Palomar scores 10 runs in the first 5 innings to hold off Fullerton's late surge. Led by Tristian King (3-3) and Conor McKenna (3-3), the Comets build an early lead to give the pitching staff some breathing room late in the game. The Comets increase their record to 7-2 heading into a tough schedule this upcoming week.
It was Fullerton who struck first when the 3rd batter of the game, Chase Kerr, drove a fastball by Josh Sidney over the right center wall making it an early 1-0 ball game. The comets responded on Marco Young's leadoff double who was knocked in by a sac fly by King to even the score in the bottom of the first. The Comets' offensive attack wasn't to be stopped as they tallied 4 more runs in the second, 1 in the 3rd, 3 in the 4th, and their last in the 5th making it an early 10-1 ball game.
Tristian King had his best game of the season going 3-3 with a double, 2 singles, a sac fly, hit by pitch, collecting 4 RBIs and 1 run scored. McKenna also had his best day at the plate going a perfect 3-3 with 2 doubles, a single, scoring 2 runs with 2 RBIs. Other multi-hit games included Young (2-3) and Soriano (2-5). Thompson, Moscoso, Charles (3b) all collected 1 hit.
Palomar's pitching staff started out strong and tempered late, but held it together to hold on to the win. Josh Sidney earned his first win of the season going 4 full innings giving up 1 earned run, on 1 hit, 2 walks and 1 strikeout. In to relieve was Hazelwood who went 1.2 innings giving up 4 hits, 3 runs (all earned) and 2 walks. Other relievers were Jorge Murillo (0.1 IP), Braden Olthoff (0.0 IP), Kenneth LaPierre (0.2 IP, 2Ks), Ryan Semon (1.0 IP, 2Ks) and George Chapman who was credited the save on 1.1 innings pitched.
Palomar is heading into a heavy week where they will face Riverside City College (7-1) on the road, who credited the Comets their first loss of the season, on Tuesday, 2-13-18, Orange Coast College (4-4) on the road Friday, 2-16-18, and Glendale (7-2) at home Saturday.
Photos by Stephen Davis (Left to Right: Tristian King, Josh Sidney)