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3 COMETS FROM 2016 MOVE ON TO DIVISION I  SOFTBALL

SAN DIEGO (10-15-2016) -- Three Palomar all-state selections from last season landed Division I offers and are in school and getting ready for the 2017 season.

First baseman Katie McJunkin (.462, 14 doubles, 1 home run, 32 RBIs) accepted her scholarship to Oregon State University and will be a junior for the Beavers. She joins Kay Kay Fronda, an ex-Comet from the 2015 team, in the Pac-12. Fronda will be a senior returning outfielder for the University of Utah.

Third baseman Iesha Hill (.453, 12 doubles, 10 home runs, 45 RBIs) is at San Diego State where she is expected to be a major contributor for the Aztecs.

And pitcher Summer Evans (34-7 win-loss record,1.51 ERA) accepted a scholarship to Cal State Bakersfield.

Hill, a Carlsbad High School product, was 2015 State Tournament Most Valuable Player as Palomar won its fifth California state title. Evans, from Escondido High School, was the 2015 State Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher.

McJunkin, from Visalia, came to Palomar as a sophomore transfer from Purdue University.

A fourth Comet, second baseman Brooke Huddleson (Mission Hills High School), had NCAA clock issues and accepted a scholarship to Doane University, an NAIA-member school in Crete, Nebraska.

The only other sophomore on Palomar's 2016 roster, Nani Leonui, was accepted into Palomar's R.N. nursing program.


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Palomar's Softball Tradition

STATE CHAMPIONS 1989-1993-2000-2013-2015

California state championships: 5 Wins thru May 18, 2015: 1,291
State championship games: 11 All-Americans: 32
State Finals appearances: 19 Scholarships to 4-year level: 167
Regional championships: 20 NCAA Div. I scholarships: 107
Conference championships: 33

 

2017 Season ...

Comets bury Gauchos with 22-hit attack

SAN MARCOS (2-17-2017) -- Palomar's softball team got in its game with Saddleback on Saturday before the rains hit, to the detriment of the visiting Gauchos.

The Comets pounded out 22 hits, led by Mo Lopez (left), Tiare Paopao (right), Brie Dunckel, Taylour Fa'asua, Madisyn Turman and Bailey Romano with three apiece, in a game in which Saddleback led 3-0 in the middle of the third inning.

Lopez homered twice, tripled and drove in 3 runs. Paopao homered, doubled twice and also drove in three runs. Dunckel tripled, and Taylor Willis (2-for-5) doubled and had 2 RBIs.

Samantha Smith put the icing on the cake for Palomar, throwing one-hit, scoreless ball over the final 2 1/3 to record her first save in relief of Lopez, the winner who was making her first appearance of the season.

The other multiple hitter  for coach Lacey Craft was Dionne Macias with two. Lexi Williams had two RBIs.

Comets return to victory column, 9-8

SAN MARCOS (2-09-2017) -- After a pair of late-inning one-run losses on the road to Citrus on Saturday, the Palomar softball team returned to the win column on Thursday with a 9-8 victory over visiting Santa Ana.

Mo Lopez slugged a two-run home run and Crystal DesLariers contributed a tape-measure solo homer for coach Lacey Craft's club.

Bailey Romano went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Tiere Paopao went 2-for-2 with a double and Lexi Williams was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Brie Dunckel singled, had a sacrifice fly and drove in two runs, while Taylor Willis also singled, rounding out a 10-hit attack.

Samantha Smith picked up the pitching win, allowing two earned runs over the first five innings.

The Comets took an early 3-0 lead, and although the Dons got as close as one run, they could never catch up.

Owls tag PC with 2 heartbreak losses

GLENDORA (2-03-2017) -- It was a long afternoon and early evening for the Palomar softball team, which dropped two heartbreakers to host Citrus in a non-conference doubleheader on Friday.

The Owls won the first game 13-12 in eight innings and came from behind the take the second game 8-7.

Mo Lopez had a big day for the Comets in defeat, going 5-for-10 in the dougbleheader with a double and 5 RBIs.

In the first game, leadoff hitter Brie Dunckel went 3-for-6 for Palomar with a triple and a double. Lexie Williams went 3-for-6 with a double and 2 RBIs. And Lopez was 2-for-6 and drove in 2 runs as the Comets banged out 16 hits.

Tiere Paopao slugged her second home run of the season, a 3-run shot in the top of the fifth inning. Taylour Fa'asua hit a 2-run homer and Crystal DesLauriers added a solo HR.

In the second game, Lopez went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs. DesLauriers tripled and Taylour Fa'asua doubled.

Comets back in business with 7-1 win

FULLERTON (2-01-2017) -- After two uncharacteristic disappointing performances to begin the softball season, coach Lacey Craft's Palomar softball squad lit up Fullerton 7-1 in its first road game as the Comets abruptly returned to familiar form.

Tiare Paopao slugged her first home run of the season in the top of the fourth inning to give Palomar a 1-0 lead and the Comets never looked back as they pounded out 13 hits to give Crystal DesLauriers (1-1) her first pitching win. Paopao wound up going 2-for-4.

DesLaurriers helped her own cause by going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Mo Lopez went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI. Tayler Moore was 2-for-3 and drove in two runs. Brie Dunckel, Dionne Macias and Samantha Smith also hit safely twice.

Mo Lopez rounds second base after slugging a solo home run in the third inning on Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Bad 1st inning fatal as PC drops opener

SAN MARCOS (1-27-2017) -- Palomar ran into wildness problems by its starting pitcher, fell behind by eight runs in the first inning, then battled back but fell short as visiting Cerritos ruined the Comets' softball opener 13-9 on Friday.

Mo Lopez (3-for-4, home run), Dionne Macias (3-for-3, double, walk, 2 RBIs), Samantha Smith (2-for-3, hit by pitch) and Trinity Fa'asua (four shutout innings in relief) turned in strong performances in the loss.

Brienna Dunckel, who helped lead Palomar to its 33rd conference championship last season, will be a cog in the Comets' attempt to win its third state championship in the last five years and its sixth state title overall. Here she's shown stealing a base against Mt. San Jacinto in a 2016 game. Dunckel was last season's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets seek 3rd state title in 5 years

SAN MARCOS (1-26-2017) -- Palomar will begin its drive for a third state community college championship in the last five seasons when the Comets open their 2016 season at 2:30 p.m. Friday at home vs. Cerritos.

The Comet have captured the state title every odd year beginning with the 2013 season. Palomar won the championship in 2013, Sierra in 2014, the Comets in 2015 and Santiago Canyon won last season.

Coach Lacey Craft's squad also will be seeking the college's sixth state championship during the 2017 season.

The Comets return 10 players from the 2016 that brought Palomar a 33rd conference championship by capturing the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title. Returning from that team are: 2016 PCAC Player of the Year Brienna Dunckel, Taylor Willis, Bailey Romano, Tayler Moore, Moriah Lopez, Taylour Fa'asua, Trinity Fa'asua, Britney Huerta, Marisa Herrera and Hannah MacDonald.

Palomar also will be at home on Saturday, vs. Mt. SAC at noon.

2017 Softball Schedule, Results

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT RECORD CONF
Fri Jan 27 Cerritos Palomar Lost 9-13 0-1 -----
Sat Jan 28 Mt. SAC Palomar Lost 0-12 0-2 -----
Web Feb 1 at Fullerton Fullerton WON 7-1 1-2 -----
Fri Feb 3

Citrus

Glendora Lost 12-13 (8 innings) 1-3 -----

Citrus

Glendora Lost 7-8 1-4 -----
Tue Feb 7 Santa Ana Palomar WON 9-8 2-4 -----
Fri Feb 17 Saddleback Palomar WON 13-7 3-4 -----
Wed Feb 22 at El Camino Torrance Ppd. (wet field) ----- -----
Fri Feb 24 Antelope Valley Palomar Noon ----- -----
  Antelope Valley Palomar to follow ----- -----
Wed Mar 1 at San Bernardino Valley (PCAC game) San Bernardino 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Mar 3 San Diego City College (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Mar 4 at Cerritos Norwalk 2 p.m. ----- -----
Mon Mar 6 at Saddleback Mission Viejo 3 p.m. ----- -----
Wed Mar 8 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Mar 10 COD (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Mar 11 El Camino Palomar Noon
Wed Mar 15 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Mar 17 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Palomar 1 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Mar 18 El Camino Palomar Noon ----- -----
Wed Mar 22 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Mar 24 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- ------
Tue Mar 28 at Orange Coast Costa Mesa Noon ----- -----
Fri Mar 31 San Bernardino Valley (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Apr 1 at Mt. SAC Walnut 2 p.m. ---- -----
  vs. Santiago Canyon Walnut 4 p.m. ----- -----
Wed Apr 5 San Diego CC (PCAC) San Diego 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Apr 7 Southwestern (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Apr 8 Cypress   Palomar Noon ----- -----
  Cypress   Palomar to follow ----- -----
Tue Apr 11 at Riverside CC Riverside 3 p.m. ----- -----
Wed Apr 12 at COD (PCAC) Palm Desert 3 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Apr 14 Grossmont (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Wed Apr 19 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial 1 p.m. ----- -----
Fri Apr 21 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Palomar 3 p.m. ----- -----
Sat Apr 22 College of the Canyons Palomar 1 p.m. ----- -----
College of the Canyons Palomar to follow ----- -----
Tue Apr 25 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Menifee 3 p.m. ----- -----

2017 Roster

No Name Pos Yr High School (City) / Previous College
1 Britney Huerta INF So Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
3 Brienna Dunckel UTIL So Valley Center (Valley Center, CA) / Arizona Western CC
4 Taylor Willis OF So Murrieta Mesa (Murrieta, CA)
6 Marissa Herrera OF So Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
7 Bailey Romano C/2B So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)
9 Lexi Williams INF Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
11 Tayler Moore C/UT So Chaparral (Temecula, CA)
19 Brooke Hanavan OF Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
21 Madisyn Turman 1B/OF So Clovis North (Clovis, CA) / Cal St. San Marcos
22 Sara Rodriguez UTIL So Vista (Vista, CA)
23 Samantha Smith 3B Fr La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)
24 Hannah MacDonald C So La Costa Canyon (Carlsbad, CA)
25 Dionne Macias 3B/2B Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
29 Moriah Lopez 1B/UTIL So San Jacinto Valley Academy (San Jacinto, CA)
33 Tiare Paopao UTIL Fr Oceanside (Oceanside, CA)
34 Taylour Fa'asua UTIL So Oceanside (Oceanside, CA)
36 Trinity Fa'asua P/1B So Oceanside (Oceanside, CA)
38 Crystal DesLauries P/UTIL Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
(RS) Briana Moreno OF So Escondido (Escondido, CA)

Head Coach: Lacey Craft (7th year as head coach)
Assistant Coach: Mark Eldridge
Assistant Coach: Marissa Valdez
Assistant Coach: Kristen Tenwolde


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