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Palomar's Softball Tradition

California state championships: 3 Games won as of 2011: 1,164
State championship games: 8 All-Americans: 30
State Finals appearances: 17 Scholarships to 4-year level: 155
Regional championships: 17 NCAA Div. I scholarships: 103
Conference championships: 29

Eldridge joins D-I coaches in NFCA Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Florida (11-28-12) -- Longtime Palomar coach Mark Eldridge will become the third community college coach in history and the first in nine years to be inducted into the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday.

Eldridge will be one of three inductees in the Class of 2012 at this week's NFCA National Convention in Orlando, along with Patty Gasso (University of Oklahoma) and Donna Papa (University of North Carolina).

The Hall of Fame banquet and cermonies are slated for 6:30 p.m. EST Friday at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. Eldridge and his family will fly to Orlando on Thursday.

Eldridge will become the sixth coach from a California college or university to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Sharron Backus (UCLA, 1991), Judy Garman (Golden West CC / Cal State Fullerton, 1993), Sue Enquist (UCLA, 2006), Gary Torgeson (Cal State Northridge, 2008) and Diane Ninemire (Cal, 2009)

Eldridge retired from his second stint at Palomar after the 2010 season, finishing with a 1,083-304-5, record, 29 conference championships and three state titles. He joins Lorene Ramsey (Illinois Central College, 1992) and Celeste Knierim (St. Louis Community College, Meramec, 2003) as the only community college coaches along-side 54 from 4-year colleges in the Hall of Fame.

A number of Division I coaches in the Hall of Fame, including Garman, coached on the community college level prior to moving on to the four-year level.

Along with his three softball state champion teams, Eldridge has been a head coach and / or assistant for Palomar state championship teams in football, women's golf and men's track & field. As a Palomar track & field assistant, Eldridge introduced Tom Petranoff, a converted baseball player, to the javelin and was Petranoff's first javelin coach. Petranoff went on to set the world record in the event twice.

As an athlete, Eldridge starred in football, baseball and track & field (as a javelin thrower) at Palomar. He was a football safety in what was then the Pac-8 Conference for Washington State University and was a football player and  javelin thrower at Long Beach State.

LeBeau ends '12 as Buckeyes' No. 3 hitter at .319

COLUMBUS, Ohio (5-18-2012) -- Palomar transfer and two-time Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year Danielle LeBeau has completed a big junior softball season for Ohio State.

LBeau, the Buckeyes' designated player, hit .319, third-best among Ohio State's hitters. She had eight doubles, two home runs, 26 RBIs and a .422 slugging percengage.

During a late-season run, the former National Softball Coaches Association community college All-American selection at Palomar went 2-for-4 with a double against Buffalo, 3-for-3 with a double vs. Nebraska, 2-for-4 with an RBI vs. Northwestern and 3-for-3 with a double and RBI, also against Northwestern.

LeBeau, a Poway High School product who went unnoticed by four-year college recruiters coming out of high school, also helped lead Ohio State to two road wins ito close the season at Penn State last week.

LeBeau's RBI double gave the Buckeyes a 3-2 victory over the Nittany Lions on May 11. She had a key single as Ohio State beat Penn State again on May 13, this time 4-1. The wins gave the Buckeyes a a two games-to-one edge in the final series of the year to conclude their season 31-23 overall, 10-13 in the Big Ten.

ABOVE: Raea Tanielu, shown applying a tag against Riverside City College, is one of three Comets on the All-PCAC first team. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: The other first-team selections, Jasmine Vogel (left) and Katie Wilford (right)

Tanielu, Vogel and Wilford 1st-team All-PCAC

SAN DIEGO (4-26-2012) -- Palomar landed three players on the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball first team selected by conference coaches.

Infielder Raea Tanielu, outfielder Jasmine Vogel and utility player Katie Wilford were all first-team selections.

Pitcher Bree Burns, first baseman Samantha Avii and infielder Courtney Krauss made secvond team. Mia Sprau rec

Palomar misses at-large berth in SoCal playoffs

MISSION VIEJO (4-28-2012) -- Palomar, which finished in a tie for second place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, did not receive a bid to the Southern California community college softball playoffs on Saturday.

The Comets were nudged out of the No. 2 seed out of the conference by the team they tiod with for second place, Southwestern. The Jaguars had the tie-breaker on the Comets as they won the season series between the two teams 2 games to 1.

 It appeared Palomar was headed to the postseason as an at-large team, but it was ruled that a 4-inning, 12-0 win in the San Diego City College tournament could not be counted as a victory for seeding purposes because it was halted by time limit before the teams could begin the fifth inning. Citrus thus received the playoff bid the Comets were expecting.

Comets make argument for at-large playoff berth

LONG BEACH (4-25-2012) -- Palomar's women's softball team (20-12) made its best argument for an at-large berth in the Southern California community college regional playoffs on Wednesday, cliosng the regular season with a 4-0 victory over another team seeking an at-large berth, Long Beach City College..

The Vikings (25-20) turned around and beat PCAC champion San Diego Mesa 7-3 later in the day.

Bree Burns pitched (left) a one-hit shutout for the Comets, striking out five and walking none. Brenna Parker (right) paced a 10-hit attack for Palomar, slugging a home run and double in going 3-for-4 with three RbIs.

Raesa Tanielu and Jasmine Vogel also went 2-for-3. Samantha Avii, Mia Sprauand Sjusie Mesa also hit safely.

ABOVE: Katie Wilford slugs a home run which stretches a 1-0 Palomar lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning vs. Grossmont. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Winning pitcher Bree Burns

Burns beats G-House; Comets tie for second

SAN MARCOS (4-24-2012) -- Palomar finished in a second-place tie with Southwestern in the Pac ific Coast Athletic Conference softball race on Tuesday by beating visiting Grossmont 5-0.

Bree Burns (left) threw a fthree-hit shutout at the Griffins with relief help from Brenna Parker, who pitched the seventh inning.. Burns struck out four and walked one.

The Comets (19-10 overall, 11-4 in the PCAC) will close out the regular season with a non-conference rain make-up at Long Beach City College on Wednesday at noon, then will await a possible at-large berth inb the Southern California Regional playoffs.

Katie Wilford  slugged a lthree-run home run as the Comets jumped out to a 4-0 first-inning lead. Raea Tanielu also homered earlier in the inning..

Samantha Avii went 2-for-3 with a double for Palomar. Jasmine Vogel and Parker added doubles.

Jasmine Vogel , who led Palomar with four hits in two days, slides in afely at third ivs. Mesa on Friday. Vogel went 2-for-3 vs. he Olympians. -- Photo by De Hellman

Comets fall short in bid for 31st conference title

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2012) / CYPRESS (4-22-2012  )-- Palomar fell short in its bid for a 31st conference softball championship on Saturday.

Visiting San Diego Mesa defeated the Comets 7-2 to win its first conference title in a quarter-century, since tying Palomar for the 1987 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference crown. The Olympians celebrated by dousing each other with sparkling cider.

Jasmine Vogel went 2-for-3 and Raena Tanielu went 2-for-4 in the loss. Colurtney Krauss, Katie Wilford, Mia Sprauand Suzie Mesa also hit safely.

Mesa is 27-6, 12-2 in conference. Palomar, which has one conference game remaining, fell to 18-9,10-4.

If the Comets beat Grossmont on Tuesday at home at 1 p.m., they'll tie Southwestern for second place.

Palomar at Cypress

Palomar had to come back barely 19 hours later on Sunday to travel to two-time defending CCCAA state community college champion Cypress for a non-conference double-header between teams that have won 10 state titles between them. The Comets came up flast against an outstanding team.

The Chargers swept the Comets 10-0 and 3-0 to advance to 33-4 on the season.

Vogel had two hits for Palomar on the day, including the Comets' lone hit in the first game.

 Comets win; title on line vs. Mesa on Saturday

SAN MARCOS (4-20-2012) -- Jasmine Vogel (left) cleared by bases witth a three-run double to left field in the fourth inning on Friday, breaking a 1-1 tie as Palomar downed visiting San Diego City College 6-1 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball game.

Katie Willford homered in the second inning for the Comets (18-9, 10-3), while winner Samantha Avii and Bree Burns split the pitching duties for the winners.

The victory set up a home showdown with San Diego Mesa (26-8, 11-3) on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. If the Comets win, they'll clinch the PCAC's top playoff seed and at least a tie for their 31st conference championship.

Palomar then could wrap up an upright title by beating Grossmont at home to close the PCAC season on Tuesday.

If Mesa wins in its regular-season finale today, the Olympians will wrap up an undisputed conference championship.

Third-place Southwestern, a 6-4 upset winner over Mesa on Wednesday, has a 10-4 conference record with one game remaining vs. Sam Doegp City on Tuesday.

Palomar's Raea Tanielu tags out Riverside's Taylor Connor sliding into second base for the final out in the top of the third innng on Tuesday. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

RCC's Zink wins pitching duel 2-0 on no-hitter

SAN MARCOS (4-17-2012) -- Palomar freshman Bree Burns pitched three-hit softball throiugh four innings, on Tuesday exited the game trailing 1-0, and  visiting Riverside City College went on to win a non-conference softball game 2-0 as RCC sophomore Nichole Zink threw a no-hitter.

Zink, who has signed with Long Beach State, struck out 15 as she advanced to 16-6 on the season.

Riverside advanced to 23-9, while Palomar is 17-9.

The Comets will host San Diego City College in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference game on Friday at 3 p.m., then will play a rain make-up against San Diego Mesa on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., also at home. Saturday's game could decide the conference championship.

 Mesa game postponed; PCAC honors Avii, Burns

SAN MARCOS (4-11-2012) -- On the same day Palomar's home softball game with San Diego Mesa, which could decide the PCAC championship, was postponed to Saturday, April  21 at 3:30 p.m. due to a wet fielD, the conference honored Comet pitchers Samantha Avii and Bree Burns as its Women's Athletes of the Week on Wednesday.

Avii (left), a sophomore from Mar Vista High School who has a 7-3 win-loss record, and Burns (right), a freshman from Poway High who is fourth in the state with an ERA of 0.96, have combined to pitch five consecutive conference shutout wins for the Comets.

Last week, Burns shut out Southwestern 8-0 on a two-hitter  and Avii blankede Imperial Valley 17-0 with a three-hitter. Avii helped her cause against the Arabs at the plate,going 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

Avii's 3-hitter, Montanez' 3-4 game key 17-0 win

IMPERIAL (4-5-2012) -- Samantha Avii threw a five-inning three-hitter and Mercedes Montanez went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI on Thursday as Palomar run-ruled Imperial Valley 17-0.

The victory set up next Wednesday home game with San Diego Mesa that could decide the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champiionship.

Avii (2-for-4, double, 3 RBIs), Jasmine Voegel  (2-for-2, RBI), Brenna Parker (2-for-4, 3 RBIs) and Anastasia Taverez (2-for-3, RBI) also had multiple hits as the Comets (17-8,m 9-3) banged out 18 hits. Gaby Garcia also hit safely.

Palomar has shut out its last five conference opponents.

Burns' shutout, Krauss' grand-slam lift Comets

CHULA VISTA (4-3-2012) -- Bree Burns (left) pitched a two-hit shutout on Tuesday as the Palomar softball team run-ruled Southwestern 8-0, avenging two earlier losses to the Jaguars.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets (16-8,  8-3 in conference) will visit Imperial Valley on Thursday at 1 p.m, then will host San Diego Mesa next Wednesday in a game that could decide the PCAC championship and the conference's top playoff seed.

Courtney Krauss (right) slugged a grand-slam home run in the sixth inning for Palomar. She was 2-for 4 for the day with five RBIs.

Raea Tanielu went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

Mia Sprau was 2-for-3 and walked.

It was  Palomar's fourth straight shutout win in the conference.

Mt. SAC (22-3) pins pair of 1-run losses on PC

WALNUT (3-31-2012) -- Palomar fell one run short twice in a non-conference double-header on the road against the Mounties (22-3) on Saturday afternoon and evening.

Mt. SAC won the first game 2-1 and  the second game 5-4.

Palomar.s Samantha Avii (left) dropped a pitchers' duel to the Mounties' Natalie Sanchez (12-1 in the opener.

Palomar had six hits off Sanchez -- doubles by Raea Tanielu (right) and Mercedes Montanez and singles by Avii, Courtney Krauss, Katie Wilford and Jasmine Vogel.

Mt. SAC's Ariel Whiteman (4-0)  and Nicole Soltis threw six-hitter at the Comets in the second game. Tanielu went 2-for-4 with a home run, double  and  three RBIs. Brenna Parker was 2-for-4 with a  homer and two RBIs. Mia Sprau and Jeseka Flores added singles.

Comets club G-House again, this time by 9-0

EL CAJON (3-30-2012) -- Palomar continued on a collision course with San Diego Mesa for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball championship on Friday by routing Grossmont for the second time in two meetings, this time 9-0.

Bree Burns and Samantha Avii combined to pitch a six-hit shutout at the Griffins, while Mia Sprau (above left) paced a 13-hit attack by going 3-for-4 with with a double.

Brenna Parker (right) went 2-for-4, slugged a home run and drove in three runs for the Comets, who are 15-6, 7-3 in conference and trail first-place Mesa by one game.

Jasmine Vogel went 2-for-3 and douled.. Kaie Wilford (2-for-4) also had multiple hits. Avii, Courtney Krauss, Raea Tanielu and Mercedes Montanez also hit safely.

ABOVE: Jasmine Vogel beats out a bunt in 10-0 rout of San Diego City College. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Starting pitcher and winner Samantha Avii

PC run-rules City 10-0; Shutout for Avii, Burns

SAN DIEGO (3-27-2012) -- Samantha Avii and Bree Burns combined to pitch a four-hit shutout on Wednesday as coach Lacey Craft's Palomar softball team run-ruled San Diego City College 10-0 on the road to remain in the thick of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference race.

The Comets (14-6, 6-3) stayed one game behind first-place San Diego Mesa. The Olympians beat Grossmont 6-3.

Avii threw two-hit shutout ball over the first 3 2/3 innings to notch the win, advancing to 5-2 on the season. She struck out four. Burns faced the final five batters.

Katie Wilford paced an 11-hit attack for the Comets in the run-rule victory by going 2-for-2 with a double, two RBIs and a steal. Courtney Krauss and Jasmine Vogel also had doubles. Avii, Raena Tanielu, Mia Sprau, Branna Parker, Mercedes Montanez, Haylee Williams and Jessica Flores added singles.

The Comets scored one run in the first inning and two in the second, then busted the game open with three runs in the third.

Palomar visits Grossmont on Friday at 3 p.m.

Comets win 8-0, move within game of first place

SAN MARCOS (3-21-2012) -- Palomar run-ruled visiting Imperial Valley 8-0 in 4 1/2 innings on Wednesday and moved to within one game of first-place San Diego Mesa in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softall when Southwestern upset the Olympians 2-0.

Samantha Avii (left) threw four innings and Bree Burns )pitched the last inning as they combined on a four-hit shutout. Avii improved to 4-2 by picking up the win.

Jasmine Vogel (right) led Palomar at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base. Courtney Krauss and Burns each was 2-for-3.  Mercedes Montanez doubled in two runs, Raea Tanielu singled and drove in two runs and Brenna Parker also hit safely, rounding out a 10-hit attack.

The Comets, who fell two games out of first when they lost 6-2 to Mesa on the road last Friday, now are 13-6, 5-3 in the conference.

ABOVE: Mercedes Montanez gets down a sacrifice bunt in Palomr's three-run third inning. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Brenna Parker,who doubled twice for the Comets

Jaguars end Comets' PCAC win streak at four

SAN MARCOS (3-13-2012) -- Palomar was unable to hold onto a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning on Wednesday and saw its four-game Pacvific Coast Athletic Conference softball win streak end, 4-3 to visiting Southwestern.

The Comets dropped out of a tie for first place and are now deadlocked for second place with Grossmont, a 15-0 winner over Imperial Valley. San Diego Mesa, which defeated San Diego City college 4-0, is alone in first.

It was the second victory by the Jaguars over the Comets. Southwestern beat Palomr to open the conference season before the Comets reeled off four straight PCAC wins.

Brenna Patker paced an eight-hit attack for Palomar (12-5,4-2) by going 2 for 4 with a pair of doubles.

The Comets put together s Mia Sprau single, Mercedes Montanez' sacrifice bunt, sigles by Samantha Avii and Haylee Williams walks to Sasmine Vogle and Raea Tanielu and a single by Courtney Krauss to take a 3-1 led in the bottom of the second.

But Southwestern came back to score three times in a three-hit fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead it would hold onto,.

Tanielu and Montanez also hit safely.

ABOVE: Breanna Parkeabove (above) slugs a two-run homer to up Palomar's lead over Grossmont from 9-1 to 11-2 in the third inning Friday. BELOW LEFT: Grossmont centerfielder Lindsay Thorstenson looks up helplessly as the ball easily clears the fence. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT:  Raea Tanielu (below right), who along jwith Parker, Katie Wilford and Samantha Avii went 2-for-3

Comets bury G-House with 10-run 3rd inning

SAN MARCOS (3-09-2012) -- Palomar pushed across 10 runs on eight hits in the third inning on Friday to knock visiting Grossmont out of a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball lead. The Comets run-ruled the Griffins 11-3.

The Comets (12-4, 4-1) remain tied with San Diego Mesa, which defeated last-place Imperial Valley 12-1, atop the conference while the G-House (10-10, 3-2) falls into third place. Palomar beat Mesa last week.

Breanna Parker), a freshman from Vista High School, slugged a two-run home run at the tail end of the rally to punctuate the inning. She finishedl the afternoon 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Raea Tanielu went 2-for-3 with a double, Katie Wilford went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and Samantha Avii was 2-for-2 and drove in a run.,

Winning pitcher Bree Burns (5-3) and reliever Samantha Avii combined to stop the Griffins in the 4 1/2-inning game.

Grossmont took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. The Comets tied it up with a run in the bottom of the inning on Tanielu's double, Courtney Krauss' sacrifice bunt a single by Parker and Wilford's fielder's chice.

That set the stage for the 10-run third inning, which put Palomar on top 11-1. Grossmont prolonged the top of the fifth by bunching three of its seven hits in the inning,but Avii got Shelby Grimes to pop out to first for the game's final out.

ABOVE: Palomar second baseman Rhea Tanielu blocks San Diego City runner trying to get back to the bag during Comets' 6-3 victory on Wednesday. She was ruled safe on the play. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Katie Wilford, who went 2-for-3 with a douuble and a walk. BELOW RIGHT: Mia Sprau, who was 2-for-3, walked and scored a run.

Palomar beats City, is tied atop the conference

SAN MARCOS (3-07-2012) -- Palomar is in a tie for first-place in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball after the Comets defeated visiting San Diego City College 6-3 on Wednesday and San Diego Mesa knocked off previous undisputed leader Grossmont 9-2.

Katie Wilford went 2-for-3 with a double, walked, run scored and RBI as the Comets (11-4, 3-1 in the PCAC) broke a 3-3 tie after 4 1/2 innings to move into a three-way tie with Grossmont and Mwa atop the conference.

Mia Sprau was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Raven Ikeda went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets will host Grossmont on Friday at 3 p.m.

BOVE: Bree Burns delivers a pitch in Saturday's first game against undefeated and state No. 1-ranked College of the Canyons. Burns threw a four-hitter but the Comets lost 3-2 on a pair of unearned runs. -- Photo by Deb Hellman. BELOW: Ranea Tanielu, who had a big day at the plate for Palomar.

State No. 1 Cougars survive near-upset in sweep

SAN MARCOS (3-03-2012) -- State No. 1-ranked College of the Canyons narrowly survived an upset in the first game of its non-conference softball double-header at Palomar on Saturday, scoring two unearned runs to win 3-2. The Cougars won despite a four-hitter thrown by the Comets' Bree Burns. Palomar left 14 runners on base.

Canyons won the second game 7-2, advancing to 14-0 on the season (Palomar is 10-4)..

In the first game,Ranea Tanielu (right) had the big blow for the Comets, doubling in the second inning to drive in Haylee Williams, who was aboard as a hit batter.

In the sixth, Jasmine Vogel singled, Brenna Parker walked and Vogel scored on a fly by to center by Katie Willford, which the Canyons center fielder dropped in the sun for an error.

In the second game, Tanielu  went 2-for-4 for Palomar with a double and RBI. Wilford was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Krauss 4-5, Wilford homers in 21-1 win vs. IVC

IMPERIAL (3-02-2012) -- Courtney Krauss (left) went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Katie Wilford was 2-for-2 with a home run, two walks and three RBIs on Friday as Palomar rolled to a 21-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball win over Imperial Valley.

Jassmine Vogel was -for-2, tripled and doubled. Jesceka Flores was 2-for-2, doubled and drovfe in a run.,

Coach Lacey Craft's Palomar team is 10-2 on the season, 2-1 in the PCAC.

The Comets will host unbeaten College of the Canyons on Saturday in a 1 p.m. non-conference double-header.

Courtney Krauss doubles in the winning run in the sixth inning of the Comets' 5-4 victory on Wednesday on the Palomar field. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar rallies to hand SD Mesa 1st PCC loss

SAN MARCOS (2-29-2012) -- Palomar, trailing early Pacific Coast Athletic Confernece leader San Diego Mesa 4-1 at home Wednesday, rallied for three runs in the firth inning and beat the Olympians 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth when Courtney Krauss doubled in the winning run

Ranea Tanielu went 2-for-4 for coach Lacey Craft's Comets and homered to score Jasmine Vogel, aboard on a single to close the gap to 4-3 in the fifth.

The Comets (9-2, 1-1) then tied the game to set the table for Krause's game-winning hit in the sixth. Krauss went 2-for-4 with the double and RBI. Vogel was 2-for-3 and scored two runs.

Mesa is 14-4 overall, 2-1 in conference.

ABOVE: Brenna Parker homers in Palomar's 12-0 victory over Santa Monica. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Raven Ikeda, who was 3-for-4 in a 12-0 win vs. Victor Valley.

Palomar rolls to back-to-back 12-0 wins, is 8-0

SAN MARCOS (2-17-2012) -- Palomar 's softball team rolled to run-role victories over Victor Valley (12-0) and Santa Monica (also 12-0) at home in the San Diego City College Tournament and now is 8--0 on the season.

Raven Ikeda (left) went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Comets against Victor Valley in support of winning pitcher Samantha Avii (3-0) and reliever Bree Burns, who combined on a three-hitter in the 5 1/2-inning game.

 Brenna Parker was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBIs and two walks. Raea Tanielu slugged a two-run homer.

Tanielu (3-for-4, triple, double, RBI), Parker (3-for-3, home run, two RBIs), Courtney Krauss (2-for-4, double, two RBIs) and Mia Sprau (2-for-3, RBI) had multiple hits in the run-rule win over Santa Monica,

Parker picked up the pitching win with relief help from Burns.


Comets sustain first loss of 2012 season, to Citrus

SAN DIEGO (2-18-2012) -- Palomar was tagged with its first loss of the season on Saturday, losing to Citrus 3-1 in the San Diego City College Tournament.

Courtney Krauss, Mia Sprau and Mercedes Montanez singled for the only hits by the Comets.

Southwestern ruins Palomar's PCAC opener 6-3

CHULA VISTA (2-24-2012( -- Ranea Tanielu went 3-for-3 for Palomar but the Comets dropped their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opene on Friday afternoon,  6-3 on the road to Southwestern.

Brenna Parker hit a bases-empty home run for the Comets (8-2 overall)..

Haylee Williams, Mercedes Montanez, Mia Sprau and Katie Wilford also hit safely.

Comets down Santa Ana, still are undefeated

SANTA ANA (2-14-2012) -- Palomar continued its winning ways in softball on Wednesday, winning 9-5 on the road at Santa Ana to advance to 6-0 on the season.

Mia Sprau (left, 3-for-4, RBI), (Haylee Williams (3-for, RBI), Miraea Tanielu (2-for-4, double, 2 RBIs) and Kaie Wilford (2-3, 2 RBIs) paced a 13-hit attack for the Comets.

Coiurtney Krauss, Mercedes Monganez and Jasmine Vogel also hit safely.

Samantha Avii and Bree Burns combined to throw a seven-hitter.

The Dons fell to 6-3.

Game cancelled when man dies of heart attack

SAN MARCOS (2-10-2012) -- Palomar's home softball game with Cerritos was cancelled Friday after the grandfather of a Falcons assistant coach collapsed and died shortly before the scheduled 1 p.m. start.

Ray Gomez, of Downey, suffered a fatal heart attack. Palomar Certified Athletic Trainers Flelicia Heise and Dennis Greenhill, plus head softball coach Lacey Craft, attempted to revive him with CPR and an Automated External Defibrillator before paramedics arrived.

But Gomez, who was on campus to attend his granddaughter's game, never regained consciousnes and remained unresponsive. Cerritos Sports Information Director John Van Gaston, who had spoken by cellphone with Gomez' granddaughter within an hour of the incident, confirmed via text message Friday evening that Gomez  "passed (away) at the scene."

Two years ago, Heise and Palomar baseball coach Buck Taylor saved the life of the grandfather of a Saddleback baseball player when he suffered a heart attack and passed out while watching a fall league game between the Gauchos and Comets at Myers Field. In that incident, Heise and Taylor used CPR and an AED to revive the victim before paramedics arrived and transported him to a hospital, where he survived.

The incident led to most of the coaches in Palomar's 21 sports being trained and certified in both CPR and use of the Automatic External Defibrillator.

PC scores unearned run in 7th, escapes with win

ORANGE (2-08-2012) -- Visiting Palomar scoredd an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday to avoid a near-upset by defeating Santiago Canyon 9-8,

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets advanced to 5-0 on the season with the victory. Santiago Canyon is 1-9.

Mercedes Montanez did the most damage offensive for Palomar, doubling and drivfing in three runs.

Katie Wilford (above left, 2-for-3, double), Courtney Krauss (above right, 2-for-5. double, RBI) and Raea Tanielu (2-for-5, double) had multiple-hit games for the Comets.

Samantha Avii singled and drove in a run. Jasmine Vogel also hit safely.

Palomar won the game on back-to-back errors in the seventh.

Bree Burns (2-0), the third pitcher of the day for the Comets, picked up the win with four innings of two-hit, shutout ball.

ABOVE: Mercedes Montanez leads off Palomar's three-run second inning with a single in Monday's 3-1 victory over visiting Saddleback. BELOW LEFT: Starting pitcher and winner Samantha Avii throws to a Saddleback batter. She allowed one hit over four innings. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets knock off Gauchos, now have 4-0 record

SAN MARCOS (2-06-2012) -- Saddleback College's returning starters slugged a combined 40 home runs last season, but the Gauchos never solved Palomar pitchers Samantha Aviiand Bree Burns on Monday.

Winning pitcher Avii allowed only one hit, an uneared run and struck out three over the first four innings as the Comets won 3-1 at home. Burns threw shutout ball over the last three innings to notch a save.

Palomar scored its three runs in the second inning. Mercedes Montanez singled to lead off the inning and other keys in the rally were Raven Ikeda's RBI single and Raea Taniel's bases-loaded walk. Courtney Krauss and Jasmine Vogel also hit safely in the game.

ABOVE: Courtney Krauss guns out M. San Jacinto player at first base. --  Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Katie Wilford, who went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs.

Same result as Palomar rolls 13-1 in home debut

SAN MARCOS (2-03-2012) -- It was the same story for the Palomar softball team in its home opener on Friday as it was in the Comets' double-header sweep of Victor Valley to open the season on Wednesday.

Another run-rule wiln. Another big day at the plate. Another strong pitching performance.

The Comets won the non-conference game 13-1 behind the pitching of Brenna Parker (1-0) and munltiple-hit performances courtesy of Katie Wilford, Riesa Tanielu, Mia Sprau, Jasmine Vogel and Parker.

Wilford went 3-for-3 with a triple, double, and three RBIs., Taniele (2-for-2, double, three stolen bases). Sprau was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Vogel went 2-for-4 with a tiple, doule and RBI. Parker was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets are 3-0 and have outscored their opponents 38-1 going into a home game vs. Saddleback on Monday at 3 p.m.

Avii ignites Comets' 15-0, 10-0 sweep over Rams

VICTORVILLE (2-01-2012) -- Samantha Avii (left) pitched a shutout in the first game and went 7-for-8 on the day on Wednesday as Palomar swept a season-opening doubleheader from Victor Valley 15-0 and 10-0 in a pair of five-inning mercy-rule games on the road.

Avii struck out seven in four innings and Bree Burns came in to strike out the side in the fifth in Game 1. Brenna Parker was 4-for-4 at the plate with a triple, three runs scored and three RBIs. Avii was 4-for-4, scored two runs and drove in two runs. Katie Wilford was 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Raea Tanielu homered.

Burns pitched a shutout in Game 2. Avii (3-for-4, double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBIs) led the Comets at the plate.  Parker was 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs.

Casillas 2nd Comet to move on to Minot State

MINOT, North Dakota (8-19-11) -- Sophomore utility player Marabel "Bella" Casillas (left) became the ninth Palomar softball player to commit to a four-year college this week.

Casillas, a Vista Murrieta High School product, accepted a scholarship to Minot State University. Jen Mathis previously accepted an offer to Minot State.

Casillas is the sister of Alfonso Casillas, the Comets' leading 2010 baseball hitter who was the leading hitter for Lewis-Clark State during the 2011 season.

Previous current Palomar commits have included Danielle LeBeau to Ohio State and Kelli Starr to 2011 NCAA national champion UC San Diego.





4-Year College

Danielle LeBeau RHP/1B Ohio State
Kelli Starr OF/RHP UC San Diego
Monica Villarreal RHP Drury
Marissa Valdez OF Drury
Regina Norris OF Drury
Jen Mathis 1B/C Minot State
Bella Casillas UTIL Minot State
Kristen Tenwolde RHP Felican
Jalisa McCarvel C Cal State San Marcos

Palomar's LeBeau will sign with Ohio State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (6-23-11) -- Palomar's two-time Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and two-time all-state selection Danielle LeBeau has accepted a scholarship to Ohio State University.

She'll sign with the Buckeyes this weekend, according to her father, Daniel LeBeau.

LeBeau, a Poway High School product, batted .445 with 19 doubles, four triples, two home runs and 62 RBIs over two seasons for the Comets. She hit .506 in 2010, when she was named to the National Softball Coaches Association first-team All-American, and ..405 in 2011,

LeBeau recorded 21 pitching victories for the Comets for two seasons, compiling a 2.71 earned run average over 209 innings. She went 12-6 with a 2,69 ERA and 115 strikeouts over 114 1/3 innings for the PCAC champion Comets during the 2011 season.

She was recruited by Ohio State to help turn the Buckeyes' program back around. Ohio State is 507-355 under coach Linda Kalafatis in 14 seasons, but finished last in the Big 10 in 2011

LeBeau becomes the 154th Palomar softball player to receive a scholarship to a four-year college since 1980 and the 103rd Comet to earn a Division I scholarship. She's the first Palomar player to go to the Big 10 since Lisa Michaels went on to Purdue in 1987

Palomar has sent 10 softball players on to Oklahoma State and 18 total to the Big 12 Conference. The Comets have sent six players to Tennessee and 10 total to the SEC, but LeBeau will become only the second Palomar transfer to play in the Big Ten. Five Comets have played for San Diego State, their third-most popular destination.

(Above photo by Hugh Cox)


Starr to NCAA Div. II national champion UCSD

SAN DIEGO (6-27-11) -- Palomar outfielder / right-handed pitcher Kelli Starr has committed to 2011 NCAA Division II national champion UC San Diego.

Starr, a two-year starter for the Comets, hit .336 in her Comet career with seven doubles, six triples, one home run and 33 RBIs.

She also had a 2.55 ERA in two seasons as a pitcher.

Starr was a first-team All-PCAC selection as an outfielder.

ABOVE: Jen Mathis, who batted .366 for Palomar in 2011 with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs and 38 RBIs, has signed with Minot State. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Monica Villarreal, one of two Comets who has signed with Drury University

Sophomore players move on to four-year level

SAN MARCOS (6-1-11) -- Four more Palomar softball players have accepted scholarships to four-year colleges, bringing the list of Comets moving on to the next level to six on the year.

Three Comets signed with NCAA Division II Drury University in Springfield, Missouri  -- Pitcher Monica Villarreal (left) Carlsbad High School, 9-2 in 2011, 1.36 ERA), Marissa Valdez (Valley Center, .398, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 20 RBIs) and Regina Norris (Mira Mesa, .324, 1 double, 1 triple, 11 RBIs). Jen Mathis (Escondido, .366, 10 doubles, 1 triple, 9 home runs, 38 RBIs) signed with Minot State University in Minot, North Dakota.

Previously, Kristen Tenwolde (Felician College in Rutherford, New Jersey) and Jalisa McCarvel (Cal State San Marcos) transferred at the semester.

2012 Softball Schedule, Results

Wed Feb 1

at Victor Valley

Victorville WON 15-0 1-0  

at Victor Valley

Victorville WON 10-0 2-0  
Fri Feb 3 Mt. San Jacinto Palomar WON 13-1 3-0
Mon Feb 6 Saddleback Palomar WON 3-1 4-0  
Wed Feb 8 at Santiago Canyon Orange WON 9-8 5-0  
Fri Feb 10 Cerritos Palomar Cancelled (death of spectator)
Tue Fe 14 at Santa Ana Santa Ana WON 9-5 6-0  
Fri Feb 17 Victor Valley (SD City College Tournament) Palomar WON 12-0 7-0  
Santa Monica (SD City College Tournament) Palomar WON 12-4 8-0  
Sat Feb 17 Ctrus (SD City College Tournament) San Diego Lost 1-3 8-1  
Fri Feb 24 at Southwestern (PCAC game) Chula Vista Lost 3-6 8-2 0-1
Wed Feb 29 San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) Palomar WON 5-4 9-2 1-1
Fri Mar 2 at Imperial Valley (PCAC game) Imperial WON 21-1 10-2 2-1
Sat Mar 3 College of the Canyons Palomar Lost 2-3 10-3  
  College of the Canyons Palomr Lost 2-7 10-4  
Wed. Mar 7 San Diego CC (PCAC game) Palomar WON 6-3 11-4 3-1
Fri Mar 9 Grossmont (PCAC game) Palomar WON 11-3 12-4 4-1
Wed Mar 14 Suthwestern (PCAC game) Palomar Lost 3-4 12-5 4-2
Fri Mar 15 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) San Diego Lost 2-6 12-6 4-3
Wed Mar 21 Imperial Valley (PCAC game) Palomar WON 8-0 13-6 5-3
Wed Mar 28 at San Diego CC (PCAC game) San Diego WON 10-0 14-6 6-3
Fri Mar 30 at Grossmont (PCAC game) El Cajon WON 10-0 15-6 7-3
Sat Mar 31 at Mt. SAC Walnut Lost 1-2 15-7  
  at Mt. SAC Walnut Lost 4-5 15-8  
Tlue Apr 3 at Southwestern (PCAC game) Chula Vista WON 8-0 16-8 8-3
Thu Apr 5 at Imperial Valley (PCAC game) Imperial WON 17-0 17-8 9-3
Tue Apr 17 Riverside CC Palomar Lost 0-2 17-9  
Fri Apr 20 San Diego CC (PCAC game) Palomar WON 6-1 18-9 10-3
Sat, Apr 21 San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) Palomar Lost 2-7 18-10 10-4
Sun., Apr 22 at Cypress Cypress Lost 0-10 18-11  
  at Cypress Cypress Lost 0-3 18-12  
Tue Apr 24 Grossmont Palomar WON 5-0 19-12 11-4
Wed Apr 25 at Long Beach CC Long Beach WON 4-0 20-12  

2012 Roster

No Name Pos Yr High School (City) / Previous College
1 Raven Ikeda OF Fr Ponderosa (Single Springs, CA)
2 Samantha Avii P / 1B So Mar Vista (Imperial Beach, CA)
4 Marissa Foster OF Fr Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
5 Ashley Witherspoon OF Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
6 Miraea Tanielu 2B So Westview (San Diego CA) / Utah Valley University
7 Mia Sprau C Fr San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas, CA)
8 Mercedes Montanez UTL Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
10 Katie Wilford UTL So El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
11 Anastasia Tavarez OF Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
12 Jasmine Vogel OF Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
13 Haylee Williams OF Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
14 Jesceka Flores 1B Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
15 Tori Lhota OF Fr San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas, CA)
16 Gay Garcia OF Fr Valley Center (Valley Center, CA)
17 Courtney Krauss UTL So Great Oak (Temecula, CA)
18 Ashley Wisma OF Fr San Pasqual (Escondido, CA)
19 Bree Burns P Fr Poway (Poway, CA)
24 Susie Mesa UTL Fr El Camino (Ocenside, CA)
29/30 Brenna Parker P/3B Fr Vista (Vista, CA)
  Jaclyn Meester 1B RS Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
  Hailey Mettler UTL FS Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
  Ana Gonzalez OF RS Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
  Kayla Dunn C RS El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
  Haille Frias UT RS Pacific View Charter (Oceanside, CA)

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