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LEWISTON, Idaho -- One year after Palomar alumnus Julian Esquibel pitched Faulkner University to the NAIA championship, another ex-Comets played in the this year's edition of the NAIA World Series hosted Lewis-Clark State.

Christian Johnson, a senior who prepped at Chaparral High School in Temecula prior to playing two seasons at Palomar, was the starting shortstop for San Diego Christian, which went 42-20 and reached the NAIA World Series for the first time in the school's history.

Johnson batted .273 for the Hawks, who were eliminated by Cumberland University and Georgia Gwinnett University in two games.


SAN DIEGO (6-28-2014) -- Former Palmar baseball player Terrence Buchanan,  a senior infielder at Cal State San Marcos, was honored as San Diego County "Star of the Month" for May by the San Diego Hall of Champions.

Buchanan, who batted .411 on the season, helped lead the Cougars to within one win of the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament championship game. The University of Houston-Victoria eliminated San Marcos 3-2 in Linn, Massachusettes.

After two seasons at Palomar, Buchanan played during the 2012 season for an Oklahoma Baptist University team that advanced to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. He then transferred to Cal State San Marcos but missed the 2013 season due to an injury.

He was one of five former Comets on San Marcos' 2014 team. The others were Tyler Bernard, Kyle Montiel, Rich Montanez and Denny Vigo.

Buchanan, Montiel and Montanez all made the All-Association of Independent Institutions first team.  Bernardo made the second team.


SACRAMENTO (6-18-2014) -- Palomar baseball players Dennis Morton and Dillan Smith have been selected to the 2014 Rawlings/ABCA Pacific Association All-American team.

Morton, the Comets' shortstop who will play for 2013 NAIA national champion Faulkner University, was named to the first team. Smith, the Comets' centerfielder who will play at San Jose State, was selected to the second team.

Outfielder T.C. Florentino of Emonds Community College in Lynwood, WA, was the Player of the Year.

The Pacific Association is made up of community college baseball programs in California, Oregon and Washington.

The Pacific Association, in conjuntion with the American Baseball Coaches Association, names its own All-American team as community college in California and the Northwest are not affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association, which also selects an All-American team.


SAN MARCOS (6-16-2014) -- Palomar catcher Zach Bonneau has landed a scholarship to play baseball at the University of Washington following his freshman season.

Bonneau will begin classes at Washington on Sept. 24.

Bonneau, who was one of only three out-of-state players on Palomar's roster, came to the Comets from Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane, WA. He appeared in 18 games as a freshman, hitting .292.

Another Palomar transfer, B.K. Santy, was the Huskies' starting catcher during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He played two seasons in the Minnesota Twins' farm system.

Washington went 41-17-1 during the 2014 season, placed second in the Pac-12 Conference and reached as high as sixth in the nation in the Division I rankings.

(UPDATED AT 12:50 P.M. ON TUE., 7/08/2014)



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BASEBALL: Pro Alumni Report

ABOVE: Former Palomar star Tyler Saladino has been named as the International League's starting shortstop for the 27th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game against the Pacific Coast League on July 16 at Durham, North Carolina. -- Courtesy Photo. BELOW LEFT: San Diego Padres pitching coach and ex-Comet Darren Balsley, who has been credited by Padres right-hander Tyson Ross for Ross' being named to the National League All-Star team. -- File photo. BELOW RIGHT: Tim Hill, who had his third straight scoreless relief appearance for Idaho Falls in the Rookie Classification Pioneer League on Sunday

Saladino to start at SS in Triple-A All-Star Game

DURHAM, North Carolina / SAN DIEGO / IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Palomar alum Tyler Saladino, the 2009 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year, has been selected as the International League's starting shortstop for the 27th Annual Triple-A All-Star Game.

The game, matching the International League All-Stars against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars, will be played at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina and will carried nationally by MLB Network.

Saladino, who was the Summit League Player of the Year  in 2011 for Oral Roberts University, is batting .308 with 15 doules, 4 triples, 9 home runs and 41 RBIs for the Charlotte Knights, the Chicago White Sox' Triple-A affiliate.

On Sunday, Saladino went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a walk as he helped Charlotte to a 13-9 victory over the Scranton /Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the New York Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, at Moosic, Pennsylvania.

Meanwhile, in an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Padres right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross credited Darren Balsley, the Padres' pitching coach and a former Comet, for being selected to the National League squad for next Tuesday's Major League All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Balsley, a former third-round draft pick (by the Toronto Blue Jays) after his sophomore season under coach Bob Vetter at Palomar in 1984, has been the Padres' pitching coach for 11 seasons and is considered one of best pitching coaches in baseball, if not the best. A right-handed pitcher, Balsley saw his pro career ended early on by an injury in the minor leagues.

One of Balsley's relievers, Nick Vincent, in his third season as a Major League pitcher for the Padres, bullpenned over the weekend for the first time since going on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue on June 15. Vincent is rejoining the team in Denver where they're opening a series against the Colorado Rockies.

At Idaho Falls, Idaho, former Palomar pitcher Tim Hill, a 32nd-round pick last month out of Bacone College in Oklahoma by the Kansas City Royals, notched his third straight scoreless relief appearance on Sunday for the Royals' Idaho Falls farm club in the Rookie Classification Pioneer League. He struck out two batters vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers' Ogden Raptors affiliate.

Hill, a third-team NAIA All-American at Bacone, has a 3.18 ERA after four games, striking out seven and walking one in 5 2/3 innings.

BASEBALL: 4-Year Signings, Commits

ABOVE: Michael Jordan delivers a pitch for the Comets during a 2014 early-season game. He'll pitch at Vanguard University. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Robb Woodcock, whose Palomar career was severely limited after undergoing Tommy John surgery, is headed to the Big Ten Conference and Purdue

Two more sign as list grows to 18 (nine to D-I)

SAN MARCOS (7-07-2014) -- The list of Palomar's 2014 players moving on to four-year colleges has grown to 18 (nine to the NCAA Division I) after left-handed pitcher Robb Woodstock committed to Purdue and right-hander Michael Jordan commmitted to Vanguard University.

Woodcock, coming off Tommy John surgery, pitched only 3 2/3 innings for the 2014 Comets, all of them late in the season after being cleared to return to action. A highly-regarded transfer from Cal, he started the Comets' second game of 2013 at Golden West, retired the Rustlers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the first inning but felt something snap in his elbow on his final pitch of the inning as his season came to an early end.

He received an injury redshirt year for 2013.

Jordan, also a transfer from Cal, was the Comets' closer for the first month of the 2014 season, recording four early saves before Gary Cornish, who had signed early with USD and eventually was drafted in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers, took over the closers' role.

Woodcock prepped at Marin Catholic High School, where he was the CIF North Coast Section Player of the Year, a first-team all-state selection, ESPN RISE Cal-Hi Sports Player of the Year for small schools and a MaxPreps All-American. Jordan prepped at Murrieta Valley High School.

PALOMAR'S DIVISION I COMMITS, SIGNINGS (9) -- CF Dillan Smith (San Jose State), RHP Zach Wilkins (Nevada), 1B Eric Sapp (University of Portland), C Zach Bonneau (University of Washington), RHP Vaughn Berberet (Long Beach State), RHP Gary Cornish (University of San Diego), OF Anthony Fernandez (Prarie View A&M), RHP Taylor Miller (Nevada), LHP Robert Woodcock (Purdue)

DIVISION II (4) -- RHP Cody Ells (Hawaii Pacific), RHP Troy Forester (UC San Diego), RHP Kamden Haglund (Cal State San Bernardino), C Bubba Craig (Hawaii Pacific)

NAIA (5) -- SS Dennis Morton (2013 national champion Faulkner University), RHP Emilio Esquibel (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Zach Wickham (Cal State San Marcos), RHP Michael Jordan (Vanguard University), RHP Matt Silberman (Vanguard University)

FOOTBALL: 4-Year Commits, Transfers

Earvin Simmons returns a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in Palomar's 38-16 victory over Orange Coast on Sept. 28, 2013. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Simmons signs with MidAmerican Nazarene

SAN MARCOS (7-01-2014) -- Palomar kick returner and running back Earvin Simmons, a sophomnore from  Murrieta Valley High School and a first-team All-Southern Conference selection last fall as a sophomore, will play at MidAmerican Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas.

Former Palomar, Kansas State University and NFL running back Joe Hall will be Simmons' position coach.

Simmons returned 22 kickoffs for 709 yards for the Comets in 2013,  an average of 32.2 yards per return.

Palomar's eqrlier signees were kicker Jonathan Leiva (UNLV), quarterback Ryan Lamb (Central Michigan), defensive end Brian Gundling (Texas State), middle linebacker Sylvewter Hagen (Missouri Southern State), running back Aaron Mossbarger (MidAmerican Nazarene), tight end Brett Hayes (Soiuthwewt OklahomaState) and  middle linebacker Ofisa Kose who red-shirted last season after playing with the Comets' 2012 team (Western New Mexico).

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