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DESLAURIES, TURMAN SHARE PCAC WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF WEEK HONORS

SAN DIEGO (5-16-2017) -- Palomar College softball players Crystal DesLauries and Madisyn Turman have been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athletes of the Week for May 8-14.

DesLauries, the Comets’ freshman right-hander from Mission Hills High School who is the PCAC Pitcher of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, threw a complete-game three-hitter against unbeaten Cypress as the Comets gave the Chargers a huge scare in the Cypress Super Regional before losing 3-2 in nine innings.

DesLauries also pitched a complete-game 4-3 victory over defending state champion Santiago Canyon and slugged two home runs, driving in three runs, as the Comets beat Santiago Canyon again 8-7 later in the Super Regional. She also singled as Palomar fell just short of a trip to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four when Cypress downed Comets in the championship game to advance to 45-0 on the season.

DeLauries compiled a 24-7 win-loss record for the year, striking out 187 batters in 186 2/3 innings. She also hit .324 with seven doubles, a triple and four home runs as Palomar went 30-13 on the year and 16-0 in the PCAC in winning its sixth straight conference title and the 34th championship in program history.

Turman, a sophomore designated player/utility player from Clovis North High School and a transfer from Cal State San Marcos, went 8-for-14 in the Super Regional, going 3-for-3 vs. Santiago Canyon, 1-for 3 with a walk in the 3-2 loss to Cypress, 2-for-4 with a double in the rematch with Santiago Canyon and 2-for-4 in the championship game against the Chargers.

She was the leading Palomar hitter on the season with a .490 average.

CYPRESS IS 44-0 AFTER BEATING COMETS IN 9 INNINGS 3-2

CYPRESS (5-13-2017) -- Cypress College advanced to 44 wins and 0 losses for the 2017 softball season on Saturday, but not without a huge scare from Palomar in the winners' bracket of the double-elimination Cypress Super Regional.

Crystal DesLauriers threw a three-hitter at the Chargers, who scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning to hand the Comets a 3-2 loss.

Palomar (29-12) had opened Super Regional play on Friday by beating defending state community college champion Santiago Canyon 4-3. The Comets will play an elimination game later Saturday afternoon against the winner of a losers' bracket game between College of the Canyons and Santiago Canyon.

In Saturday morning's game, the Comets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Chargers went in front 2-1 in the top of the third and Palomar came back to tie the game in the sixth inning.

For Palomar, Mo Lopez went 2-for-4 with a double. Tiare Paopao had an RBI single, and Sarah Rodriguez contributed a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the ninth but was left stranded. Bailey Romano, Madisyn Turmanand Dionne Macias each had a single.

DesLauriers continually pitched her way out of trouble that consisted of walks and hit batters.

PALOMAR SPLITS 2 GAMES WITH VISITING CANYONS

SAN MARCOS (4-22-2017) -- Palomar, which won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship with a victory on Friday over San Diego Mesa, returned to its home field Saturday and split a non-confence doubleheader with College of the Canyons.

The Comets scored seven runs in the second inning to beat the Cougars 13-4 in a 5-inning run-rule game. Canyons came back to win the second game 9-5.

In the first-game victory, Brie Dunckel went 3-for-4 for Palomar, driving in a run and stealing 2 bases. Bailey Romano went 2-for-4, doubled and had 4 RBIs. Dionne Macias was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBIs. And Madisyn Turman went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs.

Taylor Willis contributed a 2-run home run. Mo Lopez singled and drove in 2 runs. Marisa Herrera singled and stole 2 bases. Brooke Hanava and Lexi Williams each added a single.

Winnng pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (1905) scattered 6 hits.

Macias went 3-for-4, doubled and drove in a run in the second-game loss. Turman also went 3-for-4, driving in 3 runs.

Dunckel tripled and had an RBI and her 27th steal of the season. Lopez doubled and drove in a run. Romano and DesLauriers each added a single, rounding out a 10-hit attack.

Palomar  is 25-11, while Canyons fell to 28-10-1. The Comets will close out the regular season on Tuesday at 3 p.m. when they play a PCAC game at Mt. San Jacinto.

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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2017 Season ...

Palomar alum and ex-California Community College Player of the Year Kali Pugh was named 2017 NAIA National Softball Player of the Year after leading Oklahoma City University to the NAIA World Series title. It was the second straight national championship for both the Stars and Pugh, a two-time first-team NAIA All-American at shortstop. -- Oklahoma City University Photo

NAIA National Player of Yr Pugh leads Stars to national title

CLERMONT, Florida (6-03-2017) -- For the second straight season, former Palomar softball standout Kali Pugh has received NAIA first-team All-American recognition after helping lead Oklahoma City University to the NAIA Fast-Pitch Softball National Championship.

This time, Pugh was selected as NAIA National Player of the Year.

The Oklahoma City Stars went 68-1 and won the 2017 title with a 4-1 victory over Corban University of Salem, Oregon in the NAIA World Series championship game at Legends Way Ballfields.

For her senior season, Pugh hit .462 for the Stars with 23 doubles, 2 triples, 27 home runs and 86 RBIs as the Stars' leadoff hitter. The Rancho Buena Vista High School product had an .850 slugging percentage, stole 28 bases on 29 attempts and posted a .997 fielding percentage as Oklahoma
City's shortstop, making only one error.

Under coach Lacey Craft at Palomar, Pugh was a two-time first-team all-state selection and was named California Community College Player of the Year after her freshman season in 2014 when she led the state in hitting.

As a sophomore, she led the Comets to the 2015 CCCAA State Chamionship.

Two of her brothers, Bubba Pugh and Gator Pugh, starred in football for the Comets.  Kali Pugh's former Palomar teammate, Valley Center High School product Stephanie Koisher, was a senior outfielder for Oklahoma City.

TOP PHOTOS: Palomar center fielder Taylor Willis aims home after catching Cypress' Sydney McCollum's fly ball, then guns down the Chargers' Celeste Rodriguez (right photo) at the plate in the top of the fifth. The Comets' catcher is Bailey Romano. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Mo Lopez slugs a home run in the bottom of the inning. She's congratulated by her Palomar teammates at right. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Lopez, who went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs

Unbeaten Chargers end PC's year at 30-13

CYPRESS (5-14-2007) -- Another outstanding softball season came to an abrupt end for Palomar on Sunday as unbeaten Cypress turned back the Comets 11-4 in the championship game of the Cypress Super Regional.

The Chargers, who survived a huge scare by the Comets in a winners' bracket game on Saturday before finally winning 3-2 in nine innings, advanced to 45-0 on the season as they moved into the CCCAA State Championship Final Four next weekend in Bakersfield. Palomar's season ended at 30-13.

The Comets outhit Cypress 13-12 in Sunday's loss behind a big day at the plate by Mo Lopez, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBIs.

Brie Dunckel went 2-for-5 as she finished as Palomar's second-leading hitter on the season with a .473 average. Madisyn Turman was 2-for-4 and was the Comets' leading hitter on the year with a .490 average.

Taylor Fa'asua also turned in a multiple-hit performance, going 2-for-4 and driving in a run. Tiere Paopao, Crystal DesLauriers, Dionne Macias and Lexi Williams also hit safely.

The 2017 Comets won their sixth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship and 34th conference title in the history of the program, going 16-0 in conference play.

DesLauriers' 2 HRs lift PC to Cypress rematch

CYPRESS (5-13-2007) -- Crystal DesLauriers (left) slugged home runs in the second and fifth innings, driving in three runs and keeping Palomar alive in the Cypress Super Regional on Saturday afternoon with an 8-7 win over Santiago Canyon.

Cypress remained unbeaten at 44-0 with a 3-2, nine-inning victory over the Comets earlier in the day. The Comets and Chargers will play for the Super Regional championship on Sunday at noon. Palomar must beat Cypress twice to advance to next weekend's CCCAA State Championship at Bakersfield, with an additional game to follow in the Comets win the noon game.

DesLauriers' two-run homer and Brie Dunckel's two-run double brought Palomar back from a 6-4 deficit against the defending state champion Santiago Canyon Hawks with a four-run fifth inning that allowed the Comets to advance to 30-12 on the season. DesLauriers (2-for-4), Taylour Fa'asua (3-for-3, double, RBI), Dunckel (2-for-3, double, 2 RBIs), Madisyn Turrman (2-for-4, double, RBI), Tiere Paopao (2-for-4, double, RBI) and Lexi Williams (2-for-3) all had multiple hits for the Comets.

DesLauriers pitched another complete game to advance to 24-6.

TOP PHOTO: Crystal DesLauriers delivers the final pitch of the game in Palomar's 4-3 victory over Santiago Canyon to begin the Cypress Super Regional on Friday. DesLauriers got the Hawks' Amber Elliott to line out to the Comets' second baseman, Brie Dunckel. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Madisyn Turman hits the ball back to Cypress pitcher Destiny Vazsquez in Saturday morning game (see article in left column). Vasquez knocked it down, the Chargers (who eventually won 3-2 in nine innings) then threw the ball around. Palomar scored what was then the tying run on the play. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Dunckel. BELOW RIGHT: Turman. Dunckel and Turman combined for half of Palomar's 10 hits.

PC beat '16s state champs in Super Regional

CYPRESS (4-12-2017) -- Palomar knocked off defending CCCAA state softball champion Santiago Canyon 4-3 to begin the Cypress Super Regional on Friday and has an opportunity to accomplish something great when the Comets play again on Saturday.

The Comets (29-11) will attempt to put the breaks on host Cypress' unbeaten season and advance straight to Sunday's noon game as the lone undefeated team in the four-team, double-elimination tournament.

The Chargers, a 5-1 winner over College of the Canyons earlier Friday, will bring a 43-0 record into Saturday morning's game. Cypress is one of only two unbeaten teams remaining in the nation. The other undefeated team is Butler Community College of El Dorado, Kansas, which is 46-0 and ranked No. 1 in NJCAA (non-California teams) Division I.

Palomar, leading 1-0, opened up a 4-0 lead against Santiago Canyon in Friday's game by pushing across three runs in the bottom of the fourth, when Brie Dunckel doubled in a run for the big blow of the inning.

PC pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (23-5) held off a Santiago Canyon rally as the Comets continued on to the win.

The Comets knocked out 10 hits off two Santiago Canyon pitchers, with Madisyn Turman (3-for-3, RBI) and Dunckel (2-for-4) combining for ahalf of their hit total. DesLauriers helped her own cause with a double. Taylour Fa'asua and Dionne Macias each singled and drove in a run, while Bailey Romano and Mo Lopez also contributed singles.

Palomar's Lexi Williams bloops a single to leftfield in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday, driving in Taylor Willis from third with the winning run in a 4-3 victory over Pasadena City College and punching the Comets' ticket to next weekend's Cypress Super Regional. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets sweep PCC, reach Super Regional

SAN MARCOS (5-06-2017) -- The Palomar softball team swept visiting Pasadena City College on Saturday to win the teams' first-round Southern California best-of-3 series 2 games to 0 and qualify for next weekend's Cypress Super Regional.

The Comets won Friday's first game 5-4 on Taylor Willis' RBI single into the rightfield corner in the bottom of the seventh inning. They then came back to win in their final at-bat for the second day in a row on Saturday as Lexi Williams' blooped a single to left in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive in Brooke Hanavan with the game-winner in a 4-3 victory.

Crystal DesLauriers notched back-to-back complete-game pitching wins to advance to 22-5 on the season.

In Friday's victory, Mo Lopez doubled to right center and Hanavan went in to run for her. Madisyn Turman singled to center and, after Taylour Fa'asual was hit by a pitch, Willis followed by her game-winning hit to score Hanavan.

On Saturday, Turman led off the 10th inning with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Willis. DesLauriers doubled off the leftfield fence and Comets coach Lacey Craft, coaching third, held Willis at third. Williams then ended the game with her single.

Fa'asua went 3-for-3 with a home run in the first game to pace a 14-hit attack for Palomar. Lopez homered and doubled in 3 at-bats, driving in 2 runs. Bailey Romano (2-for-4, double, RBI). Brie Dunckel (2-for-3) and Dionne Macias (2-for-3) also had multiple hits.

The Comets came back with another 14-hit performance in Saturday's game as DesLauriers helped her own cause by going 4-for-5 with 2 doubles. Dunckel was 3-for-5 with a double to complete a 5-hit series. She also stole 2 bases. Macias and Tiare Paopao each contributed a double.

Palomar (28-11) will play defending state champion Santiago Canyon (31-10) on Friday to begin the Super Regional round. In the other first-round game in the double-elimination format, Cypress (42-0) will play College of the Canyons (31-11). Both Super Regional tournaments in Southern California will run through Sunday.

ABOVE: Palomar second baseman Brie Dunckel, shown applying a tag, is a repeat first-team all-state selection. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Pitcher Crystal DesLauriers, the Comets' other first team selection.

DesLauriers, Dunckel are first-team all-state

SAN MARCOS (5-03-2017) -- Palomar second baseman Brie Dunckel has been selected first-team all-state for the second year in a row by the California Community College Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Dunckel, a sophomore out of Valley Center High School, was a first-team pick for the second straight year.

Crystal DesLauriers, coach Lacey Craft's freshman right-handed pitcher from Mission Hills High, joins Dunckel on the all-state first team. DesLauriers previously was named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and was joined on the all-conference first team by Dunckel, last season's PCAC Player of the Year as a freshman.

Tiare Paopao and Mo Lopez were Comets selected second-team all-state and first-team All-Southern California.

DesLauriers Pitcher of Year; Craft's staff honored

SAN MARCOS (4-28-2017) -- Palomar, which won its sixth straight Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball championship and its 34th title overall, dominated voting for the All-PCAC team selected by conference coaches.

The Comets, who went 16-0 in conference games, landed six players on the first team, two on the second team and two honorable mention -- with Crystal DesLauriers (left) being named Pitcher of the Year and Lacey Craft's coaching staff repeating as Staff of the Year.

The Palomar staff also consists of Hall of Fame Palomar coach Mark Eldridge, Marissa Valdez and Kirsten Tenwolde. Craft is pictured at the right.

Imperial Valley pitcher-utility player Maritza Rojas was voted Player of the year honors.

Palomar players selected to the first team were DesLauriers, second baseman Brie Dunckel, pitcher-position player Mo Lopez, rightfielder-utility player Tiare Paopao, catcher Bailey Romano and first baseman-utility player Madisyn Turman.

Leftfielder Taylour Fa'asua and shortstop Lexi Williams were named to the second team. Trinity Fa'asua and Taylor Willis received honorable mention recognition.

PC finishes perfect in conference at 16-0

MENIFEE (4-25-2017) -- Palomar finished its regular season in softball unbeaten in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 16-0 record on Tuesday, beating Mt. San Jacinto 5-1 as pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (20-5) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

DesLauriers wound up with a 2-hitter, striking out 8 batters. Brie Dunckel (4-4, 2 steals) and Bailey Romano (3-4, triple, double, 3 RBIs) led the Comets' offense. Taylour Fa'asua went 2-for-4 with a double, and Mo Lopez contributed a base hit, a walk and an RBI.

Palomar's PCAC champions finished conference play with a 3-game lead over runner-up Southwestern, which lost to Grossmont 5-2 on Tuesday. The Comets will take a 26-11 overall record into the post-season.

Lexi Williams smashes an inside-the-park home run past Mesa's rightfielder in the third inning on Friday. Palomar clinched its 34th conference title with an 8-0 run-rule victory. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets clinch 34th conference championship

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2017) -- Brie Dunckel led off the bottom of the first with a home run over the rightfield fence, Palomar wound up taking a 6-0 lead after opening the inning with 6 straight hits and the Comets went on to clinch their 34th conference softball championship Friday.

This time, visiting San Diego Mesa was the victim as the Comets won a 5-inning mercy rule game 8-0.

Coach Lacey Craft's club (24-10,15-0), which quietly clinched no worse than a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title with an 11-0 victory over Imperial Valley earlier in the week, will close out the regular season this upcoming Tuesday with a conference game at Mt. San Jacinto. First, the Comets will host College of the Canyons in a non-conference doubleheader at home at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Winning pitcher Crystal DesLauriers' 2-run double to leftfield and Brooke Hanavan's 1-out RBI single for the seventh hit were other highlights in the 6-run first inning for Palomar.

Lexi Williams added a home run in the third inning to make it 7-0, an inside-the-park shot to rightfield. That set the stage for the bottom of the fifth inning, when pinch-hitter Taylor Willis tripled with 1 out and Samantha Smith singled to drive in run No. 8, which ended the game.

Hanavan went 2-for-2, adding a double. Bailey Romano, Mo Lopez, Taylour Fa'asua and Madisyn Turman, who also had an RBI, also hit safely for the Comets.

DesLauriers (18-5) pitched 4 innings of 3-hit, shutout ball. Trinity Fa'asua threw scoreless top of the fifth with allowing a hit.

Comets' Brie Dunckel lands AOTW honor

SAN DIEGO (4-24-2017) -- The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar's Brie Dunckel as Women's Athlete of the Week for April 17-23.

Dunckel, Palomar's sophomore second bseman out of Valley Center High School and the 2016 PCAC Player of the Year, went 8-for-15 with a home run, triple, double, 5 singles, 4 RBIs and 7 runs scored during the week as the Comets clinched their 34th conference championship. Dunckel, Palomar's leadoff hitter, also was 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.

Dunckel went 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and 2 runs scored in the Comets' 11-0 win over Imperial Valley. She homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning and wound up 1-for-2 with an RBI and a walk as Palomar advanced to 15-0 in the PCAC and clinched the conference championship by beating San Diego Mesa 8-0. Finally, in a non-conference doubleheader split with Collge of the Canyons (13-4 win, 9-5 loss), she went 4-for-8 with a triple, 2 RBIs, 4 runsw scored, 3 steals and 2 walks.

Dunckel is batting .459 for the season with 6 doubles, 7 triples,1 homer, 24 RBIs and 27 steals on 27 attempts. She's hitting .449 in conference games.

DesLaurier's arm, bat lifts PC to victory

IMPERIAL (4-19-2017) -- Crystal DesLauries (left) pitched a 7-inning, complete-game shutout to go to 7-5 on the season and helped her own cause at the plate by doubling and driving in 3 runs on Wednesday as visiting Palomar rolled to an 11-0 softball victory over Imperial Valley.

DeLauries went to 17-5 on the season as coach Lacey Craft's Comets upped their record to 23-10 overall and 14-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Brie Dunckel (right, 3-for-5, RBI) and Mo Lopez (3-4, RBI, steal) led Palomar's offensive attack.

Lexi Williams (2-4, RBI, steal) and Brooke Hanavan (2-4, RBI) also had multiple-hit games. also had multiple-hit games. Bailey Romano and Samantha Smith each added a single.

Turman (3-for-3), Fa'asua (3-run HR) lead PC

SAN MARCOS (4-14-2017) -- Madisyn Turman (left) went 3-for-3, scored 2 runs and drove in another on Friday as Palomar defeated visiting Grossmont 6-1, running its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 13-0 along the way. The Comets are 22-10 overall.

Taylour Fa'asua (right) slammed a 3-run home run to break open a 3-1 game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Turman, a sophomore from Clovis West High School and a transfer from Cal State San Marcos, singled, is 6-for-6 in the Comets' last 2 games.

Mo Lopez also had a multiple-hit performance, gong 2-for-3, scoring 2 runs and drawing a walk. Brie Dunckel, Bailey Romano, Lexi Williams, Brooke Hanavan and Sara Rodriguez also hit safely for Palomar.

Crystal DesLauriers pitched a complete-game 7-hitter, striking out 8 and walking 1, to go to 16-5 on the season.

PC gets 21st win 11-2 on Fa'asua 2-hitter

PALM DESERT (4-12-2017) -- Trinity Fa'asua (left) pitched a 2-hitter on Wednesday and Palomar run-ruled College of the Desert 11-2 in a 5-inning run-rule game.

With the victory, the Comets upped their record to 21-10 on the season and 12-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Palomar's Madisyn Turman (right) went 3-for-3 and drove in 2 runs. Tiare Paopao slugged her 12th home run of the season with a 2-run shot.

Brie Dunckel went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBIs and a steal. Samantha Smith was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. And Lexi Williams also had a multiple-hit game, going 2-for-3.

Bailey Romano, and Broooke Hanavan and each singled and drove in a run. Sara Rodriguez also conributed a single.

DesLaurier's 2-hitter, Paopao's 11th HR lift PC

RIVERSIDE (4-11-2017) -- Crystal DesLauriers (left) pitched a 2-hit shutout on Tuesday, upping her win-loss record to 15-5, as visiting Palomar defeated Riverside City College in a non-conference softball game 6-0. DesLauriers struck out 7 RCC batters.

Palomar jumped to a 2-0 lead after the first inning and never looked back.

Tiare Paopao (right) launched her 11th home run of the season for the Comets (20-10 overall). She drove in 2 of Palomar's 6 runs.

Brie Dunckel went 2-for-2 for the Comets with 3 runs scored, an RBI and her 23rd steal of the year. Bailey Romano went 2-for-3 with a steal.

Dionne Macias doubled. Taylour Fa'asua singled and drove in a run. Madisyn Turman and DesLauriers each contributed a single. Mo Lopez had an RBI.

The Tigers are 17-15 on the season.

TOP PHOTO: Palomar shortstop Lexi Williams focuses on a throw to first base in the Comets' 9-1 rout of visiting Southwestern on Friday. DIRECTLY ABOVE: Second baseman Brie Dunckel tags out a Cypress runner at second on Saturday. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar spanks 2nd-place Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (4-08-2017) (4-09-2017) -- Playing at home for the weekend, Palomar dropped a non-conference double-header to undefeated and state No. 1-ranked Cypress on Saturday. But not before the Comets took care of come extremely important business on Friday.

Coach Lacey Craft's team, which leads the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with an 11-0 record, smacked second place Southwestern in a 9-1 run-rule game that lasted six innings. That gave Palomar a 2 games to 0 lead in the teams' 3-game season series, which means the Comets would win any potential tie-breaker.

And the Comets made a very large statement, now having run-ruled the Jaguars twice.

Madisyn Turman (3-for-4, 1 double, 4 RBIs) and Bailey Romano (3-for-4, 1 double) led the way at the plate for the Comets, who scored 2 runs in the first inning, 2 in the third, 4 in the fifth and an additional run that sent the mercy rule into affect in the bottom of the sixth.

Crystal DesLauries pitched a 6-hitter, striking out 6 and walking 1.

Mo Lopez went 1-for-1 for Palomar, drew 3 walks and scored 4 of the Comets' 9 runs. Taylor Fa'asua had an RBI and Tiare Paopao was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

The Comets knocked Southwestern pitching ace Yasmine Jameson of the game after 4 innings after they jumped in front of the Jaguars 6-1.

Palomar vs. Cypress -- The visiting Chargers advanced to 32-0 on the season by sweeping the Comets in Saturday's doublehader 6-1 and 9-1.

For the Comets (19-10), Brie Dunckel went 1-for-3 with a steal in game 1 against Cypress pitching ace Destiny Vasquez (18-0). Romano and Lopez also were 1-for-3. In game 2, Romano hit a long solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Turman (1-for-2) and Taylour Fa'asua (1-for-1) had the other hits against the Chargers' Vanessa Ladesma (13-0).

Fa'asua's arm, Williams bat help lift PC 15-1

SAN DIEGO (4-05-2017) -- Trinity Fa'asua (left) pitched a 4-hitter, striking out 5, and Lexi Williams (right) went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBIs on Wednesday as Palomar spanked San Diego City College 15-1 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball at Betty Hook Field.

The mercy-rule game lasted 5 innings, as the Comets advanced to 18-8 on the season, 10-0 in the PCAC.

Dionne Macias (2-for-4, double, 3 RBIs), Brie Dunckel (2-for-3, triple, steal, 2 RBIs), Dionne Macias (2-for-4, double, 3 RBIs) and Taylour Fa'asua (2-for-2, double) also had multiple hits for Palomar.

Bailey Romano, Tiare Paopao, Marisa Herrera and Sara Rodriguez each added a single.

Willis has 3 hits, HR; DesLauries goes to 12-1

SAN MARCOS  (3-31-2017) -- Pitcher Crystal DesLauries (left) threw the first 4 innings to advance to 12-1 on the season and Taylor Willis (right) homered and singled twice Friday, leading first-place Palomar to a 9-2 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball win over visiting San Bernardino Valley.

Palomar overcame a slow start, trailing 2-0 after 2 innings. It was 2-2 after 3 innings before the Comets batted around in the fourth, scoring 7 runs on 7 consecutive hits wiht 2 outs.

Prior to that, the Comets took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second on a leadoff home run by Willis, an error and an RBI single by Dionne Macias

Both the San Bernardino runs were unearned off DesLauries, who threw 3-hit ball over the first 4 innings. Trinity Fa'asua then pitched 2 scoreless innings and Mo Lopez threw a scoreless seventh inning.

Samantha Smith started and capped the fourth-inning rally, drawing a leadoff walk and going to second on Lexi Williams' sacrifice bunt.

After that, the hit parade went as follows: RBI single by Bailey Romano, RBI double by Lopez, RBI single by Tiare Paopao, RBI sikngle by Taylour Fa'asua, RBI single by Madisyn Turman, a single by Willis and, after a wild pitch, a two-run single by Smith to make it 9-2.

Taylor Fa'asua was the other multiple hitter besides Willis, She had 2 singles.

Comets run-rule Mesa; Paopao homers twice

SAN DIEGO  (3-30-2017) -- Tiare Paopao (left) slugged her ninth and 10th home runs of the season on Thursday as Palomar blasted San Diego Mesa 12-2 in a 5-inning mercy-rule game.

By winning the rain make-up, the Comets remain alone atop the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 16-6 record. Palomar is 8-0 in conference play.

Paopao finished 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Brie Dunckel (left, 2-for-3, triple, single, walk, 2 RBIs), Taylour Fa'asua (2-2, 2 doubles, 2 walks, 1 RBI) and Mo Lopez (2-4, double, single) also had multiple-hit performances for the Comets.

Lexi Williams (1-2, double, 2 RBIs), Taylor Willis (1-2, single, hit by pitch, 1 RBI), Bailey Romano (1-2, single, hit by pitch), Marissa Herrera (single, walk) and Sara Rodriguez (single) also hit safely.

Crystal DesLauries ran her win-loss record to 11-1 by pitching 2-hit ball with 8 strikeouts over the first 4 innings. Triikty Fa'asua pitched the final inning.

Romano, Willis ignite Comets in rout of Pirates

COSTA MESA (3-28-2016) -- Visiting Palomar mounted a 15-hit attack and routed Orange Coast 14-2 in 5 innings in a non-conference game on Tuesday at the Orange Coast Softball Complex.

Bailey Romano (left) and Taylor Willis (right) were the big offensive contributors for the Comets (15-6) in support of winning pitcher Crystal DesLauriers, who advanced to 10-1 on the year by striking out 5 batters over the first 4 innings. Trinity Fa'asua pitched a hitless, scoreless fifth inning in the mercy-rule game. DesLauriers and Fa'asua combined on a 4-hitter.

 Bailey went 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and scored 2 runs. Willis was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. She stole 2 bases and scored 3 runs. Romano also stole a base and had a sacrifice bunt.

Mo Lopez and Lexi Williams each had a double and an RBI for Palomar. Marisa Herrera singed and drove in 2 runs. Brie Dunckel contributed a single, an RBI and 2 steals. Tiare Paopao had a single and an RBI. Samantha Smith added a steal.

The Comets, leadikng 3-2, broke the game open with a 5-run third inning. They created a run-rule situation with 6 more runs in the top of the sixth.

Comets stay unbeaten in PCAC on 1-hitter

SAN MARCOS (3-24-2017) -- Crystal DesLauriers (left) and Trinity Fa'asua combined on a 5-inning, mercy-rule 1-hitter on Friday and Palomar remained unbeaten in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball by beating visiting Mt. San Jacinto 13-2.

DesLauriers (left) threw no-hit ball over the first 4 innings, allowing a lone unearned run while striking out 7 and walking 2. Fa'asua came on to pitch the fifth inning.

Tiare Paopao went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Comets (14-6, 7-0 in conference) knocked out 16 hits against 2 Mt. San Jac pitchers. Paopao's double drove in Mo Lopez, who had led off the bottom of the second inning with a double.

Samantha Smith added a 2-run single in that 4-run second, the one of 2 hits for her. She also had an RBI single in the first in a 6-run inning for Palomar. The highlight in the first inning was a 2-run triple down the rightfield line by freshman Brooke Hanvan.

Smith, Hanavan, Taylour Fa'asua and Bailey Romano. Romano had an RBI double to score the first run of the game following Brie Dunckel's single to lead off the bottom of the first. Romano also contributed an RBI single during a three-run fourth inning. Fa'asua also had an RBI double in the first and an RBI single in the second.

Mo Lopez is the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for the week that ended Sunday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets' Lopez is PCAC Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO  (3-20-2017) -- Palomar utility player / right-handed pitcher Moriah "Mo" Lopez has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports.

Lopez, a sohomore from San Jacinto Academy in San Jacinto, had another big week for the defending champion and first-place Comets.

Along the way, Lopez solidified her batting stats (.515 average with 9 doubles, a triple, 5 home runs and a .909 sluggng percentage) and her pitching record (3-0).

She singled to drive in a run and pitched the final 3 innings to record the win in a 13-4, 6-inning mercy-rule victory over Grossmont.

Lopez came back with a key double to help the Comets hold off Imperial Valley's bewst team in history 3-1.

And she was 2-for-4, doubled and drove in 2 runs in a 6-5 non-conference loss to an El Camino College team that is 20-5 on the season.

Lopez is batting .556 in conference, where she also owns an ERA of 0.64.

PC takes tough 6-5 loss vs. El Camino

TORRANCE  (3-18-2017) -- Palomar, trailing since the first inning, battled back to tie its non-conference road softball game vs. El Camino College with 3 runs in the top of the seventh inning Saturday.

But the Warriors came back with one run in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Comets 5-4.

Mo Lopez (left, 2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs), Brie Dunckel (2-for-4) and Madisyn Turman (2-for-3) had multiple hits as Palomar outhit El Camino 8-5.

Bailey Romano, who drove in the Comets' other run, and Samantha Smith also hit safely.

Palomar fell to 13-6. El Camino is 20-5.

DesLauriers 3-hits IVC's best-ever team

SAN MARCOS (3-17-2016) -- Freshman pitcher Crystal DesLauriers (left) returned to form for coach Lacey Craft's Palomar softball team on Friday, just in time to beat Imperial Valley's best team in history.

DesLauriers (8-1) threw a 3-hit, complete-game shutout at the visiting Arabs, allowing a lone unearned run while striking out 12 and walking 2.

Palomar made the most of 7 hits to defeat IVC's ace pitcher Maritza Rojas (8-3). Madisyn Turman (right) drove in 2 of the Comets' 3 runs while going 2-for-3. Taylour Fa'asua also went 2-for-3.

Mo Lopez doubled and Tiare Paopao singled to drive in the other Palomar run. Hazmin Guardado was 2-for-3 for Imperial Valley.

The Comets will play another non-conference rain makeup at El Camino College on Saturday at 2 p.m.

ABOVE: Palomar's Taylour Fa'asua makes a diving catch in left field for the final out of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning on Wednesday at Grossmont. Palomar won the run-rule game 13-4. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Tiare Paopao, who homered, doubled, singled and drove in four runs for the PCAC-leading Comets

Paopao ignites Comets early in run-rule win

EL CAJON (3-15-2017) -- Tiare Paopao slugged a 2-run home run to spark a 4-run first inning and 2-run double go ignite a 7-run second inning jump-started visiting Palomar to a 13-4 six-inning run-rule rout of Grossmont on Wednesday in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball game 5-0.

The Comets moved to 12-5 on the season and 5-0 in conference. Grossmont (4-1) and Southwestern (5-1), who are battling for second place, now each have a conference loss, in both cases administered courtesy of Palomar by the mercy rule.

Paopao wound up 3-for-4 with the HR, double, a single, 3 runs scored and 4 RBIs as the Comets banged out 16 hits off 2 Grossmont pitchers.

Bailey Romano (3-for-5, RBI, 2 runs scored), Dionnne Macias (3-for-4, 3 RBIs, 1 run), Taylor Willis (2-for-4, double, RBI, 2 runs scored) and Brie Dunckel (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs scored) also had multiple hits for Palomar.

Mo Lopez and Lexi Williams each singled and drove in a run, and Samantha Smith also singled.

Crystal DesLauriers and Lopez each pitched 3 innings in the win.

Fa'asua's HR highlights 11-2 mercy win

SAN MARCOS (3-10-2017) -- Taylour Fa'asua (left)  slugged a 2-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning as Palomar ran its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball record to 4-0 with an 11-2 mercy-rule victory over COD in 5 innings.

Trailing 2-0 after 2 1/2 innings, the Comes strluck for 6 runs in the bottom of the third and 5 more in the bottom of the fourth.

Fa'asua went 2-for-3 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored and Samantha Smith was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 runs scored to pace a 10-hit attack for the Comets (11-4 overall after their 10 straight win.

Mo Lopez (right), the pitching winner with a 5-run, complete-game 2-hitter with 0 earned runs, helped her own cause with a double and 2 RBIs.

Brie Sunckel, Lexi Silliams and Dionne Macias each contributed a single and an RBI. Taylor Willis and Tiare Paopao also singled.

Palomar will be home to El Camino College in a non-conference rain makeup on Saturday at noon.

Tiare Paopao slugs her sixth home run of the season on Wednesday, a 3-run poke in the third inning, highlighting a 4-run rally that put Palomar, who had fallen behind 1-0, in front of Southwestern on the road. The shot started the visiting Comets on the way to a10-1 run-rule victory. -- Photo by Russell Scoffin, Southwestern College

Paopao's 6th HR ignites 'showdown' rout

CHULA VISTA (3-08-2017) -- Southwestern, with a big victory over defending CCCAA state champion Santiago Canyon under its belt, felt it had every reason to believe this would be the Jaguars' year in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball.

But not if perennial conference champion Palomar had anything to say about it. And the Comets delivered a message, loud and clear, by pounding the Jaguars 10-1 in a 6-inning mercy rule game on Tuesday at Southwestern in the first of 3 conference meetings between the two team.

The Comets ran their win streak to 9 games and advanced to 10-4 on the season, 3-0 in conference. The Jaguars are 9-5, 2-1.

Tiare Paopao drove in 4 runs, including a 3-run home run in the top of the third inning, to highlight a 4-run rally that got Palomar untracked, and coach Lacey Craft's Comets put up a 6-spot in the top of the sixth to set up the run-rule situation.

Brie Dunckel (2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI) and Taylor Willis (2-for-3 with a double) had multiple-hit games as the Comets banged out 11 hits off 3 Southwestern pitchers. Lexi Williams doubled and drove in 3 runs, while Bailey Romano and Mo Lopez each singled and drove in a run. Crystal DesLauriers and Madisyn Turman each added a single.

DesLauriers pitched a complete-game 3-hitter for Palomar, striking out 7 batters in 6 innings.

Palomar will host College of the Desert on Friday at 3 p.m. in another PCAC game, then will be home to El Camino College on Saturday at noon in a non-conference rain make-up game.

Comets rip Saddleback 16-1 for 8th in row

MISSION VIEJO (3-06-2017) -- Palomar ran its softball win streak to eight games on Monday, rolling up Saddleback 16-1 in a non-conference game on the road.

Bailey Romano (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored) and Mo Lopez (2-for-4, home run, 4 RBIs, 3 runs scored paced a 17-hit attack for the Comets (9-4), who will play a crucial Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game at Southwestern on Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Brie Dunckel (2-for-4, double, 1 RBI, 3 runs scored), Taylour Fa'asua (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs, 1 run scored), Tiare Paopao (2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 run scored), Crystal DesLauriers (2-for-3, 1 run scored) and Madisyn Turman (2-for-2, 1 RBI, 1 run scored) also had multiple hits.

Marisa Herrera and Taylor Willis also hit safely.

DesLauriers pitched shutout, 1-hit ball for the first 3 innings in the run-rule game to earn the win. Samantha Smith worked the final 2 innings.

PC avenges early loss, runs win streak to 7

NORWALK (3-04-2017) -- Palomar waited more than a month, since Jan. 27, to evenge a season-opening loss at the hands of Cerritos, a goal coach Lacey Craft's Comets achieved on Saturday with a 6-5 victory at Nancy Kelly Field.

Taylor Willis (left) homered and Brea Dunckel, Taylour Fa'asua and Lexi Williams knocked out 2 hits apiece as the Comets got to 2 Cerritos pitchers for 10 hits. Dunckel, Mo Lopez and Tiare Paopao doubled while Fa'asua drove in 2 runs and Crystal DesLauriers and Williams each added an RBI.

DesLauriers pitched 3-hit ball over the first 5 1/3 innings, striking out 5, to record the win. Samantha Smith allowed 1 hit over 1 2/3 innings to notch a save.

Palomar (8-4), trailing 12-1, tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth, then took the lead for good with 3 runs in the top of the fifth. The Comets have won 7 games in a row.

Paopao's HR ignites PC's 11-3 win

SAN MARCOS (3-03-2017) -- Tiare Paopao slugged another home run n the first inning on Friday, a 3-run shot over the leftfield fence that ignited Palomar's 11-3 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball victory over visiting San Diego City College.

The Comets wound took a 4-0 lead in the inning and Paopao went 2-for-the game with 3 RBIs. With the Comets up 10-3, a run short of a run-rule game, she also singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth, eventually scoring on Samantha Smith's single to center and turning the final into a mercy-rule victory.

Brie Dunckel went 3-for-3 with a double, 3 stolen bases and 3 runs scored for the Comets (7-4, 2-0 in conference). Mo Lopez went 3-for 3-with a double and an RBI. Madisyn Turmen was 3-for-4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Taylour Fa'asua, Taylor Willis and Hannah McDonald singled to round out a 15-hit attack.

Lopez pitched the first 3 innings and Crystal DesLauriers worked the last 3 innings to record the win.

4-hit shutout for DesLauriers to begin PCAC

SAN BERNARDINO (3-01-2017) -- Crystal DesLauriers pitched a complete-game, 7-inning, 4-hit shutout on Wednesday, striking out 7 batters, as Palomar opened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball season with a 12-0 victory over San Bernardino Valley.

Mo Lopez (3-for-4, walk, RBI, Tiare Paopao (2-for-5, home run, 2 RBIs), Taylour Fa'asua (3-for-4), Dionne Macias (2-for-3, triple, RBI), Bailey Romano (2-for-3, double, 3 RBIs), and Taylor Willis (2-for-4) all had multiple hits to pace a 15-hit attack for the Comets (6-4, 1-0). Samantha Smith singled to drive in a run.

Second baseman Brie Dunckel turns a double play in the fourth inning of Friday's first game to retire the side. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. Below: Crystal DesLauriers

DesLauriers' 5-inning no-hitter gives PC sweep

SAN MARCOS (2-24-2017) -- Crystal DesLauriers pitched a five-inning no-hitter in the second game to give Palomar a sweep of its non-conference softball doubleheader with visiting Antelope Valley on Friday.

The Comets held on to win the opener 10-8 by finally cutting off a 4-run rally by the Marauders in the top of the seventh inning. Taylour Fa'asua (2-for-4, home run, 3 RBIs), Mo Lopez (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs), Madisyn Turman (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Tiare Paopao (2-for-4, double, RBI) and Bailey Romano (2-for-4, RBI) led a 12-hit attack. Lopez picked up the pitching win, while DesLauriers threw the final one-third of an inning and recorded a save.

In game 2, DesLauriers was in control for the full 5 innings. She struck out 7 and walked 2. Lexi Williams went 3-for-3 and drove in a run for the Comets, while Taylour Fa'asua was 2-for-3, homered and drove in 3 runs. Lopez went 2-for-3 and had 4 RBIs.

With its third and fourth wins in a row, Palomar upped its record to 5-4.

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 Deslauriers 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 WON 10-8 4-4 -----
  Antelope Valley Palomar WON 11-0 5-4 -----
Wed Mar 1 at San Bernardino Valley (PCAC game) San Bernardino WON 12-0  6-4 1-0
Fri Mar 3 San Diego City College (PCAC) Palomar WON 11-3 7-4 2-0
Sat Mar 4 at Cerritos Norwalk WON 6-5 8-4 -----
Mon Mar 6 at Saddleback Mission Viejo WON 16-1 9-4 -----
Wed Mar 8 at Southwestern (PCAC) Chula Vista WON 10-1 10-4 3-0
Fri Mar 10 COD (PCAC) Palomar WON 11-2 11-4 4-0
Sat Mar 11 El Camino Palomar Lost 6-13 11-5 -----
Wed Mar 15 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon WON 13-4 12-5 5-0
Fri Mar 17 Imperial Valley (PCAC) Palomar WON 3-1 13-5 6-0
Sat Mar 18 El Camino Torrance Lost 5-6 13-6 -----
Wed Mar 22 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego Ppd. to March 30 ----- -----
Fri Mar 24 Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Palomar WON 13-2 14-6 7-0
Tue Mar 28 at Orange Coast Costa Mesa WON 14-2 15-6 -----
Thu Mar 30 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego WON 12-2 16-6 8-0
Fri Mar 31 San Bernardino Valley (PCAC) Palomar WON 9-2 17-6 9-0
Sat Apr 1 at Mt. SAC Walnut Lost 2-7 17-7 -----
  vs. Santiago Canyon Walnut Lost 12-14 17-8 -----
Wed Apr 5 San Diego CC (PCAC) San Diego WON 15-1 18-8 10-0
Fri Apr 7 Southwestern (PCAC) Palomar WON 9-1 19-8 11-0
Sat Apr 8 Cypress   Palomar Lost 1-6 19-9 -----
  Cypress   Palomar Lost 1-9 19-10 -----
Tue Apr 11 at Riverside CC Riverside WON 6-0 20-10 -----
Wed Apr 12 at COD (PCAC) Palm Desert WON 11-2 21-10 12-0
Fri Apr 14 Grossmont (PCAC) Palomar WON 11-2 22-10 13-0
Wed Apr 19 at Imperial Valley (PCAC) Imperial WON 11-0  23-10 14-0
Fri Apr 21 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) Palomar WON 8-0 24-10 15-0
Sat Apr 22 College of the Canyons Palomar WON 13-5 25-10 -----
College of the Canyons Palomar Lost 5-9 25-11 -----
Tue Apr 25 at Mt. San Jacinto (PCAC) Menifee WON 5-1  26-11 16-0
Southern Cal Regionals, Round 1 (Best-of-3 Series)
Fri May 5 Pasadena City College Palomar WON 5-4 27-11 -----
Sat May 6 Pasadena City College Palomar WON 4-3 (10 INNINGS) 28-11 -----
Cypress Super Regional (4-Team, Double-Elimination Over 3 Days)
Fri May 12 Santiago Canyon Cypress WON 4-3 29-11 -----
Sat May 13 Cypress Cypress Lost 2-3 (9 innings) 29-12 -----
Sat May 13 Santiago Canyon (elimination game) Cypress WON 8-7 30-12 -----
Sun May 14 Cypress (championship game) Cypress Lost 4-11 30-13 -----

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 DesLauriers 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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