Palomar College set to open baseball field

SAN MARCOS — Palomar College is set to open the baseball season in new digs.

On Jan. 27, the college will hold a ribbon cutting for its new $10.2 million baseball complex located on the north end of the San Marcos campus.

Following the ceremony, which starts at 12:30 p.m., the baseball team — one of the top junior college teams in the state — will host its season debut against College of the Desert.

The baseball field was one of a dozen projects paid for with the proceeds of the district’s landmark Proposition M, the Nov. 2006 bond measure that raised $694 million in revenue that has gone toward transforming the San Marcos campus and its satellite campus in Escondido and the creation of a new campus in Fallbrook.

The new facility, according to the school news release, includes a natural turf field with a subsurface drainage system, artificial turf foul territory, stadium-chair seating for approximately 300 with additional upper seating on an artificial turf slope, seven full batting cages, five bullpen mounds, an elevated press box with a state-of-the-art public address system, and a designated warm up area with artificial turf.

Palomar College’s baseball team has won five consecutive Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championships and is ranked No. 2 in Southern California in the preseason.

The Comets’ 2015 team was ranked second in the nation by Perfect Game USA entering the California Community College Athletic Association State Championship Final Four in Fresno.

The Comets finished third in the state tournament behind champion Orange Coast College of Costa Mesa and runner-up San Joaquin Delta College of Stockton.

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