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SATURDAY, APRIL 25
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at Myers Field
Southwestern 8, Palomar 3

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Riverside
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PC TOP SEED IN REGIONALS AND WILL BE HOME TO CUESTA

MISSION VIEJO (4-25-2015) -- Palomar's softball squad, the No. 2-ranked team in the state and No. 1 in Southern California most of the season, was seeded first in the Southern California playoffs on Saturday and will open the post season against Cuesta at home next weekend.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets (33-3-1) will host the Cougars (14-16), the 16th seed, in a best-of-3 series that begins Saturday at 2 p.m. The second game is scheduled for Sunday at noon with a third game, if necessary, to follow at approximately 2 p.m.

Hancock (33-2-1), under former Palomar coach Scia Maumausolo, was seeded second and will be home to 15th-seed San Diego Mesa (17-15) in its first-round regional series. The top eight seeds, all of whom will be at home in the first round, also include No. 3 Cypress (32-8), No. 4 Citrus (30-9), No. 5 El Camino (30-10), No. 6 College of the Canyons (28-10-1), No. 7 Mt. SAC (29-11) and No. 8 Saddleback (26-12).

BASEBALL'S STRATTON COMMITS TO CAL POLY POMONA

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2015) -- Palomar baseball second baseman Chris Stratton, who is in his second season as a starter for the Comets, has committed to NCAA Division II Cal Poly Pomona.

The Temecula Chaparral High School product becomes the third 2015 Palomar baseball player to commit to a four-year college.

Previously, catcher Francis Christy signed early with the University of Washington and pitcher Tyler Russell signed early with another D-I school, Oral Roberts University.

PALOMAR BASEBALL STILL NO. 2 ON PACIFIC COAST

SAN MARCOS (4-15-2015) -- Palomar still sits at No. 2 in the American Baseball Coaches Association's Pacific Divisions (California, Oregon and Washington) community college rankings.

The Comets (27-5) trail only No. 1-ranked San Joaquin Delta (30-1), which is also ranked No. 1 in the nation by Perfect Game Baseball.com. Palomar is No. 7 in the nation.

PACIFIC DIVISIONS (CALIFORNIA, OREGON, WASHINGTON) BASEBALL POLL
American Baseball Coaches Association
1. San Joaquin Delta
2. Palomar
3. Mt. Hood (Oregon)
4. Cypress
5. Fresno City College
6. Oxnard
7. Spokane Valley (Washington)
8. Santa Barbara City College
9. Feather River
10. Orange Coast

PC GOLFERS 2ND OF 6 TEAMS, FALL BACK INTO TIE FOR FIRST

RIVERSIDE (4-15-2015) -- Palomar, which entered Wednesday's neutral-course 6-team Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's golf match alone in first place, finished second on the day.

The Comets fell back into a tie for the conference lead with College of the Desert, both with 36-4 records.

COD had a 389 score for the match at Canyon Crest Golf Club (6,570 yards, par 72). The Comets checked in at 395, followed by Mt. San Jacinto (413), Cuyamaca (422 with the six-man tie-breaker), El Camino 422 and Victor Valley (430).

Connor Sims led Palomar with a 76, followd by Zack Wagner with a 77, Mitchell Kwee 78, Brian Helmuth 82, Christian Guetzon 82 and Nick Bellstrom with the 83 throw-out score.

"We let one slip away," Palomar coach Mark Halda said. "The conference finals will determine the conference champion. This one hurts."

COD was 5-0 for the day against the other conference teams. Palomar was 4-1, Mt. San Jacinto 3-2, Cuyamaca 2-3, El Camino 1-4 and Victor Valley 0-5.

BASEBALL TEAM STILL NO. 1 IN SOCAL, NO. 2 IN STATE

SACRAMENTO (4-14-2014) --
Palomar (26-5) is still ranked No. 1 in Southern California by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. Cypress (23-9) is No. 2.

The Comets also are ranked No. 2 in the state by both the American Baseball Coaches Association and Perfect Game Baseball.com.

Palomar is also ranked No. 2 in the Pacific Divisions (California, Oregon and Washington) by the ABCA and No. 7 in the nation by Perfect Game Baseball.com

San Joaquin Delta (28-1) of Stockton, which suffered its first loss of 2015 when it was upset by Sacramento City College 7-5 on Saturday, is ranked No. 1 in the nation, in California and in the Pacific Divisions.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL POLL
California Community College Baseball Coaches Associatio.
 (Records through April 13)
1. Palomar (25-5)
2. Cypress (22-9)
3. Oxnard (22-7-1)
4. Santa Barbara CC (23-7)
5. Orange Coast (19-12)
6. Southwestern (24-6)
7. Golden West (18-13)
8. Fullerton (20-11)
9. Rio Hondo (22-8)
10. Glendale (15-15)

Bryan Jones breaks up a pass in the endzone vs. Long Beach City College -- Photo by Hugh Cox

PALOMAR'S JONES WILL PLAY FOR D-II NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

PUEBLO, Colorado (4-08-2015) -- Palomar's All-Southern Conference corner Bryan Jones has accepted an offer from Colorado State-Pueblo, the 2014 NCAA Division II national champion. He'll report in July.

The Thunder-Wolves went 14-1 in 2014 and defeated Minnesota State-Mankato 13-0 in the Division II national championship game at Kansas City, Kansas.

Jones, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound sophomore from Temecula's Great Oak High School, recorded 41 tackles for the Comets last season and had an interception he returned 29 yards for a touchdown, 15 pass break-ups and 0.5 tackles for loss. He missed one game due to an injury.

Previously:

End Dylan Donahue, the Southern California Defensive Player of the Year, accepted a scholarship to the University of West Georgia (NCAA Division II, 12-3 record in 2014, national semifinalist. Donahue's high school: Billings West (Billings, MT)

Cornerback Javante O'Roy committed to Texas State (NCAA Division I FBS, 7-5 record in 2014). O'Roy's High School: Antelope (Antelope, CA)

Defensive tackle Joe Naotala committed to Montana State (NCAA Division I FCS, 8-5 record in 2014). Naotala's High School: Army-Navy Academy

Linebacker Austin Wolff committed to Portland State (NCAA Division I FCS). Wolff's High School: Fallbrook

Receiver M.J. Bailey committed to Idaho State (NCAA Division II FCS, 8-4 record in 2014). Bailey's High School: San Marcos

Deep Snapper Jared Sargent from the 2013 team committed to Azusa Pacific (NCAA Division II, 10-1 record in 2014). High School: Temecula Valley

Slot Receiver / Punt Returner Damon Nolan committed to Baker University (NAIA, 8-3 record in 2014). High School: Murrieta Valley

(UPDATED AT 4:10 P.M. ON SATURDAY, APRIL 25, 2015)

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BASEBALL: SoCal Regionals

ABOVE: The Comets (above) open the Southern California Regionals as the No. 1 seed.-- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Coach Buck Taylor

As expected, Comets No. 1 seed in Southern Cal

SAN MARCOS (4-26-2015) -- To the surprise of no one, Palomar was selected as the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Regional baseball playoffs at Sunday's seeding meeting and will open the post-season at home on Myers Field next Friday and Saturday with a best-of-3 series against a still-undetermined opponent .

The Comets (30-6) will play the first game of the series Friday at 2 p.m. against the remaining team with the lowest seed after two loser-go-home play-in-games on Tuesday -- No. 17 seed Irvine Valley (20-16) at No. 16 seed Los Angeles Mission (22-14) and No. 18 seed Riverside City College (21-15) at No. 15 seed Cerritos (22-14).

Saturday's game 2 will be played at 11 a.m. with a third game, if necessary, to follow.

Unless someone upsets the Comets, who are ranked fifth nationally, they'll remain at home throughout the regionals through the next three weekends, in every case facing the lowest remaining seed in the playoffs. The State Final Four will be played at Fresno on May 29-31. That would be the first and only time Palomar would have to go on the road, the same scenario that top seed and nationally No. 1-ranked San Joaquin Delta (33-3) faces in Northern California.

Southwestern (28-8), with the fourth-best RPI in the South (Palomar has the best RPI), was surprisingly seeded No. 9 and will be on the road in the first round next weekend at No. 8 seed Glendale (19-17). The second-through-eighth seeds in Southern California are No. 2 Oxnard (26-9-1), No. 3 Santa Barbara City College (28-8), No. 4 Golden West (23-13), No. 5 Cypress (25-11), No. 6 San Bernardino Valley (23-13), No. 7 Long Beach City College (20-16) and No. 8 Glendale.

Against teams in the Regionals, the Comets split two games with No. 4 seed Golden West during the regular season, lost in nine innings to No. 5 Cypress 8-7, beat No. 6 San Bernardino Valley 12-3, beat No. 8 Glendale 9-2, split four games with No. 9 Southwestern, split two games with No. 10 Orange Coast, swept two games from No. 12 Fullerton 8-1 and 4-2 and beat No. 15 Cerritos 7-1.

BASEBALL: Southwestern 8, Comets 3

PC self-destructs in 5th, suffers 1st home loss

SAN MARCOS (4-25-2015) -- Palomar, which will officially be named the No. 1 seed in the Southern California community college baseball playoffs on Sunday, played eight outstanding innings and one very forgetable nightmare inning on Saturday in the final regular-season game ever at Myers Field.

The nightmare top of the fifth cost the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions, but only in the short term, as Southwestern scored all eight of its runs on all four of its hits in the inning and upset the nationally No. 5-ranked Comets 8-3.

It was Palomar's first home loss of the season (after a 15-0 start) and prevents the 2015 team from claiming the first unbeaten home season in 68 years of Palomar baseball. It was only the second time the Comets have lost this year by more than one run (the only previous time was back on Jan. 31, at Golden West). It negatively impacted two pitchers' earned run averages. And it punched a hole in the Comets' considerable momentum entering the postseason, snapping their 10-game winning streak.

In the big picture, however, the loss doesn't mean squat. The Comets finish the regular season 30-6, winning their fifth straight PCAC championship by three games over the second-place Jaguars. They're still ranked No. 1 in Southern California, No. 2 in the state, No. 2 in California-Oregon-Washington and No. 5 in the nation.

And they still easily own the best RPI in Southern California. It's a virtual lock that Palomar will be announced as the No. 1 seed in the playoffs on Sunday.

Starter Jake Barnett, who came into the day with a 7-1 record, began the game by pitching four no-hit innings, allowing only one baserunner (on a fourth-inning walk), and striking out four. The Comets led 1-0 entering the top of the fifth, having scored in the bottom of the fourth when Anthony Balderas singled to right to drive in Chris Stratton, who led off the inning by doubling to center.

However, in the fifth, nothing went right for the Comets, as Southwestern scored eight runs vs. two Palomar pitchers on four walks, a hit batter, three singles and a base-clearing double by Steven Sherwood, the first batter to face Palomar's first reliever of the afternoon. Four runs that were charged to Barnett came after he exited the game.

The inning included a reversal of the hit-batter call, which came after the plate umpire had originally ruled Southwestern's Ray Peterson had swung at the pitch. Following two outs that came down after that, Barnett would have been out of the inning without a run. But, after Southwestern argued the original call and the plate umpire conferred with the base ump, he then reversed his ruling and sent the batter to first. That opened the gates.

Four more Palomar relievers -- Troy Lamparello, Josh Bravin, Matt Flake and Graham Gomez -- combined to pitch scoreless, hitless ball over the final four innings, meaning the Comets' pitchers no-hit the Jaguars while shutting them out over eight of the games's nine innings. Southwestern was retired 1-2-3 in the first, second, third, seventh, eighth and ninth.

The Comet pitchers retired the Jaguars' first 10 batters of the game and their last 11 batters.

Palomar scored one run the sixth inning, when Nico Holm singled to drive in Francis Christy, who had walked and advanced on Balderas' second single of the day. The Comets tallied the game's final run in the ninth, when pinch-hitter Travis Mitchell was hit by a pitch and, after an error and Colton Aaro's second walk of the game, eventually scored on a balk.

Balderas and Southwestern's Sherwood each had two hits on the day.

The Jaguars finish the season 28-8, 18-6 in the PCAC, and will enter the seeding meeting with the fourth-best RPI in Southern California.

Palomar will be home to an undetermined opponent in a best-of-three playoff series to begin the playoffs next Friday and Saturday.

BOX | SEASON STATS

PICTURED ABOVE: Palomar catcher Colton Aaro catches a foul pop-up in the ninth inning Saturday. -- Photo by Steven Davis

BASEBALL: Palomar 7, Southwestern 4

Alec Salcedo's seventh-inning bunt single loaded the bases, just before Francis Christy worked Southwestern pitcher Calvin Faucher for a bases-loaded walk that put Palomar in front 3-2 Thursday. Christy (below left) went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He doubled to drive in a run in the Comets' ninth-inning rally that lifted the Comets to a 7-4 victory. Travis Mitchell (below right), who followed Christy to the plate, had what turned out to be the game-winning RBI when he singled to right to score Chase Grant. -- Above photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Comets get 30th win with ninth-inning rally

CHULA VISTA (4-23-2015) -- Visiting Palomar, trailing by a run going into the ninth inning, pushed across four runs off ace Southwestern closer Kevin Ginkel on Thursday and beat the Jaguars for the second time in three days 7-4.

The Comets, ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 5 in the nation, ran their current win streak to 10 games and notched their 30th victory of 2015. They'll take a 30-5 record and a 21-2 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference mark into their regular-season finale against the Jaguars at home on Myers Field at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Coach Buck Taylor's PCAC champions are expected to be the No. 1 seed in the Southern California Community College Regionals that start next weekend.

Starter Tyler Russell, who pitched six innings of four-hit ball, had left the game by the time the Jaguars, down 3-2, took the lead 4-3 with a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth.

That set the stage for Palomar's big top of the ninth, which started when Ginkel hit Salcedo, the Comets' leadoff hitter, with a pitch. Pinch-hitter Chase Grant drew a walk and state RBI leader Francis Christy slammed an opposite-field double to leftfield to drive in Salcedo and tie the game at 4-4.

Travis Mitchell, the next batter, singled to left to score Grant with what turned out to be the winning run.

Dylan Brault lined a sacrifice fly to the leftfielder, chasing home Christy and putting Palomar up 6-4. After a Derek Black single, Mitchell stole third and came home on a balk, making the final score 7-4.

Russell had opened the game with a dominant first five innings, when he shut out Southwestern on one hit, striking out six, as Niko Holm staked him to a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth, when he singled in Dylan Breault, who had singled and taken second on a passed ball.

Brault drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the sixth, putting the Comets on top 2-0. The Jaguars tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but the Comets then went back in front 3-2 in the seventh when Christy walked with the bases loaded.

Joey Cooper, Chris Stratton and Salcedo had banged out consecutive singles to load the bases. Salcedo's hit came on a bunt single to the third-base side.

Troy Lamparello, Graham Gomez and Anthony Balderas pitched hitless ball over the final three innings for Palomar, but the Comets made two errors which allowed Southwestern to regain the lead in the eighth.

Balderas came on in relief in the eighth, then retired the Jaguars in the bottom of the ninth on a walk, a strikeout and a double play from Stratton at second base to Breault at shortstop to Black at first to end the the game. Balderas recorded the win to go to 2-0 on the year.

Christy went 2-for-4 with the double, walk and two RBIs to pace a nine-hit attack for the Comets. Breault was 2-for-3 with the walk, sac fly and two RBIs.

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SOFTBALL: Comets 9, Falcons 1

ABOVE: Sara Rodriguez can't help but crack a smile as she tours the bases following her third home run of the season in Wednesday's 9-1 win over Cerritos. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Iesha Hill, who homered twice, doubled, singled and drove in four runs in going 4-for-4

Hill leads HR barrage; PC takes its 33rd win

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2015) -- Home runs flew out of the yard all over the place on Wednesday as Palomar concluded a 33-3-1 softball regular season with a 9-1 run-rule victory over visiting non-conference opponent Cerritos.

The Comets slugged four homers, with Iesha Hill (left) slugging her sixth and seventh of the year. Sara Rodriguez hit her third HR of the season and Stephanie Koishor hit her second.

Summer Evans pitched a complete-game two-hitter, striking out six, to go to 22-3 for the year.

Hill finished the afternoon 4-for-4 with the two homers, a double, a single and four RBIs. Brooke Huddleson went 3-for-5 and drove in a run. Koishor (2-4, homer, double, 2 RBIs), Rodriguez (2-for-3, HR, hit-by-pitch, RBI) and Kristina Carbajal (2-for-3, walk) also had multiple hits. Kali Pugh doubled and Evans singled to round out a 15-hit attack.

The eight-run mercy rule came into effect when the Comets scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Coach Lacey Craft's squad, which is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 1 in Southern California, now awaits the results of Saturday's seeding meeting to find out exactly where it fits in the SoCal playoffs that begin next week.

BASEBALL: National JC Rankings

Comets move up to No. 5 spot in the nation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (4-22-2015) -- Palomar, which clinched its fifth straight conference championship on Tuesday by beating Southwestern to advance to 29-5, has moved up to No. 5 in the National Community College baseball rankings compiled by Perfect Game USA of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

The Comets, under coach Buck Taylor (left), previously were ranked seventh in the nation.

San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton remains No. 1 in the country but now has "slipped" to 31-2 after suffering its second loss on Tuesday, falling to Cosumnes River of Sacramento 8-1.

Rounding out the Top 5 behind Delta are No. 2 St. John's River (Florida), No. 3 Cipola (Florida), No. 4 Cowley County (Kansas), and the No. 5-ranked Comets.

The other Top Ten teams in the country are No. 6 Iowa Western, No. 7 Walters State (Tennessee), No. 8 Cochise (Arizona), No. 9 Johnson County (Kansas) and No. 10 Southern Nevada.

The only other California team in the Top 25 along with San Joaquin Delta and Palomar is No. 15 Fresno City College.

NATIONAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASEBALL RANKINGS
Perfect Game USA
1. San Joaquin Delta College (Northern California)

2. St. John's River Community College (Florida)
3. Chipola Community College (Florida)
4. Cowley County Community College (Kansas)
5. Palomar College (Southern California)
6. Iowa Western Community College
7. Walters State College (Tennessee)
8. Cochise College (Arizona)
9. Johnson County Community College (Kansas)
10. College of Southern Nevada

BASEBALL: Palomar 7, Southwestern 0

TOP PHOTO: Taylor Turski pitches to Southwestern on Tuesday at Myers Field. He threw eight five-hit, scoreless innings as the Comets won 7-0. DIRECTLY ABOVE: The Comets celebrate clinching their fifth conference championship in a row. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Chase Grant, who came off the bench to drive in two runs with a pair of late-inning hits

Comets roll behind Turski for 5th title in row

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2015) -- This story never seems to get old for the Palomar College baseball team.

By shutting out second-place Southwestern 7-0 on Tuesday at Myers Field, Palomar clinched its fifth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship with two games still to play.

Taylor Turski (5-0) handcuffed the Jaguars for eight innings as he combined on a five-hit shutout with Rusty Huber, who came on to throw a 1-2-3 ninth inning. Turski, who struck out six batters and walked one, lowered his earned run average to 0.72 for 50 innings, tying him for the state community college lead with Santa Rosa's Garrett Hill.

Chase Grant came off the bench to drive in two big runs with a seventh-inning double which extended a 1-0 Palomar lead to 2-0 and an eighth-inning single that was among the highlights in a five-run outburst by the Comets.

Niko Holm (two singles), Chris Stratton (double and single), and Vince Mori (two singles) had two hits apiece. Francis Christy singled to drive in two runs as he took over the state RBI lead with 45. He leads Gage Matuszak of Feather River, who has 43 RBIs.

Palomar broke a scoreless tie when the Comets scored a fourth-inning run on singles by Travis Mitchell, Mori and Holm. Holm's hit drove in Mitchell.

The Comets took a 2-1 lead in the seventh when Stratton reached base as a hit batter, stole second, went to third on Alec Salcedo's sacrifice bunt and scored on Grant's single to left.

Palomar then broke the game open in the eighth inning, when they chased Southwestern starter Adrian Orozco, who came into the game with a 9-0 record, and reliever Dylan McDonald.

Dylan Breault singled to center to lead off the inning and, with one out, Holm singled to right to advance him to second. They advanced to second and third on a double steal and Stratton doubled into the right-centerfield gap with two outs to drive in both runners and make it 4-0.

Salcedo walked, Grant singled up the middle to score Stratton. Both runners moved up on a passed ball and Christy doubled to right, driving in Salcedo and Grant and making the final score 7-0.

Salcedo had the Comets' other hit, a single, as he finished the day 1-for-2 with two sacrifices and a walk. Holm was 2-for-3 with his RBI and also was hit by a pitch. Mori went 2-for-3 and also reached base as a hit batter. Stratton was 1-for-2 with the two run double, was hit by pitches twice and stole a base.

Palomar ran its current win streak to nine games and snapped Southwestern's win streak at 14 games.

Southern California No. 1-ranked Palomar advances to 29-5, 20-2 in conference with regular-season games remaining on Thursday at Southwestern and back home at Myers Field on Friday against the Jaguars. Southwestern is 27-7 and 17-5 in the PCAC.

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