Palomar College
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Athletic Director:
John Woods


Game-by-Game summaries

GAMES 42-45

Comets were hardly all smiles after State Championship Game loss. Photo by Hugh Gerhardt

Palomar 2nd in State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GAMES 40-41

Comets celebrate 6-2 victory over Southwestern in Super Regional finals that catapuled them into their first State Final Four — the first Final Four appearance by a San Diego County team in 31 years. Photo by Rick Rowell

GAMES 40-41: Sunday, May 22 ... PALOMAR 5, Southwestern 4 (10 inn.); PALOMAR 6, Southwestern 2 — The Comets tallied back-to-back victories over Southwestern to win the Palomar Super Regional and advance to the State Final Four over Memorial Day weekend at Fresno City College's John Euless Ballpark. It will be Palomar's first appearance in the State Final Four and the first trip to the Final Four by a San Diego County team in 31 years.

The Comets (32-9), the No. 1 remaining seed from Southern California, will play Santa Rosa, the No. 2 remaining team from Northern California, at noon Saturday, May 28. Host Fresno City College, the No. 1 seed from Northern California, plays Orange Coast, the No. 2 remaining seed from Southern Calfornia, at 6 p.m., with the double-elimination tournament running through Monday, May 30.

Winning pitcher Adam Duncan (2-0) threw 8 innings of 7-hit ball for the Comets in the 6-2 championship game. Erich Kemp went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs and Terry Moritz hit his seventh home run of the season.

Palomar forced the extra game by beating the Jaguars in the Sunday morning game as pinch-hitter Trevor Boucher doubled in Kemp, aboard on a single, with the winning run in the topof the 10-th. Moritz went 2-for-3 for the Comets. Bryan Duffy (2-0) won the game in relief of starter Brandon Adams, who pitched 8 1/3 innings. Second baseman Joey Burke made an over-the-shoulder catch of a fly ball between second and center field with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th for the last out of the game to preserve the win.

Derek Simper had a 2-run single in the ninth inning as Palomar, trailing 3-1, rallied to take a 4-3 lead. Southwestern tied the game in the bottom of the inning, setting the stage for Boucher's 10th-inning heroics. Left fielder Kenoli Fonseca made a diving catch to keep a run from scoring in the eighth.

Palomar becomes the first San Diego County team to advance to the State Final Four since 1974, when Cerritos defeated San Diego City College in the state championship game.

GAMES 38-39

Theron Cueva

GAMES 38-39: Saturday, May 21 ... PALOMAR 7, Cuesta 6 (10 inn.); PALOMAR 5, Rio Hondo 0 — The Comets (30-9) eliminated Cuesta and Rio Hondo in.the Palomar Super Regional on Saturday, May 21, and can become the first San Diego County team since 1974 to reach the State Final Four by winning twice from Southwestern as the tournament concludes today.

The Comets trailed Cuesta 6-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning in Saturday morning's elimination game at San Diego Mesa but rallied to score 6 runs and same the contest to extra innings. Palomar then won the game in the 10th on Joey Burke's bases-loaded single, sending the Cougars home to San Luis Obispo.

Dylan Parzyk (2-for-4) got the nnth inning going with a single, and Erich Kemp's 2-run single tied the game. Winning pitcher Jose Hernandez (2-for-5), who worked the final 2 innings, singled and scored the winning run on Burke's drive into right-center field. Burke and Gordon Stevens both went 3-for-5.

Palomar returned home to Myers Field in the afternoon and eliminated Rio Hondo 5-0 as winning pitcher Theron Cueva threw 4-hit, shutout ball over 8 innings and Takane Suzuki. threw a scoreless ninth. Cueva struck out 8. Parzyk went 2-for-3, Hernandez 2-for-4 and Stevens 2-for-5. Terry Mortiz hit his sixth home run.

The Comets and Southwestern will play today at 11 a.m. with a second game, if necessary,to follow.


GAME 37: Friday, May 20 ... Southwestern 9, PALOMAR 1 — Palomar College beat second-place Southwestern by five games in winning the Pacific Coast Conference championship, but the Jaguars gained some revenge against the Comets Friday. Southwestern, the No. 16 seed enering the playoffs, got a three-hitter from sophomore left-hander Mike McLaughlin and upset the second-seeded Comets in the opening round of the Palomar Super Regional.

The Comets (28-9) will face Cuesta, an 8-3 loser to Rio Hondo, in an elimination game at San Diego Mesa College Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. The Jaguars (23-16) play Rio Hondo at 11 a.m. at Palomar. The winner of the 10 a.m. game will play the loser of the 11 a.m. game at Palomar at 3 p.m.

Trevor Boucher drove in Palomar's run with a ninth-inning single that scored Kenoli Fonseca, who was aboard on a single. Joey Burke and Cameron Penney had the Comets' other hits off McLaughlin (7-4), both singles.

Oklahoma State-bound right-hander Brandon Adams, who had recorded eight straight victories and hadn't lost since March 12, started for Palomar but never got into his rhythm. Adams (9-4), who had surrendered only two earned runs in his last 39 innings, left the game after three innings with the Comets trailing 7-0.


Jose Hernandez after 3-run HR in 11th inning

GAME 36: Sunday, May 15 ... Palomar 7, Santa Barbara City College 4 (11 inn.) — Jose Hernandez slugged a two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and recorded the save in the bottom of the inning as the Comets beat the Vaqueros at Myers Field to sweep the teams' Southern California Regional round 1 playoff series two games to none. The Comets (28-8), the visiting team on their own field, put together Dylan Parzyk's third single of the game, Terry Moritz' sacrifice bunt, Hernandez homer, Kenoli Fonseca's single and Derek's Simper's RBI single to score three runs in the 11th. Fonseca went 4-for-6 with a double to pace a 19-hit attack for Palomar. Parzyk was 3-for-5, Joey Burke 3-for6 with an RBI andSimper 2-for-4 with an RBI. Also, Erich Kemp went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBIs and Gordon Stevens went 2-for-6 with a double.

The Comets (28-8), the visiting team on their own field, put together Dylan Parzyk's third single of the game, Terry Moritz' sacrifice bunt, Hernandez homer, Kenoli Fonseca's single and Derek's Simper's RBI single to score three runs in the 11th.

Fonseca went 4-for-6 with a double to pace a 19-hit attack for Palomar. Parzyk was 3-for-5, Joey Burke 3-for6 with an RBI andSimper 2-for-4 with an RBI. Also, Erich Kemp went 2-for-6 with a double and two RBIs and Gordon Stevens went 2-for-6 with a double.

Parzyk threw out two runners trying to steal. Mortiz gunned down a runner at the plate from right field.

Bryan Duffy pitched 3 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball inrelief to record the win.

Palomar will host a four-team Regional Friday through Sunday with the winner advanding to the State Final Four Memorial Day weekend in Fresno.


Brandon Adams

GAME 35: Saturday, May 14 ... Palomar 6, Santa Barbara City College 0 — Sophomore right-hander Brandon Adams (9-3) threw a six-hit shutout and Terry Moritz slugged a 3-run home run Saturday, May 14, lifting the Comets past the visiting Vaqueros in the first game of a best-of-3 first-round Southern California playoff series. Adams has surrendered 2 earned runs in his last 37 innings, while Palomar's pitchers have given up 7 earned runs in their last 73 innings. Kenoli Fonseca went 2-for-3 and stole two bases for Palomar. The Comets (27-8) and Santa Barbara (24-14) will play game 2 of the series at 11 a.m. Sunday. A third game, if necessary, would folow.


Brendan McNamara

GAME 34: Thursday, May 5 ... PALOMAR 1, Imperial Valley 0 — Brendan McNamara threw a 4-hit shutout in Bob Vetter's final regular-season game as the Comets coach. McNamara struck out 8 and walked 1. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning by striking out Robert Bolden for the final out of the game. Lyndon Poole drove in the only run of the game with a fifth-inning sacrifice fly.


Tristan Gale

GAME 33: Wednesday, May 4 ... PALOMAR 6, Grossmont 3 — Brandon Adams pitched 6 innings, surrendering only a pair of unearned runs, to advance to 8-3 on the season, 7-1 in the Pacific Coast Conference. Tristan Gale went 2-for-3 for Palomar with a triple and an RBI. Joey Burke was 2-4 with 2 RBIs. Palomar, ranked No. 2 in southern California, advances to 25-8, 20-4 in the conference. Bryan Duffy struck out 3 batters in the seventh inning and Takane Suzuki struck out 4 batters in the last 2 innings to pick up his second save. The Comets close the retiring Bob Vetter's final regular season as head coach when the PCC champions host Imperial Valley on Thursday, May 5, at 2 p.m.


Cameron Penney

GAME 32: Tuesday, May 3 ... PALOMAR 19, Imperial Valley 4 — Cameron Penney, the Pacific Coast Conference's leading hitter, went 4-for-5 with a double and 4 RBIs as the PCC champion Comets (24-8, 19-4, ranked No. 2 in Southern California) pounded out 19 hits on the road. Penney also reached base twice as a hit batter, stole 2 bases and made the defensive play of the day, laying out to catch a line drive which robbed IVC's Ray Magana of a hit in the eighth inning. Erich Kemp went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI. Trevor Boucher was 2-for-5 with 2 RBIs and 2 walks. Keith Noe, the second of 4 Palomar pitchers, threw 3 shutout innings in relief to record the victory.


Brendan McNamara

GAME 31: Saturday, April 30 ... Grossmont 3, PALOMAR 2 — Brendan McNamara pitched a 7-hitter with 2 earned runs, 9 strikeouts and 1 walk for the Pacific Coast Conference champion Comets (23-8, 18-4) in an upset loss on the road. Kenoli Fonseca went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Palomar. Cameron Penney was 2-for-3 and reached base twice as a hit batter.


Brandon Adams

GAME 30: Tuesday, April 26 ... PALOMAR 11, San Diego Mesa 1 — Brandon Adams (7-3) stayed hot for the Comets as he surrendered 1 run on 5 hits in 6 innings, striking out 6 and walking 0. Adams has given up only 2 earned runs in his last 23 innings and has won 6 straight decisions. Palomar's staff has surrendered 2 earned runs in its last 36 innings. Derek Simper paced a 12-hit attack for the Pacific Coast Conference champions, going 3-for-5 and driving in a run. Kenoli Fonseca (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs), Dylan Parzyk (2-for-4, double) and Joey Burke (2-for-3) also had multiple-hit games. Cameron Penney drove in 3 runs. the Comets aer 23-7, 18-3 in conference play.


Dylan Parzyk

GAME 29: Thursday, April 21 ... Dylan Parzyk's walk-off ninth-inning home run over the rightfield fence gave Palomar College its fifth Pacific Coast Conference baseball championship in eight years on Saturday as the Comets downed visiting San Diego Mesa 2-1. "(Mesa pitcher Kyle Owsley) got a fastball out over the outside half of the plate and I got the bat out there," said Parzyk, a sophomore from Rancho Buena Vista High who signed early with the University of Kansas. "I didn't get a great swing. I didn't know if it was going to get out." Parzyk also made three big defensive plays at catcher. Parzyk left his feet to catch a foul pop-up between home and third by Mesa's Sean Callison in the second inning. He gunned down the Olympians' Kyle Martin attempting to steal third in the eighth. And he tagged out Steven Sanchez trying to score the lead run on a single later in the eighth, catching right fielder Terry Moritz' throw and coming across his body to get to the diving Sanchez. Derek Simper drove in Palomar's first run with a second-inning single through the left side of the infield. Adam Duncan, the third of three Palomar pitchers, came on in the eighth inning and picked up the win. Eric Meyerholtz came into the game in the third and threw five innings of scoreless, two-hit ball. Palomar's pitching staff gave up two runs, one of them unearned, in 27 innings during the week as the Comets (22-7, 17-3) went 3-0. Palomar leads Mesa (15-16, 12-9) and Southwestern, which lost 8-7 to San Diego City College, by six games with five to play.


Brendan McNamara

GAME 28: Thursday, April 21 ... PALOMAR 2, San Diego City College 0 — Brendan McNamara pitched 8 innings of 5-hit, shutout baseball to run his record to 3-1 on the season (3-0 in the Pacific Coast Conference). Tekane Suzuki recorded the save. McNamara has given up 2 runs in his last 16 1/3 innings. Palomar (21-7, 16-3), which leads the confernece by 4 games with 6 to play, scored both its runs in the bottom of the sixth on Erich Kemp's single, Dylan Parzyk's sacrifice bunt, an error, Chris Poirier's sacrifice fly and Kenoli Fopnseca's single.


Brandon Adams

GAME 27: Tuesday, April 19... PALOMAR 2, San Diego City College 1 — Brandon Adams (6-3) pitched an 83-pitch 1-hitter, striking out 6 and walking 0. The game at Morley Field in San Diego lasted 1 hour, 57 minutes. City College's run was unearned. Palomar (20-7, 15-3 Pacific Coast Conference) got RBI singles from Cameron Penney and Dylan Parzyk to score both their runs in the top of the sixth inning. The first-place Comets, ranked No. 3 in Southern Calfornia, lead second-place Southwestern, a 5-4 winner over Grossmont, by 4 games with 7 to play.


GAME 26: Thursday, April 14 ... Southwestern 5, PALOMAR 4 — The Pacific Coast Conference-leading Comets, ranked No. 3 in Southern California, saw their win streak snapped at 7 games when the second-place Jaguars scored the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the ninth inning. Cameron Penney went 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBIs for Palomar (19-7, 14-3). Starting pitcher Brendan McNamara began the game with 6 shutout innings and came out in the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead. The Comets still lead the conference by 4 games with 8 to play.


Brandon Adams

GAME 25: Tuesday, April 12 ... PALOMAR 16, Southwestern 1 — The first-place Comets stretched their lead over the second-place Jaguars to 5 games with 9 to play. Winning pitcher Brandon Adams surrendered 1 run on 6 hits in 7 innings. Erich Kemp went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. Dylan Parzyk went 2-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and 4 RBIs. Derek Simper went 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Joey Burke was 2-for-4 and made a series of outstanding defensive plays at second base. Palomar has won 7 straight games and 16 of 18 and is now 19-6, 14-2 in the Pacific Coast Conference.


Gordon Stevens

GAME 24: Saturday, April 9 ... PALOMAR 13, Imperial Valley 3 — The first-place Comets (18-6, 13-2) made it 6 wins in a row and 15 victories in their last 17 games. Gordon Stevens paced a 15-hit attack, going 4-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a stolen base. He's 7-for-9 for his last two games with a home run, 2 doubles and 8 RBIs.Terry Moritz went 2-for-5. Kevin Wilson, the second of 5 Palomar pitchers, threw 2 scoreless innings in relief to advance to 3-0 on the season.


Scott Clement

GAME 23: Thursday, April 7 ... PALOMAR 30, Imperial Valley 4 — Scott Clement went 5-for-7 with 2 home runs, a double, 4 RBIs, 5 runs scored and a walk as the Pacific Coast Conference leaders banged out 27 hits and 7 homers on the road. Cameron Penney (4-for-7, triple, double, 4 RBIs), Trevor Boucher (4-for-4, HR, 4 RBIs) and Gordon Stevens (3-for-5, HR, double, 6 RBIs) also had at least 3 hits. Dylan Parzyk (2-for-3, double, 3 RBIs), Terry Moritz (2-for-5, 2 HRs) and Chris Poirier (2--for-3, RBI) added multiple-hit performances. Erich Kemp had the other HR. Brendan McNamara (5 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk) got the pitching win. Palomar (17-6, 12-2) won for the fifth straight game and the 14th time in 16 games.


Terry Moritz

GAME 22 Tuesday, April 5 ... PALOMAR 11, Grossmont 4 — Terry Moritz went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI as the Comets won for the 13th time in their last 15 games. Dylan Parzyk went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Joey Burke was 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs. Brandon Adams pitched the first seven innings to record the win. Palomar leads the Pacific Coast Conference by three games over second-place Southwestern after Imperial Valley upset the Jaguars Tuesday 8-7. The Comets moved to 16-6 on the season, 11-2 in conference play.


Theron Cueva

GAME 21: Saturday, April 2... PALOMAR 10, Grossmont 8 — The Comets won for the 12th time in 14 games as Cameron Penney went 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs, Kenoli Fonseca went 2-for-4, Kevin Wilson ran his win-loss record to 2-0 in relief and Theron Cueva notched his fourth save. Right fielder Terry Moritz doubled a Grossmont runner off at second base. The Pacific Coast Conference leaders advanced to 15-6 on the season, 10-2 in conference.


Dylan Parzyk

GAME 20: Thursday, March 31 ... PALOMAR 10, San Diego Mesa 2 — Dylan Parzyk and Tristan Gale homered in the second inning to give the Comets a 2-0 lead and the Pacific Coast Conference leaders never looked back at Mesa. Joey Burke also homered for Palomar (14-6, 9-2), which won for the 11th time in its last 13 games. Parzyk (2-for-4, HR, RBI, walk), Kenoli Fonseca (2-4, 2 doubles), Erich Kemp (2-5, RBI) and Scott Clement (2-5, RBI) paced a 13-hit attack for the Comets. Fonseca, playing left field, gunned down a runner at the plate for the third time 4 games. First baseman Cameron Penney made a diving catch of a line drive.


Jose Hernandez

GAME 19: Tuesday, March 29 ... PALOMAR 5 San Diego Mesa 3 — The Pacific Coast Conference leaders made it 10 wins in their last 12 games as Jose Hernandez went 2-for-2 with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. Takane Suzuki pitched 2 innings of 1-hit shutout relief, striking out 3, to advance to 2-0 on the season. Theron Cueva notched save No. 3 by shutting out the Olympians without a hit in the ninth.

GAMES 17, 18

Brandon Adams

GAMES 17, 18: Thursday, March 24 ... PALOMAR 11, Mt. SAC 5 — The Pacific Coast Conference leaders, ranked No. 4 in Southern California, won the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Mt. SAC over the South Coast Conference leaders, who are ranked No. 5. Winner Brandon Adams pitched 7 innings of 1-hit ball, giving up only a single unearned run, striking out 11 and walking 1. Derek Simper went 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and 2 RBIs. Jose Hernandez went 2-for-4.

Mt. SAC 8, PALOMAR 7 — The Mounties (13-7) rallied from a 7-0 deficit to beat the Comets (12-6) in 10 innings. Chris Poirier went 3-for-3 for Palomar with 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. Cameron Penney went 2-for-5. Palomar starter Brendan McNamara left the game with a 7-1 lead after pitching 5 innings of 2-hit,1-run ball.


Trevor Boucher

GAME 16: Monday, March 21 ... PALOMAR 7, Orange Coast 5 — The Comets (11-5) notched their eighth victory in their last nine games in a battle of the first-place teams in the Pacific Coast Conference and the Orange Empire Conference in the Palomar Easter Series. Trevor Boucher (4-for-5, double, RBI) and Dylan Parzyk (3-for-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs) paced a 13-hit attack for Palomar. Erich Kemp and Terry Moritz both homered. Kevin Wilson pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief to record his first win and Keith Noe picked up his first save. Palomar got 2 spectacular defensive plays from left fielder Kenoli Fonseca, who gunned down a runner at the plate and also made a diving catch against the fence in left. Jose Hernandez also made 2 spectacular grabs of linedrives at first base.


Brandon Adams

GAME 15: Thursday, March 17... PALOMAR 7, San Diego City College 2 — The Comets enter spring break alone atop the Pacific Coast Conference after a strong outing by starter Brandon Adams (7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 8 strikeouts). Terry Moritz went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a walk, a sacrifice and a steal and Trevor Boucher was 2-for-4.Palomar has won 7 of its last games and is 10-5 overall, 7-2 in conference.


Dylan Parzyk

GAME 14: Tuesday, March 15 ... PALOMAR 14, San Diego City 8 — Dylan Parzyk (2-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs) and Terry Moritz (2-for-4, home run, 3 RBIs, 2 steals) paced the Comets' 18-hit attack on the road. Joey Burke, Erich Kemp, Scott Clement and Trevor Boucher also had 2 hits each for the Palomar (9-5, 6-2 Pacific Coast Conference). Nick Vincent pitched 6 innings of 4-hit ball to advance to 5-1 on the season.


Cameron Penney

GAME 13: Saturday, March 11 ... Southwestern 9, PALOMAR 4 — The defending champion Jaguars moved back into a tie for first place with the Comets in the Pacific Coast Conference race. Cameron Penney went 2-for-4 for Palomar and is 5-for-9 since stepping in for injured third baseman and returning All-State selectioin Erich Kemp. Kevin Wilson and Bryan Duffy each threw an inning of hitless, scoreless relief for Palomar (8-5, 5-2). Left fielder Kenoli Fonseca made the defensive play of the game when he gunned down the Jaguars' Manny Hernandez trying to score from third in the eighth inning.


Nick Vincent

GAME 12: Thursday, March 9 ... PALOMAR 10, Southwestern 1 — The first-place Comets (8-4, 5-1) recorded their fifth straight win, knocking the host Jaguars out of a tie for the Pacific Coast Conference lead as Nick Vincent pitched 6 innings of 2-hit, shutout ball. The freshman right-hander struck out 9 as he ran his win-loss record to 4-1 and lowered his ERA to 0.99 for 27 2/3 innings. Cameron Penney (3-for-4, RBI), Dylan Parzyk (2-for-4, 3-run double) and Terry Moritz (2-for-3, double, RBI) paced a 12-hit attack for Palomar. The Comets took over undisputed first place as San Diego Mesa knocked off the other co-leader, Grossmont 11-9.


Tristan Gale

GAME 11: Wednesday, March 9 ... PALOMAR 8, Grossmont 7 — The Comets (7-4, 4-1) scored 2 runs in the bottom of the ninth inning as they ran their win streak to 4 games and moved into a tie for first place in the Pacific Coast Conference with the Griffins and Southwestern. Tristan Gale (2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs, walk) paced a 12-hit attack for Palomar. Terry Moritz and Erich Kemp also had 2 hits each. Theron Cueva (2-0) pitched a hitless ninth inning to record the win.


Brandon Adams

GAME 10: Tuesdy, March 8 ... PALOMAR 22, Imperial Valley 4 — The Comets notched their best offensive day of the season to date in support of starter and winner Brandon Adams (5 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs). Kenole Fonseca went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Dylan Parzyk (2-for-4, triple, 2 RBIs), Scott Clement (2-for-4, RBI) and Lyndon Poole (2-for-4) also had multiple-hit days. Joey Burke was 2-for-2 with his second home run in 2 games and 4 RBIs. He also was hit by a pitch and had a sacrifice bunt. The Comets host Grossmont (4-0 conference), a 6-4 winner over San Diego City College on Tuesday, in a rain make-up Wednesday, March 9, at 2 p.m.


Nick Vincent

GAME 9: Thusday, March 3 ... PALOMAR 4, San Diego Mesa 1 — Winning pitcher Nick Vincent (3-1) threw 8 shoutout innings, surrendering 2 scratch hits, striking out 8 and walking 2. Joey Burke went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Comets (5-4, 2-1 Pacific Coast Conference) . Erich Kemp was 2-gor-5 with an RBI. Derek Simper contributed a 2-run double.


Joey Burke

GAME 8: Tuesday, March 1 ... PALOMAR 5, San Diego City College 4 — Joey Burke tied the game with a 2-run single through the right side in the bottom of the ninth and Tristan Gale scored the winning run on a wild pitch as the host Comets rallied for a Pacific Coast Conference win. Theron Cueva, the sixth Palomar pitcher, recorded the victory by shutting out the Knights (6-3, 1-1) in the eighth and ninth innings. Cueva struck out 4 and walked none.

GAME 7: Saturday, February 26 ... Southwestern 4, PALOMAR 3 — The visiting Comets sat on a 3-0 first inning lead against the defending Pacific Coast Conference champions in the teams' conference opener and it proved fatal. Dylan Parzyk, Jose Hernandez and Terry Moritz all had RBI singles in the inning. Starter Brandon Adams took a shutout into the sixth inning. Palomar, playing for the first time since Feb. 15 due to recent rains, falls to 3-4 overall.

GAME 6: Tuesday, February 15 ... PALOMAR 6, Mt. San Jacinto 2 — Gordon Stevens went 2-for-5 with 2 steals and an RBI for the Comets (3-3). Terry Moritz' 2-run single in the first inning put Palomar aheadto stay. Starter and winner Nick Vincent (2-0) pitched the first 5 innings, striking out 6. 2003 Yankes draft choice Jose Hernandez, making his first appearance since his senior season of high school after recovering from an injury that sidelined him in 2004, retired the Eagles 1-2-3 in the eighth inning, striking out 2.

GAME 5: Monday, February 14 ... Cypress 9, PALOMAR 0 — Scott Clement went 2-for-2 for the Comets. Catcher Dylan Parzyk threw out 2 more runners trying to steal and is 7-for-7 throwing out runners for the season.

GAME 4: Tuesday, Feb. 8 ... Golden West 12, PALOMAR 4 — Scott Clement and Trevor Boucher had 2 hits each for Palomar (2-2).


Nick Vincent

GAME 3: Saturday, February 5 ... PALOMAR 9, Cerritos 2 — Freshman right-hander Nick Vincent pitched 6 innings of 2-hit ball, surrendering 1 run while striking out 7 and walking 0, as the Comets advanced to 2-1 on the season. Vincent, Kevin Wilson, Brian Duffy and Keith Noe combined to throw a 5-hitter, striking out 9 and walking 1. Dylan Parzyk paced a 13-hit attack for the Comets, going 3-for-4 with an HR and 2 RBIs. Terry Moritz drove in 4 runs. Scott Clement doubled twice, Tristan Gale doubled and singled, and Derek Simper and Erich Kemp each singled twice.

GAME 2: Friday, February 4 ... Santa Ana 7, PALOMAR 2 — The Comets got a 3-for-3 performance from Kenoli Fonseca and a homer from Scott Clement but fell in the Palomar Invitational to slip to 1-1 on the season. Tristan Gale went 2-for-4. Eric Meyerholtz pitched 2 innings of shutout relief. Shortstop Derek Simper made the defensive play of the game imn the fourth inning when he alertly threw to second baseman Joey Burke after a ground ball to catch a surprised Corey Skaggs of Santa Ana off the bag.

GAME 1: Thursday, February 3 ... PALOMAR 5, Ventura 3 — The Comets opened the season with a victory in the Palomar Invitational as Jose Hernandez went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs and Erich Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Clint Preinsendorfer pitched 3 innings of shutout relief, Takane Suziki notched the win in relief and Theron Cueva set down the side in the ninth inning to record the save. Hernandez doubled to the opposite field, went to third on Dylan Parzyk's grounder to the right side and scored what turned out to be the winning run in the sixth on a single by Scott Clement. Parzyk, the Comets' catcher, took the Pirates out of their running game early by throwing out runners trying to steal in the first and second innings. Terry Moritz made a spectacular diving catch in right in the third.

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