slated to conclude a
three-day run on Wednesday.
Palomar alum Bobby Shore delivers or Oklahoma during
the 2010 season as a junior, when he pitched the Sooners into
the College World Series. Shore was drafted by the Seattle
Mariners on Wednesday. -- Oklahoma University photo.
BELOW: 2011 Comnt shortstop Tyler Bernard, who was
drafted later ijn the day by the Colorado Rockies.
Mariners draft OU's Shore; Bernard to
MARCOS (6-8-11) --
Former Palomar pitcher Bobby Shore of Oklahoma
University was selected by the Seattle Mariners and
2011 Comet shortstop Tyler Bernard went to the
Colorado Rockies on the third day of the First-Year
Player Draft on Wednesday.
Shore, a senior right-hander who
pitched the Sooners into the 2010 College World
Series as a junior, was selected by the Mariners in
the 41st round;. Bernard, a red-shirt freshman, was
drafted by the Rockies in the 49th round.
Bernard, who signed early with
Virginia Tech in the Fall but is expected to sign
with the Rockies, is a Valley Center High School
product who spent a red-shirt season at Arizona
State in 2010.
Shore is an Oceanside High School
product. Coming off injuries during the 2011 season,
he was recovered and slated to return to the OU
rotation in the NCAA regionals. But, this time,
Oklahoma was knocked out before he had an
opportunity to pitch.
Shire was a first-team All-Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference selection, an all-state
pick and a community college All-American after his
sophomore season at Palomar in 2009. Bernard was a
first-team All-PCAC selection this season.
Palomar freshman right-handed pitcher
Nick Carmichael went to the Baltimore Orioles in the
17th round on the second day of the draft on
Tuesday. Like Shore and Bernard, he is expected to
Rodriguez, Gorzo 9th, 10th Comets to
KS / NAMPA. ID
Corner infielder Jose Rodriguez and outfielder Charlie Gorzo have become the ninth
and 10th player from Palomar's 2011 Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference champion baseball team, to sign with
Rodriguez (left), a sophomore from Rancho Buena
Vista High School, signed with the NAIA's Bethany
College in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Outfielder Charlie Gorzo
red-shirt freshman outfielder from Vista Murrieta
High School, signed with Northeast Nazarene
University in Nampa, Idaho.
Rodriguez batted .433 for 30
at-bats playing in 21 games coming off the bench at
both third base and first base. He joins another
former Comet at Bethany. Matt Gabrielson will return
as the Swedes' starting second baseman.
Comets' Esquibel signs with San Jose
SAN MARCOS (6-1-11)
/ 6-7-11 --
Palomar red-shirt freshman right-handed pitcher
Julian Esquibel, an All-Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference and All-Southern California selection,
has signed with San Jose Stte University.
Esquibel, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder out of Vista
High School, was 7-4 for the PCAC champion Comets
with a 1.74 ERA. He allowed 63 hits in 83 1/3
innings, stri8king out 53 and walking 22. He's the
brother of former Palomar, and University of Kansas
right-hande Andres Esquibel, who pitched in the
Seattle Mariners farm system.
of Palomar's all-time best baseball players went on
to play for San Jose State -- third baseman Randy
Johnson, who played in the major leagues for the
Atlanta Braves for three seasons, and right-handed
pitcher Mark Ringkamp. Ringkamp, the Comets'
winningest pitcher ever with 23 victories in two
seasons, pitched in the Texas Rangers farm system.
Esquibel becomes the eighth 2011 Comet to accepted a
scholarship to a four-year school (and seventh to an
NCAA Division I university).
All-State; Esquibel All-Southern Cal
Palomar left fielder Casey Munoz (left) as been selected
first-team All-State by the California Community
College Baseball Coaches Association. Julian
Esquibel (rifht) was named All-Southern California.
Munoz, who also received All-American Community
College recognition, was a red-shirt freshman. The
Cathedral Catholic High School product transferred
from Oklahoma State prior to the 2011 season, when
he hit .349 with 11 douvbles, two triples, two home
runs and 28 RBIs.
Esquibel, a red-shirt freshman right-handed pitcher
from Vista Higth School, was 7-4 with a 1.7e ERA. He
struck out 53 batters and walked 22, allowing 63
hits in 83 1/3 innings.
Munoz and Esquibel were both first-team All-Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference selections after helping
Palomar to a 28-13 record and an undisputed
conference championship by three games over
runner-up San Diego Mesa.
Smith (6-0, 7 saves) wins;
Alums boost Huskies
/ SEATTLE (5-20-11) --
Palomar transfer Patrick Smith came up big again for Cal
Baptist in an NAIA National Tournament Opening Round
Bracket game in Riverside last weekend.
(above left), normally Cal Baptist's closer, threw a
complete-game victory as the Lancers eliminated Cal
State San Marcos 4-2. He threw 139 pitches,
striking out nine and walking one, to finish his junior
season 6-0 with seven saves, a 2.08 ERA, with 40
strikeouts and 14 walks in 47 2/3 innings.
Baptist missed qualifying for the NAIA World Series that
gets underway next Friday at Lewiston, Idaho when the
Lancers dropped the championship game to Concordia of
ex-Comets will be playing in the NAIA World Series.
Casillas leads host team Lewis-Clark State with a .441
batting average. He has 14 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home
runs and 43 RBIs. Pitcher Casey Edelbrock is 4-3 for the
Warriors with a 2.52 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 52 2/3
Buchanan (.372, 7 doubles, 1 triple, 23 RBIs, 17-for-19
in stolen bases) and Reece Alnas (.291, 12 doubles, 1
triple, 2 home runs, 35 RBIs and 12-for-15 in steals)
have helped lead Oklahoma Baptist into the NAIA World
Division I level, both starting catcher B.K. Santy, the
No. 5 batter in the lineup, and starting shortstop Ty
Afenir, turned in solid performances for the University
of Washington, which won one of three games vs.
nationally No. 2-ranked Oregon State at Safeco Field,
home of the Seattle Mariners.
threw out four of five Oregon State runners attempting
to steal in the series and also contributed a solo home
run and a two-run double. Afenir went 4-for-11 in the
series with a double.
Shore has a 2-2 win-loss record for Oklahoma, and Matt
Carvutto is hitting .342 with 18 doubles, a triple and
31 RBIs for the University of the Pacific. Trevor
Bayless was 1-0 for the University of San Diego, beating
NAIA San Diego Christian. Sam Jew is 1-2 with a 3.95 ERA
for Arkanbsas State.
Kellen Lee, a returning third-team All-American catcher
for UC San Diego, and Matt Hubbard will help lead the
Tritons into the NCAA Division II regionals they're
hosting this weekend. Also in D-II, Shane Philipps led
Cal Poly Pomona pitchers with a 2.00 ERA. Michael Cruz
had a 2.18 ERA for Cal State Dominguez Hills.
NAIA, Anthony Renteria hit .336 with 8 doubles, 4
triples, 4 home runs and 30 RBIs for Cal State San
Marcos, Ryle Parks batted .305. Mitch Ferguson hit .286
and also had a 2-0 pitching record. Andrew Larsen was
Gabrielson played second base for Bethany College of
Kansas in 50 of 51 games, with multiple-hit performances
in 10 games, including a 7-for-9 stretch in the first
three games of a series against Ottawa university. Victor Martinez hit .318 with 7 doubles
and 17 RBIs for San Diego Christian College.
Ring hit.325 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs
and 25 RBI for the University of Texas-Tyler, which
advanced to the NCAA Division III West Regional.
2011 4-YEAR COLLEGE ALUMS
NCAA DIVISION i
University of the Pacific
Scott Myers (RS)
San Diego State
NCAA DIVISION II
UC San Diego
UC San Diego
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal State Dominguez Hills
Cal State San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos
San Diego Christian
NCAA DIVISION III
COMMITS, SIGNINGS, TRANSFERS
University of Hawaii
North Carolina State
St. John's University
San Jose State
C / 1B
West Texas A&M
3B / 1B
Alex Meza - x
Cal State San Marcos
Scott Myers - x
Cal State San Marcos
Cal State San Marcos
x - Meza and Myers pitched for Palomar's 2010 team;
Myers is transferring from Oklahoma to San Marcos
Jonathan Davis, pictured sliding in safely against College of
the Desert earlier in a 3-0 early-season win over College of the
Desert, has accepted a scholarhip to Kansas State of the Big
Twelve. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Catcher Derek Baum,
who has signed with Northern Colorado
Davis to Kansas State;
Baum to No. Colorado
Kansas / Greeley, Colorado (5-16-11) --
Third baseman Jonathan Davis and catcher Derek Baum have
become the last Palomar baseball players to accept
scholarships to NCAA Division I schools.
sophomore from Vista High School, will sign with Kansas
State University. Baum, a sophomore from Grossmont High, has
signed with Northern Colorado University.
331 with seven doubles and 15 RBIs for the 2011 Comets, who
went 28-13 and won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Baum hit .333 with three doubles and a home run. Previously,
shortstop Tyler Bernard signed with Virginia Tech,
right-handed pitcher Ryan Wilkins with North Carolina State,
catcher Danny Bethea with St. John's and first baseman /
catcher Casey Husband with Santa Clara. Outfielder Jeremy
Cline signed with NAIA power Lewis-Clark State..
Comets exit with a
pair of forgettable losses
(5-13-11 / 5-14-11) -- After a strong season which
saw Palomar win the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
title by three games, then win a best-of-3 regional
series from East Los Angeles, things came apart for the
Comets in the Rio Hondo Super Regional.
fell to Glendale 9-2 in its first game on Friday at Rio
Hondo College. The Comets and Vaqueros were tied 2-2
entering the sixth inning, when Glendale pushed across
three runs and then continued on to the win.
Afenir (above left) went 3-for-4 for the Comets. Jeremy
Cline, Jonathan Davis, Casey Munoz, John Sabourin and
Mitch Tybroski also hit safely.
Saturday's elimination game at Citrus College in
Ventura, Palomar was bounced by Southwestern 16-6.
Palomar led 5-4 entering the top of the fifth, when the
Jaguars pushed across 10 runs.
Meza (above riight) went 2-for-4 with a double and two
RBIs. Davis went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. Derek Baum
was 2-for-4 and scored two runs.
had a single and two RBIs. Cline, Sabourin, Tyler
Bernard, and Jose Rodriguez also hit safely.
ended its season 28-13.
shown getting down a bunt in deciding game against East Los
Angeles in the weekend's regional series, is expected to play a
key role for Palomar in the Rio Hondo Regional that begins on
Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets open with Glendale at
11 a.m. Friday
(5-9-11) -- Coach Buck Taylor's Palomar
baseball team (28-11) will begin the Rio Hondo Super
Regional at 11 a.m. Friday against Glendale College
(25-14) at Rio Hondo's field..
If the Comets beat the
Vaqueros, they'll play the winner of a 3 p.m. Friday match-up between
Southwestern (24-16) and No. 1-seeded Rio Hondo (36-3)
on Saturday at 11 a.m..
The four-team, ,double-elimination
tournament will run through Sunday with the champion
advancing to the CCCAA State Final Four on May 20-22 at
Bakersfield College, featuring two Southern Cal and two
Northern Cal Super Regional winners.
will play an elimination game at Citrus College at 10 a.m.
Saturday. The remainder of the tournament will be played back at
The winner of the 10 a.m. game
will play the loser of the 11 a.m. game in the afternoon. Game
time will be 3 p.m.
The championship game will be
played on Sunday at Rio Hondo at 11 a.m. If an additional game
is necessary in the double-elimination format, it will follow
College is located at 3600 Workman Mill Road in Whittier,
just south of Freeway 60 and just west of I-605 on Workman
Mill Road. ... Single-day Admission is $8 for adults and $5
for students, senior citizens and children under 12. An
all-tournament pass costs $15. ... The baseball complex is
actually on Workman Mill Road just south of the main
entrance to the college. There is limited parking on Workman
Mill Road in front of the baseball complex and spaces will
fill up quickly. Most people will have to tner the main
college entrance at the stop light with the large Rio Hondo
signs on Workman Mill. From there take your first or second
immediate lefts to park on the lower level.
Vincent is Pitcher
of Month; Saladino returns
ANTONIO, Texas / WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina
(5-12-11) -- After being named Pitcher of the Month
for April for the San Diego Padres' San Antonio Missions
farm club in the Class AA Texas League, Palomar baseball
alumnus Nick Vincent (left) is still hot in May.
back-to-back two-inning shutout performances for the
Missions against Corpus Christi on May 8 and May 10,
Vincent is 2-1 with a 2.33 ERA for the Missions over 19
1/3 innings, striking out 25 and walking five. In his
last 10 appearances, he's 2-1 with a 1.20 ERA, with 20
strikeouts and three walks in 15 innings.
Shortstop Tyler Saladino (rivght), who made multiple
appearances for the Chicago White Sox in Major League
spring training before injuring his hand, finally made
his 2011 debut for Winston-Salem in the Class A Advanced
Carolina League on Wednesday.
infielder Mitch Blackburn, who is playing for the
Angels' Inland Empire 66ers farm club in the Class A
Advanced California League, is coming off back-to-back
2-for-5 and 1-for-3 outings.
Wilkins PCAC Athlete
of the Week for all sports
(5-11-11) -- Palomar's Ryan Wilkins (left) have been
named the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's Men's
Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week that
(4-1), a sophomore right-handed baseball pitcher from
Cathedral Catholic High School, helped the Comets to a
2-1 series win over East Los Angeles in another
Best-of-3 Southern Cal Round 1 regional series.
pitched a complete-game six-hitter, sriiking out six and
walking none, in Game 2, a 9-2 Palomar victory.
signed early with North Carolina State.
ABOVE: Comets' Jonathan Davis slides in
head-first safely at the plate to score on Josh Sabourin's
sixth-inning single in Saturday's second game. Davis had to
leave the game after his head stuck East Los Angeles catcher
Frank Martinez' shin guard. BELOW LEFT: First-game winner
Ryan Wilkins deals on the way to his six-hit complete game. --
Photos by Hugh Cox. LOWER LEFT: Anthony Meza, who drove
in five runs on Saturday. LOWER RIGHT: Audie Afenir, who
also had a big day at the plate.
Comets bury ELA 9-2, 11-2;
Super Regional next
(5-7-11) -- Palomar
knocked out 35 hits, got back-to-back complete game pitching
performances from Ryan Wilkins and Clayton Voechting and
routed East Los Angeles twice on Saturday at Myers Field, 9-2
In the process,
the Comets rebounded from an 8-4 loss to the Huskies on Friday,
won their first-round best-of-3 playoff series from the Huskies
two games to one and advanced to one of two Southern California
Super Regional four-team brackets next Friday through Sunday.
will play in the Rio Hondo Super Regional in Whittier, facing
Glendale, which came back to sweep Cypress on Saturday. The
other match-up in the four-team, double-elimination bracket will
match up Southwestern, which eliminated No. 2 seed Chaffey on
Saturday, and No. 1 seed Rio Hondo. Times will be determined.
advances to the CCCAA State Final Four the following weekend in
Bakersfield along with the winner of the other Southern Cal
Super Regional at Santa Ana and the two Northern California
Super Regionals at Solano College and San Joaquin Delta College.
biggest hitters on Saturday on a day in which everyone seemed to
-- Anthony Meza (5-for-8 in the two games with 3 doubles and 5 RBIs)
-- Audie Afenir
(5-for-9, triple, 3 RBIs)
-- Josh Sabourin
(5 for-8, double, 3 RBIs)
Davis (4-for-7, 2 doubles, RBI, 4 runs scored)
Bernard (4-for-9, RBI)
-- Jeremy Cline
That comes out
to 27 of the Comets' 35 hits for the day between the above six
Palomar 9, East Los Angeles
Wilkins pitched a six-hitter, striking out six and walking
as he advanced to 4-1 on the season.
The Comets, the
visiting team for the second game of the series and first game
of the day, broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the fifth inning
when they put together four consecutive singles by Mitch
Tybroski, Cline, Davis and Casey Munoz, the latter to drive in a
run, and a sacrifice fly by Sabourin to get the second run home.
three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth, banging
out 17 hits for the game.
For the game,
Davis went 3-for-4 with a double, Meza went 2-for-5 with a
double and three RBIs, Munoz went 2-for-5 with a double and
three RBIs and Afenir was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.
Cline and Tybroski also had two hits each.
East Los Angeles 2
advanced to 5-2 by going the distance and scattering 10 hits.
One run off him was earned.
4-for-5. Meza was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
went 3-fo0r-5 with three RBIs and Bernard went 3-for-4.
contributed two hits and the Comets banged out 18 hits for the
East L.A. leads series 1-0; Comets
need 2 wins
(5-6-11) -- Palomar
got a couple of big performances on Friday as the No. 5-seeded
Comets opened the Southern California Community College Playoffs
against No. 12-seeded East Los Angeles at Myers Field to begin a
two-day, best-of-3 Round 1 series.
hitter Jeremy Cline went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the
sixth inning and two RBIs. And lex Willeford delivered a
two-run, pinch-hit single in the seventh inning.
But the Comets
couldn't overtime some untimely defensive mistakes, an inability
to hit early in the game or execute at the plate -- and spotting
the Huskies a 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the fifth.
tried to rally it turned out to be a matter of too-little,
too-late as East L.A. did all the things the Comets were unable
to do to take an 8-4 victory and a 1-0 lead in the series.
The inability to
execute -- zero successful sacrifices on multiple attempts
compared to the Huskies' four sacrifice bunts and one sacrifice
fly -- was likely the difference in the game.
The two teams
will meet again in Game 2 on Saturday at 10 a.m., with a third
game, if necessary, to follow. Palomar (26-11) has to win twice
to take the series and advance to next week's Super Regional
Julian Esquibel, who took the loss to fall to 7-3, and Callan
Dawson, the Comets' third pitcher of the day, both had their
moments. But Esquibel exited after 4 1/3 innings with the Comets
trailing 2-0 on a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. And
Dawson, who had thrown three strong innings, appeared to tire in
Willeford, Audie Afenir, Casey Munoz, Josh Sabourin, Danny
Bethea and Anthony Meza each contributed a single for Palomar.
advanced to 23-13.
8 Comets 1st team; Taylor is Coach
(5-4-11) -- Eight
Palomar baseball players were named to the All-Pacific Coast
Conference baseball first team on Wednesday evening in voting by
PCAC coaches. The Comets' Buck Taylor was named Coach of the
Selected to the
21-player first team were shortstop Tyler Bernard (left),
catcher Danny Bethea (right), pitcher Julian Esquibel, relief
pitcher Nick Carmichael, third baseman Jonathan Davis, first
baseman Audie Afenir and outfielders Casey Munoz and Josh
honorable mention picks were Jeremy Cline, Mitch Tybroski, Derek
Wilkins, Anthony Meza, Jarrod Castrejon, Clayton Voechting and
Comets to host East Los
Angeles in Round 1
MARCOS (5-1-11) --
Palomar is seeded No. 5 out of 18 teams in the Southern
California Community College baseball playoffs and will host
12th-seeded East Los Angeles in a best-of-3 first-round series
this upcoming Friday and Saturday, May 6-7.
(25-10), which won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
championship, will host the Huskies (22-13), runners-up in the
South Coast Conference, in the first game of the series on
Friday at 2 p.m. The second game will tentatively be played at
10 a.m. Saturday, with an additional game to follow, if
necessary. The winner advances to the Super Regional round.
Comets get forfeit vs. Fullerton and are now 26-10
Palomar's baseball team, which begins its best-of-3 first-round
Southern Cal playoff series vs. East Los Angeles on Friday at 2
p.m. at Myers Field, has been awarded a forfeit win over
forfeited 13 games for using an ineligible player, including an
8-2 win over the Comets in the second game of a doubleheader
split on Feb. 18 at Fullerton.
advances to 26-10 on the season.
Casey Husband doubles to the right-center field fence at
Morley Field. BELOW LEFT: Justin Bellez fires to
the plate. Bellez, considered a Major League pitching prospect,
appeared fully recovered from an injury with a lights-out
performance in the eighth and ninth-innings. -- Photos by Hugh
Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Spencer Hardy, who threw a
perfect relief inning
Comets start 7 new faces in
notching 25th win
DIEGO (4-28-11) --
With an undisputed Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
championship already in hand, Palomar coach Buck Taylor had
seven new faces in the starting lineup Thursday for the Comets'
regular-season baseball finale at San Diego City College.
starters, and the handful of regulars who saw action, came
through in style as the Comets won 10-5 at Morley Field to close
the regular season with records of 25-11 (overall) and 19-6
(conference). Coupled with second-place San Diego Mesa's 5-3
loss to Grossmont, Palomar finished three games ahead of the
Olympians in the PCAC standings.
The Comets sent
seven pitchers to the mound and Julian Esquibel, winner Cody
Wlllingham (1-0), Spencer Hardy, Jarrod Castrejon, R.J. Shanks,
Justin Bellez and Nick Carmichael combined to throw a
six-hitter. Only three of the City College runs were earned as
Palomar fielders dropped two fly balls.
Bellez, who drew
dozens of Major League scouts when he pitched in the Comets'
second game of the season in a tournament in Palm Springs but
has seen only limited action due to an injury, was the story of
right-hander from Mira Mesa High school faced four batters in
the eighth and ninth innings but was lights out. He displayed
his big-time stuff and struck out three batters while allowing
only a scratch infield hit. That set the stage for Nick
Carmichael, who came in to get the last out of the game on a
lazy fly ball to center.
two innings in relief of Esquibel, the Comets' ace pitcher who
started and went three innings in what amounted to basically a
bullpen for him with the Southern California regionals' first
round coming up at the end of next week.
Palomar also got
one perfect relief inning each from Hardy and Castrejon.
At the plate,
the Comets banged out 13 hits and got two RBIs each from two
regular starters, Tyler Bernard (on a first-inning ground ball
and fifth-inning single) and Danny Bethea (who came on to pinch
hit in the ninth and drove in two runners with a double over the
left fielder's head).
went 2-for-4 with a triple to lead-off the game and an RBI on a
sacrifice fly. Jose Rodriguez' two-run single highlighted a
five-run fifth inning when the Comets took the lead. Charlie
Gorzo went 2-for-5 and Derek Baum was 2-for-2.
contributed a double. Kody Sepulveda drove in a run with a
single that a City College outfielder misplayed into three
bases. In a call that could have gone as either a triple or
single, the official scorer ruled it a single and
coming back from a foot injury, had a pinch-hit single.
Christian Johnson got two sacrifice bunts down and drove in a
run with a ground ball to the right side.
Josh Sabourin gets lifted into the air by Mitch Tybroski
after Sabourin's walk-off home run that won Tuesday's
title-winning game in the 11th. ABOVE RIGHT:
Coach Buck Taylor dodges Ryan Wilkins' first attempt at the
celebratory ice water bath. But Wilkins came back and got Taylor
with a fresh bucket moments later (not pictured). From left: Assistant coach
Rich Graves, Taylor, Wilkins and pitching coach Sean Rees.
BELOW LEFT: Side-armer Callan Dawson, who dominated in the
ninth, 10th and 11th innings to record the pitching win.
BELOW RIGHT: Tyler Bernard's three-run double brings the
Comets back in the bottom of the ninth. -- Photo by Kristen
Sabourin's 11th-inning HR gives
MARCOS (4-26-11) --
On a long afternoon that saw Palomar trailing visiting San Diego
City College 6-2 with two outs and none on in the bottom of the
ninth inning, lightning struck for the Comets on Tuesday.
lightning struck twice, one in the bottom of the ninth and again
in the 11th inning, the latter on a two-run, walk-off home run
by Josh Sabourin that lifted the Comets to an improbable 8-6
come-from-behind victory. It's Palomar's eighth Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference championship in the last 14 years.
Taylor's squad clinched the title outright when Grossmont
upended second-place San Diego Mesa 8-2.
stumbled into the 6-2 deficit with a lack of being able to
deliver with runners in scoring position, base-running mishaps
and sloppy defensive play behind starting pitcher Clayton
Voechting and reliever Nick Carmichael.
Then the Comets
saw their first two batters go down quickly in the lat of the
ninth and it appeared Palomar would "only" be able to clinch a
tie for the championship going into the final regular-season
pinch-hitter Derek Baum singled with two out, Casey Munoz walked
and Sabourin singled to center, loading the bases for Bernard.
Bernard's double cleared the bases, cut City College's lead to
6-5, and set the stage for Danny Bethea, who had delivered a
sacrifice fly for Palomar's second run the previous inning.
Bethea singled to the left side Taylor held Bernard at third but
a throwing error allowed the Bernard to score the tying run.
the 11th, Munoz doubled and Sabourin deposited a full-count
delivery by David Johnson, the Knights' fifth pitcher of the
afternoon, over the left field fence for his second home run of
the season, scoring Munoz ahead of him and ending the game.
was a fastball high and in," said Sabourin, who was able to pull
the ball out of Myers Field. "It felt great."
Added Sabourin in a post-game interview with the North County
Times' John Maffei:
first walk-off since Little League. With two strikes, I was just
looking to shorten up, hit a ball to the right side and move
(Munoz) over. But I got (the) fastball up, and I wasn't going to
get beat on that pitch."
Callan Dawson came on to throw the ninth, 10th and 11th innings
for the Comets, limiting the Knights to an unearned run on two
hits, to record the pitching win.
Voechting, who was the victim of most of the sloppy play over
most of the game, Carmichael and Dawson combined ojn an eight
hitter. San Diego managed only one earned run.
Munoz paced a16-hit attack for the Comets by going 4-for-5 with
a walk and three runs scored. Sabourin was 2-for-5 with the
homer, a walk and three RBIs. Bernard went 2-for-5 wioth the
double, the sacrifice fly and three RBIs.
Palomar's other multiple hitters were Jonathan Davis (3-for-4
with a walk) and Bethea (2-for-4, with the sacrifice fly and an
RBI). Jeremy Cline and Mitch Tybroski also hit safely.
(24-11, 18-6 in conference) will close the regular season with a
rematch vs. the Knights on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Morley Field in
San Diego with the championship already in hand..
await the Southern California community college pairings and
will open the post-season with a best-of-3 series against an
undetermined opponent the following weekend at home.
Comets storm back in ninth inning to win conference title --
(North County Times - April
First-place Comets' Esquibel
is Athlete of Week
DIEGO (4-25-11) --
Palomar pitcher Julian Esquibel (right) have been selected as
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for
freshman right-hander from Vista High School, beat San Diego
Mesa 4-1 with a seven-hitter.
advanced to 7-2 on the season with a 1.65 ERA.
The Comets swept
two games from the Olympians to take a one-game lead in the
conference race with two games remaining.
Cline, Munoz hit HRs as Comets alone
DIEGO (4-22-11) --
Jeremy Cline (left) and Casey Munoz (right) slugged home runs
Friday to power a four-run fifth inning that lifted Palomar to a
5-4 baseball victory over host San Diego Mesa.
The victory gave
the Comets a sweep of the clubs' Thursday / Friday series, a
three games-to-two win in their season series and a one-game
lead over the second-place Olympians in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference race with two games to play..
17-6 in conference) will finish the regular season with games
against San Diego City College on Tuesday at Myers Field and
Thursday at Morley Field in San Diego. Mesa (20-13, 16-7) closes
out with back-to-games vs. Grossmont.
series tie-breaker means the Comets need either one win in their
two games against City, or one loss by Mesa vs. Grossmont, to
clinch no worse than a tie for the PCAC championship and
guarantee themselves the No. 1 seed among conference teams in
the Southern California playoffs.
number to win the conference outright (combination of Comet wins
and / or Mesa losses) is two.
The Comets won't
feel fulfilled with anything less than an undisputed
championship. "We're not celebrating anything," coach Buck
Taylor said. "There are still two games left
(3-2) started on the mound for Palomar and threw the first six
innings to record the pitching win. Jarrod Castrejon came on to
work the last three innings and notch the save.
Mesa took a 2-0
lead in the bottom of the third on Friday. Danny Bethea got
Palomar on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth with a
two-out single to right that drove in Josh Sabourin, who had
worked Kyle Ginter, the Olympians' starter, for a walk.
Thus the Comets
trailed 2-1 going into the top of the fifth, when Alex
Willeford, playing first base in place of the injured Audie
Afenir, was hit by a Ginter pitch to lead off the inning.
Johnson moved Willeford to second with a sacrifice bunt, and
Cline hit a long shot over the right-field fence for a two-run
home run that put Palomar in the lead 3-2.
then singled to left, and Munoz deposited another home run over
the left field fence to make it 5-2.
Mesa scored two
runs in the eighth inning to close to within a run, but Jarrod
Castrejon struck out Darrell Erese looking to get the save.
with the home run and two RBIs), Tybroski (2-for-5 with the
double) and Bethea (2-for-4 with his RBI) had multiple hits for
Palomar. Munoz and Josh Sabourin each had one hit.
Bethea, who also
threw out Erese trying to steal in the eighth, has hit safely in
nine of his last 14 at-bats.
Bethea signs with Big East's St. John's University
N.Y. (4-22-11) --
Palomar catcher Danny Bethea has signed an NCAA Division I
letter of intent with St. John's University of the Big East
Bethea, who has
hit safely in nine of his last 14 at-bats for the Comets and had
two hits and an RBI in Friday's victory over San Diego Mesa, is
batting .421 for the Comets (.442 in Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference games). He's thrown out 18-of-25 runners trying
to steal (15-of-20 in conference games).
He becomes the
fourth member of this year's Comet baseball team to sign so far
and the third with a Division I team. Previously, shortstop
Tyler Bernard signed with Virginia Tech, right-handed pitcher
Rich Wilkins with North Carolina State, first baseman / catcher
Casey Husband with Santa Clara and outfielder Jeremy Cline with
NAIA power Lewis-Clark State.
Bethea is the
son of former Palomar catcher Pete Bethea, who was an
All-American on an NAIA World Series championship team at Grand
His mom, the
former Colleen Connors, was an outfielder for legendary Palomar
softball coach Mark Eldridge.
Mike Bethea was a J.C. Grid-Wire All-American football
linebacker for the Comets, started for the University of Nevada,
signed with the New Orleans Saints and is currently a graduate
assistant at Nevada.
Palomar second baseman Christian Johnson's bases-loaded squeeze
bunt scores Tyler Bernard in the eighth inning.. BELOW LEFT:
Winner Julian Esquibel delivers pitch. -- Photos by Hugh
Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Casey Munoz, who went 2-for-4 with an
Esquibel, Comets top Mesa, are tied
MARCOS (4-21-11) --
With a big boost from second baseman Christian Johnson, freshman
right-hander Julian Esquibel pitched Palomar back into a tie for
the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball lead on Thursday.
Esquibel threw a
complete-game seven-hitter, moving to 7-2 on the season, as
Palomar downed visiting San Diego Mesa 4-1. The Comets (22-11,
16-6 in conference) and Olympians (20-12, 16-6) are deadlocked
going into a rematch on Friday at 2 p.m. at Mesa.
The winner will
take over first place by itself with two games remaining in the
season -- and will capture the teams' season series three games
Why that is of
high importance: if the Comets and Olympians were to tie for the
conference championship, the winner of the season series gets
the higher seed entering the Southern California regionals.
coach Buck Taylor's Comets a huge lift by driving in two of
Palomar's four runs and with his play in the field, where he
handled six chances.
His first RBI
came on a second-inning double down the left-field line that
drove in Danny Bethea, who had reached base on a single.
Bethea's run broke a 1-1 tie.
RBI came on a bases-loaded squeeze bunt in the bottom of the
eighth. He drove in shortstop Tyler Bernard, who had doubled to
left on the first pitch of the inning and advanced to third on
Jonathan Davis' infield single.
a bang-bang third-inning double play that he turned with Bernard
in the top of the eighth. He also leaped high in the air to rob
Mesa's Brett Balkin of a what would have been a line-drive hit
to right field.
The latter play
returned the favor after Balkin, playing shortstop for the
Olympians, did the same thing two innings earlier to stab
Johnson's liner that was headed toward left field.
In pitching a
complete-game win for the second straight Tuesday, Esquibel was
helped by multiple-hit performances by Munoz, Bethea and Davis,
who all went 2-for-4.
the Comets tied the game in the bottom of the first on an error,
a sacrifice bunt by Mitch Tybroski and Munoz' double to left
its two second-inning runs after Mesa left fielder Anthony
Herrera made a diving catch to snow-cone what would have been a
base hit to lead off the inning by Audie Afenir.
Bethea got the
inning rolling with one out when he singled behind the
third-base bag for his seventh hit in his last 10 plate
appearances. Davis singled to right-center, Johnson drove in
Bethea with his double and Jeremy Cline scored Davis with a
ground ball to the right side.
Bethea , with a nice effort on the receiving end
from his third baseman, Davis, gunned down Mesa's Lance McFeely
attempting to steal third in the third inning. Bethea has thrown
out 10 -of-15 runners trying to steal on the season -- including
9-of-12 in conference games.
Esquibel also threw to third in the first inning
to get the Olympians' Myles Dempsey on what went into the book
as an unsuccessful steal attempt.
With none out and two runners on, Victor Rasor-Thompson
thought he was hit by Esquibel's first pitch to him and jogged
down the line to first.. When both runners headed toward the
next base, Esquibel relayed Betheas's throw to Davis at third.
Josh Sabourin had the Comets' other hit, a
Palomar catcher Danny Bethea waits to tag out Southwestern's
Matt Martinez, who was easily out at the plate on a
fourth-inning double play, which went from third baseman
Jonathan Davis to first baseman Audie Afenir to Bethea. -- Photo
by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Afenir, who had two hits.
BELOW RIGHT: R.J. Shanks, who pitched five innings of
four-hit relief without giving up an earned run
Bethea is 4-for-5 but Comets fall as
MARCOS (4-19-11) --
On a day that three second-generation Palomar players
contributed eight of their team's 10 hits, the Comets dropped a
stranger-than-fiction 3-2 decision to Southwestern on Tuesday at
It was one of
the most bizarre finishes of this or any other year, dating back
to Palomar's first baseball season 65 years ago. And the loss
prevented the Comets from moving back into a tie for first place
in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with San Diego Mesa,
which was upset 6-2 by San Diego City College.
With the Comets
down by a run and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning,
Audie Afenir singled sharply to center field.
Charlie Gorzo, one of the fastest players on the team, ran for
Afenir and was a few feet away from scoring the tying run on
Danny Bethea's booming double to right for his fourth
hit of the afternoon.
With the Comets
down by a run and one out in the bottom of the ninth inning,
Audie Afenir singled sharply to center field.
Charlie Gorzo, one of the fastest players on the team, ran for
Afenir and was two-thirds of the way between third and home away from scoring the tying run on
Danny Bethea's booming double to right for his fourth
hit of the afternoon.
loss means the Comets' fate in the PCAC race remains in their
own hands, despite getting swept by the Jaguars in their
If Palomar were
to run the table by winning their last four games, beginning on
Thursday at 2 p.m. at home against Mesa, the Comets would win
the conference outright.
dad Pete caught for the Comets and was an All-American on an
NAIA World Series championship team at Grand Canyon University,
went 4-for-5 for the game.
singled to short in the second inning. He doubled to right
center in the fourth. He hit a screaming line drive right at the
shortstop with runners at second and third and two out in the
fifth, when Palomar scored both its runs. And he singled to left
in the seventh.
measure, Bethea threw out the only Southwestern player who
attempted to steal, Bryan Burkhead, for the third out in the top
of the eighth.
Afenir, son of
Comet assistant coach Troy Afenir, a former all-state Palomar
player and ex-Major League (Astros, A's and Reds) catcher, went
Tybroski, son of former Comet outfielder Mitch Tybroski, was
2-for-4, walked, stole a base and scored Palomar's first run in
the fifth inning. He also made a running catch of a line drive
for the second out in the seventh inning.
other two hits came from Josh Sabourin, who singled to drive in
a run in the fifth, and Tyler Bernard, who singled sharply to
right field in the seventh. Bernard also hit two hard line
drives to Burkhead in left and flied out to the base of the bank
in right field to lead off the ninth.
Last but hardly
least, the Comets got seven strong relief innings from R.J.
Shanks, Nick Carmichael and Kallan Dawson, who allowed only four
hits between them.
five innings of three-hit ball. He did give up a pair of runs in
the fourth, but they were both unearned after an error and a
pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Callan Dawson worked a
1-2-3 top of the ninth, getting two quick ground outs, then
striking out the third Southwestern batter.
Palomar left 15
runners on base.
Jaguars advanced to 18-14 on the season, 11-10 in conference.
The Comets, who won the season series between the two teams
three games to two, are 21-11, 15-6.
Comets lose 8-3 lead and game, fall
VISTA (4-16-11) --
Palomar couldn't maintain an 8-3 lead aftr 5 1/2 innings and
dropped a 9-8 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to host
Southwestern on Saturday.
The loss dropped
the Comets out of a first-place tie with San Diego Mesa, which
beat San Diego City College and leads the Comets by one game
with five to play.
(above left), who started for Palomar, dominated early, striking
out nine batters and walking one as he threw two-hit ball over
the first 12 batters he faced and struck out the side in both
the third and fourth innings. Two errors in the bottom of the
fifth opened the gates for Southwestern to score three runs.
The Comets came
back in three runs in its half of the sixth and Wilkins came out
of the game with an 8-3 lead. But things went downhill from
there as as Southwestern reliever Patrick McGrath pitched 4 1/3
innings of shutout ballto pick up the win.
15-5 in conference) out-hit Southwestern 16-9 but left 13
runners on base. The Comets also were hurt by seven walks and
four hit batters.
(above right) went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a
sacrifice bunt for the Comets and made a spectacular catch going
back toward the fence for the third in the eighth inning to rob
Nathan Saquilon of an extra-base hit and save two runs from
scoring on the play.
went 2-for-5, doubled, walked and drove in two runs. Josh
Sabourin was 2-for-6 with two RBIs and a steal. Tyler Bernard
was 2-for-5 and drove in a run with a perfect suicide squeeze
bunt. Jeremy Cline went 2-for-6 with an RBI. And Christian
Johnson was 2-for-6 with an RBI.
Audie Afenir and
Anthony Meza contributed RBI singles. Kody Sepulveda and Danny
Bethea also hit safely.
The Comets and Jaguars will play again on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at
Myers Field. Then comes a two-game series with Mesa, on Thursday
at home and Friday in San Diego, that could determine the PCAC
Palomar's Julian Esquibel throws the final pitch of the game in
Thursday's victory over Imperial Valley. Imperial Valley's
Fernando Cordova grounded out, second baseman Christian Johnson
to first baseball Audie Afenir, for the last out.. -- Photo by
Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Casey Munoz, who was 3-for-4 for
the Comets. BELOW RIGHT: Josh Sabourin, who went 2-for-3.
Munoz is hitting .365 on the year, Sabourin .354.
Esquibel (5-hitter, 10 strikeouts)
beats IVC 5-2
MARCOS (4-14-11) --
Red-shirt freshman Julian Esquibel stopped Imperial Valley 5-2
by pitching a complete-game five-hitter on Thursday at Myers
Field. striking out 10 and walking two.
to 6-2 on the season and alowered his earned run average to 1.74
(1:63 in conference). He retired the first 10 IVC batters, gave
up an unearned run in the fourth inning, then gave up a lone
earned run in the seventh.
Casey Munoz went
3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored to lead the way offensively
for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference co-leaders. He beat
out two infield hits on the afternoon, to third base in the
third inning and to shortstop in the seventh.
went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt, a run scored and a stolen
who raised his batting average in conference games to .411, was
1-for-2, drove in Palomar's second run with a sacrifice fly,
reached base as a hit batter and contributed a steal.
Audie Afenir and Anthony Meza also hit safely.
Jonathan Davis, center fielder Meza, second baseman Christian
Johnson and Afenir at first base made the big plays defensively.
Palomar took a
2-0 lead in the bottom of the first after Davis, leading off for
the Comets, got things rolling by walking and stealing second.
Cline singled, Munoz singled to right to drive in Davis,
Sabourin got a sacrifice bunt and Bernard drove in Cline with a
The Comets led
the whole way, adding two runs in the third inning and another
run in the seventh.
With the win,
the Comets remain tied for first place with San Diego Mesa,
which beat Southwestern on Thursday, with six games remaining.
play back-to-back, home-and-home series with Southwestern
(Saturday on the road, next Tuesday at home), Mesa next Thursday
and Friday, and San Diego City College on April 26 and 28.
Palomar is 21-9,
15-4 in conference.
Comets back in tie for first
7 games left to play
IMPERIAL (4-12-11) --
It took a matter of days for Palomar to move back into a tie for
first place in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball.
traveled to the desert and pounded Imperial Valley 11-4 on
Tuesday which, along with Southwestern's 5-4 win over San Diego
Mesa in 10 innings, allowed them to re-take a share of the
Taylor's squad advanced to 20-9 on the season (14-4 in
conference) and are tied for first with Mesa, which will host
Southwestern on Thursday while the Comets face IVC again, this
time at 2 p.m. at Myers Field.
out 16 hits against five Imperial Valley pitchers, led by
shortstop Tyler Bernard (3-for-5, 2 runs scored), Jeremy Cline (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs),
Jonathan Davis (2-for-4, double, run scored, RBI), Anthony Meza
(2-for-4, 2 runs scored, RBI) and Kody Sepulveda (2-for-4,
double, 2 runs scored, RBI).
Jarrod Castrejon (5-1) threw six innings of two-hit ball,
allowing one run. R.J. Shanks followed with two innings of
one-hit, shutout ball and the Comets led 11-1 after eight
nine chances at shortstop while left fielder Casey Munoz made a
spectacular sit-down catch in foul territory down the leftfield
line and second baseman Christian Johnson made a difficult catch
sprinting toward the right-field line. All this, in support of
Castrejon, Shanks and Spencer Hardy.
Josh Sabourin, Audie Afenir and Christian
Johnson also hit safely.
2-1, broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the sixth
Griffs survive 11 PC hits, Bethea's
MARCOS (4-6-11) --
Palomar managed only one run on 11 hits and was beaten by
fifth-place Grossmont for the second time this week on Thursday,
this time 4-1 at Myers Field.
The Comets fell
out of a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference lead when
San Diego Mesa downed Imperial Valley 6-2 and took over first
place by one game.
despite a big performance by sophomore catcher Danny Bethea
(above left), who was being looked at seriously by St. John's
University of the Big East Conference at the game and went
3-for-3 with a walk.
Bernard, who already has signed with Virginia Tech, went 2-for-4
and also hit the ball hard on his two outs, a line out to right
field and a long fly ball that Grossmont's Aaron Waddington
caught running toward the center field fence.
It was the
second time in three days that Waddington robbed Bernard on long
balls hit over his head. He did the same thing when the G-House
upset the Comets on Tuesday in El Cajon.
(9-16, 5-11 in conference) made big defensive plays all
afternoon, highlighted by a series of running catches that also
included an earlier one by Waddington to steal and extra base
hit from Casey Munoz and save a run in the third inning.
Jerial Waller, who was 3-for-4 at the plate, also made multiple
running catches to rob the Comets of hits. And Grossmont turned
two key inning-ending double plays in back of winning pitcher
Anthony Vigil, a left-hander who gave up one run on 10 hits and
benefited from all the defensive heroics.
second double play got Vigil out of a big jam in the sixth
inning, after Bernard, Audie Afenir and Bethea knocked out
consecutive singles with one out. It was 2-0 at the time, and
Palomar appeared poised for a big inning.
"This time I
can't complain about the way we played," said Palomar coach Buck
Taylor, who had been less than happy with the way the Comets
performed on Tuesday. "We got good enough pitching (from Julian
Esquibel and Clayton Voechting) to win, we
executed, we played defense and we hit the ball well, often hard
right at them. And they ran some balls down."
Palomar had an outstanding day defensively, particularly Bernard
The Griffins did
not test Bethea's arm, and Bethea was busy blocking pitches in
the dirt to save bases and possibly some more Grossmont
trailing 4-0, finally scored in the ninth. Bethea led off the
inning by banging his third hit of the afternoon, a single to
left. Grossmont brought in Kyle Shaver, who recorded his second
save in three days, but Derek Baum greeted him by singling
through the left side to advance the runners to second and
With one out,
Mitch Tybroski drove in Kyle Hansen, who was running for Bethea,
with a ground ball back to Shaver, the pitcher.
Rounding out the
Comets' 11-hit attack, Josh Sabourin doubled and Jonathan Davis
has a bye day on Saturday, and the Comets will try to get well
when they play back-to-back games vs. last-place Imperial Valley
on Tuesday in Imperial and Thursday at home, then visit
Southwestern next Saturday.
It's the first
time Palomar (19-9, 13-4) has been out of first place all
season. The Comets have eight games remaining.
Munoz is PCAC Athlete of Week for
SAN DIEGO (4-5-11) --
Palomar baseball player Casey Munoz has been named Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference Men's Athlete of the Week for all sports.
Comets' freshman left fielder from Cathedral Catholic High
School and a bounce-back from Oklahoma State where he received a
baseball scholarship, leads the first-place Comets with a .375
Last week, he
had a double and RBI in a 4-1 win over second-place San Diego
Mesa. He was 2-for-5, tripled, and had two runs scored,
two RBIs and two steals in a 5-1 victory over defending PCAC
champion San Diego City. And he went 2-for-4 with a double and
two RBIs as the Comets defeated the Knights again 16-5.
Sloppy performance proves deadly at
CAJON (4-5-11) --
Palomar played a sloppy, listless game on Tuesday afternoon at
Noel Mickelsen Field and a hungry Grossmont team made the Comets
pay a steep price.
On a day the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leaders out-hit the G-House
9-4, Grossmont took advantage of four Palomar errors and the
Comets' inability to execute in key situations.
season, 4-11 in conference) tallied a 3-2 upset win, snapping a
four-game losing streak. Along the way, the Griffins dropped the
Comets (19-8, 13-3) into a tie for first place with San Diego
Mesa with nine games remaining.
entering Tuesday's games trailed Palomar by a game, won at
Imperial Valley 15-3.
(above left, 2-for-4, double, run scored), Derek Baum (above
right, 2-for-4, double, RBI) and Tyler Bernard (2-for-4, run
scored) all had multiple-hit afternoons to pace Palomar's
contributed an RBI single and made a series of outstanding
defensive plays at first base. Jonathan Davis and Casey Munoz
also hit safely.
single to left with one out in the seventh inning drove in
Palomar's first run and tied the game 1-1. Sabourin and Bernard
had started the inning with back-to-back singles but the Comets
couldn't get down a sacrifice bunt and were forced to settle
a called third strike.
hit, winning pitcher Zach Pettiford (4-3) got his second
strikeout of the inning to escape further damage.
Grossmont on top 3-1, Sabourin led off the Palomar ninth by
banging a double into the left field corner. Bernard followed
with a long drive which G-House center fielder Aaron Waddington
somehow hauled in running straight toward the fence. Sabourin
advanced to third and scored when Baum, the next batter, doubled
to center to chase Pettiford.
Shaver, who normally starts for the Griffins, came on to get the
final two outs on a strikeout and fly ball to center to record
Castrejon, the Comets' starter, pitched six effective innings,
scattering three hits and allowing a lone unearned run. Nick
Carmichael, the second of three Palomar pitchers, was tagged
with his first loss of the season as he fell to 4-1. Callan
Dawson came in to get the Comets out of the eighth inning.
combined on a four-hitter.
Grossmont will play a rematch on Thursday at 2 p.m. at Myers
Field when they match up for the final time this season. The
Comets lead the series between the two teams 3-1.
Comets use 21 players, get 22 hits
to rout City
MARCOS (4-2-11) --
Led by Jeremy Cline (left), who went 4-for-4, Palomar knocked
out 22 hits on Saturday to bury San Diego City College 16-5 in a
PCAC baseball game at Myers Field.
Taylor got 21 players into the game and seven of them -- Cline,
Danny Bethea, Casey Munoz, Christian Johnson, Casey Husband,
Mitch Tybroski and Rich Montanez (right) -- had multiple hits.
(19-7, 13-2) remained alone atop the conference by one
game over second-place San Diego Mesa, a 7-3 winner over
Grossmont, with 10 games to play.
Clayton Voechting (4-1) threw the first six innings, scattering
six hits and allowing one earned run, before departing with an
2-for-2 with two RBIs after replacing Cline at designated
hitter, as the two gave the Comets a combined 6-for-6
performance in the leadoff spot.
City College (11-11, 8-7), which also utilized two players in
the lead-off hole during the game, saw them go a combined
0-for-5, striking out four times.
on San Diego starting pitcher and loser Mark Vasquez (3-2) with
three runs in the bottom of the first inning, on back-to-back
infield singles by Cline and Jonathan Davis to begin the game,
two errors, a double by Munoz and Tyler Bernard's sacrifice fly.
Davis, Munoz and
Bernard had RBIs in the inning
tacked on four runs in the fourth inning, four in the fifth and
five more in the bottom of the eighth as they turned the game
against the defending PCAC champions into a boat-race.
banged out 11 hits during their fourth- and fifth-inning rallies
which blew the game wide open. Bethea doubled in a pair of runs
to highlight the four-run fourth. He contributed two hits in the
two innings -- as did Husband, Tybroski, Johnson and Cline.
the back-to-back rallies when he singloed to right to lead off
Comets' second baseman, won himself family bragging rights by
driving in a run off his brother, San Diego City relief pitcher
David Johnson, with a ground ball to the right side during the
five-run eighth inning.
off two double plays, from shortstop Bernard to Johnson to
Husband playing first basew in the sixth inning, and from third
baseman Jose Rodriguez to Johnson to first baseman Chris Miller
to end the game in the top of the ninth. Spencer Hardy, the
fourth Palomar pitcher of the afternoon, induced the
ninth-inning double play off the bat of the Knights' Rick
play a two-game series against Grossmont during the upcoming
week. The comets will visit the Griffins on Tuesday and return
home to Myers Field to conclude the series on Thursday.
Padres promote ex-Comet Vincent to
After back-to-back outstanding seasons for Lake Elsinore in the
advanced-Class A California League and a scoreless
spring-training inning for the major league Padres on Tuesday,
former Palomar pitcher Nick Vincent has been promoted to San
Antonio of the Class AA Texas League.
Vincent, who won
20 games for the Comets with a career 2.11 ERA in 2005-2007 and
a productive season at Long Beach State, pitched for the second
straight year in a Major League spring training game on Tuesday
when he relieved Padres closer and ex-Santa Ana community
college pitcher Heath Bell against the Milwaukee Brewers in
Vincent, who was
in uniform for the big-league club for five games in spring
training, threw a
scoreless ninth inning.
Esquibel (win), Carmichael (4th
save) halt City
Julian Esquibel (left) pitched 5 1/3 innings to run his pitching
record to 5-1 on Thursday as first-place Palomar pinned a 5-1
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference loss on San Diego City College
at Morley Field.
(right) came on to get the Comets out of a bases-loaded jam in
the sixth inning and threw the last 3 1/3 innings, picking up
his fourth save.
Casey Munoz was
2-for-5 for the Comets (18-7, 12-2 in conference) with a triple,
an RBI and two stolen bases. Jeremy Cline returned to the lineup
by going 2-for-4 with a triple and a walk. Josh Sabourin went
2-for-5 with two RBIs.
contributed a double, also drew a walk and stole a base..
had a single, an RBI and a sacrifice bunt -- and literally
knocked San Diego pitching starter Keegan Yuhl out of the game
by hitting him in the stomach with a batted ball in the top of
the seventh inning.
Yuhl was knocked
to the ground and, from a sitting position, bounced the ball
toward first baseman Dylan Garcia. The ball got by Garcia as
Davis advanced to second. The official scorer ruled it as a
two-base error on Garcia.
rounded out the Palomar attack with a single and a steal.
Palomar led all
the way after Sabourin's first-inning single that drove in Munoz
to put the Comets on top right away. Cline led off the game with
a single and, with one out, was forced at second on Munoz'
fielder's choice. Munoz stole second and scored when Sabourin
delivered his hit to center field.
Esquibel took a
three-hit shutout and 3-0 lead into the sixth. The Knights began
the inning with four straight hits, scoring their only run.
Esquibel got the next batter on a called third strike, and
Carmichael came into the game at that point to get two straight
batters on called thirds.
the Knights to hit double-play balls in the seventh (first
baseman Audie Afenir to Bernard, the shortstop), eighth (second
baseman Christian Johnson to Bernard to first baseman Jose
Rodriguez) and ninth (Bernard, who stepped on the bag at second
and threw to Rodriguez at first). The third double play ended
pitched one-hit, shutout ball for his 3 2/3-inning stint. He
lowered his earned run average to 0.68 over 26 2/3 innings. The
6-foot-6 right-hander also has a 4-0- win-loss record.
Esquibel's ERA is 1.71 for 47 1/3 innings.
keeps Palomar alone atop the conference, one game ahead of San
Diego Mesa, which defeated Grossmont 4-2.
Baum homers, relievers shine but
lead cut to 1
Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference baseball
leaders had a number of things go right as the Comets tried to
stretch their lead over second-place Mesa to three games on
But the thing
that went wrong ruined the afternoon. Palomar lost 10-6 after
falling behind 6-0 after one inning and 9-1 in the second
inning. The loss snapped the Comets' win streak at eight games.
Sparked by a
three-run homer by catcher Derek Baum (above left) to left field
in the top of the fourth, the Comets battled back to close to
within 9-6. But they were unable to score again over the last
five innings and never could get any closer. This, despite the
fact they banged out 10 hits against four Olympian pitchers.
The Comets, who
stretched a one-game lead over the Olympians in the PCAC to two
games by winning on Monday in San Marcos, falls to 17-7, 11-2 in
conference. Mesa is 14-9, 10-3. The two teams each have 12 games
Ryan Wilkins refused to pack it in despite the horrific first
two innings and shut out the Olympians on one hit over the
third, fourth and fifth.
The Comets then
got one strong relief inning each from Cody Willingham (who
hadn't pitched in 28 days), Callan Dawson (who hadn't pitched in
12 days) and highly-regarded draft prospect Justin Bellez, who
is coming off an injury and was making his first appearance
since back on Feb. 10.
Anthony Meza (above right) went
2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Palomar. Jonathan Davis
also was 2-for-4 with a double.
Audie Afenir doubled to right-center
in the second inning and scored the Comets' first run when Meza
followed him by doubling to right.
Josh Sabourin and Tyler Bernard
singled to drive in runs, and Mitch Tybroski and Rich Montanez
also contributed singles.
Baum gunned down Garrett Gallacher,
the only Mesa runner who attempted to steal, in the second
Palomar goes on the road to play
third-place San Diego City College, last year's conference
champion that is coming off an 8-2 win over Imperial Valley, on
Thursday at 2 p.m. at Morley Field in Balboa Park. The two teams
will play a rematch on Saturday at noon at Myers Field.
Comets top Mesa with 3-run 7th, up
by 2 games
Palomar broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the bottom of the
seventh inning Monday and went on to win its rain make-up with
San Diego Mesa 4-1 at Myers Field.
Comets, with their eighth win in a row, ran their record to 17-6
on the season, 11-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and
stretched their conference lead to two games over the
second-place Olympians (13-9, 9-3).
Voechting (above left) and Jarrod Castrejon (above right) took 2
hours, 28 minutes to throw a five-hitter at the Olympians.
who went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a walk,
doubled to right-center to break the tie and drive in what
turned out to be the winning run.
Audie Afenir led
off the inning with a sharp opposite-field single to right.
After a force play on an attempted sacrifice bunt when
pinch-runner Kyle Hansen was forced at second, Christian Johnson
sacrificed Danny Bethea to second.
followed with the double that scored Bethea and put Palomar
ahead 2-1, Jonathan Davis singled to drive in Tybroski, and
Casey Munoz doubled to drive in Davis.
Tybroski had put
Palomar in front 1-0 in the bottom of the first when he singled,
moved all the way to third on an errant pick-off attempt and
scored on a wild pitch.
Mesa tied the
game with a run in the sixth.
With runners at
first and second with two outs, Bernard cut off further damage
and got Voechting out of the inning when he to his left to make
a diving stop of a ball hit by Myles Dempsey. Bernard flipped
the ball to Johnson, the second baseman, for the force at
It turned out to
be the defensive play of the game for Palomar on an afternoon
that Afenir dug two balls out of the dirt at first base and Jose
Rodriguez, who came in to play first, one out of the dirt to get
outs on throws across the infield. Afenir also got the final out
of the seventh inning on a double play when Tybroski caught
Dillon Haupt's fly ball and easily doubled off Gallacher, who
was already at third, on a throw to first.
who picked up the pitching win, came in to begin the next inning
after Voechting allowed one run on four hits over the first six
up one hit in three shutout innings, striking out four.
his way out of a jam (one out, runners at first and second) in
the ninth inning. He got Mesa's Garrett Gallacher on a called
third strike and Victor Rasar-Thompson, the leading hitter in
the state entering the game, on a fly ball to Munoz in left
field for the final out of the game.
a transfer from 2010 state community college runner-up College
of San Mateo and the reigning PCAC Men's Athlete of the Week for
all sports, came into the game with a .469 batting average. He
went 0-for-5 facing Voechting and Castrejon, with with two
ground outs, a foul pop-up, a strikeout and the fly ball.
Bethea and Josh
Sabourin singled for the Comets' other hits.
The two teams
play again on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mesa, with Palomar having an
opportunity to take a three-game lead as the PCAC passes the
halfway point in the 25-game conference season.
Bernard drives in both runs, gives
Shortstop Tyler Bernard (left) drove in both Palomar runs
on Thursday, including a single for the game-winner in the
seventh inning, as the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leaders
defeated host Southwestern 2-1.
Bernard's hit to
center scored Jonathan Davis, who had singled to center with one
out, from second and gave Julian Esquibel (right) the victory in
a pitcher's duel with the Jaguars' James Trebus.
Jarrod Castrejon and Nick Carmichael combined on a four-hitter.
Esquibel allowed one run on four hits over the first 7 1/3
in to get the last two outs in the eighth to strand
Southwestern's Matt Martinez, who had walked to lead off the
inning, at third.
winning pitcher in relief against the Jaguars on Wednesday,
threw a hitless, scoreless ninth inning to record his third
has compiled a 4-0 win-loss record, has an ERA of 0.78 for 23
innings pitched on the season. Esquibel has a 1.71 ERA for 42
The Comets took
a 1-0 lead in the top of the third. Christian Johnson drew a
walk, Casey Munoz blooped a single to left with two out, Trebus
hit Josh Sabourin with a pitch and Bernard picked up the RBI by
fouling off a string of pitches and then drew a walk with the
bases loaded, forcing in Munoz.
The Jaguars tied
the game in the bottom of the inning on Ricardo Aguilar's
two-out RBI single to right and the score remained 1-1 until
Bernard's game-winning hit in the seventh.
3-for-5 as the Comets banged out 10 hits against Trebus, who
pitched a complete game. Munoz went 2-for-5. Sabourin, Bernard,
Casey Husband, Audie Afenir and Johnson each contributed one
hit. The combined 14 hits by the two teams were all singles.
turned two double plays. Bernard, who again made a series of big
defensive plays in the game, stabbed a line drive off the bat of
Bryan Burkhead in the second inning and threw to Afenir at first
to double off Omar Gonzalez.
double play ended the game in the bottom of the ninth after
Casrmichael had hit Burkhead with a pitch with one out. Kevin
Carreon hit a hard ball at second baseman River Stevens, who
made a difficult stop and threw the ball to Bernard at short.
Bernard stepped on the bag to force Burkhead, then relayed it to
Jose Rodriguez at first to get Carreon for the final out.
Bethea had set the tone for the game in the bottom of the first
inning. Hee gunned down the Jaguars' leadoff hitter, Ricardo
Aguilar, trying to steal third base after singling and advancing
on a sacrifice bunt. Bethea has thrown out seven of 11 runners
who have attempted to steal on him for the season, a percentage
ran its win streak to seven games and has won 10 of its last 11,
plays second-place San Diego Mesa on Saturday at noon at Myers
Field, weather permitting.
who defeated defending conference champion San Diego City
College 10-4 on Thursday, are one game behind the Comets with a
9-2 conference record.
Anthony Meza scores the winning run against Southwestern on
Jonathan Davis' walk off single. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:
Mitch Tybroski, who had three hits for the Comets
Davis' game-winning RBI leaves Jags
Jonathan Davis delivered a walk off single to left-center
field for Palomar's 12th hit of the afternoon on Wednesday,
giving the Comets a 4-3 baseball victory over Southwestern at
The win kept
coach Buck Taylor's squad (15-6, 9-1) alone atop the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference. Mitch Tybroskiwent
3-for 5. Tyler Bernard was 2-for-4 with a series of big
defensive plays at shortstop. And Davis was 2-for-5.as the
Comets stretched their winning streak to six games.
With one out in
the ninth, Casey Husband worked Patrick McGrath, the Jaguars'
fourth pitcher of the afternoon, for a walk. Tybroski followed
with a two-out single, and Davis' hit drove in pinch-runner
Anthony Meza from second with the winning run.
That gave the
pitching win to Nick Carmichael (4-0), who came on with none out
and the bases loaded in the eighth inning after two Palomar
errors and an attempted sacrifice bunt that went for an infield
walked in an unearned run that belonged to starter Ryan Wilkins
and then retired six straight batters, striking out three.
four runs on six hits over seven-plus innings. Only one of
Southwestern's runs was earned as Palomar ran into problems
fielding bunts and made five errors.
trailing 2-0, took a 3-2 lead in the seventh inning on six
straight singles by Bernard, Derek Baum, pinch-hitter Jeremy
Cline, Husband, Christian Johnson and Tybroski.
drove in Bernard with the Comets' first run. Husband's hit drove
in Kyle Hansen, who ran for Baum. Tybroski's hit drove in Cline.
The Jaguars tied
the game a 3-apiece with thei unearned run in the top of the
eighth. That set the stage for Davis' game-winning RBI in the
doubled with two -out in the first inning but was left stranded
for the other Palomar hit.
The Comets will
play at Southwestern in a rematch on Thursday at 2 p.m., weather
Bernard, Munoz, Sabourin get
9 hits in victory
Tyler Bernard (3-for-5, triple, sacrifice bunt, 3 RBIs), Casey
Munoz (left, 3-for-5, walk, sacrifice fly, RBI) and Josh
Sabourin (right, 3-for-5, sacrifice fly, 2 RBIs) paced a 17-hit
attack Thursday that carried PCAC baseball leader Palomar to a
13-8 road win at Imperial Valley.
Jonathan Davis also had two hits
for the Comets (14-6, 8-1), who ran their win streak to five
games and won for the eighth time in their last nine decisions.
Kody Sepulveda had a double. Mitch Tybroski, Casey Husband, Audie Afenir, Danny Bethea and
Chris Miller also hit safely.
Sepulveda picked off an IVC runner at first base
from his catcher position and Munoz threw
out a runner at the plate from left field for big defensive
plays for Palomar.
(2-0), the second of three Palomar pitchers, threw four innings
to pick up the win.
Valley's outfielders made a series of spectacular plays to rob
the Comets of hits and remain on top in the game into the
seventh inning, when Palomar scored four runs.
Palomar's Josh Sabourin slides in safely at third baseduring
Tuesday's 4-2 win over Imperial Valley. BELOW LEFT: Ryan
Wilkins, who retired nine of 10 batters he faced and struck out
four to record a save, faces the last batter of the game. --
Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Casey Munoz, who went
2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two steals as he raised his
batting average on the season to .373
Afenir drives in two as 1st-place
Freshman first baseman Audie Afenir drove in two of
Palomar's four runs and the Comets stayed alone atop the Pacvific Coast Athletic Conference on Tuesday, turning back
Imperial Valley 4-2 at Myers Field.
Castrejon (3-1) and reliever Ryan Wilkins (save) combined to
scatter eight hits as the Comets beat the Arabs' Daniel Santana,
who teamed with Jacinto Garcia to pitch a six-hitter, in a
2-hour, 2-minute pitchers' duel.
RBI came on an infield single at IVC third baseman Aaron Manuel
and gave Palomar a 2-1 lead. His second RBI came on a squeeze
bunt in the eighth inning, when the Comets were up 3-2, and
scored pinch-runner Anthony Meza with an insurance run that put
the game away.
went 2-for-3 and gave the Comets (13-6, 7-1 in
conference) a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a sacrifice
fly that drove in Tyler Bernard reached base as a hit batter,
stole second and advanced to third on an error. Munoz also had a
bunt single that preceded Afenir's squeeze bunt in the eighth
inning and stole two bases.
was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Jose Rodriguez went
pitched seven-hit ball over the first six innings, striking out
six and walking one. Wilkins came on to begin the seventh inning
and threw one-hit ball over three innings, striking out three.
He didn't walk anybody and allowed only one baserunner.
rocketed five line drivers straight at Imperial Valley fielders,
including two each of the bats of River Stevens and Mitch
Tybroski and one off Bernard's bat.
The win was the
fourth in a row for Palomar and the Comets' seventh in their
last eight games.
Palomar goes on
the road to play the Arabs on Thursday at 2 p.m. in Imperial.
Bethea is PCAC Athlete of Week for all sports
DIEGO (3-14-11) --
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar
baseball player Danny Bethea as Men's Athlete of the Week for
6-foot-2, 200-pound sophomore catcher from La Costa Canyon High
and a transfer from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, threw
out back-to-back Grossmont runners trying to steal in the eighth
inning to preserve the first-place Comets' 6-5 victory over the
Two days later,
he gunned down another Grossmont player attempting to steal and
also went 2-for-4 and scored a run as Palomar won again 7-4.
Bethea, who also is batting .333, has only allowed two stolen
bases this season.
roots run deep. His dad Pete Bethea caught for the Comets and
was a first-team All-American on an NAIA World Series
championship team at Grand Canyon. His mother Colleen played
softball for Palomar. And his brother Mike played football for
the Comets, was a starting linebacker for Nevada and signed with
the New Orleans Saints.
Mitch Tybroski gets congratulations from his teammates after his
third-inning inside-the-park home run. Tyler Bernard advances on
a play..-- Photos by Deb Hellman. BELOW RIGHT: Winning
pitcher Nick Carmichael, who has yet to give up an earned run
this season in 16 innings.
Palomar comes back from 4-0 deficit,
Palomar spotted Grossmont a 4-0 lead in the first inning on
Saturday at Myers Field, then rallied for a 7-4 victory that
keeps the Comets alone in first place in the Pacific Coast
Taylor's Comets (12-6, 6-1) banged out 12 hits against five
Grossmont pitchers, led by Tyler Bernard, who went 3-for-4 with
two runs batted in. He also reached base as a hit batter.
was 2-for-4 with an inside-the-park home run to left field in
the third inning that gave the Comets their first run.
(2-for-4, walk, stolen base, two runs scored), Casey Munoz
(2-for-3, walk, sacrifice bunt) and Danny Bethea (2-for-4, walk,
run scored) joined Bernard and Tybroski with multiple hits.
Comets' catcher, gunned down another runner trying to steal and
has thrown out four of six runners on attempted steals for the
pitching was dominant after the first inning. Starter and winner Clayton Voechting
(4-1) allowed four runs (three earned) on three
hits, a hit batter, a sacrifice bunt and an error in the first
inning, then settled down and shut out Grossmont through the
came on in relief to begin the seventh and threw three shutout
innings to record his third save. He's pitched 16 innings without allowing an earned run.
and Audie Afenir also hit safely for Palomar.
The Comets will
host Imperial Valley on Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Comets' team effort turns back the
First-place Palomar got what coach Buck Taylor described
as "completely a team effort" as the Comets downed Grossmont 6-5
in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Thursday at Noel
come-though performances in the game were turned in by Josh
Sabourin (above left), who slugged Palomar's second home run of
the season over the left field fence in the fourth inning,
catcher Danny Bethea (above) right) who gunned down two
Grossmont runners trying to steal in the eighth inning and got
down a key sacrifice bunt in the top of the ninth.
Jonathan Davis (who singled and scored the winning run in the
ninth), Casey Munoz (who tripled in the winning run later in the
inning), by Casey Husband and Alex Willeford (who both delivered
key pinch-hit RBI doubles), by Jose Rodriguez (crucial pinch-hit
RBI single) and by shortstop Tyler Bernard, second baseman
Christian Johnson and third baseman Davis defensively.
2-for-4 and Johnson was (2-for-3).
Derek Baum and
Audie Afenir also hit safely, and Jarrod Castgrejon pitched 3
2/3 relief innings to run his win-loss record to 2-1. Only two
Grossmont runs off starter Julian Esquibel and Castrejon were
advanced to 11-6 on the season, 5-1 in conference.
The two teams
will play again on Saturday at noon at Myers Field..
Comets give Wilkins 5-2 win;
PC alone in 1st
Palomar is back alone atop the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
after beating defending champion San Diego City College 5-2 at
Myers Field on Wednesday, while Grossmont was knocking off San
Diego Mesa 5-4 in 11 innings.
to 10-6, 4-1 in conference. The Comets, Knights and Olympians
were tied for first place entering Wednesday's games.
(above left) settled down after a rocky first inning to pitch
seven shutout innings and River Stevens (above right) and
Jonathan Davis each contributed two hits as the Comets rallied
to beat the Knights.
2-for-3, Davis 2-for-4.
the Knights a 2-0 lead on four hits in the first, Wilkins (2-1)
was in complete control through the eighth. Nick Carmichael came
on to record his second save in the ninth.
(10-6, 4-1) tied the game in the fourth on Mitch Tybroski's
two-run single to center, then went on top in the fifth on Casey
Husband's run-scoring grounder to the right side. Pinch-hitters
Jose Rodriguez and Josh Sabourin drove in insurance runs with
two of eighth-inning singles.
Anthony Meza had
a double and Casey Munoz singled for Palomar's other hits.
Ex-Comet Shore pitches Oklahoma past
Palomar product and senior right-hander Bobby Shore (2-0)
pitched unbeaten Oklahoma past the University of San Diego 7-1
on Friday afternoon, throwing a complete-game eight-hitter.
pitched Oklahoma into the College World Series a year ago, took
a shutout into the bottom of the ninth against the Toreros. The
Sooners advanced to 12-0 on the season.
transferred from Palomar after his sophomore season of 2009 and
was 11-5 for Oklahoma as a junior in 2010.
Wildness costs Comets in upset loss
Host San Diego Mesa took advantage of wildness by Palomar
pitchers on Saturday to ruin the Comets' chances to jump ou to a
4-0 start in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
parlayed nine walks and five hit batters into a 9-7 upset win, a
result that dropped the Comets into a three-way tie for first
place with Mesa and San Diego City College, which comes to Myers
Field for a 2 p.m. match-up on Tuesday.
trailing 3-1, scored four runs in the top of the fourth to go on
top 5-3 as the Comets put together a single down the left-field
line by Mitch Tybroski (above left), a walk to River Stevens, a
fielder's choice, a two-run double by Jeremy Cline (above right)
into the right-center field gap, a walk to Anthony Meza and
Derek Baum's RBI single to right-center.
But the Comets
couldn't hold on.
scored three times in the bottom of the fifth to go back in
front 6-5. The Comets re-took the lead 7-6 in the seventh on
Stevens' RBI fielder's choice and Christian Johnson's squeeze
bunt which drove in another run.
Casey Munoz, Casey Husband, Jonathan Davis and Johnson also hit
Palomar fell to
9-6, 3-1 in the conference.
Cline, Comets score 4 in 11th to
take first place
Jeremy Cline's two-run double in the top of the 11th inning
broke a 3-3 tie and Palomar went on to take over first place in
the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference on Thursday, beating host
The Comets (9-5,
3-0 in conference) moved into undisputed first place three games
into the 25-game PCAC season when San Diego Mesa knocked off
defending champion San Diego City College 3-2 in the bottom of
the ninth inning.
went 3-for-6, Audie Afenir went 2-for-3 and River Stevens was
2-for-4 for the Comets, giving Nick Carmichael (above right) the
pitching win in relief.
came on to begin the seventh inning in relief of Julian
Esquibel, who had been victimized for three unearned runs in the
bottom of the second. Carmichael threw the last five innings,
allowing two hits.
and Stevens banged out back-to-back singles to lead off the top
of the 11th. With one out, Cline doubled into the gap in
right-center to put Palomar on top 5-3.
Jose Rodriguez doubled to drive in the Comets' third run in the
inning. Alex Willeford singled to drive in their fourth run of
Palomar had put
together a lead-off single by Cline, Anthony Meza's sacrifice
bunt, Jonathan Davis' single, Casey Munoz' squeeze bunt,
Afenir's single and an error to go in front 2-0 in the top of
Jaguars took the lead in the bottom of the second, the Comets
finally tied it up in the eighth when Davis walked and stole
second, Casey Husband walked and Josh Sabourin drove in Davis
with a pinch-hit single to right.
Danny Bethea had
a double and Munoz added a single for Palomar, rounding out a
The Comets will
visit on Saturday at noon.
ABOVE: Palomar second
baseman Christian Johnson dives to rob Grossmont's Andrew Ray of
a hit -- and save a run -- in the top of the fourth on
Wednesday. Johnson threw Ray out at first for the final out of
the inning. BELOW LEFT: Rich Wilkins pitches in the
eighth inning on the way to a complete-game win..-- Photos by
Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Catcher Derek Baum, who had two
more hits and has four hits the last two days.
Wilkins defeats G-House with a
right-hander Ryan Wilkins delivered with a complete-game
seven-hitter, striking out seven and walking one, as Palomar
turned back Grossmont 4-3 on Wednesday at Myers Field.
The Comets (8-5,
2-0) remained in a two-way tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference lead with defending champion San Diego City College,
which beat Southwestern 3-2.
two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to come back from a
The Griffins got
the first two outs before Derek Baum (2-for-4, double, two runs
scored) singled to right field to get the inning rolling.
singled to left, Audie Afenir walked to load the bases and Rich
Montanez singled up the middle, driving in Baum to tie the game
supplied what turned out to be the game-winning RBI when he was
hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, forcing in Munoz with run
trailing 1-0, tied the game in the bottom of the first on a walk
to Anthony Meza, Baum's double to left and Munoz' sacrifice fly
The Comets went
in front 2-1 in the second on Davis' bloop single to center,
River Stevens' single through the right side which moved Davis
to third and Christian Johnson's squeeze bunt.
The Griffins put
together three of their seven hits in the fourth inning to go
back in front 3-2.
Baum with multiple hits for Palomar, going 2-for-3 with the RBI
and a stolen base. Jeremy Cline contributed a single and a
errorless defense and got a series of sometimes spectacular
defense from Johnson at second.
The Comets will
visit Southwestern on Thursday at 2 p.m. and play at San Diego
Mesa on Saturday at noon.
Comets open conference with
win over IVC
(3-1-11) -- Jarrod
Cast53jon (left) pitched three-hit, shout ball over six innings
and Callan Dawson (right) threw a perfect relief inning on
Tuesday as Palomar won its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
The Comets went
on the road and defeated Imperial Valley 12-3 after jumping out
to a 9-0 lead after an inning and a half.
Audie Afenir, Derek Baum and
River Stevens combined to bang out half of the Comets' 12 hits.
Afenir went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three
RBIs. Baum went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two
RBIs. Stevens was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two steals.
Stevens, making his first
appearance of the season at shortstop, and second baseman
Christian Johnson both came up big defensively and
combined on a double play in the second inning.
Stevens made the defensive play
of the game, fielding a hard-hit ball that deflected off third
baseman Jose Rodriguez during Dawson's 1-2-3 eighth inning and
gunning down IVC's Octavio Corona at first.
Jeremy Cline, Jonathan Davis,
Rodriguez, Casey Munoz, Rich Montanez and Johnson also hit
safely for Palomar (7-5, 1-0).
The Comets will host Grossmont
in a rain make-up on Wednesday at 2 p.m., then will visit
Southwestern at the same time Thursday and San Diego Mesa on
Saturday at noon to wrap up the first week of conference play.
Hall of Famer Duke
Snider, a regular at Myers Field when his
son Kevin played center field for Palomar under coach Jim
Clayton, died Sunday at 84. Kevin is shown at right at age 2 1/2
when his dad was the legendary center fielder for the Brooklyn
Onetime Myers Field fixture Snider
is dead at 84
(2-27-11) -- Duke
Snider, the Hall of Fame Brooklyn Dodgers center fielder during
baseball's glory days in New York in the 1950s when he, Mickey
Mantle and Willie Mays played center field for rival teams, has
regular fixture at Myers Field when his son Kevin
starred in the outfield for Palomar in 1969 and 1970, died in
Escondido of age-related causes on Sunday. He was 84.
Snider, a "five-tool" player, played center field for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Mantle for
the New York Yankees and Mays for the New York Giants during the
same seasons. Son Kevin was born while Snider was playing for
Brooklyn and Kevin eventually went on to star for the Comets and
then Grand Canyon University of Phoenix. Kevin Snider had some
of his dad's speed but lacked his father's powerful arm, power
at the plate and overall
hitting ability. Like his dad, Kevin Snider was an outstanding
Signed out of
Compton College by the Dodgers before he could play a junior
college game for the Tartars, Snider's first hit as a rookie was
overshadowed in history when Pasadena City College four-sport
product Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier for the
Dodgers two days earlier, delivered his first major league hit
in the same game. Snider's classmates at Compton College
included future NFL commissioner Pete Rozzell and Hall of Fame
NFL running back Hugh McElhenney.
continued to play center field for the Dodgers when they moved
to Los Angeles in 1958, then played briefly for the New York
Mets and San Francisco Giants. He always wore a Brooklyn Dodger
hat during his son's two seasons at Palomar -- never a Los
Angeles Dodger hat.
Major League dads such as Graig Nettles kept low profiles at
Palomar games and Bruce Bochy disguised himself, Snider openly
mingled with the crowd for two full seasons.
Kevin Snider was
the first of a long line of former Major Leaguers sons who has
gone on to play in the Palomar baseball program.
starter and winning pitcher Julian Esquibel fires to the plate
in 2-0 win over Los Angeles Valley. He threw the first eight
innings in the shutout. BELOW LEFT: Nick Carmichael
retires the Monarchs in order in the ninth inning to earn the
save. BELOW RIGHT: Casey Husband doubles to drive in the
winning run in the bottom of the seventh. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Husband's RBI double gives Esquibel
Palomar first baseman Casey Husband drove a double into
the right-field corner with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning
Tuesday, driving in the winning run and giving Julian Esquibel a
2-0 shutout victory over Los Angeles Valley.
handcuffed the defending Western State Conference Southern
Division champion Monarchs in the 1-hour, 49-minute game. He
threw four-hit ball over the first eight innings as he advanced
to 3-1 on the season.
recorded a save when he came on to pitch a 1-2-3 ninth inning --
ground outs to shortstop Tyler Bernard and second baseman River
Stevens and a swinging strikeout for the third out,
Cathedral Catholic High School product who transferred from USC
during the off-season, drove in Casey Munoz, who had lined a
one-out single to center, all the way from first.
The run broke up
what had been a scoreless pitching duel between Esquibel and
L.A. Valley's David Armas, who finished with a complete-game
The Comets added
their second run later in the inning when Rich Montanez beat out
an infield hit to the third baseman to drive in Kyle Hansen, who
had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Husband.
2-for-4 for Palomar (6-4). Defensively, he made two difficult
defensive plays at shortstop, the first to begin a force play in
the fourth inning and the second to start off a double play in
Husband had set
the tone for the afternoon defensively on a first-inning double
play after L.A. Valley's Antonio Rosales had led off the game by
singling to short. Husband reacted quickly to catch a line drive
off the bat of Fabian Loza and stepped on the bag at first
before to catch Rosales off the base.
baseman Christian Johnson went a ways to his right to backhand
the ball and make a nice throw to first in the fifth inning.
The Comets will
be back on the road to visit Orange Coast on Wednesday at 2 p.m.
before returning home to Myers Field to open their Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference season against Grossmont on Saturday at
Comets never get untracked as OCC moves to 13-0
Palomar has the remainder of the week to get its act back
together for Saturday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener
This, after the
Comets never could get untracked and lost 20-4 to Orange Coast
on the road on Wednesday..
The Pirates, one
of only three unbeaten teams left in the state, moved to 13-0 on
the season. Palomar, which had won three of its last four games,
slipped to 6-5.
Clayton Voechting (3-1), trying to come back on four days' rest
after pitching a complete-game three-hitter against Fullerton on
Feiday, had none of his stuff and also experienced problems
behind him defensively. Voechting came out after 1 2/3 innings.
Five other pitchers followed him to the mound.
(above) went 2-for-2 for the Comets with a double, a run scored
and a sacrifice bunt. Tyler Bernard contributed strong defense
at shortstop and also had a single and an RBI ground out.
helped spark Palomar off the bench as the Comets attempted to
battle back. Jose Rodriguez contributed a two-run double. Mitch
Tybroski drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, singled and
walked. Kyle Hansen beat out an infield single, scored a run,
was hit by a pitch and contributed some timely base-running.
Christian Johnson was 2-for-2.
14 hits and left 15 runners on base.
The Comets host
Grossmont on Saturday at noon.
Voechting (3-0) tosses 3-hitter,
Davis 3-4 in win
Clayton Voechting (left) continued to dominate on the mound for
Palomar on Saturday morning, throwing a complete-game
three-hitter to beat host Fullerton College 6-1.
right-hander from Chaparral High School in Temecula is 3-0 with
one save and an earned-run average of 0.45 for 20 innings.
baseman Jonathan Davis (right), a Vista High School product and
transfer from Cal State Fullerton, paced a 10-hit attack for the
Comets by going 3-for-4, scoring a run and driving in two runs.
Davis also reached base as a hit batter and stole two bases.
hitter Jeremy Cline was 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. He was
robbed of a third hit when Fullerton second baseman Garrett
Donahoe made a leaping grab of his line drive in the seventh
single through the left side of the infield in the third inning
drove in Christian Johnson, who had doubled to left and advanced
to third on Tyler Bernard's ground ball, to put Palomar on top
2-1 in the third inning.
The Comets led
the rest of the way to advance to 5-3 on the season.
The Hornets had
taken a 1-0 lead lead without benefit of a hit in the bottom of
the first. The Comets tied the game in the second when Casey
Husband doubled to right and scored on Kody Sepulveda's single
to the shortstop.
Casey Munoz had
a double and an RBI for Palomar. Rich Martinez added a single.
Palomar loses 7th-inning 1-0 lead and game in rain
Palomar pitcher Ryan Wilkins took 1-0 lead into the
seventh on Saturday, but Fullerton scored six runs in the inning
and gained a split of the teams' doubleheader with an 8-2,
come-from behind victory.
(left) went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RbI. Casey Munoz
singled and also drove in a run with a grounder to the right
side. Jonathan Davis had a single and was hit by a pitch, while
catcher Derek Baum drew two walks and gunned down a runner
trying to steal.
charged with a deceiving six earned runs in the seventh and the
Comets made a series of non-plays in a driving rain when they
had opportunities to get out of the inning. The skies had
threatened all day before rain drenched the field in the
called a rain delay after pinch-hitter River Stevens singled to
right in the top of the eighth and sprinted to second when the
ball skipped by the right fielder on the wet grass. The game
resumed a few minutes later.
Both the Comets
and Hornets are 5-4.
Jonathan Davis slides in safely at third in Tuesday's victory
over College of the Desert. BELOW LEFT: Julian Esquibel,
who pitched seven shutout innings to advance to 2-0. -- Photos
by Deb Hellman. BELOW RIGHT: Anthony Meza, who went
Esquibel, 2 relievers team up to
shut out COD
Julian Esquibel was right on the money for the second
time in three 2011 starts on Tuesday as Palomar blanked College
of the Desert 3-0 in a non-conference game at Myers Field.
right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering five
hits Esquibel (2-1) struck out four and walked none.
came on to pitch a scoreless, hitless set-up inning in the
eighth and Clayton Voechting pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning,
retiring COD on a ground out, a strikeout and another ground out
to record the save.
Anthony Meza went 2-for-3 for the Comets (4-3) with a run
scored and a sacrifice bunt. Jonathan Davis and Danny Bethea
each went 1-for-3 with and RBI, and Davis also was hit by a
pitch and stole a base.
Palomar took a
2-0 lead in the third inning, and pinch-hitter Casey Husband
singled to right to drive in Josh Sebourin, who was aboard on a
single, with an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth.
Audie Afenir was
1-for-2 with a walk. Jeremy Cline walked twice, stole a base and
scored a run.
ABOVE: Starting pitcher
Ryan Wilkins deals against state No. 1-ranked Santa Ana.
BELOW LEFT: Palomar coach Buck Taylor talks to pinch-runner
Charlie Gorzo (27) during a pitching change by the Dons. BELOW RIGHT: Clayton Voechting, who came
on in relief to begin the top of the eighth and recorded the
win. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Wilkins, Voechting, Bernard lead
upset vs. No. 1
(2-12-11) -- Ryan
Wilkins, making his first appearance of 2011, and Clayton
Voechting took 1-hour and 57-minutes on Saturday to pitch
Palomar past state No. 1-ranked Santa Ana 2-1 at Myers Field.
former CIF-San Diego Section Player of the Year out of Cathedral
Catholic High School and the Comets' No. 1 pitcher last season,
shut down the Dons over the first seven innings and left the
game with the teams tied 1-1.
a freshman from Chaparral High School in Temecula, came in to
slam the door on the visitors in the eighth and ninth to record
Then there was
shortstop Tyler Bernard, who went 2-for-4 and
drove in Jeremy Cline with both of the Comets' runs.
single through the left side of
the infield provided Palomar with the winning run in the eighth.
Cline led off the inning by
singling to left, advanced to second on an error, then to third
on Jonathan Davis' second sacrifice bunt of the game.
Bernard's single in a
similar situation in the bottom of the first had given the Comets
up 1-0 early. Cline had walked, moved up on a wild pitch and
advanced to third on Davis' sacrifice bunt. .
Santa Ana tied
the score with a run in the fourth.
Casey Munoz went
2-for-4 for the Comets, joining Bernard with multiple hits.
Davis and Anthony Meza also hit safely .
Palomar got a
string of crucial defensive plays from Bernard at shortstop and
freshman River Stevens at second base. The two combined to
record 13 putouts and assists and turned a double play for the
second third outs in the sixth.
The double play
off the bat Santa Ana's Austin O'Neal went from
Bernard-to-Stevens-to-Alex Willeford at first base, and it was
not an easy double play for either Bernard or Stevens.
The Comets were
coming off back-to-back losses to Orange Coast and Saddleback on
Wednesday and Thursday and needed someone, or someones, to step up
That was exactly
what they got.
Besids its No. 1
state ranking, Santa Ana also entered the game ranked No. 1 on
the Pacific Coast by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
sixth in the state, evened its record at 3-3.
Casey Munoz rounds the bag at third on his third-inning home
run. BELOW RIGHT: River Stevens gets down sacrifice bunt
to move Danny Bethea to second base in the bottom of the fourth.
-- Photos by Hugh Cox.
Palomar self-destructs in dropping
(2-9-11) -- It
couldn't have been all the scouts and four-year coaches. The
Comets were used to their presence all Fall, and played three
games last weekend in Palm Desert before dozens of scouts,
national cross-checkers and Major League general managers.
Palomar never could get it together in their home opener on
Wednesday at Myers Field as they helped Orange Coast to win a
battle of state Top Ten-ranked teams 9-3 with four hit batters,
two balks, six errors and various other mental and physical
behind most of the day, and continually allowed the lead leadoff
ba to reach base.
The Comets still
stuck around for most of the game, trailing 5-3 until the
Pirates pushed across three insurance runs in the top of the
Bethea went 2-fvor-3. Casey Munoz slugged a solo home run over the left-field fence with two
out in the bottom of the third inning.
Munoz' HR tied
the game 3-3, but Orange Coast came back with two runs in the
top of the fourth to go back in front 5-3.
The Comets will
visit Saddleback on Thursday and will return home to host state
No. 1-ranked Santa Ana on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Errors, pitching woes beat Palomar for second day
Palomar will try to get back on track when the Comets host state
No. 1 Santa Ana on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Myers Field -- after a
repeat of Wednesday's loss on Thursday -- this time vs.
The Comets, who
had a one-hitter going by pitching starter Justin Bellez before
a big crowd of scouts on hand to watch him, fell apart after he
exited the game at that point and lost to the Gauchos 11-5.
Bellez gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the first..
Three errors by
the same infielder, five walks, a hit batter, an inability to
finish batters off and an inability to drive in runners did in
the Comets. Palomar out-hit Saddleback 13-11.
Palomar rallied for five runs in the top of the eighth to close
the gap to 9-5. Four players who came off the bench provided
strong at-bats that resulted in base hits -- Josh Sabourin, Kyle
Hansen, Chris Miller and Christian Johnson.
left) and Johnson (above right) also provided outstanding
catches in the field, Hansen sprinting toward the fence in left
to end the seventh inning and Johnson racing out into right in
Hardy came in to get a double-play, shortstop Tyler Bernard to
second baseman Meza to first baseman Alex Willeford to finally
cut off a four-run Saddleback rally in the bottom of the sixth.
Jeremy Cline and
Anthony Munoz each went 2-for-3 for the Comets.
Comets win behind Munoz'
bat, Voechting's arm
Palomar defeated College of the Desert 7-2 to conclude the
Roadrunners' Buttles Memorial Tournament on Saturday morning.
Oklahoma State transfer Casey Munoz (left) went 3-for-4, doubled
twice, scored a run and drove in three runs.
Clayton Voechting (right), a freshman right-hander from
Chaparral High School in Temecula, threw six innings of two-hit,
shutout ball to set the tone for the day. He combined with
Jarrod Casterjon and Callin Dawson to throw a four-hitter.
The Comets (2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the
first on a double by Cal State Fullerton transfer Jonathan
Davis, back-to-back walks to Arizona State transfer Tyler
Bernard and USC transfer Casey Husband, an RBI double by Rich
Montanez and Munoz' RBI double. The other run in the inning
scored on a passed ball.
Danny Bethea doubled in Munoz, who had singled and moved up on
Audie Afenir's sacrifice bunt, to make it 4-0 in the third
Munoz doubled in two runs in the Comets' three-run eighth inning
that made it 7-0. Afenir drove in the other run with a sacrifice
fly. Josh Sabourin and Kyle Hansen singled in the inning.
River Stevens and Jeremy Cline also had hits for the Comets.
Palomar coach Buck Taylor got 20 players into the game, all
products of Northern San Diego County and Southwest Riverside
County high schools.
Esquibel, relievers pitch
Palomar to opening win
Julian Esquibel (left), a red-shirt freshman right-hander out of
Vista High School, shut out San Bernardino Valley over the first
five innings on Thursday night as the Comets opened the 2011
baseball season with a 10-2 victory.
The win came in
the first game of the Buttles Memorial Tournament at COD's Ted
the game with two on and none out in the sixth and Palomar
leading 8-0. The Wolverines wound up scoring twice in the
inning, and Esquibel was charged with both runs.
For the night,
Esquibel allowed one earned run while giving up two hits,
striking out eight and walking one.
relievers Nick Carmichael, Danny Pferschy, Josh Sabourin and
Spencer Hardy combined to throw four innings of two-hit ball as
San Bernardino Valley managed only four hits in the game.
Afenir, son of Palomar assistant coach and former Comet and
major league catcher Troy Afenir, made his college debut at
first base and went 2-for-3 with a run scored, an RBI and a
tripled. Jose Rodriguez and Christian Johnson contributed
back-to-back two-run singles in the Comets' five-run fifth
inning that broke the game open.
had an RBI single, two runs scored and a walk. Anthony Meza
singled, stole a base, scored two runs and walked. Casey Husband
hit a sacrifice fly and drew two walks. Casey Munoz singled.
Kyle Hansen made a spectacular diving catch as he charged toward
the foul line for the final out of the game. Hansen made the
catch despite losing a shoe on the play.
Cypress wins match-up of state-ranked opponents
(2-4-11) -- Cypress
broke open a tie game with four runs in the bottom of the
seventh inning to down Palomar 9-5 on the second day of the
Buttles Memorial Tournament at COD's Ted Hamilton Field on
the game ranked third in Southern California and sixth in the
state. Palomar came in ranked fourth in Southern Cal and eighth
in the state.
The Comets (1-1)
had rallied for two runs in the top of the inning to tie the
Chargers (2-0). Casey Husband singled through the left side,
Rich Montanez sacrificed him to second and River Stevens (above
left) drove him in with a two-out single to center.
Cypress 12-10. Montanez (above right) led the way by going
3-for-4 with a sacrifice bunt. He also made a shoestring catch
in right field.
Jeremy Cline was
2-for-5. Alex Willeford and Casey Munoz each contributed a
double. Anthony Meza, Tyler Bernard, Casey Husband, Kody
Sepulveda and Cal State Fullerton TRANSFER Jonathan Davis also hit
safely. Stevens got down two sacrifice bunts.
pitched a 1-2-3 relief inning in the bottom of the eighth.
Comets open season
Thursday night in
(2-1-11) -- Buck
Taylor will begin his
sixth season as
Palomar's head baseball
coach Thursday evening
when the Comets play San
Bernardino Valley in the
College of the Desert
First pitch is slated
for 6 p.m.
Palomar will come back
against Cypress on
Friday at 2 p.m. and
will close out the
tournament on Saturday
at 10 a.m. vs. the host
team College of the
The Comets will play
their home opener next
Wednesday, Feb. 9, vs.
Orange Coast at Myers
The Comets enter the
season ranked No. 4 in
Southern California in
the pre-season by the
College Baseball Coaches
Palomar is ranked
No. 8 on the Pacific Coast (and sixth in California) in the American
Baseball Coaches Association Pacific Associations poll. The Comets
are ranked sixth in California.
1 Santa Ana, 2 El Camino, 3 Cypress, 4 Palomar, 5 Hancock,. 6 Orange
Coast, 7 Rio Hondo, 8 Cuesta, 9 Oxnard, 10 Santa Barbara City. ... STATE: 1 Santa Ana, 2 College of
San Mateo, 3 El Camino, 4 Fresno City College, 5 Cypress, 6 Palomar,
7 Chabot, 8 Hancock, 9 Ohlone, 10 Orange Coast. ... PACIFIC
DIVISIONS (CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON): 1 Santa Ana, 2 San
Mateo, 3 Bellevue (WA), 4 El Camino, 5 Fresno, 6 Cypress, 7 Edmonds
(WA), 8 Palomar, 9 Chabot, 10 Hancock.
COMETS BENEFIT FROM WEALTH OF FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE TRANSFERS --
North County Times,
ABOVE: Palomar outfielder Jeremy Cline, shown doubling in
the first inning vs. Southwestern last season, has signed early
with 16-time NAIA World Series champion Lewis-Clark State. --
Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Returning
right-handed pitcher Ryan Wilkins, who has signed with North
Carolina State. BELOW RIGHT: Catcher Casey Husband, who
transferred from USC in the off-season and has signed early with
Santa Clara. Shortstop Tyler Bernard (not shown), a red-shirt at
Arizona State last season, has signed with Virginia Tech.
4 to NC State, Santa
Clara, Va Tech,
Four Palomar baseball
players signed early and
will transfer to
four-year colleges at
the conclusion of the
upcoming 2011 season.
Three of the Comets
signed with NCAA
Division I schools
during the early signing
period that ended on Nov
Ryan Wilkins (Cathedral
Catholic High School,
where he was the 2008
CIF San Diego Section
Player of the Year) has
signed with North
Wilkins went 6-3 with a
3.32 earned run average
and 81 strikeouts in 89
1/3 innings for Palomar
last season and was a
Conference selection. He
was 4-2 in conference
games last season with a
2.52 ERA. Wilkins is the
son of Dean Wilkins, who
pitched three seasons in
the Major Leagues with
the Chicago Cubs and
Houston Astros from
Catcher Casey Husband
High), who played for
USC last season as a
freshman and transferred
to Palomar in the
off-season, has signed
with Santa Clara
Shortstop Tyler Bernard
(Valley Center High),
who red-shirted at
Arizona State in 2010,
has signed with Virginia
And outfielder Jeremy
Cline (Valley Center
High) has signed with
Lewis-Clark is a 16-time
NAIA World Series
champion and has a
record over the last 35
years. Cline hit .343
for the Comets last
season with six doubles,
four triples, three home
runs, 28 RBIs and 8
stolen bases on 11
attempts. He batted .342
in the PCAC and was a
Gabrielson is leaving
for Bethany College
Matt Gabrielson, who
batted .375 for
Palomar's 2010 team in
12 games as a back-up
middle infielder, will
transfer to Bethany
College for the upcoming
Bethany is an NAIA
school located in
Pony High School) came
to Palomar from Division
I UC Riverside.
He was a red-shirt for
the Highlanders during
the 2009 season.