(8/22) Former Grossmont College star Jeff Karstens (Mt. Miguel
High) made his Major League debut Monday, starting for the New York
Yankees in Seattle against the Mariners. The 6-3 righty out of Texas
Tech was solid in his start, but the Yankee bullpen couldn't hold
the 5-3 lead he entrusted to them. The rookie's line for the night
was very respectable: 5 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER's, 2 BB, 2 HR
The Yankees had considered using the 23-year-old in the Boston
series, but manager Joe Torre decided against throwing a rookie into
the fire of a Red Sox-Yankees game.
Karstens played at Grossmont from 2001-2002 and compiled a 16-4
record with a 2.45 ERA before transferring to Texas Tech.
(6/7) Grossmont slugger Zach Barger
was selected in the 45th round of Wednesday's Major League Baseball
Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Barger originally went to Long Beach
State out of Valhalla High School, before transferring to Grossmont.
Though taken towards the end of the draft, Barger signed for amounts
usually reserved for upper-round selections, showing that he was far
too talented to be taken that late.
Hitting in the two-hole for much of the season Barger was second on
the team in runs scored (40), third in hits (62), while batting .354
with six homers and 40 RBIs.
(6/6) The Grossmont baseball team held its year-end banquet
Tuesday June 6th on the diamond at Noel Mickelson Field. The
Griffins celebrated their successful '06 campaign in which the team
won 30 games and reached the Super-Regional round of the state
playoffs, a first for a Grossmont baseball team.
Most of the players were on hand to receive awards and enjoy a
catered Italian lunch. To no one's surprise future Anaheim Angel
Sean O'Sullivan received several awards including Most Valuable
Player. Noel Mickelson field was all decked out complete with a
manicured, chalked infield for the attendees to enjoy. The visitors
dugout served as the serving area for the lunch. Parents, coaches
and supporters enjoyed the afternoon. Also on hand were members of
the athletics department including Athletic Director
Jim Spillers who thanked the team
for a memorable season and told the players they are always welcome
back at Grossmont.
Also honored was Josh Mazzola who received the Bronze Glove for his
great work at the hot-corner. Starters John Lowe (Pt. Loma Nazarene)
and Shane Kaufman (SDSU) were named Co-Pitchers of the Year, and
both will play at four-year universities next season. Brandon Haley
received the fabled Bonophone Award for his ability to chatter above
all of his teammates in the dugout. First-baseman Nick Cooper was
honored as Most Inspirational.
Sean O'Sullivan signed with the Angels on Memorial Day.
Photo by Travis Downs
(5/30) Grossmont's Sean O'Sullivan signed yesterday with the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Drafted by the Angels in the third round
of last year's amateur draft, O'Sullivan chose to attend Grossmont
College in order to up his stock as a professional prospect.
O'Sullivan was also named first team All-State, and All-American.
Grossmont's Sean O'Sullivan is the focus of an article on MLB.com
previewing the June draft.
Read it here.
Former Griffin Coulter earns honor
(5/30) Clay Coulter, Grossmont's catcher last season earned an
All-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament selection playing for
Missouri State University. The junior from West Hills went 9-for-22
(.409) with two homers and eight RBIs in five MVC Tournament games.
(5/20) Grossmont College kept its season alive by defeating
Bakersfield 14-6 Saturday morning. Grossmont (30-17) will now face
Cypress (38-10) again at 3pm. The winner of this afternoons game
will play Sunday morning at 10am.
(5/14) After dropping game one of their playoff series at Cuesta,
Grossmont rallied to win two games Sunday and advance to next
Super-Regionals. Grossmont won game one 6-3, and game two 8-2. SDSU-bound
Shane Kaufman started game one, and Pt. Loma Nazarene-bound John
Lowe got the call in the decisive third game.
Note: Grossmont will now play in this weekend's
Super-Regionals at #1 Cypess College. Grossmont will compete in the
double elimination weekend against Cypress, #5 Santa Ana, and #7
Cypress is located at 9200 Valley View St., Cypress CA, 90630.
(5/13) Grossmont got off to a great start at Cuesta Saturday, but
the Cougars registered an 8-5 comeback victory. Sean O'Sullivan threw six innings,
allowing eight hits and four earned runs. Grossmont used a
Kyle Mirvis home run in a three-run
first inning, but the Cougars responded with two runs in their half
of the first. O'Sullivan went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Trailing 4-2, the Cougars rallied for two runs in the sixth to tie
the score, then posted four runs in the seventh to take the lead.
Left fielder Garrett Lingle went
2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
Cuesta now leads the series 1-0 with game two today at 11am, if the
Griffins, who will start Shane Kaufman,
can win they will force a decisive game three immediately following
(5/7) Grossmont College, seeded No. 13 in the Southern California
region, will open the 2006 COA playoffs with a best-of-three game series against No. 3 Cuesta
College. The first game is Saturday May 13th (1pm) and continues on
Sunday the 14th (11am), with a decisive third game, if necessary, to
immediately follow. Cuesta, located in San Luis Obispo, tied
with Ventura for the Western State North Conference championship.
The Cougars finished the season with a record of 31-12-1, 17-8.
All-PCC Teams announced
Grossmont's Sean O'Sullivan was named PCC Player of the
Year by the league's coaches as the All-PCC teams were
announced. The freshman pitcher/DH led the conference in
batting with a .405 average to go along with his seven
homers and 39 RBIs. He was second in the league in pitching,
posting a 1.87 ERA with a 7-3 record. Four other Griffins
made the first-team, check out the
entire team here.