Comets' DesLauries, Turman named Athletes of Week.
Palomar College softball players Crystal DesLauries and Madisyn Turman have been honored as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athletes of the Week for May 8-14.
DesLauries, the Comets' freshman right-hander from Mission Hills High School who is the PCAC Pitcher of the Year and a first-team all-state selection, threw a complete-game three-hitter against unbeaten Cypress as the Comets gave the Chargers a huge scare in the Cypress Super Regional before losing 3-2 in nine innings.
DesLauries also pitched a complete-game 4-3 victory over defending state champion Santiago Canyon and slugged two home runs, driving in three runs, as the Comets beat Santiago Canyon again 8-7 later in the Super Regional. She also singled as Palomar fell just short of a trip to the CCCAA State Championship Final Four when Cypress downed Comets in the championship game to advance to 45-0 on the season.
DeLauries compiled a 24-7 win-loss record for the year, striking out 187 batters in 186 2/3 innings. She also hit .324 with seven doubles, a triple and four home runs as Palomar went 30-13 on the year and 16-0 in the PCAC in winning its sixth straight conference title and the 34th championship in program history.
Turman, a sophomore designated player/utility player from Clovis North High School and a transfer from Cal State San Marcos, went 8-for-14 in the Super Regional, going 3-for-3 vs. Santiago Canyon, 1-for 3 with a walk in the 3-2 loss to Cypress, 2-for-4 with a double in the rematch with Santiago Canyon and 2-for-4 in the championship game against the Chargers. She was the Comets' second-leading hitter on the season with a .480 average.
Honorable mention went to track & field athletes Janeth Moya from Southwestern and Madison Goss from San Diego Mesa.
The Jaguars' Moya, a sophomore from Hilltop High School, placed third in the 400-meter hurdles in the Southern California community college finals at Cerritos College's Falcon Stadium, finishing behind event winner Skylin Harbin from Cerritos, who ran 1:01.87, and less than a tick behind runner-up Julia Sambvani of Mt. SAC who was timed in 1:03.72.
Mesa's Goss, a sophomore from Verrado High School in Buckeye, Arizona, placed fifth in the javelin at the SoCal finals with a throw of 37.92 meters (124 feet, 4.91 inches) and took sixth in the shot put.