Parkland to World Series For Third Straight Year

May 21st, 2018

The Parkland College Baseball team advances to third straight NJCAA DII World Series by defeating top seed Heartland 8-4.  


Parkland Forces Winner Take All After Defeating Heartland

May 20th, 2018

Parkland 8 Heartland 1


Olson went all nine innings in the finale as he scattered six hits and allowed just one run. The key for the sophomore lefty was he allowed just one walk and was able to pitch around four Cobra errors.  After Heartland took the lead in the 3rd, Max Downs would tie the game with a solo round tripper in the 5th. 

Still tied at 1, the Parkland bats came to life in the 7th as the Cobras put together six hits, four for extra bases, as they scored six time to take a 7-1 lead. Tyler Paulsen got things going with a double and Nick Wisz traded places with him hitting a double of his own. A fly ball to right moved Wisz to 3rd and he would come home on a Christian Sanchez single. Bobby Barnard smacked a two-run homer to make it 5-1 and after a Brendan Joyce single, Aube homered for the second time on the day to push the lead to six.  Tyler Paulsen hit his second home run of the day in the 8th as the Cobras had four in the game and six on the afternoon. 


PC     000 010 610   8 12 4

HCC  001 000 000    1 6  1

W-Olson (8-0)

HR-Aube (PC), Barnard (PC), Downs (PC), Paulsen (PC)


Cobras Avenge Loss to Danville To Advance

May 20th, 2018

Parkland  7     Danville  0


Lambert (5-0) worked eight impressive innings as he allowed no runs on five hits while striking out 10. Tom Cheshareck worked a perfect 9th to close out the win. The game remained scoreless until the 5th when PC got on the board with a pair of runs. Bobby Barnard singled, Brendan Joyce walked, and Connor Aube drove them both home with a double. PC added two more runs in the 6th as Tyler Paulsen hit a solo home run over the batter's eye in dead center and Joyce added an RBI double. Connor Aube would hit a solo homer of how own in the 7th and PC would tack on single runs in both the 8th and 9th innings. Aube swung the big stick for PC as he had two hits, two runs, and drove in three.


PC     000 022 111   7 9 1

DAC  000 000 000   0 5 1

W-Lambert (5-0)

HR-Aube (PC)  Paulsen (PC)


Cobras Blank Lincoln Land to Advance at Region 24

May 20th, 2018

Parkland pitchers Sean Ferguson and Colton Thompson combined to shutout Lincoln Land on just two hits, as they helped keep the Cobras alive with an 8-0 win in the Region 24 Tournament. Ferguson, who was starting his first game of the year after 10 relief appearances, worked 5.1 innings allowing just two hits while striking out three. Thompson dominated the final 3.2 innings as he did not allow a hit while striking out seven to earn his 2nd save of the season.  In addition to the outstanding pitching, Cobra second baseman Trystin Raikes crushed a three run home run in the top of the 9th to break the school career home run record. Raikes now has a total of 31, breaking the tie at 30 with former Cobra and current Major Leaguer Kevin Kiermaier 

PC got on the board quickly in the top of the 1st as Trevor Minder and Connor Aube both singled with one out. Raikes followed with an RBI single to make it 1-0 and Tyler Paulsen drove in the second run on a fielder's choice. In the 3rd, Minder would once again single and he raced home on Paulsen's double. Minder was in the mix again in the 7th as he got his third hit of the game and scored on an Aube single. 

Up 4-0 in the 8th, Damian Pierce would walk and later score on a Logger error.  Minder would walk and Aube single in the 9th before Raikes delivered his record breaking blast.  Minder set the table for the Cobras as he was 3-3 and scored 4 runs. Raikes had two hits and 4 RBI, Pierce had three hits, and Paulsen drove in a pair. 

Parkland (45-14-1) will return to action on Sunday at 1:00 when they will face Danville at the Corn Crib in Normal. PC hopes to get revenge on the Jaguars who handed PC a 3-2 defeat on Friday night. DACC dropped into the loser's bracket with a 9-3 loss today against Heartland.  The winner of the Cobras-Jaguars game will face the Hawks at 4:00. A Heartland win would send them to the World Series while a win by either PC or DACC, would force a Monday championship game. 


PC  201 010 013     8 14 2

LL   000 000 000     0  2  1

W-Ferguson (2-1) S-Thompson (2)

HR-Raikes (PC)


Huge Inning Propels Cobras to Victory

May 20th, 2018

The Parkland Baseball team scored nine times in the 3rd inning Saturday as they defeated Lewis and Clark 10-5 in an elimination game at the Region 24 Tournament in Normal. PC (44-14-1) will take on Lincoln Land at 7:00 tonight at the Corn Crib. The Loggers hung on for a 9-8 win over Illinois Central earlier in the day. 

After the Blazers picked up a run in the 1st to take the early 1-0 lead, PC would explode for nine runs in the bottom of the 3rd.  Damian Pierce walked to get things started and Alex Steinbach followed with a single. Brendan Joyce got PC on the board with an RBI double and Trevor Minder put PC ahead with a run scoring single. Connor Aube drove in two runs with a triple and Trystin Raikes brought him home with a double. Tyler Paulsen's two-run homer made it 8-1 and Brendan Joyce was hit by a pitch to force in the final tally. 

PC extended their lead to 10-1 but the Blazers would tally four of their own in the 6th to cut the lead to 10-5. Cody Hawthorne (1-0) worked 4 solid innings of relief to earn the win as he allowed just one earned run while striking out seven. Four Cobra pitchers, Christian Sidoti (3), Colton Thompson (2), Hawthorne (7), and Evan Snyder (2) combined to strike out 14 on the afternoon. Paulsen, Joyce, and Aube each drove in two runs for the victorious Cobras. 


Danville Upsets Cobras at Region 24 Tournament

May 19th, 2018

The Danville Jaguars and Dylan Marble just played a nearly perfect game as they beat the Cobras 3-2 in a Region 24 tournament game. PC will now need to win 5 straight games to return to the World Series. Marble a complete game allowing just 2 runs and striking out 13. Backed by some outstanding defense as well. Cobras Josh Garner also threw well and PC made several strong defensive plays as well but it wasnt enough.


Parkland Blanks Spoon River to begin Region 24 Tournament

May 17th, 2018

Luke Smith tossed a complete game four hit shutout and Tyler Paulsen went 3-4, as they helped the Parkland Baseball team beat Spoon River 8-0 in the opening round of the Region 24 Tournament at the Corn Crib in Normal.  PC (43-13-1) will play again at 7:00 on Friday night against the winner of tonight's Danville vs Illinois Central game. DACC is leading ICC 7-1 in the 6th inning at the time of this e-mail. 

Smith (8-2) earned the victory as he scattered four hits while walking three and striking out seven.  The Cobra offense would give Smith all the offense he would need as they scored twice in the 2nd. Trystin Raikes was hit by a pitch, advanced to third on a pair of outs, and scored on Christian Sanchez's RBI single. Bobby Barnard followed with a run scoring triple off the wall in right to make it 2-0. 

In the 4th, PC would blow the game open scoring four more times. Tyler Paulsen and Nick Wisz started the inning with singles and Sanchez would drive in his second run of the game with another single. Alex Steinbach followed with a two-run single and Connor Aube also drove in a run with a base hit. 

The Cobras would add two insurance runs in the 5th as Raikes singled and Paulsen drove him in with an RBI double. Paulsen would score the Cobras eighth and final run of the afternoon as he raced home on a wild pitch. Paulsen finished with three hits and almost added a fourth as his final at bat missed by inches of being a three-run homer. Sanchez had two hits and two RBI while Steinbach also drove in a pair of runs. 



Blazers Score Late but Cobras Finish the Sweep

May 11th, 2018

Game 2:


PC scored six runs in the 1st and led 13-2 after four innings but had to hold off a late Blazer rally to win 14-10. PC blasted four home runs in the contest as four different players hit round trippers. 

PC got on the board quickly as Connor Aube got things started with an RBI single. Trystin Raikes hit his 12th home run of the season, a three-run shot, to make it 4-0 and Nick Wisz hit a two-run blast, his 4th of the year. 

Lewis and Clark got one run back in the 2nd but PC would score three more times in the second to push the lead to 9-1. The Blazers would again score a single tally in the 3rd but PC answered with four of their own. Connor Aube's 7th of the season, a three-run shot, gave PC a 13-2 lead.  The Cobras were three outs away from winning in the 5th, but the Blazers took advantage of four walks to plate three runs and cut the lead to 13-5. L&C would not go away as they would get six hits in the 6th to score five runs and pulled within three at 13-10. Daniel Warkentin hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot, to give PC an insurance run in the 6th, and reliever Ty McCulloch would work a perfect 7th to secure the win. 

Evan Snyder (1-0) worked two innings in relief to earn his first win and Connor Aube was the hitting star as he drove in five runs for the game. 


L&C  011 035 0      10  10 3

PC    634 001  X      14 11 0

W-Snyder (1-0)

HR-Aube (PC), Raikes (PC), Wisz (PC, Warkentin (PC)


Cobra Bats on Fire as They take Game One

May 11th, 2018

Game 1:

PC scored in all but one inning in the opener as they eased to the 10-2 win. After giving up a run in the top of the 1st, PC answered back with three in the bottom of the frame. Brendan Joyce singled, Trevor Minder reached on an error and Connor Aube singled to load the bases. Joyce came home on a wild pitch, Trystin Raikes hit a sac. fly and Nick Wisz had an RBI single to get the scoring started.  PC tacked on another in the 3rd as Raikes singled and Tyler Paulsen drove him home with a double.

PC blew the game open in the 4th scoring four more times. Connor Aube had a two-run double, Raikes an RBI double, and Wisz another run scoring single. Trevor Minder's RBI single in the 5th and Max Down's RBI single in the 6th rounded out the scoring.  Luke Smith earned the win and improved to (7-2) as he worked all seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. 


L&C   100 001 0    2  7 2

PC      301 411 X   10 13 1

W-Smith (7-2


#9 Parkland Wins Wild One Over #11 Kankakee

May 10th, 2018

The #8 Parkland Baseball team rallied from an early 6-0 deficit Wednesday as they came back to defeat #11 Kankakee 10-9. The game was the first match-up between the two rivals since the semi-finals at last year's D-2 World Series. The Cavs won that game and went on to win their first championship. In 2009, the Cobras defeated KCC twice en route to their 2nd World Series title. 

With the victory, PC improves to (39-12-1) ahead of a four game series with Lewis and Clark to wrap up the regular season. The Cobras will host the Blazers at 1:00 on Friday before travelling to Lewis and Clark on Saturday. KCC drops to (39-16) and saw their 12 game winning streak come to an end. 

After spotting the Cavs a 6-0 lead, PC would tie the game scoring three runs in the bottom of the 2nd and three more in the 3rd.  In the 2nd, Nick Wisz singled to drive in a run while two more scored on an error by the KCC shortstop. In the third Wisz would score on a wild pitch and Brendan Joyce drove home two to tie the game.  KCC would regain the lead with two in the 4th and the score would stay that way until the 6th would PC would take the lead. Logan Pillars singled and raced home on a Trevor Minder base hit.  Connor Aube reached on a bunt single and two more runs would score on Tyler Paulsen's single. Up 9-8, PC added an important insurance run in the 7th as Alex Steinbach singled and later scored on a hit by Pillars.  The Cavs would pick up a run in the 8th and threaten in the 9th, but Tom Cheshareck struck out the final hitter of the game with the tying run on second base, to earn his first save of the year. 

Despite the 10 run and 11 hit offensive explosion, the real story of the game was the Cobra bullpen. Cody Hawthorne, Sean Ferguson, and Cheshareck combined to work 7 innings allowing three runs on three hits while striking out 11. Winning pitcher Sean Ferguson was especially impressive as he tossed four innings allowing one run on one hit and striking out eight. Brendan Joyce had the big day at the plate with 2 hits and 4 RBI.


KCC      330 200 010      9  6  2

PC        033  003 10X    10 11 3

W-Ferguson (1-1) S-Cheshareck


Parkland Finishes Weekend Sweep of Lynx

April 29th, 2018

Game 2: 

PC led 6-0 after five innings before the Lynx rallied with a four run 6th, but Garret Acton struck out the side in the 7th to insure the win. Christian Sidoti earned the win going four innings allowing just one hit. 

PC scored twice in the 2nd as Evan Huffman had a sacrifice fly and Brendan Joyce an RBI single. Two more runs scored in the 4th as Minder drove in a run and the second run came across the plate on a wild pitch. Joyce and Minder both drove in runs as PC scored their final two runs in the 5th. Joyce, Minder, and Paulsen each had two hits in the game. 

LC   000  004 0      4   3  2

PC  020  220 X       6   6  0

W-Sidoti S-Acton


Cobra Bats Stay Hot Against Lincoln College

April 29th, 2018


Game 1:

The Cobras scored five times in the first and three Cobra hurlers limited the Lynx to just one run on three hits as PC rolled to the 8-1 win.  Luke Smith went 5 solid innings to earn the win allowing no runs on one hit while striking out six. Cody Hawthorne and Evan Snyder worked the final two innings to wrap up the victory. Parkland returns to action on Wednesday when they play Lake Land in a non-conference contest. 

Brendan Joyce walked to get things going and Trevor Minder doubled to put PC on the board. Connor Aube followed with an RBI single and after a Tyler Pauslen walk, Alex Stienbach cracked a three-run homer to give PC a 5-0 lead. Steinbach added an RBI single in the 3rd as he went 4-4 in the game with 4 runs batted in. Connor Aube hit a solo home run in the 4th and Bobby Barnard scored a run via a sacrifice fly.  Aube went 3-3 in the game and drove in a pair

LC  000 001 0     1   3 0

PC  501 101 X     8 13 2


HR-Steinbach (PC) Aube (PC)



Loggers Sweep Cobras to End Regular Season

April 28th, 2018

Game 2   LLCC  6     PC  2


The  Cobras jumped on top 1-0 in the bottom of the 1st on a Kyliegh Basham single, Ivy Nichols sacrifice, and Lauren Block's single down the 1st base line.  Parkland added one more run in the 3rd  on Lauren Spelich's  lead-off single and Shelby Youngblood's RBI double. Down 2-0, the Loggers scored two runs in the 4th on a a two-run home run by Maddie Sims, her second home run of the afternoon. 

LLCC added their final four runs in the 5th on two hits and three Parkland errors, as PC committed six in the game. Youngblood had two of the Cobras five hits.  Kirbie Mendenhall took the loss on the mound, giving up six runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks. 


LLCC  000   240   0    6  7 0

PC      011   000   0    2  5  6


WP  Routh

LP    Mendenhall 

HR   Sims  LLCC    


Parkland Drops Game One to Visiting Lincoln Land

April 28th, 2018

Game 1  LLCC 9    PC  1


Tori Witruk pitched a solid game for PC allowing just three earned runs, but four costly errors helped  LLCC  get the victory. Parkland scored their lone run in the 3rd on walks to Lauren Wendling and Lauren Spelich and an RBI single off the bat of Ivy Nichols.  Wendling and Spelich lead the Cobra offense with 2 hits each. 


LLCC  030  202  2     9  7  0

PC      001  000  0     1  6  4   

WP  Roady

LP    Witruk

HR  Sims  LLCC


Parkland Sweeps Lincoln to End Busy Week

April 22nd, 2018

Game 2:


After neither team scored in the first two innings, PC broke the game open with a  five-run 3rd, scoring all five runs after two were out.  The inning started quietly enough as the first two hitters grounded out but then Lauren Spelich was hit by a pitch, Kyliegh Basham singled, and Ivy Nichols walked to load the bases. Shelby Youngblood plated the first two runs with a single and Kirbie Mendenhall cracked her first home run of the season, a three run shot.  Lincoln got two of the runs back in the 4th inning but PC answered back with four runs in the 5th to end the game. PC used six straight singles in the inning as Basham and Youngblood each drove in a pair. Youngblood went 3-3 with 4 RBI in the game while Basham had two hits, scored twice, and drove in two.  Mendenhall added 4 runs batted in to help pitcher Morgan Parrish get the win and improve to (5-8).  Parrish allowed just two runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three.


LC        000 20          2  3  1

PC       005 14         10 12 0


HR-Mendenhall (PC)