2016 Season ...
Evans throws 2-hitter to defeat Saddleback
SAN MARCOS (2-10-2016) --Summer Evans pitched Palomar to a 4-0 non-conference softball victory over visiting Saddleback on Wednesday afternoon.
Evans threw a two-hitter, striking out six, as the defending state champion Comets ran their record to 7-1 with their seventh straight win.
Katy McJunkin (3-for-3, double) and Iesha Hill (2-for-3, solo home run) paced a nine-hit attack for the Comets. Brooke Huddleson slugged a two-run homer. Moriah Lopez was 2-for-3, doubled and drove in a run. Taylor Wills also hit safely.
Summer Evans delivers a pitch during Palomar's 8-0 run-rule victory over visiting Citrus in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Evans' two complete-game wins spark sweep
SAN MARCOS (2-05-2016) --Playing its first of two softball doubleheaders on back-to-back days, Palomar had little difficulty sweeping visiting Citrus 8-0 and 8-3 behind two complete-game pitching wins by Summer Evans on Friday.
Evans threw a two-hitter in the five-inning, run-rule opener and came right back to strike out five batters and walk one as she scattered seven hits in the second game. Like the Comets' team, Evans is 4-1 on the season.
Moriah Lopez went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Palomar in the opener. Brienna Dunckel, Katy McJunkin, Brooke Huddleson, Iesha Hill, Tayler Moore and Briana Moreno each contributed a single and an RBI. Taylour Fa'asua and Briana Moreno also singled, rounding out a 10-hit attack off two Citrus pitchers.
Huddleson (3-for-4, double) and Hill (2-for-4, home run, 2 RBIs) sparked an 11-hit attack in the second game. Taylor Willis doubled and drove in two runs. Dunckel and Lopez also doubled. McJunkin, Moore and Moreno each singled in a run.
... State champ Comets: 2nd sweep in 2 days
SAN MARCOS (2-06-2016) --Defending state champion Palomar swept its second straight nonconference doubleheader in two days on Saturday, run-ruling visiting College of the Desert 9-1 and 10-2, both in six innings.
Bailey Romano and Taylor Willis each had four hits in the two games, with Romano going 4-for-5 and Willis going 4-for-7.
In game 1, Trinity Fa'asua was the winning pitcher, getting multiple-hit support from Willis (2-for-3, home run, 4 RBIs), Romano (2-for-2, double, RBI), Iesha Hill (2-for-3, double), Katy McJunkin (2-for-3, RBI) and Hannah McDonald (2-for-2).
In game 2, Summer Evans went 3-for-3 and notched the pitching win in relief of Fa'asua. Brooke Huddleson was 3-for-4 wiht 2 doubles and 2 RBIs. Willis went 2-for-4. Romano was 2-for-3 wth 2 RBIs. McDonald slugged a solo home run. Hill doubled and drove in 2 runs. Brienna Dunckel singled and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. McJunkin was 1-for-2 and walked twice.Tayler Moore singled and drove in a run.
Palomar advanced to 6-1 with its sixth straight win.
Hill, teammates roll up Antelope Valley on road
LANCASTER (2-03-2016) --Iesha Hill (left), the Most Valuable Player in last year's State Tournament when Palomar presented coach Lacey Craft with her second California title in three years, unloaded on Antelope Valley on Wednesday as Palomar won in non-conference softball 14-0.
Hill went 3-for-3 with a solo home run, three runs scored and a walk, while Purdue transfer Katy McJunkin and Taylor Willis also slugged homers.
Willis went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Summer Evans pitched a five-inning two-hitter to advance to 2-1 on the season.
Taylour Fa'asua went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Moriah Lopez was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.
Brooke Huddleson and Tayler Moore also hit safely, rounding out a 13-hit attack against two Antelope Valley pitchers.
Palomar (2-0) will host Citrus in a doubleheader on Friday at noon.
Lopez goes 3-for-3, Huddleson homers in win
SAN MARCOS (1-30-2016) --Palomar turned back visiting Cerritos in a non-conference softball game on Saturday, winning 4-3 as Moriah Lopez went 3-for-3 and drove in a run.
Lopez (left) , a freshman from San Jacinto Valley Academy, is 6-for-7 for her first two college games.
Brooke Huddleson was 2-for-4 and slugged a long solo home run doubled for the defending state champion Comets (1-1).
Purdue transfer Katy McJunkin went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Taylour Fa'asua doubled and drove in a run. Brienna Dunckel, Iesha Hill and Summer Evans singled.
Evans threw a complete-game six-hitter.
Palomar shortstop Brooke Huddleson throws out a Fullerton runner at first base in Friday's season opener. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
State champion Palomar knocked off in opener
SAN MARCOS (1-29-2015) --Defending state champion Palomar banged out 16 hits but dropped its season softball opener 9-7 to visiting Fullerton on Friday.
The Comets will come right back with another non-conference home game on Saturday, vs. Cerritos at noon.
Left fielder Tiffany Centeno went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI as the Hornets mounted a 15-hit attack off two Palomar pitchers.
For coach Lacey Craft's Comets, Moriah Lopez was 3-for-4 and doubled, while Brienna Dunckel went 3-for-5. Trinity Fa'asua went 2-for-2, doubled and drove in three runs. Taylor Fa'asua went 2-for-4 with a double.
Brooke Huddleson, Tayler Moore, Bailey Romano, Summer Evans, Katy McJunkin and Taylor Wills each added a single.
Palomar's Leah Gordon, who has accepted a D-II scholarship to Regis University, gets a squeeze bunt down to drive in a run in an 11-3 victory over Long Beach City College last February. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
PC's Gordon accepts scholarship at mid-year
SAN MARCOS (11-19-2015) --Leah Gordon, the starting catcher for Palomar's 2015 state community college championship softball team as a freshman, has accepted a scholarship to NCAA Division II Regis University in Denver and will transfer after the fall semster.
Gordon, a Rancho Bernardo High School product, hit .347 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference last season and .273 overall as the Comets went 41-4-1 and won both their 32nd conference championship and fifth state title (and second in the last three years under coach Lacey Craft). Gordon was selected to the all-state tournament team and was second-team All-PCAC.
"(Gordon) worked hard to finish her AA degree this semester and Regis had an immediate need for a catcher at the semester," Craft said. "Leah was a perfect fit. Regis has a nationally ranked business school, and that's her major. I'm proud she put herself in a position, both athletically and academically, to give herself this opportunity.
"Leah would have been one of five returning sophomores for the 2016 season and will be tough to replace behind the plate, not just because of her skil set, but because she has great leadership qualities on the field and loves to compete."
Regis had a 32-19 record last season, won the Rocky Mountain Conference Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division II regionals where the Rangers eventually were eliminated with St. Mary's of Texas.
Other players from the 2015 team to accept scholarships are shortstop Kali Pugh (Oklahoma City University), centerfielder K.K. Fronda (UniversitY of Utah), left fielder Stephanie Koishor (Oklahoma City), first baseman/pitcher Kristina Carbajal (Holy Names University) and right fielder/pitcher Maci Lerno, who landed at Cumberland University on a volleyball scholarship and was a first-team all-conference selection this fall.
2016 Softball Schedule, Results
Head Coach: Lacey Craft (5th year as head coach)
Assistant Coach: Mark Eldridge
Assistant Coach: Marissa Valdez
Assistant Coach: Cortney Allen
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