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Palomar's Softball Tradition

STATE CHAMPIONS 1989 -1993 - 2000 - 2013

California state championships: 4 Wins thru May 19, 2013: 1,217
State championship games: 9 All-Americans: 30
State Finals appearances: 18 Scholarships to 4-year level: 163
Regional championships: 18 NCAA Div. I scholarships: 104
Conference championships: 30

Off-Season News

SOFTBALL: NFCA National Award

Palomar's softball coaching staff (L to R): Volunteer coach Carl Grubb, head coach Lacey Craft (also pictured below), assistant coach Ginalee Davis, assistant coach and retired Hall of Fame head coach Mark Eldridge. -- Courtesy Photo.

PC coaches named National Staff of the Year

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (10-15-2013) -- Palomar's softball coaches have been honored as National Community College Staff of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. The award will be presented at the NFCA National Convention on Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio.

Head coach Lacey Craft and assistant coaches Mark Eldridge, the Comets' retired head coach, Ginalee Davis and volunteer coach Carl Grubb, guided Palomar's 2013 team to the CCCAA state community college championship at Bakersfield. The Comets defeated Riverside City College 7-2 in the title game.

Eldridge was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame on Nov. 12, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. Craft played for Eldridge at Palomar and was a three-year starter at San Diego State University.

The state championship was the fourth for Palomar's softball program.

ABOVE: Second baseman Raea Tanielu applies a tag vs. Riverside City College in a 2012 game. Tanielu will play at San Jose State. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Brenna Parker, the Most Valuable Pitcher in the 2013 CCCAA State Tournament, will play at NAIA Women's World Series qualifier Cal State San Marcos

Seven softball players on way to four-year level

SAN MARCOS (7-30-2013) -- Five more Palomar softball players are moving on to continue their careers at the four-year level, led by CCCAA State Tournament Most Valuable Pitcher Brenna Parker to NAIA Women's World Series qualifier Cal State San Marcos.

Vista High School product Parker also was as dangerous a hitter as there was in California community college ranks during the recent season as she batted .474 with 18 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs and 64 runs batted in. She led the state in homers and RBIs in helping lead coach Lacey Craft's Comets to their fourth state championship.

Other softball players joining the list of Comets moving on to four-year colleges are catcher Mercedes Montanez (NCAA Division II Felician College in Lodi, NJ), outfielder Haylee Williams (Felician College), catcher Ana Tavarez (Mid-American Nazarene University of the NAIA in Olathe, KS) and second baseman Raena Tanielu (Division I San Jose State), a first-team all-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference selection from Palomar's 2012 team.

They join outfielder Jasmine Vogel (El Camino High School), who signed early with D-II Colorado State University-Pueblo, and infielder Hollie Hinkle (Murrieta Valley), who transferred at the semester to the NAIA's University of Pikeville in Pikeville, KY.

Vogel was a two-time All-PCAC selection who made the 2013 all-state tournament team.

Tanielu becomes the 104th softball player in program history to move on to the Division I level -- and the 163rd Comet to move on to the four-year level.

The list of Palomar athletes who are moving on to four-year colleges in all sports to date has now reached 37.

SOFTBALL (7) -- P-UT Brenna Parker (Vista) -- Cal State San Marcos / OF C Mercedes Montanez (Rancho Buena Vista) -- Felician (NJ) College / OF Haylee Williams (Carlsbad) -- Felician (NJ) College /  C Ana Tavarez (El Camino) --  Mid-American Nazarene / OF Jasmine Vogel (El Camino) -- Colorado State University-Pueblo / 2B Raea Tanielu (Westview) from 2012 Palomar team --  San Jose State / INF Holly Hinkle (Murrieta Valley) mid-year transfer -- University of Pikeville (OH)

2013 State Championship Season

ABOVE: Palomar's 2013 California State Champion softball team, shown in a picture from April 24. -- File Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Mercedes Montanez, who went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. BELOW RIGHT: Comets after the game. -- Courtesy Photo by Nick Ellis for the California Community College Athletic Association

Comets declaw Tigers, win fourth state title

BAKERSFIELD (5-19-2013)  -- Mercedes Montanez went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI on Sunday afternoon, giving Palomar a 7-2 win over Riverside City College for its fourth CCCAA State Softball Championship.

Earlier, coach Lacey Craft's Comets had defeated College of San Mateo 5-4 on Friday night and Shasta 4-3 on Saturday to capture the winners' bracket of the double-elimination tournament. RCC, battling out of the losers bracket after an opening-round loss to Shasta, handed Palomar an 8-2 loss earlier Sunday to force an "if necessary" game.

In the final game, Palomar jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top half of the first inning.

Megan Bartee led off the game by singling to right field. Maren Lebsock reached base on a sacrifice fielder's choice, putting runners at first and second with none out.

With one out, Brenna Parker was safe at first on a fielder's choice, with Lebsok being forced at second and Bartee advancing to third.

Paige Falconieri reached on an error by RCC's right fielder. Parker advanced to third and Bartee came home to put the Comets up 1-0. Montanez singled to drive in Parker, making it 2-0.

Palomar then added two runs in the second inning one in the fourth and two in the fifth to open a 7-0 lead on the Tigers, the top seed out of Southern California and the Orange Empire Conference champions.

That's the way it remained until Riverside scored its only two runs in the bottom of the seventh on Olivia Fimbress' two-run home run to left field.

Winning pitcher Parker, who took a two-hit shutout into the seventh, allowed four hits in the inning but worked her way out of a late jam to leave two Riverside runners stranded and give the Comets (33-14) their first state title since 2000.

Carlie  Daniel and Jasmine Vogel each had a single and an RBI for the Comets. Kristin George drove in two runs.

Palomar and Riverside were tied 0-0 throuigh the first four innings of Sunday's first game. The Tigers took  a 1-0 lead in the fifth and went on to win the game.

Parker hit a solo home run for the Comets. Bartee went  2-for-3 with a steal and George had the other hit.

Lebsock, the second baseman, fielded a groundball and threw out Riverside's Courtney Brown at first for the final out of the championship game and the tournament.

Palomar won its first two state championships in 1989 and 1993. Mark Eldridge, now retired as head coach but currently Craft's No. 1 assistant, coached the Comets to their previous three state titles. He was inducted into the National Fast-Pitch Coaches Association Hall of Fame in December.

Lacey Craft thus becomes the first head coach other than Eldridge to guide a Palomar team to the state championship.

Craft and Palomar assistant coach Ginalee Davis both played for the Comets for Eldridge on teams that advanced to the State Tournament. Craft went on to become the starting third baseman at San Diego State University. Davis went on to become a first-team NAIA All-American shortstop at Lubbock Christian University. She helped lead Lubbock Christian to the 2008 NAIA National Championship in Decatur, AL.

Eldridge played three sports at Palomar and played safety for the Washington State University football team.

Craft’s other assistant coach is Carl Grubb, a former volunteer coach at the University of Georgia.

The Tigers finished the season 45-6.

SOFTBALL: State Tournament Awards

Daniel MVP and Parker Most Valuable Pitcher

BAKERSFIELD (5-19-2013) -- Palomar's newly-crowned State champions took home three individual awards from the state tournament.

Carlie Daniel (left) was named tournament Most Valuable Player.

Brenna Parker (right) was named Most Valuable Pitcher.

And shortstop Megan Bartee received the Golden Glove Award.

The only individual award that eluded the Comets went to Natalie Barrios, Riverside's leadoff batter, who was named Outstanding Hitter.

Daniel is a freshman pitcher / utility player out of San Marcos High School. Parker is a sophomore pitcher / utility player from Vista High School. Bartee is a freshman shortstop from Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore.

The Comets were represented by six players on the all-tournament team. Joining Daniel, Parker and Bartee as all-tourney selections were Mercedes Montanez (sophomore catcher, Rancho Buena Vista High School), Jacyln Meester (sophomore first baseman, Rancho Buena Vista High School) and Jasmine Vogel (sophomore outfielder, El Camino High School).

Other members of the Palomar state championship team are Ashley Wisma (freshman outfielder, Escondido High School), Maren Lebsock (freshman infielder, San Pasqual High School), Kaylee Hughen (freshman outfielder, Rancho Buena Vista High School), Kristin George (freshman utility player, Fallbrook High School), Emily Metz (freshman infielder, Del Norte High School), Ana Tavarez (sophomore catcher, El Camino High School), Haylee Williams (sophomore outfielder, Carlsbad High School), Paige Falconieri (freshman utility player, Escondido High School), Lizzy Hutzler (freshman outfielder, Fallbrook High School), Susie Meza (sophomore utility player, El Camino High School) and red-shirts Amanda Cochran (utility player, Vista Murrieta High School) and Caitlin Washburn (pitcher, Julian Charter High School).

Montanez, Bartee are named Athletes of Week

SAN DIEGO (5-22-2013) -- Mercedes Montanez (left) and Megan Bartee (right), who played key roles as Palomar won the CCCAA State softball tournament, are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's final Women's Athletes of the Week for the 2012-13 academic year.

Montanez, the Comets' sophomore catcher from Rancho Buena Vista High School, went 3-for-3 with an RBI and a walk on Sunday as Palomar defeated Riverside City College 7-2 in the State Championship game at Bakersfield. She'd gone 2-for-4 in a 4-2 victory over Shasta on the previous day.

Bartee, a freshman shortstop from Lakeside High in Lake Elsinore, received the Golden Glove award as the outsranding defensive player in the state tournament. She went 2-for-3 in the state championship game win vs. RCC and aloso went 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 5-4 win over College of San Mateo to open Final Four Weekend..

Bartee's sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted the Comets to the win over San Mateo.

Comets do it again, are 1 win from 4th state title

CCCAABAKERSFIELD (5-18-2013) -- Brenna Parker (left) went 3-for-3 and notched the pitching win on Saturday afternoon as Palomar moved to within one win of its fourth state softball championship.

Paige Falconieri drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly to left field in the top of the seventh inning to give coach Lacey Craft's Comets (32-13) a 4-3 victory over Shasta (40-8) in the winners' bracket finals at the CCCAA Final Four at Bakersfield College's Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex.

Palomar will sit back and await the survivor of the losers bracket, either Shasta, Riverside City College or College of San Mateo, in  the championship game at noon on Sunday. If the Comets win, the tournament is over. Palomar would have to lose twice for one of those teams to win the state title.

Palomar will be attempting to win its first state championship since 2000, when the Comets defeated Long Beach City College 1-0 in the title game at Fresno. PC's first two state titles came in 1989 and 1993.

Palomar scored single runs in the second and third innings and was ahead of Shasta 2-0 going into the bottom of sixth, when the Knights pushed across three runs to lead 3-2.

The Comets answered right back to tally the tying and winning runs in the top of the seventh before Parker retired the side 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning.

Megan Bartee drew a walk to begin the top half of the seventh. With one out, Shasta's pitcher threw the ball away on a fielder's choice, and Parker followed with a double to left center for her third hit of the afternoon to tie the gqme.

Falconieri's sac fly scored Carlie Daniel, on base on a fielder's choice, for what turned out to be the winning run.

Parker's 3-for-3 day at the plate featured two doubles, three RBIs and a walk. She pitched a five-hitter in going in throwing her complete game.

Mercedes Montanez and Daniel each went 2-for-4 as the Comertsd banged out eight hits off two Shasta pitchers. Jaclyn Meester was 1-for-2.

The Knights, the No. 2 seed from Northern California, had won 20 of their previous 21 games.

The winner of Saturday's 5:30 p.m. game between Riverside and San Mateo was scheduled to face Shasta at 8 p.m. to determine Palomar's Sunday opponent. RCC led San Mateo 1-0 after the first two innings in the 5:30 game.

Bartee's sac fly gives PC upset over No. 1 team

CCCAABAKERSFIELD (5-17-2013) -- Megan Bartee (left) drove home Jasmine Fogel with a sacrifice fly to center field in the top of the eighth inning Friday evening, giving Palomar a 5-4 upset of state No. 1-ranked College of San Mateo to begin the CCCAA State Championship Final Four.

Bartee had doubled with none out and moved up to third on Kristin George's fielder's choice.

With the victory at Bakersfield College's Dean & Adah Gay Sports Comlex, the Comets ran their record to 31-13 and will play the winner of the late game between Riverside City College and Shasta in the winners' bracket on Saturday at 3 p.m. RCC took an early 1-0 lead in that game, which began after the 8 p.m. scheduled starting time. The San Mateo Bulldogs (41-5) will play the loser of Friday's second game in an elimination game at 5:30 p.m.

The Final Four runs through Sunday, with Palomar attempting to win its first state championship since the Comets defeated Long Beach City College 1-0 in the 2000 finals at Fresno.

College of San Mateo jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead. Palomar came back to go in front 3-2 when Paige Falconieri hit a three-run home run over the left-center field fence in the top of the sixth.

The Bulldogs regained the lead 4-3 in the bottom of the inning, but the Comets sent the game into extra innings on back-to-back-to-back singles by Bartee, Maren Lebsock and Carlie Daniel in the seventh. Daniel's hit drove Bartee and tied the game at 4-4.

Bartee, Daniel, Vogel and Jacelyn Meester each went 2-for-4 to pace an 11-hit attack for coach Lacey Craft's squad.

Lebsock, playing second base, made a spectacular diving catch for the final out of the game with runners at second and third and two outs in the San Mateo half of the eighth inning.

Brenna Parker threw a complete game to pick up the victory.

Comets top Mt. SAC 4-1, move on to Final Four

WALNUT (5-12-2013) -- Palomar rode the five-hit pitching of Brenna Parker (left) to a 4-1 victory over host Mt. SAC in the second game on Sunday, winning the Walnut Super Regional and advanding to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets (30-13) will play College of San Mateo (41-4), the state's top-ranked team and winner of one of two Northern California Super Regionals, on Friday at 5:30 p.m. to begin the three-day tournament at the Dean & Adah Gay Sports Complex at Bakersfield College.

The other two teams in the Final Four are Riverside City College (42-4), the winner of the Riverside Super Regional, and Shasta (39-7), which won the other Northern California Super Regional.

The Mounties, battling out of the losers bracket, forced an extra game by downing the Comets 11-6 earlier Sunday.

Carlie Daniel (right) pounded out 10 hits, including four home runs, in four games as Palomar went 3-1 for the weekend. Parker knocked out nine hits and also homered four times. The Comets homered nine times, including three round-trippers in a 15-8 win over College of the Desert in the winners bracket finals on Saturday (see right column).

The Comets jumped on Mt. SAC for three runs in the first inning in Sunday's deciding game. Mercedes Montanez went 2-for-3 with a home run for the final PC run in the bottom of the sixth.

Palomar scored its three first-inning runs after Megan Bartee led off the inning by drawing a walk.

Maren Lebsock moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. Daniel then singled and Parker doubled to drive in both Bartee and Daniel. Paige Falconieri doubled in Parker to make it 3-0.

Bartee, Lebsock, Jasmine Vogel and Kristin George singled to round out the Comets' nine-hit attack.

Mt. SAC 11, Palomar 6 -- The Mounties handed the Comets their only loss of the weekend earlier Sunday to force the deciding game.

Parker went 3-for-3 in the loss with a home run, an intentional walk and two RBIs. Daniel was 2-for-4 and homered. Bartee went 2-for-3, walked and scored two runs, and Meester was 2-for-4.

Palomar outhit Mt. SAC 12-11, but six of the Mounties hits were home runs.

PC opens Super Regional by blasting Mesa, COD

WALNUT (5-10-2013 / 5-11-2013) -- Palomar settled an old debt by pounding out a 9-6 win over San Diego Mesa to open play in the Walnut Super Regional softball tournament on Friday night, then came back to club College of the Desert 15-8 in the winners' bracket finals on Saturday.

Carly Daniel (left) led the way vs. Mesa, the other Pacific Coast Athletic Conference co-champion, by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and  three RBIs.

Palomar, which has 31 conference championships compared with Mesa's two titles, won the season series between the two rivals 3 games to 1,

Jackie Meester (right) went 2-for-4 vs.the Olympians with a home run and three RBIs. Jasmine Vogel went 2-for-4 with a home run. Brenna Parker, the winning pitcher, was 2-for-3.

Parker and Daniel dombined for seven hits and five home runs in  the rout of COD.

Daniel was 4-for-5 vs. the Roadrunners with two homers, two doubles and four RBIs, while Parker went 3-for-4 with three homers, a walk and five RBIs.

Maren Lebsock went 3-for-5 and drove in a run, and Paige Falconieri was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

ABOVE: Palomar pitcher Brenna Parker tags out Moorpark's Amanda Chatman at the plate in the first inning of Sunday's third and deciding Regional game. Chatman tried to come home from third on an apparent wild pitch, but catcher Mercedes Montanez fielded the ball and threw to Parker for the out. BELOW: Paige Falconieri hits Palomar's first of four home runs for the day in the second inning of Sunday's first game, setting the tone for the Comets' 3-1 victory. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Parker's walk-off HR puts PC in Super Regionals

SAN MARCOS (5-5-2013 / REVISED 5-6-2012) -- Palomar came back from a loss on Saturday to sweep visiting Moorpark 3-1 and 12-2 on Sunday to win the teams' first-round Southern Cal Regional series 2 games to 1.

The run-rule second-game win and series victory send the Comets into the three-day,  four-team Walnut Super Regional at Mt. San Antonio College. Palomar (27-11) will open the three-day, double-elimination event against PCAC rival San Diego Mesa on Friday at 8 p.m..

The host Mounties play College of the Desert at 5:30 p.m. The Comets will play again Saturday morning against either the winner of that game in the winners' bracket or the loser in an elimination game.

The Comets slammed four home runs to dispose of the Raiders in Sunday's two games. Paige Falconieri's lead-off solo homer in the second inning got the day's power show started. Moorpark tied the game in the sixth, but Palomar came back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth to score the tying and winning runs on Carlie Daniel's double, Falconieri's RBI single, Mercedes Montanez' double and Jaclyn Meester's RBI single.

The Comets run-ruled the Raiders in the second  game on Brenna Parker's walk-off, three-run homer over the left field fence with one out in the bottom of the sixth. Daniel (first inning) and Montanez (second inning) both had slugged two-run homers earlier in the game.

Parker pitched Palomar to back-to-back wins behind outstanding defensive support from her teammates, particularly shortstop Megan Bartee.

Falconieri led the Comets offensively in the day's first game, going 3-for-3 with her HR and two RBIs.

In the second game, Palomar banged out 13 hits led  by Parker  (3-for-4, HR, double, 3 RBIs), Montanez (3-for-3, HR, 2 RBIs and Daniel (2-for-4, HR, 2 RBIs). Lebsock (2-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt) also had multiple hits. Jaclyn Meester drove in two runs.

ABOVE: Palomar's Maren Lebsock delivers a two-run single to pull the Comets to within 5-3 of Moorpark in the seventh inning of Saturday's Southern California Regional first-round series opener. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Megan Bartee, who doubled in the inning and had two hits for the game

Palomar's rally falls a run short in the seventh

SAN MARCOS (5-4-2013) -- Fourth-seeded Palomar saw a seventh-inning rally fall barely short as the Comets dropped  their Southern California softball playoff opener 5-4 to visiting Moorpark on the Palomar field..

Trailing 5-1 to begin the inning, the Comets put together a double by Megan Bartee with a two-run single by Maren Lebsock and sngles by Jaclyn Meester, Brenna Parker and Paige Falconieri to score three runs.

That pulled the Comets to within a run of the Raiders, with the bases loaded, two out and Mercedes Montanez at the plate. Moorpark pitcher Danette A-Mar finally retired Montanez on a pop-up to shortstop Taylor Cartwright, who snow-coned the ball sprinting toward the pitcher's circle for the game's final out.

With the runners going with two outs, it appeared the Comets would have scored two runs and won the game if the ball would have popped out of Cartwright's glove.

Lebsock (above) went 3-for-4 for Palomar (25-12). Bartee, Parker and Meester each were 2-for-4.

The series continues on Sunday at noon at Palomar. If the Comets win, a third and deciding game will follow.

The Raiders who can clinch the series with a win in the noon game, are 25-12-1.

Daniel is Pitcher of Year; Craft is Coach of Year

SAN DIEGO (4-25-2013) -- Palomar freshman Carlie Daniel (left) was voted Pitcher of the Year honors in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference  by PCAC coaches on Thursday.

The Comets' Lacey Craft was selected the conference's Coach of the Year.

Palomar teammates Brenna Parker and Jaclyn Meester also were voted to the all-conference first team. Kristin George, Maren Lebsock, Paige Falconieri and Jasmine Vogel made the second team.

ABOVE: Paige Falconieri homers over the left-field fence in the fourth inning for what turned out to be the winning run vs. Long Beach City College. BELOW: Falconieri's Palomar teammate Carlie Daniel delivers a pitch on her way to a four-hitter. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Falconieri's HR lifts Comets past Long Beach 2-1

SAN MARCOS (4-24-2013) -- Paige Falconieri's solo home run over the left field fence to lead off the fourth inning lifted Palomar to a 2-1 non-conference victory over Long Beach City College on Wednesday afternoon at home as the Comets closed out their regular season at 25 wins and 11 losses.

Carlie Daniel threw a four-hitter for Palomar as she won a pitchers' duel from  Long Beach's Candice Shadwell. Shadwell (19-13), coming off her third no-hitter of the season two weeks ago, pitched a three-hitter.

The Comets, trailing 1-0 after the Vikings scored an unearned run in the top of the first, had tied the game in the last half of the third. Kristin George singled to lead-off the inning. She advanced to second on Megan Bartee's sacririce bunt, went to third on Maren Lebsock's single to the right sie and scored on an error.

Lebsock had the Comets' other hit, a single in the first inning.

The Vikings fell to 24-16.

Palomar settles for tie for its 31st conference title

SAN MARCOS / EL CAJON (4-23-2013) -- Palomar settled for a tie with San Diego Mesa for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball championship on Tuesday when the Olympians defeated third-place Grossmont 8-2 on the Griffins' Field.

The conference title is the 31st for the Comets and the second for Mesa.

By winning the season series between the two teams, Palomar gets the No. 1 playoff seed among conference teams and will host a best-of-three first-round series to begin the Southern California playoffs on May 5-6.

The Comets will find out who they will be hosting at Saturday's seeding meeting.

Palomar and Mesa both finished the conference season with PCAC records of 11-4.

PC stuns state No. 3 Cypress, winds up splitting

SAN MARCOS (4-21-2013) -- Brianna Parker (left) slugged a three-run home run in the bottom half of the third on Sunday as Palomar scored four runs in the inning and stunned state No. 3-ranked Cypress 5-4 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader at the PC field.

The Orange Empire Conference co-champion Chargers (32-7) won the second game 6-4 despite home runs by Paige Falconieri (right)  one on and Jasmine Vogel with the bases empty for the Comets (24-11).

Carlie Daniel was the winning pitcher in game  No. 1, advancing to 14-4 on the season. She helped her own cause by gong 2-for-3 at the plate. Vogel went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs.

Megan Bartee, Maren Lebsock and Mercedes Montanez also hit safely.

Daniel went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in the second game.

Parker had a single in game 2.

ABOVE: Palomar catcher Mercedes Montanez awaits a throw in Friday's game with Southwestern. -- Photo by Peter Ahsue. BELOW LEFT: Carlie Daniel, who hit a two-run home run for the Comets. BELOW RIGHT: Jasmine Vogel, who was 2-for 3 with an RBI.

Chance for undisputed PCAC title is put on hold

SAN MARCOS (4-19-2013) -- Palomar couldn't hold onto a 4-0 lead and dropped a 5-4 decision to visiting Southwestern on Friday, at least temporarily keeping the Comets from winning the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship outright.

The Comets (23-10), who clinched at least a tie for their 31st conference title on Wednesday, finished their conference season with a 11-4 record.

San Diego Mesa, which has not completed its season, can tie the Comets for the title, but Palomar won the season series from Olympics two games to one so already has the tie-breaker for the PCAC's No. 1 playoff seed in hand.

Carlie Daniel slugged a two-run home run for the Comets in the third inning and Palomar was up 4-0 going into the top of the fifth before the Jaguars came back.

Brenna Parker went 2-for-4 with a double for Palomar. Jasmine Vogel was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Kristin George singled and drove in a run. Megan Bartee, Paige Falconieri and Jaclyn Meester also hit safely.

Palomar, ranked ninth in the state, still has three non-conference games remaining before the Southern California playoffs, state No.  3-ranked Cypress in a double-header at noon Sunday, and Long Beach City College at 3 p.m. next Wednesday.

ABOVE: Brenna Parker slams her first of two home runs to give Palomar first-inning lead. She drove in five runs in the game. BELOW: Carlie Daniel sets up to throw a pitch in the fourth inning with the Comets in front 11-0. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets win 12-0, clinch at least tie for PCAC title

EL CAJON (4-17-2013) -- One day after the baseball team did the same thing, Palomar clinched at least a tie for the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball championship on Wednesday.

The visiting Comets, led by the hitting of Brenna Parker and the pitching of Carlie Daniel, knocked Grossmont out of title contention with a 12-0, five-inning run-rule rout.

San Diego Mesa, which defeated Imperial Valley 12-1 on Wednesday, trails Palomar by 1 1/2 games with two to play. The Comets (23-9, 11-3) can win the conference outright by beating Southwestern in their PCAC finale on Friday at home.

Mesa (9-4), which trails Palomar by 1 1/2 games with two games to play, would have to beat San Diego City College and Grossmont in its final two games -- and the Comets would have to lose to Southwestern -- for the Olympians to tie for the title. Grossmont is out of title contention with a 8-5 conference record.

Parker dominated the G-House with her bat. The sophomore from Vista High School went 4-for-4, slammed two home runs, scored three runs and had five RBIs. Daniel dominated the Griffins with her arm. She pitched a two-hitter.

Megan Bartee led off the game with a single. Later in the inning, Parker and Paige Falconieri slugged back-to-back home runs and the Comets led 3-0 right out of the blocks. Palomar  added three runs in the second ining,  two in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth.

Bartee went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Mercedes Montanez went 3-for-4. Maren Lebsock was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Daniel singled and drove in a run. Jasmine Vogel, KristinGeorge and Lizzy Hutzler also hit safely.

PC's upset bid falls one run short vs. No. 2 RCC

RIVERSIDE (4-16-2013) -- To begin a huge week, Palomar came oh-so-close to knocking off the state's No. 2-ranked community college team, Riverside City College, on Tuesday afternoon on the Tigers' diamond.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning only to drop a 5-4 non-conference decision to the Tigers.

Riverside, which trails only No. 1 College of San Mateo in the state poll and is ranked first in Southern California, moves to 33-2 on the season. Palomar is 22-9.

The Comets have zero time to ponder how the game got away. They travel to Grossmont on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. game that could decide the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship, return home to face PCAC opponent Southwestern on Friday at the same time, then host state No.  3-ranked Cypress in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday at 10 a.m.

But this is how the game got away: The Tigers scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, handing Palomar reliever Brenna Parker the loss.

For Palomar, Paige Falconieri (left) went 2-for-3 and slugged a three-run home run over the left-field fence on a 1-2 pitch thrown by RCC starter Katherine Macias in the fifth. The HR gave the Comets a 4-2 lead. Riverside came back with one run in the bottom of the inning to pull to within a run, setting the stage for its winning rally in the last half of the sixth.

Palomar, trailing 2-0, had gotten on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Emily Metz (right), returning to the lineup as a pinch-hitter after an injury, singled on an 0-2 pitch to drive in Falconieri, who had singled down the leftfield line and advanced on a fielder's choice and a single through the left side by Megan Bartee.

Chelsea Ponce (18-1) came on in relief to pitch two scoreless innings for RCC, recording  the win. Alexus Daniels went 4-for-4 for the Tigers

PC pounds City 11-0 in another run-rule game

SAN DIEGO (4-11-2013) -- Palomar pounded San Diego City College 11-0 on the road on Friday, upping its record to 22-8 on the season.

Freshman pitcher Carlie Daniel (left), who worked the first four innings in the five-inning run-rule game, combined with Brenna Parker on the shutout.

Paige Falconieri (right) had a big day at the plate for the Comets, going 2-for-4, slugging a home run, doubling and driving in four runs. Parker also homered and drove in three runs.

Maren Lebsock went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Jasmine Vogel was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Kristen George added a single and two RBIs.

Palomar broke open a scoreless game with six runs in the third inning, added five runs in the top of the fifth.

The Comets remain alone in first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 10-3 record. San Diego Mesa and Grossmont are tied for second place at 8-4.

City College, which had six hits, fell to 18-16-1, 6-7.

Palomar's non-conference home double-header with Cypress, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been switched to a week from Sunday, on April 21. The first game is slated for 10 a.m.

ABOVE: Brenna Parker delivers a pitch on her way to a two-hitter in Wednesday's 9-0 victory over Imperial Valley. BELOW: Mercedes Montanez smashes a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs in the fourth inning. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Parker throws 2-hitter as Comets run-rule Arabs

SAN MARCOS (4-10-2013) -- Brenna Parker threw a two-hitter, advancing to 10-4 on the season, as Palomar run-ruled visiting Imperial Valley 9-0 on Wednesday.

The Comets moved to 21-8 on the season, 9-3 to continue to lead the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Mercedes Montanez paced an 11-hit attack for coach Lacey Craft's club. She went 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs.

Montanez broke the  4 1/2-inning game wide open in the fourth inning when she clubbed a bases-clearing, three-run double.

Carlie Daniel went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Maren Lebsock and Kristin George also had multiple hits. Lebsock went 2-for-2. Geroge was 2-for-3.

Parker went 2-for-1, walked twice and droveinn a run. Megan Bartee and Jaclyn Meester each added a single.

Parker, Bartee and Palomar top Southwestern

SAN MARCOS (4-05-2013) -- Brenna Parker (left) pitched a four-hitter, striking out eight and walkinng none, as Palomar recorded its 20th victory on Friday afternoon, turning back visiting Southwestern 2-0 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference rain make-up.

Megan Bartee (right), who stepped into the starting shortstop job this week after an injury to Emily Metz, continued to be red-hot at the plate as she drove in the game's only two runs.

The freshman from Lakeside High School in Lake Elsinore homered in the second inning, driving in Jaclyn Meester who had singled with one out. Bartee wound up going 3-for-3, adding singles in the fourth and sixth innings.

Meester contributed two singles.

Coach Lacey Craft's team (20-8, 8-3), took a one-half game lead in the conference race over San Diego Mesa (24-7, 7-3) and Grossmont (21-10, 7-3), who both were idle. The three teams were tied for first place entering the game.

Comets lose on unearned runs, back in tie for 1st

SAN DIEGO (4-03-2013) -- Palomar finds itself back into a tie for first place in he Pacific Coast Athletic Conference after being upset by San Diego Mesa 2-1 on Wednesday afternoon at Mesa. The Olympians were a game out entering the game.

The Comets, Mesa and Grossmont, a 4-0 winner over Southwestern, are now tied for first place.

The Olympians scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the first and made the lead stand up.

Carlie Daniel was the hard-luck losing pitcher for the Comets. She threw a two-hit complete game.

The Comets (19-8, 7-3 in the conference) scored their run in the third. Kristin George led off the inning with a single. Maren Lebsock moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt. George took third on a wild pitch, then scored on Danie's sacrifice fly.

Megan Bartee (left) had two singles for the Comets. Jaclyn Meestrer doubled. Paige Falconieri and George singled.

Palomar will  host Southwestern in a rain make-up on Friday at 3 p.m.

Comets go on road and down Santa Ana 6-2

SANTA ANA (4-02-2013) -- Palomar, getting a complete-game five-hitter from winning pitcher Brenna Parker (right), a two-run homer from Paige Falconieri and a 2-for-3, 1-RBI performance from Mercedes Montanez, went on the road and tagged Santa Ana with a 6-2 non-conference loss on Tuesday.

Parker allowed one earned run in running her win-loss record to 7-4 on the season. The Comets, meanwhile, knocked out seven hits in handing the Dons' Devin Rodriguez (8-3) the loss.

Parker singled and drove in two runs. Jasmine Vogel, Maren Lebsock and Megan Bartee, starting at shortstop due to an injury, also had RBI singles.

Palomar jumped out to a 6-0 lead after 4 1/2 innings in advancing to 19-7 on the season. Santa Ana falls to 16-10.

ABOVE: Palomar's Jaclyn Meester applies tag on Southwestern's Sonia Mazon sliding into the third-base bag. -- Photo courtesy of Russ Scoffin, Southwestern College. BELOW: Paige Falconieri, who went 2-for-4 with a grand-slam home run as the Comets banged out 13 hits.

Palomar back in first by itself after 9-0 victory

CHULA VISTA (3-27-2013) -- Palomar banged its way back into sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference on Wednesday, winning 9-0 on the road over Southwestern while San Diego Mesa, which had been tied for the conference lead, was losing to San Diego City College 6-5.

Paige Falconieri had a big day at the plate for the Comets (18-7, 7-2 in conference) as she went 2-for-4 with a grand-slam home run that broke the game open in the sixth inning. The grand-slam put Palomar up by the final 9-0 margin and allowed the Comets to run-rule the Jaguars after they went down in the bottom of the inning.

Winning pitcher Carlie Daniel (11-3) combined on Brenna Parker to shut out the Jaguars. Parker relieved Daniel in the bottom of the fifth with Palomar up 3-0 and picked up the save.

Jaclyn Meester (3-for-4 with an RBI), Kristin George (2-for-4, 2 RBIs), Parker (2-for-3, walk, RBI) and Jasmine Vogel (2-for-3, walk) also had multiple hits for Palomar.

Daniel is named Southern Cal Pitcher of the Week

AZUSA (3-22-2013) -- Palomar freshman Carlie Daniel, a San Marcos High School product, has been selected as Southern California Pitcher of the Week for the week ending Sunday, March 16, by the California Community College Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association.

Daniel was the winning pitcher in a big 4-2 victory over visiting San Diego Mesa, the defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion.

The win enabled to Comets to clinch the season series against the Olympians, which could become crucial if there is a tie for first place. Palomar leads the three-game season series 2-1.

She also pitched a complete-game victory over College of the Canyons.

Daniel helped lead Palomar to four wins durimng the week. At the plate, she was 9-for-12 with three doubles, a triple, seven runs scored and three RBIs.

State No. 4-ranked Mt. SAC takes 2 from Palomar

SAN MARCOS (3-23-2013) -- Mt. SAC, ranked No. 3 in the state by the California Community College Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Association, rolled into town on Saturday and swept a non-conference doubleheader from Palomar -- but not before the Comets gave the Mounties everything they could handle.

Mt. SAC survived the first game with a 3-2 victory, then spotted Palomar a 4-1 lead before coming back to outslug the Comets 17-12 in the second game.

Carlie Daniel homered in the first inning to give Palomar a 1-0 lead in the opener. The Mounties tallied single runs in the second, third and fourth before Mercedes Montanez contributed an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh. The Comets stranded the tying run as Emily Seldel pitched a two-hitter for the Mounties.

Ashley Keeler (above) threw three innings of two-hit, shutout ball for Palomar in relief.

The Mounties advanced to 24-3 on the season. The Comets are 17-7.

Comets lose lead and game to Grossmont 10-9

SAN MARCOS (3-21-2013) -- Sailing along with a six-run lead after four innings, Palomar allowed Grossmont to tie Friday's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball game 6-6 in the top of the fifth inning, and the Comets wound up dropping a wild 10-9 decision to the Griffins.

With the loss, Palomar (6-2, 17-5) fell into a second-place tie with San Diego Mesa.

Carlie Daniel led a 10-hit attack for the Comets by going 3-for-4 with a double and driving in two runs. Jaclyn Meester (right) went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Mercedes Montanez was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.

Emily Metz and Paige Falconieri added singles.

ABOVE: Brenna Parker slugs her second three-run home run, in the second inning, in Comets' 15-1 rout of San Diego City College. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Carlie Daniel, who notched the pitching win and doubled twice

PC rolls 15-1; Parker homers twice, drives in 7

SAN MARCOS (3-20-2013) -- Brenna Parker slugged a pair of three-run home runs and drove in seven runs on Wednesday as Palomar pummeled visiting San Diego City College 15-1 for its fifth win in a row and 13th victory in its last 14 games.

Parker's homers came in the first and second innings as the first-place Comets (18-4, 7-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) jumped on top of the Knights early 9-0. She also singled in the third inning of the 4 1/2-inning run-rule rout and wound up going 3-for-4.

Carlie Daniel went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, scored twice ahead of Parker on her home runs and threw one-hit, scoreless ball over the first three innings to record the pitching win. Ashley Keeler worked the final two innings in relief of Daniel. The Knights, trailing 15-0, scored an unearned run off Keeler in the top of the fifth.

Emily Metz (2-for-2 with a double) and Paige Falconieri (2-for-4) also had multiple hits.

Palomar will host Grossmont on Friday at 3 p.m. with an opportunity to avenge its only conference loss.

Comets go 3-0 over weekend, up record to 17-4

IMPERIAL (3-15-2013) / SANTA CLARITA (3-16-2013) -- Palomar went 3-0 in its three games over the weekend, running its record for the season to 17-4.

Coach Lacey Craft's Comets remained alone atop the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with a 10-0 run-rule victory at Imperial on Friday that lasted six innings.

Maren Lebsock (left) went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, Brenna Parker homered and drove in three runs and Carlie Daniel was 2-for-4 with two doubles as the Comets banged out 11 hits off two IVC pitchers. Paige Falconieri and Jaclyn Meester added doubles.

The Comets defeated Moorpark 5-2 and College of the Canyons 14-6 in a pair of non-conference games on Saturday at Canyons' field in Santa Clarita.

Palomar began the day by scoring all five of its runs in the third inning vs. Moorpark to put the game away early.

Jasmine Vogel and Kristin George started the rally with back-to-back singles. Lebsock drove in a run with a ground ball, Daniel singled to drive in a run, Parker singled, Falconieri followed with an RBI single and Mercedes Montanez followed with a two-run single to score the fourth and fifth runs.

For the game, Montanez went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and also reached base as a hit batter. Daniel was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Emily Metz and Meester homered in the Comets' victory over Canyons. Metz (3-for-4) also doubled, driving in three runs. Daniel  went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Lebsock went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Vogel was 2-for-3 Parker doubled and drove in a run. Montanez also hit safely.

State Coaches Assn. names Parker Player of Week

GLENDORA (3-05-2013) -- Palomar's Brenna Parker, a sophomore out of Vista High School, has been selected as Southern California Player of the Week by the California Community College Fast-Pitch Coaches Association.

The honor, announced this week, was for the week that ended on March 3.

Parker went 9-for-12 for the week with a home run, seven  doubles and 12 RBIs in victories over Chaffey, ;Imperial Valley, San Diego City College and Santiago Canyon.

Parker earlier had been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Association Player of the Week for her performance.

Comets down Mesa, clinch series, stay in first

SAN MARCOS (3-13-2013) -- Palomar took a big step toward its 31st conference softball championship on Wednesday, downing defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion San Diego Mesa for the second time this season 4-2 at home.

Carlie Daniel (left) picked up the pitching win, running her record to 8-1, and led coach Lacey Craft's Comets at the plate by going 3-for-3. She scored two of Palomar's four runs. Paige Falconieri doubled and drove in two runs. Brenna Parker (2-for-3) and Kristin George (2-for-4) also had multiple hits as Palomar banged out 10 hits off Mesa pitching ace Laura Nelson.

The Olympians could have taken over the undisputed PCAC lead by beating the Comets. Instead Palomar (3-1 in conference, 12-4 overall) not only held onto first place, but clinched its season series with the Olympians, which could come in handy at the end of the season, with head-to-head results being the first tie-breaker if two teams tie for first place.

The Comets lead the series 2 games to 0 with only one game game against Mesa remaining, on April 3 at the Olympians' diamond. Palomar won the teams' first meeting 1-0 on Feb. 22 in San Diego.

Mesa (12-2 in the PCAC, 16-5 overall) fell into third place, a half-game behind second-place Grossmont (2-1, 14-8).

Trailing 1-0 early, Palomar tied the game in the third inning on Danie's two-out single, a single by Parker and Falconieri's run-scoring double. In the fourth, Jaclyn Meester led off by doubling. Emily Metz moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt, and George followed with an RBI single which put Palomar in front 2-1. The Comets made it 3-1 in the fourth on a leadoff double by Daniel, a single by Parker and Falconieri's sacrifice fly. They upped their lead to 4-1 in the sixth when Metz singled. Jasmine Vogel bunted and reached base on an error. Mertz went to third on the overthrow, and scored on a wild pitch.

PHOTOS: ABOVE LEFT: Palomar catcher Mercedes Montanez tags out Mesa's Vivian Garcia at home  in the second inning. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. RIGHT: Carlie Daniel, who went 3-for-3 and was the winning pitcher

After 9-for-12 week, 12 RBIs, Parker honored

SAN DIEGO (3-05-2013) -- After a 9-for-12 week during which she had seven doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs and helped boost Palomar into first place in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference, Brenna Parker has been selected as the conference's Women's Athlete of the Week.

During a 4-win, 0-loss week that extended the Comets' win streak to eight games, the sophomore pitcher / utility player out of Vista High School went 5-for-6 with three doubles and three RBIs in a 22-15 non-conference win at Chaffey.

Parker was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in a 10-0 conference victory over Imperial Valley.

She was 2-for-2 with a home run, sac fly and four RBIs in a 10- 1 in over San Diego City College. 

And she was the winning pitcher, allowing two earned runs, and was 2-for-2 with three doubles and four RBIs in a 14-5 non-conference rout of Santiago Canyon.

Palomar alone atop PCAC at 3-0 after 10-1 rout

SAN DIEGO (3-01-2013) -- Palomar sits alone atop the early PCAC softball race wth a 3-0 record after a 10-1 rout of San Diego City College on Friday.

Carlie Daniel led the way offensively by going 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Brenda Parker homered as she went 1-for 2, hit a sacrifice fly and drove in four runs. Kristin George was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Paige Falconieri doubled, Jasmine Vogel singled and drove in a run and Jaclyn Meester, Mercedes Montanez and Emily Mertz singled.

Daniel gave up one run on three hits in four innings to pick up the pitching win in the run-rule game.

Winning pitcher Parker doubles twice, has 4 RBIs

SAN MARCOS (3-02-2013) -- Brenna Parker pitched five innings on Saturday, allowing two earned runs, to record the win in a run-rule game. But her biggest contribution was at the plate, where the sophomore from Vista High School led Palomar to a 14-5 non-conference victory over visiting Rancho Sanitago.

Parker (right) went 2-for-2 with two doubles and four RBIs as coach Lacey Craft's Comets extended their win streak to eight games. Palomar is 12-3 on the season.

Kristin George went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Joclyn Meester was 2-for-3 and drove in a run. Maren Lebsock went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Jasmie Vogel singled and drove in a pair of runs. Mercedes Montanez added a siongle and an RBI i going 2-for-2. Paige Falconieri drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.

Palomar did all its scoring with a pair of seven-run innings, the second and the fourth.

Comets down IVC 10-0; win streak reaches six

SAN MARCOS (2-27-2013) -- Jaclyn Meester (left) slugged back-to-back home runs in the first and third innings and Paige Falconieri (right) hit her third HR of the season, a three-run shot in the first, as Palomar ran its win streak to six games on Wednesday, beating visiting Imperial Valley 10-0 in a 4 1/2-inning run-rule game.

Daniel ran her win-loss record to 6-1 in the PCAC game as she pitched the first four innings, striking out five.

Meester finished the game 2-for-3 with six RBIs. Daniel went 1-for-2 with a double, a sacrifice fly and an RBI. Brenna Parker was also 1-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk. Palomar's other hits, all singles, came from Kristin George, Maren Lebsock, Emily Metz and Jasmine Vogel.

The Comets are 10-3 on the season, 2-0 in conference.

PC bangs out 28 hits, outscores Chaffey 22-15

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (2-26-2013) -- Palomar spotted Chaffey a 6-0 first-inning lead on Tuesday at Panther Field, then came back to pound out 28 hits as the Comets outscored the Panthers 22-15 in a non-conference slugfest.

Brenna Parker (left) went 5-for-6 with 3 doubles and 3 RBIs for the Comets (9-3).

Carlie Daniel was 4-for-6 with 2 home runs, a double and 7 RBIs.

Kristin George (right) went 4-for-6 with a double and 7 RBIs.

Maren Lebstock went 4-for-6 with a double and 2 RBIs.

Paige Falconieri (2-for-5, home run, 2 RBIs), Emily Metz (2-for-6, RBI), Ana Tavarez (2-for-5), Lizzy Hutzler (2-for-3), Jaclyn Meester (2-for-6) also contributed multiple-hit games.

Daniel selected as PCAC Athlete of the Week

SAN DIEGO (2-25-2013) -- Palomar's Carlie Daniel has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports after coming up with a huge performance last week.

In the Comets' only game of the week, the freshman pitcher / third baseman from San Marcos High School shut out defending champion San Diego Mesa 1-0 on a five-hitter in San Diego in the conference opener for both teams.

Mesa came into the game with a 13-2 record and a series of one-sided victories over non-conference opponents.

Daniel blanks '12 champ Mesa 1-0 in conf. opener

SAN DIEGO (2-22-2013) -- Carlie Daniel (left) shut out defending champion San Diego Mesa on five hits on Friday as Palomar opened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference softball season with a 1-0 victory on the Olympians' field.

The Comets scored the game's only run in the top of the sixth inning. Jasmine Vogel doubled and scored on a double by Brenna Parker (right).

Maren Lebsock went 2-for-3 for Palomar.

The Comets are tied with Grossmont, a 4-3 winner over Southwesern, and Imperial Valley, which stunned San Diego City College 6-0 for the early PCAC lead after the first day of conference play. Palomar is 8-3 overall.

as the Comets defeated Cuyamaca 84-79 to finish their regular season 20-9 and clinch a tie for the PCAC championship.

Roedl scored 20 points, knocking down 6-of-10 three-point attempts.

Daniel, a freshman pitcher / third baseman from San Marcos High School, threw a six-hit shutout to cool off a red-hot San Diego Mesa team 1-0 to open the PCAC season in San Diego.

The Olympians, who won the conference championship last season, came into the game with a 13-2 record.

Comets sweep 2 at Antelope Valley 12-1 and 7-3

LANCASTER (2-15-2013) -- Palomar had its way with Antelope Valley in a non-conference softball double-header on Saturday, sweeping the Marauders 12-1 and 7-3.

In the first game, which ended by run rule after five innings, Emily Metz went 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Brenna Parker (left) went 2-for-2 with a triple and an RBI. Kristen George was 2-for-3. Paige Falconieri had a three-run double.

Parker, the winning pitcher, threw the entire five innings.

In the second game, Parker (2-for-4, RBI) and Lizzy Hutzler (1-for-3, two RBIs) slugged home runs. Maren Lebsock went 2-for-4. Metz was 2-for-2. George doubled and drove in three runs. Carlie Daniel picked up the pitching win with two innings of scoreless, shutout relief from Parker.

Palomar advanced to 7-3 on the year.

Daniel has hot bat again, PC run-rules Citrus 11-3

GLENDORA (2-14-2013) -- Carrie Daniel (shown singling to drive in two runs in the second inning, photo by Hugh Cox) remained red-hot at the plate on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a triple, two doubles and three RBIs as Palomar's softball team run-ruled Citrus in a non-conference game in six innings.

Jaclyn Meester (right, 2-for-4, 2 triples), Kristen George (2-for-4, double, RBI and Megan Bertee (2-for-4, RBI) also had multiple hits for the Comets.

Brenna Parker pitched a three-hitter to notch the victory for the Comets and even her record at 2-2.

Palomar advanced to 5-3 on the season.

Palomar shortstop Emily Metz forces Santa Ana runner at second in the fifth inning. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Daniel has big day at plate but Comets tumble

SAN MARCOS (2-12-2013) -- Carlie Daniel had a big day at the plate on Tuesday, going 3-for-3 with two home runs, a double, three runs scored and three RBIs -- but visiting Santa Ana handed Palomar a 9-7 non-conference softball loss.

Daniel homered in the first and sixth innings. The Dons, however, won the game on the strength of a lfive-runj outburst in the top of the third.

Jaclyn Meester went 2-for-4 and doubled for the Comets (4-3). Maren Lebsock was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Emily Metz also doubled, while Jasmine Vogel and Mercedes Montanez singled to round out a 10-hit attack. Vogel also had an RBI.

Falconieri homers to ignite win over Mt. San Jac

MENIFEE (2-06-2013) -- Paige Falconieri (left) slugged a two-run home run in the first inning and Palomar went on to defeat Mt. San Jacinto 13-5 at Wheatland Park on Wednesday.

Falconieri scored Brenna Parker ahead of her.

Parker picked up the pitching win to even her record at 2-2.

The Comets go to 4-2 on the season going into another non-conference game on Friday, vs. Long Beach City College at home at 3 p.m.

ABOVE: Palomar's Carlie Daniel delivers a pitch against Cerritos on Tuesday afternoon. She threw her second shutout in four days, blanking the Falcons 8-0 in a 4 1/2-inning run-rule game. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Jaclyn Meester, who went 3-for-3 for the Comets

Daniel blanks Cerritos with her second shutout

SAN MARCOS (2-05-2013) -- Carlie Daniel threw a one-hitter for her second shutout in four days on Tuesday, giving Palomar an 8-0, run-rule non-conference victory over visiting Cerritos.

Daniel beat College of the Desert 4-0 with another complete game on Saturday in Palm Desert.

Daniel helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate and driving in a run.

Jaclyn Meester led Palomar offensively as the Comets banged out 12 hits, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs. Mercedes Montanez was 2-for-3, also with two doubles and two RBIs.

Brenna Parker contributed a two-run double. Maren Lebsock, Megan Bartee, Jasmine Vogel and Kristin George added singles.

Avii begins junior season at Colo. State Pueblo

PUEBLO, CO (2-05-2013) -- Palomar's Samantha Avii (right) has begun her junior softball season at NCAA Division II Colorado State University Pueblo.

Avii, a pitcher and outstanding hitter, originally verbally committed to Div. II Minot State University of Minot, ND, late last season before de-committing and signing with Colorado State Pueblo.

She also was recruited by Jamestown College of Jamestown, ND, an NAIA power.

Outfielder Jasmine Vogel, a sophomore out of Oceanside High School who is currently playing her sophomore season for coach Lacey Craft's Comets, signed during the early signing period with Colorado State Pueblo and will transfer there after the spring semester.

Daniel shuts out Roadrunners, gives PC split

PALM DESERT (2-02-2013) -- Carlie Daniel (left) pitched a shutout in the second game of a double-header at College of the Desert on Saturday, giving coach Lacey Craft's Palomar softball team a split with a 4-0 nonconference victory. Brenna Parker went 4-for-4 for the Comets with a double and RBI. Maren Lebsock was 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Jasmine Voegel went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Emily Metz and Daniel singled in the first game for Palomar's only two hits in a 5-0 loss to the Roadrunners.

The Comets are 2-2 to open the season.

Comets split first 2 games vs. Hornets, Gauchos

FULLERTON (1-30-2013) / MISSION VIEJO (1-31-2013) -- Switching its early-season schedule around during to rain-outs, Palomar opened the 2013 season by defeating Fullerton 5-4 on the road on Wednesday and dropping a 6-1 decision to Saddleback, also on the road, on Thursday.

The Comets were slated to begin the season on Jan. 25 with the game at Saddleback, but were rained out and the game was moved to Thursday. A scheduled double-header at Victor Valley on Jan. 27 also was rained out and has yet to be re-scheduled.

Palomar thus opened the year at Fullerton on Wednesday jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the second inning and continuing on to win behind the hitting of Kristin George (left), who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, and Jaclyn Meester, who was 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Starting pitcher Brenna Parker picked up the win. Carlie Daniel came on in relief to throw three innings for the Comets, allowing one run.

The Comets never got untracked in the make-up game at Saddleback. Parker led Palomar at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double. Ashley Keeler pitched a scoreless inning in relief.


2012 Season / Off-Season

Eldridge joins D-I coaches in NFCA Hall of Fame

ORLANDO, Florida (11-30-12) -- Longtime Palomar coach Mark Eldridge became 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 was 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 took place at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel & Spa. Eldridge and his family will fly to Orlando on Thursday.

Eldridgebecame 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 joined 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, previously 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


2013 Softball Schedule, Results

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME/RESULT RECORD CONF
Fri Jan 25 at Saddleback Mission Viejo Rain
Sat Jan 27 at Victor Valley  Victorville Rain
  at Victor Valley    Rain
Wed Jan 30 at Fullerton Fullerton WON 5-4 1-0
Thu Jan 31 at Saddleback Mission Viejo Lost 1-6 1-1
Sat Feb 2

at College of the Desert

Palm Desert Lost 0-5 1-2  
 

at College of the Desert

  WON 4-0 2-2
Wed Feb 5 Cerritos Palomar WON 8-0 3-2  
Wed Feb 6 at Mt. San Jacinto Menifee WON 13-5 4-2  
Fri Feb 8 Long Beach City College Palomar Rain  
Tue Feb 12 Santa Ana Palomar Lost 7-9 4-3
Thu Feb 14 at Citrus Glendora WON 11-3 5-3  
Fri Feb 15 at Antelope Valley Lancaster WON 12-1 6-3  
  at Antelope Valley   WON 7-3 7-3  
Fri Feb 22 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) San Diego WON 1-0 8-3 1-0
Tue Feb 26 at Chaffey Rancho Cucamonga WON 22-15 9-3  
Wed Feb 27 Imperial Valley (PCAC game) Palomar WON 10-0 10-3 2-0
Fri Mar 1 at San Diego CC (PCAC game) San Diego WON 10-1 11-3 3-0
Sat Mar 2 Santiago Canyon Palomar WON 14-5 12-3
Wed Mar 6 at Grossmont (PCAC game) El Cajon Lost 0-8 12-4 3-1
Fri Mar 8 Southwestern (PCAC game) Palomar Rain    
Wed Mar 13 San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) Palomar WON 4-2 13-4 4-1
Fri Mar 15 at Imperial Valley Imperial WON 10-0 14-4 5-1
Sat Mar 16 Moorpark (at College of the Canyons Santa Clarita WON 5-2 15-4  
  at College of the Canyons Santa Clarita WON 14-6 16-4  
Wed Mar 20 San Diego CC (PCAC game) Palomar WON 15-1 17-4 6-1
Fri Mar 22 Grossmont Palomar Lost 9-10 17-5 6-2
Sat Mar 23 Mt. SAC (Game 1) Palomar Lost 2-3 17-6  
  Mt. SAC (Game 2)   Lost 12-17 17-7  
Wed Mar 27 at Southwestern (PCAC game) Chula Vista WON 9-0 18-7 7-2
Tue Apr 2 at Santa Ana Santa Ana WON 6-2 19-7  
Wed Apr 3 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC game) San Diego Lost 1-2 19-8 7-3
Fri Apr 5 Southwestern (PCAC game) Palomar WON 2-0 20-8 8-3
Wed Apr 10 Imperial Valley Palomar WON 9-0 21-8 9-3
Fri Apr 12 at San Diego CC (PCAC game) San Diego WON 11-0 22-8 10-3
Tue Apr 16 at Riverside City College Riverside Lost 4-5 22-9  
Wed Apr 17 at Grossmont El Cajon WON 12-0 23-9 11-3
Fri Apr 19 Southwestern (PCAC game) Palomar Lost 4-5 23-10 11-4
Sun Apr 21 Cypress (Game 1) Palomar WON 5-4 24-10  
  Cypress (Game 2)   Lost 4-6 24-11  
Wed Apr 24 Long Beach CC Palomar WON 2-1 25-11  
CCCAA Southern California Regionals Round 1 (Best 2-of-3)
Sat May 5 Moorpark Palomar Lost 4-5 25-12  
Sun May 6 Moorpark Palomar WON 3-1 26-12  
  Moorpark Palomar WON 12-2 27-12  
CCCAA Southern California Walnut Regional (4-team Double-Elimination)
Fri May 10 San Diego Mesa Mt. SAC WON 9-6 28-12
Sat May 11 COD Mt. SAC WON 15-8 29-12  
Sun May 12 Mt. SAC Mt. SAC Lost 6-11 29-13  
  Mt. SAC Mt. SAC WON 4-1 30-13  
CCCAA State Championship Final Four at Bakersfield College (4-team Double-Elimination)
Fri May 17 College of San Mateo Bakersfield WON 5-4 31-13  
Sat May 18 Shasta Bakersfield WON 4-3 31-14  
Sun May 19 Riverside City College Bakersfield Lost 2-8 31-14  
CCCAA State Championship Game
Sun May 19 Riverside City College Bakersfield WON 7-2 32-14  

2013 Roster

No Name Pos Yr High School (City) / Previous College
2 Ashley Wisma OF So San Pasqual (Escondido, CA)
3 Maren Lebsock INF Fr San Pasqual (Escondido, CA) / Concordia University - Irvine
4 Kaylee Hughen OF Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
5 Megan Bartee INF Fr Lakeside (Lake Elsinore, CA)
6 Kristin George UTL Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
7 Emily Metz INF Fr Del Norte (San Diego, CA)
8 Mercedes Montanez C So Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
9 Carlie Daniel P/3B Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
11 Ana Tavarez C So El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
12 Jasmine Vogel OF So El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
13 Haylee Williams OF So Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
14 Ashley Keeler RHP Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA) / Mt. San Jacinto CC
16 Paige Falconieri UTL Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
17 Lizzy Hutzler OF Fr Fallbrook (Fallbrook, CA)
21 Jaclyn Meester 1B So Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
24 Susie Mesa UTL So El Camino (Ocenside, CA)
29 Armanda Cochran UTL Fr Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) / Boise State University
34 Brenna Parker LHP/UTL So Vista (Vista, CA)

Head Coach: Lacey Craft (Palomar / San Diego State University)
Assistant Coach: Mark Eldridge (Palomar / Washington State, Long Beach State University)
Assistant Coach: Ginalee Davis (Palomar / Lubbock Christian University)
Assistant Coach: Carl Grubb


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