2015 Season ...
Comets win mercy-rule game; Fronda is 5-for-5
IMPERIAL (4-15-2015) -- Led by a 5-for-5 day at the plate by K.K. Fronda (left), Palomar's state No. 2-ranked softball team banged out 25 hits and downed host Imperial Valley 20-2 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game ended after five innings by mercy rule.
Fronda went 5-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, two singles and two RBIs as the Comets upped their record to 29-3-1 on the year, 16-1 in conference.
Kali Pugh (4-for-4, 2 triples, 2 singles, walk, 5 RBIs), Brooke Huddleson (right, 4-for-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs) and Kristina Carbajal (3-for-3, 3 singles, sacrifice fly, RBI) also had perfect days at the plate. Fronda, Pugh and Huddleson combined to go 13-for-13 in the game.
Maci Lerno went 2-for-4 with a triple, single and 3 RBIs. Seven Comet had one hit each -- Iesha Hill with a triple, Randee Burkle and Anjelea Stewart with doubles and Stephanie Koishor, Nani Leonui, Leah Gordon and Sara Rodriguez with singles.
Carbajal went thre first three innings to record the pitching win. She advanced to 7-0. Lerno pitched the last two innings. Both of the Arabs' runs were unearned.
Palomar will host College of the Canyons, which is ranked ninth in the state, in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday at noon. The Comets and Cougars are ranked first and fifth, respectively in Southern California.
Comets remain No. 1 in SoCal, No. 2 in state
GLENDORA (4-14-2015) --Palomar has retained its No. 2 ranking in the state in the latest poll conducted by the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association.
The Comets (28-3-1 after Thursday's victory on the road over Riverside City College) trail only undefeated College of San Mateo (33-0) from the San Francisco Bay Area in the poll.
Cypress is ranked third. Hancock and Diablo Valley are tied at No. 4.
Palomar and Cypress continue to be ranked 1-2 in Southern California.
Evans, Carbajal throw 2-hit shutout at RCC
RIVERSIDE (4-14-2015) --Summer Evans (left) and Kristina Carbajal right) combined to throw a two-hit shutout at Riverside City College on Tuesday as Palomar downed the Tigers 3-0 in a non-conference softball game at Brown Field at the Evans Sports Complex.
Evans threw one-hit ball over the first five innings as she upped her record to 19-3. Carbajal came on in relief to notch a save, allowing one hit over the last two innings.
Evans and RCC's Alexis Holman were locked in a scoreless pitching duel through four innings before Brooke Huddleson's two-run single up the middle put the Comets in front in the top of the fifth. Palomar went on to score another run in the seventh on Leah Gordon's sacrifice fly.
Huddleson went 3-for-4 for Palomar, which is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 1 in Southern California. Evans had a double and a sacrifice bunt. Carbajal and Sara Rodriguez each contributed a single.
The Comets (28-3-1) will return to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action on Wednesday at 1 p.m. when they visit Imperial Valley. Palomar already has clinched its 32nd conference championship.
ABOVE: Palomar's Stephanie Koishor singles to drive in a run in the first inning of Saturday's first game. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:Kali Pugh, who slugged her ninth and 10th home runs of the season to drive in all three runs and give the Comets their win in the second game.
State No. 2 Comets, No. 3 Chargers split a pair
SAN MARCOS (4-11-2015) -- State No. 2-ranked Palomar and No. 3 Cypress, the top two teams in Southern California, squared off in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday and traded victories.
The visiting Chargers won the first game 5-2. The Comets won the second game 3-2 as Kali Pugh, the returning state Player of the Year, smashed two home runs, her ninth and 10th of the season.
After the split, Palomar is 27-3-1 on the season. Cypress is 28-8. The Comets and Chargers trail only College of San Mateo from the San Francisco Bay Area, which is unbeaten at 33-0, in the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association poll.
The Comets scored a run in the fourth inning of the second game on Pugh's ninth home run, a shot over the leftfield fence, but trailed 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth.
Summer Evans, who earlier had made a spectacular defensive play in leftfield to prevent Cypress from scoring a run, doubled into rightfield. One out later, Pugh slugged her second HR of the afternoon, a two-run shot over the left-centerfield fence which scored what turned out to be the tying and winning runs.
On hand to witness Pugh's two homers was Phil McSpadden, the coach of NAIA nationally No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City University who on Friday became the winningest four-year college coach of all-time when his Chieftains swept a doubleheader to give him his 1,457th and 1,458th victories. Pugh can't go to an NCAA school and is McSpadden's No. 1 recruit.
The home runs gave Kristina Carbajal the pitching win as Carbajal threw a complete game to advance to 6-0 on the season.
Brooke Huddleson a joined Evans by doubling, while Iesha Hill and Sara Rodriguez singled, rounding out Palomar's hitting in the second game.
In the first game, the Comets went in front in the bottom of the first inning by scoring two runs on four hits.
K.K. Fronda singled and advanced to second on an illegal pitch. Pugh singled, moving Fronda to third, then stole second. Fronda scored on Huddleson's squeeze bunt, and Stephanie Koisher singled to drive in Pugh.
But Palomar managed only one hit the rest of the game off winning pitcher Taylor Pierce, who struck out 10. Evans went the route for Palomar and took the loss and fell to 18-3.
Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh looks the ball into her glove during Friday's game at Southwestern. Pugh raised her batting average to .619, which leads the state, by going 3-for-4 but the Comets saw their 22-game winning streak halted, 7-6. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College
Comets' win streak is snapped at 22 games
CHULA VISTA (4-10-2015) --State No. 2-ranked Palomar, which clinched its 32nd conference softball championship last week, saw its 22-game win streak halted on Friday when Southwestern upset the visiting Comets 7-6 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Kali Pugh, the returning California Community College Player of the Year, went 3-for-4 for the Comets (26-2-1, 15-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) in defeat. She raised her 2015 batting average to .619, which leads the state.
Pugh doubled to drive in K.K. Fronda, aboard on a walk, to give Palomar a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Southwestern went in front 5-1 with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the second.
The Comets pulled to within 5-4 in the top of the third, when Iesha Hill drove in Pugh, aboard on a single, with an RBI grounder to short and after a walk to Sara Rodriguez, Kristina Carbajal doubled into the gap in left-center to drive in two runs.
At that juncture, coach Lacey Craft relieved her starter with her pitching ace, Summer Evans.
Palomar tied the game at 5-5 with a run in the top of the fourth. Fronda and Pugh singled and, after a fielder's choice, Hill drove in the tying run with a single.
The Jaguars took a 6-5 lead with an unearned run off Evans on a throwing error in the sixth. The Comets tied it up again at 6-6 in the top of the seventh as Stephanie Koishor doubled into the left-center gap to score Leah Gordon, who was aboard on a single.
Southwestern (22-14, 9-5), the conference's third-place team, then won it on an RBI single in the last half of the seventh. Evans took the loss and now is 18-2 on the season.
The Comets will host state No. 3-ranked Cypress in a non-conference doubleheader at noon Saturday that could have an enormous impact at the No. 1 Southern California seed in the upcoming playoffs. State No. 1-ranked College of San Mateo is still unbeaten in Northern California and is all but assured of being the top seed out of the North.
ABOVE: From left to right, Palomar second baseman Brooke Huddleson, who took a throw from shortstop Kali Pugh, turns a double play to retire the side in the bottom of the fourth as she relays the ball to first; Huddleson makes a leaping catch for out No. 3 in the fifth inning; Huddleson sets to throw to first after fielding a grounder for the final out of the game in the seventh. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Pugh, who went 3-for-4. BELOW RIGHT: Summer Evans, who pitched a two-hitter
Pugh's bat, Evans' arm propel PC past G-House
EL CAJON (4-08-2015) -- Palomar's 22nd win in a row on Wednesday was accomplished with a familiar script that the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions have used all year long as they've gone 26-1-1 overall, 14-0 in conference.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets combined 2014 State Player of the Year Kali Pugh's hitting and flawless defensive play at shortstop with the dominant pitching of freshman right-hander Summer Evans in delivering yet another beatdown, this one 5-0 over rival Grossmont.
With a lot of help from their friends, Pugh (3-for-4, double, 2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Evans (2-hit complete game to go 18-1 on the year) had their way with the G-House as the Comets completed a three-game sweep of the Griffins in the teams' season series.
With a lot of help from their friends, Pugh (3-for-4, double, 2 singles, 2 RBIs) and Evans (2-hit complete game to go 18-1 on the year) had their way with the G-House as the Comets completed a three-game sweep of the Griffins in the teams' season series.
K.K. Fronda doubled and Pugh drove her in with a double as Palomar went in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning, and the Comets never let up, tacking on two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the seventh.
Iesha Hill doubled to get things rolling in the fourth inning, Kristina Carbajal doubled to drive her in and Stephanie Koisher singled to score Carbajal.
In the seventh inning, Sarah Rodriguez walked, Evans moved her up with a single and Pugh drove her in with a single. Evans came around to score on an error on an overthrow.
Palomar also got some big defensive plays from second baseman Brooke Huddleson.
Palomar will seek its 23rd straight victory on Friday when coach Lacey Craft's club travels to Southwestern for a 3 p.m. conference game, then will host state No. 3-ranked Cypress on Saturday in a non-conference doubleheader that starts at noon. The Comets and Chargers are ranked 1-2 in Southern California.
TOP PHOTO: Palomar catcher Leah Gordon tags out Mt. SAC's Sabrina Canales in Saturday's second game. Center fielder K.K. Fronda threw the ball to shortstop Kali Pugh on the cutoff and Pugh relayed it to Gordon. The state No 2-ranked Comets beat the No. 4 Mounties 4-1. DIRECTLY ABOVE -- K.K. Fronda hits a sacrifice fly to score Kristina Carbajal in the first game, a 5-2 win over Santiago Canyon. Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Summer Evans, who picked up a save and her 17th win in the two games, while banging out three hits. BELOW RIGHT:Brooke Huddleson, who had four hits on the day
PC tops 2 '14 state Final 4 teams; streak at 21
SAN MARCOS (4-04-2015) -- Host Palomar ran its softball win streak to 21 games on Saturday, defeating 2014 state Final Four teams Santiago Canyon 5-2 and Mt. SAC 4-1 in a pair of non-conference games.
In game 1, winning pitcher Kristina Carbejal ran her win-loss record to 5-0 against the Hawks and Summer Evans threw the last 2 2/3 innings, recording her second save of the season.
Evans (left) pitched a complete-game win against the 2014 state runner-up Mounties in game 2, extending her win-loss record to 17-1.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets got multiple-hit performances from Brooke Huddleson (right, 4 hits), Kali Pugh (4 hits), K.K. Fronda (3 hits), Iesha Hill (3 hits) and Evans (3 hits) during the course of the afternoon.
Palomar, which clinched the undisputed PCAC championship by beating Mt. San Jacinto on Friday (see article at left), jumped out in front of Santiago Canyon 1-0 in the first inning of Saturday's first game. Kali Pugh walked, advanced to third on Huddleson's single and scord on a passed ball.
The Comets added two runs in the second inning on Pugh's two-run single that drove in Evans and Fronda, who were aboard on back-to-back hits. They tacked on solo runs in the third and sixth innings, the first on a three-base throwing error and the second one on an error, a sacrifice bunt by Stephanie Koshier, Evans' single and K.K. Fronda's sacrifice fly to leftfield.
Against state No. 4-ranked Mt. SAC, Palomar broke a scoreless tie by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third on Evans' single, Fronda's fielder's choice, a single by Pugh, a passed ball and Huddleson's home run to left.
Fronda singled to right center to drive in Koisher, aboard on a bunt single, in the fourth inning.
Coach Lacey Craft's club goes on the road to play Grossmont on Wednesday and Southwestern Friday in a pair of PCAC games. The Comets will host state third-ranked Cypress in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday at noon.
21st win in row equals inevitable outright title
SAN MARCOS (4-03-2015) --Palomar's softball team, which clinched at least a title tie two days earlier, put a wrap on the inevitable on Friday.
The Comets, who have won 32 conference titles, made the latest championship undisputed as they defeated visiting Mt. San Jacinto 7-1.
They started the game off with a solo home run by K.K. Fronda (left) over the rightfield fence in the bottom of the first inning and continued on their 21st straight win.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets are 23-1-1 on the regular season with 12 games remaining, beginning Saturday with home non-conference games vs. Santiago Canyon at 11 a.m. and Mt. SAC at 3 p.m., sandwiched around a Santiago Canyon-Mt. SAC matchup at 1 o'clock.
In the PCAC, Palomar moved to 14-0 to lead the pack by five games in the loss column with only four games remaining.
Kali Pugh (3-for-4 with an RBI) and Summer Evans (3-for-3, RBI) paced a 13-hit attack against the Eagles. Fronda went 1-for-2 with the home run, a sacrifice fly, a walk and two RBIs, and Iesha Hill (right) doubled off the top of the fence in dead centerfield in the fourth inning.
Winning pitcher Kristina Carbajal contributed a single and an RBI. Sara Rodriguez, Leah Gordon and, Brooke Huddleson added on single each.
Carbajal went the distance to run her pitching record to 4-0, scattering eight hits.
The Comets pulled off a bizarre triple play in the top of the fourth inning on a play in which they allowed a run to score but got three outs as they took advantage of some bad baserunning by the Eagles.
TOP PHOTO: Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh, last week's Southern California community college Player of the Week, steps on second and relays the ball to first to turn a double play in 5-0 win over Mesa on Wednesday. No. 4 in the background is second baseman Brooke Huddleson. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Summer Evans, who ran her record to 16-1 with a three-hitter, delivers the final pitch of the game, a strikeout, in the top of the seventh inning. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
PC clinches at least tie for 32nd conference title
SAN MARCOS (4-01-2015) --Wednesday was just another day at the office for the Palomar softball team.
The Comets, ranked first in Southern California and second in the state, defeated second-place San Diego Mesa -- again -- by a 5-0 score in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game. They swept their season series from the Olympians 3 games to 0 by a combined 19-2 score.
Coach Lacey Craft's club clinched no worse than a tie for its 32nd conference championship in the program's 38-year history.
Along the way, the Comets ran their season's record to 22-1-1 with their 19th straight victory. They're 13-0 in conference play with five PCAC games remaining.
Shortstop Kalie Pugh, last week's Southern California Player of the Week, and second baseman Brooke Huddleson put on a defensive clinic behind Summer Evens, the winning pitcher.
Evans threw a three-hitter and ran her win-loss record to 16-1.
At the plate, Palomar jumped out to a 2-0 lead, made it 5-0 after two innings and cruised the rest of the way.
K.K. Fronda doubled to lead off the game, and Pugh tripled to drive her in. Huddleson followed with an RBI single.
The Comets added their three second-inning runs when Sara Rodriguez doubled, Kristina Carbajal moved her up with a sacrifice bunt, Maci Lerno doubled to drive in a run and Stephanie Koishor followed with a two-run home run.
Fronda and Rodriguez each went 2-for-3 with a double and a single.
ABOVE: Palomar's softball team stands at attention during the national anthem on Saturday. Once they took the field to begin the game, the Comets run-ruled San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW:Summer Evans, who pitched two-hit ball for four innings to run her record to 15-1
PC keeps run-rule wins coming, blanks City
SAN MARCOS (3-27-2015) --Palomar's state No. 2-ranked softball team got a combined shutout from Summer Evans and Kristina Carbajal on Friday, and the Comets' hitters again had their way with opposing pitchers in another run-rule victory.
The Comets pounded visiting San Diego City College 10-0 for their 18th straight victory. They're 21-1-1 on the season and are 12-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Evans pitched two-hit ball over the first four innings, striking out nine and walking one as she advanced to 15-1 on the season. Palomar scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth to set up the mercy rule after Carbajal blanked the Knights in the top of the fifth.
Sara Rodriguez went 2-for-3 for the Comets with her second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second inning, and an RBI double. K.K. Fronda (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs) and Maci Lerno (2-for-2) also had multiple-hit performances.
Palomar grabbed control of the game early, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first when Fronda doubled, Brooke Huddleson walked, Fronda scored on a wild pitch and Iesha Hill, Rodriguez and Carbajal followed with three straight RBI hits. Hill and Rodriguez doubled. Carbajal singled.
Leading 5-0 after Rodriguez' HR in the second inning, the Comets added their five runs in the fourth with Lerno's single, Fronda's two-run double and Leah Gordon's run-scoring single supplying the punch and City adding to its own demise with errors in the inning.
TOP PHOTO: Brooke Huddleson triples in the first inning to help ignite Palomar's 9-1, run-rule softball victory over visiting Imperial Valley on Thursday. DIRECTLY ABOVE:Kali Pugh gets high five from coach Lacey Craft as she rounds third base on her eighth home run of the season. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Comets run-rule Arabs; Pugh is 10-for-last 11
SAN MARCOS (3-26-2015) --Returning state Player of the Year and first-team National Fastpitch Coaches Association Player of the Year Kali Pugh is 10-for-11 in her last three games after she went 3-for-3, slugged her eighth home run of the year, tripled, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs Thursday against Imperial Valley.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets run-ruled the visiting Arabs 9-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game as they upped their record to 20-1-1, 11-0 in the PCAC.
Summer Evans (14-1) threw one-hit ball over the first four innings, allowing a single unearned run, to notch the pitching victory. Kristina Carbajal came on in the fifth and final inning to retire the Arabs without a hit.
Palomar banged out 14 hits. Leadoff hitter K.K. Fronda (2-for-4, triple, 3 runs scored), Brooke Huddleson (2-for-3, triple, double, RBI), Stephanie Koishor (2-for-3, RBI) and Maci Lerno (2-for-3, 2 runs scored) also had multiple hits behind Evans.
Iesha Hill, Sara Rodriguez and Carbajal each added a single.
Palomar will host San Diego City College at 3 p.m. Friday.
Comets still are ranked No. 2 in state poll
GLENDORA (3-25-2015) --Palomar remains No. 2 in the state rankings compiled by the California Community College Softball Coaches Association.
College of San Mateo (29-0) retains its No. 1 ranking, followed in the Top Five by the No. 2 Comets (19-1-1) and No. 3 Cypress (19-4).
STATE SOFTBALL POLL
2. Palomar (19-1-1)
3. Cypress (19-4))
4. Tie) Mt. SAC (23-4)
4. (Tie) Canyons (16-4-1))
6. (Tie) Sierra (23-4)
6. (Tie) Consumnes River (17-7-1)
9. West Valley (20-4)
10. Sacramento City College (17-7)
Comets' Pugh receives conference honor
SAN DIEGO (3-23-2015) --Palomar College softball player Kali Pugh has been honored by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference as Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports for the week of March 16-22.
Pugh, the Comets' sophomore shortstop from Rancho Buena Vista High School and returning PCAC Player of the Year, State Player of the Year and National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-American, was 7-for-8 in two games. Her state No. 2-ranked team won twice as it advanced to 19-1-1 with its 15th and 16th straight wins.
Pugh went 4-for-4 with a home run, triple, four RBIs and four runs scored in an 18-4 rule-rule win over Southwestern.
She also was 3-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored as the Comets avengred their only loss with a 7-1 road win over Santa Ana.
Pugh is hitting .552 with a 1.042 slugging percentage.
Comets avenge only loss, pound Santa Ana
SANTA ANA (3-19-2015) -- Summer Evans (left) pitched a complete-game two-hitter, Kali Pugh went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs and Iesha Hill (right) went 2-for-4 with a home run, triple and three RBIs Thursday as visiting Palomar avenged its only softball loss of 2015.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets put a 7-1 hurt on Santa Ana at the Santa Ana College Softball Complex in a battle of conference leaders for their 16th straight win. Palomar leads the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference while Santa Ana is tied for first place in the Orange Empire Conference with Cypress.
The Comets (19-1-1) not only avenged their only 2015 loss, a 4-0 defeat against the Dons on Feb. 6 on a neutral field at Citrus College, they got double satisfaction by beating the team that eliminated them from the post season a year ago. The Dons ended the Palomar's 2014 season with a run-rule victory over the then-defending California state champions in the Palomar Super Regional last May 10.
The Comets jumped in front 1-0 in the top of the first Thursday when Pugh doubled to rightfield with one out, went to third on an illegal pitch and scored on Brooke Huddleson's squeeze bunt. Hill then tripled to right, driving in Huddleson to make it 2-0 after one inning.
Palomar pushed three runs across the plate in the second inning, making it 5-0, and the rout was on. Kristina Carbajal singled up the middle to lead off the inning. Stephanie Koisher walked. Evans, who helped her own cause by going 3-for-3, beat out a bunt single to load the bases. After Carbajal was out at home on K.K. Fronda's fielder's choice, Pugh singled to right center, driving in Evans and Koisher. Hill scored Fronda with an RBI fielder's choice.
That was enough to drive Santa Ana starter Victoria Franks, a 13-game winner, from the pitchers' circle. The Comets then added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings off reliever Kirstin Gutierrez.
Fronda and Sara Rodriguez also had singles for the Comets, rounding out a 12-hit attack behind Evans (13-1), who had a no-hitter through four innings and allowed only a single in the fifth inning and a single in the seventh.
ABOVE: Iesha Hill drives the ball in Palomar's 18-4 win over Southwestern. -- Photo by Stephen Davis. BELOW LEFT: Kali Pugh. BELOW RIGHT: Leah Gordon. Pugh, Gordon and K.K. Fronda went 11-for-11 between them and drove in 13 runs
Pugh, Gordon a combined 8-for-8 and 10 RBIs
SAN MARCOS (3-18-2015) -- Shortstop Kali Pugh and catcher Leah Gordon combined to go 8-for-8 with 10 RBIs on Wednesday as state No. 2-ranked Palomar had its way with visiting Southwestern 18-4.
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game was halted by mercy rule after 4 1/2 innings.
Coach Lacey Craft's Comets ran their current win streak to 15 games, their season's record to 18-1-1 and their conference record to 10-0.
Pugh went 4-for-4 with her seventh home run, a triple, four RBIs and four runs scored. Gordon was -for-4 with a double. Centerfielder K.K. Fronda also had a perfect day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a triple, double, walk, three RBIs and four runs scored. That made Palomar's three hit leaders for the day 11-for-11 with 13 RBIs.
Pugh, a sophomore from Rancho Buena Vista High School who is a returning National Fastpitch Coaches Association first-team All-American, raised her batting average to .544.
In all, the Comets pounded out 17 hits behind winning pitcher Summer Evans, who worked the entire five innings. Evans ran her win-loss record to 12-1.
Palomar's other hits came courtesy of Brooks Huddleson who was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Kristina Carbajal who was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Sara Rodriguez (double, sacrifice fly, three RBIs) and Evans, who also had a double.
Gordon, who had singled and advanced to second on a throw home, scored all the way from second base on Rodriguez' sacrifice fly.
Cerritos game postponed; will be made up
SAN MARCOS (3-14-2015) --Palomar's schduled non-conference softball game against Cerritos was cancelled Saturday by request of the Falcons.
The game will be replayed at a later date in the season to be determined later, Palomar Athletic Director Scott Cathcart said.
Palomar's Kali Pugh slides in at second base in the second Friday vs. Grossmont, dislodging the ball with a double. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
PC wins via run-rule on Fronda's walk-off HR
SAN MARCOS (3-13-2015) -- K.K. Fronda's walk-off two-run home run over the rightfield fence i the bottom of the fifth inning ended the game by run-rule Friday as Palomar downed visiting Grossmont 11-2 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game.
The state No. 2-ranked Comets (17-1-1, 9-0) banged out 15 hits off two Grossmont pitchers in support of starter and winner Summer Evans. Evans advanced to 11-1, shutting out the Griffins over the first four innings. Kristina Carbajal came on in relief to begin the top of the fifth.
Fronda led Palomar at the plate, going 3-for-4. She also had a triple and finished with four RBIs and two runs scored.
Stephanie Koisher (2-for-2, 2 doubles, one walk), Leah Gordon (2-for-3, 3 RBIs, 1 run scored), Brooke Huddleson (2-for-3, 2 runs scored, stolen base) and Evans (2-for-2, sacrifice bunt, 1 run scored) also had multiple-hit performances for the Comets.
Kali Pugh, Iesha Hill and Sara Rodriguez each doubled, drove in a run and scored a run. Carbajal had a single, a sacrifice fly, an RBIU and a run scored.
Palomar will host Cerritos in a non-confernce game on Saturday at 1 p.m.
TOP PHOTO: Palomar shortstop Kali Pugh catches throw from catcher Leah Gordon to tag out Mt. San Jacinto's Nicole Stressling attempting to steal in the third inning on Wednesday. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Kristina Carbejal, who threw a one-hitter, delivers a pitch. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Brooke Huddleson, who tripled to drive in the game's first run in the bottom of the first and went 3-for-4 for the day
Carbejal's one-hitter shoots down the Eagles
SAN MARCOS (3/11/2015) -- State No. 2-ranked Palomar banged out 15 hits Wednesday in support of Kristina Carbajal, who pitched a one-hitter to beat visiting Mt. San Jacinto 8-0.
Stephanie Koisher finished off the Eagles in the run-rule game with a bases-loaded single to rightfield with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Brooke Huddleson got the Comets rolling right out of the chute when she tripled to drive in the game's first run in the first inning, then wound up going 3-for-4 with singles in the second and fourth innings.
Palomar jumped in front 3-0 in the first inning and never looked back as in upped its record to 16-1-1 on the season and 8-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The inning quickly cooled off a Mt. San Jacinto team that was coming off a doublehead sweep over Santa Monica 14-2 and 9-1 Saturday as PCAC Co-Athlete of the Week Nicole Stressling went 9-for-9 for the day.
Stressling singled with one out in the third inning for the Eagles' only hit Wednesday. Catcher Leah Gordon then gunned her down trying to steal second.
Iesha Hill and Summer Evans each went 2-for-2 for the Comets, while Stephanie Koisher went 2-for-3. Hill slugged her third home run of the season over the leftfield fence in the fourth inning, then singled just past first base in the sixth. She also walked twice.
Evans and Koisher each singled twice. Sara Rodriguez singled to drive in a run. Gordon also had a single. Carbajal (3-0), who had her best pitching performance of the season, struck out six.
Comets move to No. 2 in state coaches' poll
SACRAMENTO (3-10-2015) --Coach Lacey Craft's Palomar softball team has moved up to No. 2 in the state in the California Community College Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association poll.
The Comets (15-1-1) who host Mt. San Jacinto in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Wednesday at 3 p.m., trail only No. 1-ranked College of San Mateo (22-0).
Cypress (15-3) is ranked No. 3, Mt. SAC (15-4) is No. 4, Sierra (16-3) is No. 5, Cabrillo (16-5) is No. 6, College of the Canyons (10-2-1) and Citrus (10-4) are tied for No. 7, and West Valley (15-3) and Saddleback (10-4) are tied for No. 9.
In the Southern California rankings, Palomar, Cypress and Mt. SAC are 1-2-3.
Evans throws 1-hitter; win streak reaches 12
SAN DIEGO (3-06-2015) --Depending on one's generation, countless people have fond memories of the old runaway Jerry Keller top-of-the-charts gold-record hit song Here Comes Summer.
But fond memories from an unfortunate enounter San Diego Mesa's softball team had with Summer on Friday? Not so much. Maybe some nightmares, but no fond memories.
Palomar pitcher Summer Evans (left) ran her win-loss record to 11-1 with an intimidating performance against the Olympians as the state No. 4-ranked Comets won 4-0.
Evans stifled the Olympians' bats with a one-hitter, striking out six. And, after Mesa's leadoff batter bunted for a base hit in the bottom of the first inning, the Olympians never got as much as a smell at the plate again.
The Comets (15-1-1, 7-0 to lead the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference by two games) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Stephanie Koishor walked, Sara Rodriguez (above right) singled to left and Evans' sacrifice bunt advanced the two runners to second and third. Fronda's squeeze bunt drove in Koishor.
In the top of the fourth, Iesha Hill and Leah Gordon hit back-to-back singles. The Mesa pitcher tried to get Hill at third on Kristina Carbajal's bunt, the the throw was late and the Comets had the bases loaded. Rodriguez then tripled into the right-centerfield gap, scoring all three runners and making the score 4-0.
Rodriguez led Palomar's seven-hit attack as she went 2-for-3 with thre RBIs. Koisher doubled and both Brooke Huddleson and K.K. Fronda singled.
The Olympians, who could have squeezed into a tie for first place with a win, are 9-8 on the season, 5-2 in conference and have dropped into a tie for second with Grossmont. The Comets, meanwhile, clinched their season series with Mesa, following a 10-2, run-rule victory over the Olympians on Feb. 11, by beating them for the second time. They'll play each other once more, on April 1 at Palomar.
April Fools Day. And, here again, will come Summer.
ABOVE: Palomar second baseman Brooke Huddleson tracks the ball as she covers first base on a bunt in Wednesday's game. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Iesha Hill, who went 2-for-3. BELOW RIGHT: Sara Rodriguez, who slugged her first community college home run
Palomar's 11th win in row a 1st-run knockout
SAN MARCOS (3-04-2015) --Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference matchup with visiting San Diego City College on Wednesday was basically over af`ter one inning.
Lacey Craft's Comets scored nine runs in the bottom of the first and went on to run-rule the Knights 12-0 in 4 1/2 innings for their 11th win in a row.
The PCAC leaders, ranked No. 4 in the state, have outscored their opponents 102 runs to 19 during the 11-game streak, advancing to 14-1-1, 6-0 in conference play.
Brooke Huddleson and Iesha Hill each doubled and singled in support of winner Summer Evans, who allowed one hit in four innings to push her win-loss record to 10-1. Kristina Carbajal came on to pitch the top of the fifth, retiring the Knights in order with two strikeouts.
Huddleson, who droe in two runs, and Hill both were 2-for-3. K.K. Fronda collected three RBIs with a bases-loaded walk and a two-run double and also scored two runs.
Sara Rodriguez blasted her first community college home run over the leftfield fence and also scored two runs. Maci Lerno went 1-for-2 and scored two runs. Stephanie Koishor added the Comets' other hit.
ABOVE: Palomar's Leah Gordon gets a picture-perfect suicide squeeze bunt down to score Stephanie Koisher (No. 13). The bunt went for a single. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: K.K. Fronda (left) and Kali Pugh (right), who both homered and combined for eight RBIs
Fronda, Pugh homer; PC runs win streak to 10
SAN MARCOS (2-27-2015) --K.K. Fronda and Kali Pugh drove in a combined eight runs on Friday as Palomar ran its softball win streak to 10 games with an 11-2 non-conference victory over visiting Long Beach City College.
Fronda slugged her first home run of the season, a three-run shot, doubled and drove in five runs. Pugh's sixth homer of the year, a walk-off shot, ended the game by mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Fronda finished 2-for-4. Pugh was 2-for-3. She also walked and stole a base. And Leah Gordon went 2-for-2, scored three runs and drove in three runs -- one on a suicide squeeze bunt that went for a single.
Stephanie Koisher, who had a fielder's choice and walked twice, also scored three runs for the Comets. Nani Leonui singled and stole two bases. Brooke Huddleson had a single.
Summer Evans pitched the first 4 2/3 innings to notch the win as she advanced to 9-1 on the year. Kristina Carbajal came on to record the final out in the top of the fifth. Evans helped her own cause with a bunt single and a steal.
Palomar is 13-1-1 on the season. The first-place Comets will return to Pacific Coast Athletic Conference action on Wednesday when they host San Diego City College at 3 p.m.
Evans, Lerno throw perfect game; streak at 9
IMPERIAL (2-25-2015) --State No. 4-ranked Palomar's ninth consecutive softball victory Wednesday afternoon over host Imperial Valley went, well, perfectly.
Coach Lacey Craft's Comets won 9-0. They ran their record to 5-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and 12-1-1 on the season as freshman right-handers Summer Evans (left) and Maci Lerno (right) combined to pitch a perfect game.
Palomar, which moved up to fourth from sixth in the California Community College Softball Coaches Association poll earlier in the day, ran its winning streak to nine games with the victory. The game was called after five innings due to the eight-run "mercy" rule.
Evans retired 12 straight batters over the first four innings as she ran her win-loss record to 8-1. Lerno set down the Arabs 1-2-3 in the fifth inning to complete the perfect game.
K.K. Fronda (3-for-3, double, sacrifice fly, RBI, 2 stolen bases) and returning state Player of the Year Kali Pugh (3-for-4, triple, 2 RBIs) were the big hitters in Palomar's 12-hit attack. Leah Gordon went 2-for-3. Iesha Hill tripled and drove in 2 runs. Brooke Huddleson and Kristina Carbajal each contributed a single, sac fly and RBI. Stephanie Koishor added a single.
The Comets trail only No. 1 College of San Mateo (16-0), No. 2 Sierra (10-1) and Mt. SAC (11-2) in the state poll. In the Southern California poll, Palomar is ranked No. 2, behind Mt. SAC.
ABOVE: Palomar's Stephanie Koishor races back to the dugout after scoring a run for the Comets in victory over El Camino. -- Photo by Philip Farry. BELOW LEFT: Pitcher Kristina Carbajal. BELOW RIGHT: K.K. Fronda, who went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs
Comets take break from PCAC with another win
SAN MARCOS (2-21-2015) -- Palomar took a break from its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball schedule by hosting El Camino in a non-conference game Saturday and you couldn't tell the difference by the result.
The Comets, as they have done in conference where they've gotten off to a 4-0 start, won going away, turning back the Warriors 8-3.
Kristina Carbajal pitched a complete game and helped her own cause with a two-run home run. K.K. Fronda went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Kali Pugh went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and RBI. Iesha Hill was 2-for-4 with an RBI. And Stephanie Koishor went 2-for-4 with a double.
Brooke Huddleson had a double with one RBI. Leah Gordon, Summer Evans and Anjelea Stewart also hit safely.
Palomar turned three double plays in back of Carbajal. Summers, playing rightfield, made a running catch of a ball hit deep in the rightfield corner with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh inning to ice the victory.
Palomar moved to 11-1-1 on the season with its eighth straight win. El Camino is 10-5.
Evans' 7th win, Pugh's & Hill's homers lift PC
CHULA VISTA (2-20-2015) --Pitcher Summer Evans (left) threw a four-hitter and Kali Pugh (right) and Iesha Hill both slugged home runs as Palomar won 10-2 at Southwestern on Friday, handing the Jaguars their first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference loss of the season.
Evans advanced to 7-1 on the season. Pugh's homer was her fifth of the season, while Hill's was her second.
Pugh went 3-for-3 with the home run and a triple, a hit-by-pitch, a stolen base and two RBIs. Hill was 2-for-3 with her homer, a double, a walk and three RBIs' K.K. Fronda (2-for-3, triple, walk, 2 RBIs) and Maci Lerno (2-for-4) also had multiple hits as the Comets (10-1-1, 4-0) banged out 12 hits.
Palomar jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top half of the first inning. Fronda walked. Pugh tripled, driving in Fronda. Brooke Huddleson walked, and Hill slugged a three-run homer over the center field fence.
The Comets then tacked on six more runs in the sixth inning to win by run-rule.
Huddleson, Leah Gordon and Nani Leonui added singles for Palomar.
Pugh goes 3-for-4 with homer as Comets win
EL CAJON (2-18-2015) --Palomar took care of one contender in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball race on Wednesday and will attempt to take care of another one on Friday.
Coach Lacey Craft's Comets defeated Grossmont College in Wednesday's game 5-3, breaking an early 1-1 tie with one run each in the second and third innings and two more in the fourth as they went on top 5-1.
Kali Pugh (left) led Palomar at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.
Iesha Hill (right) and Stephanie Koishor both doubled. Kristina Carbajal singled to drive in a run. K.K. Fronda, Brooke Huddleson and Maci Lerno also hit safely.
Summer Evans pitched a complete-game five-hitter to run her win-loss record to 6-1.
Palomar (9-1-1, 3-0 in conference) will visit Southwestern, which is off to a 2-0 start in the PCAC, on Friday at 3 p.m. on the Jaguars' field.
Summer Evans delivers a pitch in last Wednesday's 10-1 victory over San Diego Mesa. Evans notched three pitching wins last week as Palomar won three times to go to 8-1-1 on the season and 2-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.-- Photo by Hugh Cox
Palomar's Evans is PCAC Athlete of the Week
SAN MARCOS (2-16-2015) --Palomar softball pitcher Summer Evans has been named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports for Feb. 9-15.
Evans, a freshman right-hander out of Escondido High School, recorded three wins to advance to 5-1 on the year as the four-time state champion and 31-time conference champion Comets went 3-0 for the week.
Evans, who has an ERA of 0.60 over 35 innings to begin the season, pitched a seven-inning complete game as the Comets won 11-1 on the road over Saddleback to hand the Gauchos their first loss of the year after five straight wins.
Evans then began PCAC play by defeating San Diego Mesa 10-2 in a six-inning run-rule game.
She also threw three innings of shutout ball in relief to pick up her third win of the week as Palomar rallied to defeat Mt. San Jacinto 7-4 on the road, upping its season's record to 8-1-1.
Comets off to 2-0 start in PCAC; Evans is 5-1
MENIFEE (2-13-2015) --Perennial champion Palomar is off to a 2-0 start in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball after beating Mt. San Jacinto 7-4 on the road Friday.
The Comets fell behind 4-1 after four innings then scored five runs in the fifth and one more of the seventh as Summer Evans (left) came on to shut out the Eagles over the last three innings to run her win-loss record to 5-1.
Iesha Hill's two-run triple broke the game open in the fifth.
Palomar is 8-1-1 overall.
Stephanie Koishor (right, 3-for-4, double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs), Brooke Huddleson (3-for-4), Kali Pugh (2-for-4) and Maci Lerno (2-for-4) had multiple hits as the Comets banged out 13 hits.
K.K. Fronda had Palomar's other hit, a single.
TOP PHOTO: Kali Pugh doubles to drive in two runs in Palomar's 10-2 run-rule victory over visiting San Diego Mesa to open the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season on Wednesday. DIRECTLY ABOVE: K.K. Fronda (No. 11) greets Stepahnie Koisher as she touches home plate with what appeared to be a three-run, walk-off, inside-the-park home run in the sixth inning. The umpires never killed the play, which appeared to give the Comets the run-rule win by 12-2. But the HR was changed to a single and the final score reverted to 10-2 because the run rule kicked in when the first run crossed the plate. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Koishor dusts Mesa; PC rolls in PCAC opener
SAN MARCOS (2-11-2015) -- Palomar's Stephanie Koishor banged a three-run, walk-off, inside-the-park home run into the rightfield corner in the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday. It put the Comets over the top as they run-ruled visiting San Diego Mesa 10-2 to open the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball season.
The final score originally appeared to be 12-2, but the homer later was changed to an RBI single as the run-rule kicked in after the first run scored.
The Comets (7-1-1), playing their home opener after eight straight games on the road, led 9-2, one run short run-ruling the Olympians, when Koishor stepped to the plate.
Summer Evans (4-1) who took a shutout into the top of the sixth, struck out six batters in six innings in recording her second pitching win in two days. On Wednesday, she handed Saddleback its first loss of 2014 with another complete game.
Kali Pugh (2-for-3, 2 doubles, walk, 2 RBIs), K.K. Fronda (2-for-4), Maci Lerno (2-for-2, RBI, 2 runs scored) and Sara Rodriguez (2-for-4, RBI) all had multiple hits for coach Lacey Craft's club. Nani Hill singled and walked twice.
Pugh goes 4-for-5; Comets snap Gaucho streak
MISSION VIEJO (2-10-2015) -- After starting the year 5-0, Saddleback's saw its season-opening run come to a screeching halt on Tuesday.
Visiting Palomar, warming up for Wednesday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference and home opener against San Diego Mesa coming up in less than 24 hours, struck for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning to rout the Gauchos 11-1 in the team's non-conference matchup.
Kalie Pugh (above left) slugged a three-run home run to highlight the seventh-inning outburst, had two hits in the inning and finished the afternoon 4-for-5 with the home run, a double and two singles.
Brooke Huddleson, who was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored, homered to lead off the seventh and tacked on a single later in the inning. She and Hill each drove in two runs in the inning, the latter with a double and a single. Nani Leonui and Sara Rodriguez also hit safely in the inning.
Leah Gordon had two RBIs. Maci Lerno and Rodriguez also drove in runs.
Summer Evans (above right) pitched the complete-game win, scattering six hits to advance to 3-0 on the season. Palomar is 6-1-1.
The Gauchos were coming off four decisive wins from Friday through Monday, 17-3 over Sacramento City College, 8-0 over Imperial Valley, 4-0 over San Diego Mesa and 16-0 over Los Angeles Valley.
The Mesa at Palomar game on Wednesday is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.
Comets sweep COD; Lerno throws a shutout
PALM DESERT (2-07-2015) --Palomar swept a non-conference softball doubleheader from College of the Desert on Saturday on the Roadrunners' field, winning 10-0 and 9-1.
Maci Lerno (left) pitched a 10-0, five-inning shutout in the opener for the Comets.
Brooke Huddleson went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs for the Comets. She also reached base as a hit batter.
Kali Pugh (right) was 3-for-4, scored four runs and drove in a run.
K.K. Fronda and Iesha Hill each was 2-for-4.
In the second game, which also went only five innings, Pugh went 2-for-3 with a home run, double, walk and four RBIs in support of winning pitcher Summer Evans. Fronda was 2-for-4 and scored twice.
Huddleson went 2-for-3 with a double and had an RBI and two runs scored. Hill was 2-for-3. Sara Rodriguez doubled and drove in two runs. Stephanie Koishor had a doubl and Leah Godon singled.
Palomar pounded out 22 hits, 11 in each game.
The Comets are 5-1-1 on the season.
Palomar defeats Citrus but falls to Santa Ana
GLENDORA (2-06-2015) --Palomar split a pair of non-conference softball games on Friday at Citrus College's field.
The Comets defeated Citrus 8-4 and lost to Santa Ana 4-0.
Nani Leoni (left) went 3-for-3 with an RBI and Leah Gordon went 2-for-2 in the win over the Owls. Maci Lerno recorded the pitching victory.
Brooke Huddleson (right) was 2-for-3 vs. Santa Ana. The Comets managed only four hits.
Palomar was scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday against College of the Desert in Palm Desert.
Huddleson, Evans come up big; PC gets win, tie
GLENDALE (1-29-2015) --The Palomar softball team tied Antelope Valley 6-6 in a 1-hour, 40-minute time limit game Friday and came back later in the day to defeat Glendale College 6-0.
Brooke Huddleson (left) went 4-for-7 with two doubles and three RBIs for the day to lead the Comets (2-0-1 to open the season)
Kristina Carbajal went 3-for-4 with two doubles and Kali Pugh went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a steal in the Antelope Valley game. The Comets banged out 10 hits in only six innings.
The win over Glendale also was halted by the 1-hour, 40-minute time limit after only five innings, with Palomar banging out seven more hits for a total of 17 for the day.
Summer Evans (right) pitched a shutout to notch the win. She helped her own cause by doubling to drive in two runs in the second inning. Huddleson went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and two RBIs. Hill tripled, walked and scored two runs.
Palomar rallies to win 2014 season opener 5-3
FULLERTON (1-28-2015) --Palomar's softball team came from behind to score three runs in the top of the seventh inning and notch a 5-3 non-conference victory over host Fullerton to begin the community college softball season on Thursday.
The Comets knocked out four hits in the inning, a double by Summer Evans, singles by K.K. Fronda and and Kali Pugh and a double by Maci Lerno.
Iesha Hill (left), a freshman from Carlsbad High School, hit a solo home run with two out in the top of the first inning to put Palomar on top 1-0. The Hornets battled back to take a 3-1 lead before the Comets pulled to within a run in the fifth inning on a walk to Fonda and singles by Hill and Brooke Huddleson. That set the stage for the Comets to win it in the top of the seventh.
Kristina Carbajal (right) came on to begin the fifth inning and pitched three scoreless innings to pick up the win in relief for Palomar. Lerno had thrown two-hit ball over the first four innings.
For the game, Hill, Lerno, Fronda and Pugh each had two hits to lead the Comets' 10-hit attack.
2015 Softball Schedule, Results
Head Coach: Lacey Craft (5th year as head coach)
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