Update: Cobras Work Hard For Baseball DH Split

March 31st, 2012

The Parkland College Baseball team scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to beat Lincoln Land 4-3 to salvage a split of their doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Loggers used a late rally of their own scoring 5 times in their final at bat to beat the Cobras 7-5 in the first game.

PC jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in game two as Kieston Green walked, stole second, and advanced to third before coming home on a Wes Minton double. Minton would put PC up by two when he scored on a Jeff Limbaugh double. The Loggers bounced back with solo runs in the 2nd, 4th, and 5th innings to grab a 3-2 lead before PC would tie the game in the 7th.  PC used a hit batsmen, single, a Logger error and a passed ball to score the tying run. In the 9th, after a line-out to start the inning, pinch hitter Bobby Burns walked and Jack Wietlispach followed with a base on balls of his own. Ryan Oltorik's single to left appeared to win it for the Cobras but Alex Smith was thrown out at the plate trying to score. Fortunately, Green followed with a single of his own chasing home Wietlispach with the game winning run.  Brad Reedy (1-1) earned the win with three stellar innings of relief. The Cobra sophomore allowed no runs on just one hit while striking out five in shutting down the visitors down the stretch. Reedy relieved starter Jason Ziegler who pitched a solid six inning allowing three earned runs.

PC looked like it was going to cruise to a win in the opener but the Loggers rallied late to stun the hosts. After LLCC grabbed an early 1-0 lead PC scored three times in the second as Joey Migliaccio delivered a two-run double and later scored when Tom Hooker reached on an error. The Loggers answered back with a run in the 3rd but PC would score single runs in the 3rd and 4th to grab a 5-2 lead. Adam Casson drove home one of those runs with a sacrifice fly while the other run scored on another Logger error.

The Cobras retained their three run lead as starter Clay Manering kept the Loggers off the board until the deciding 7th. Cory Fanning started the inning with a solo home run to center before two singles and a walk sandwiched around a strike out knocked Manering from the game. Reliever James Naile was summoned from the pen but walked the first hitter he faced to force in a run to cut the lead to 5-4.  It looked like the Cobras might survive after Naile struck out Jake Ingold for the second out of the inning but Jarod Pellman delivered a single thru the right side of the infield to drive in the tying and eventual winning run. Seth Hale gave LLCC an important insurance run as he doubled chasing home Pellman.  PC would bring the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the frame but Wietlispach grounded into a force out to end the game.  Check out the play-by-play audio accounts of these games in the two posts immediately following this one.

PC (12-10 5-1) will travel to Springfield for two more games against Lincoln Land (14-7 3-3) on Sunday at 1:00.

Five Run Seventh Derails Cobras for First M-Wac Loss

March 31st, 2012

The Parkland College Baseball team played an outstanding 6 innings against Lincoln Land but a 5 run 7th put together by the Loggers propelled them to the 7-5 win at Parkland College.  After spotting LLCC a run in the 1st, the Cobras regained the lead on a 2 RBI double in the 2nd by Joey Miggliaccio on a hard hit ball to the gap.  The lead would only last for one inning as in the 3rd, Jake Ingold would hit an opposite field shot to tie the game once again.  Parkland would take a 5-3 lead into the 7th but could not hold on as the big inning was the undoing for the Cobras.  Cobrasports.net was on hand as always to bring you the call of this M-Wac showdown between two talented teams.


Kieston Greene Knocks Home Game Winner In 4-3 Final

March 31st, 2012

The Cobras and the Loggers of Lincoln Land Community College went toe to toe for 9 innings, and Kieston Greene delivered the equalizer with a 2 out base hit in the final inning to pick up the win 4-3.  Parkland nearly won it as Tom Hooker lined a single to left with 1 out in the 9th but pinch runner Alex Smith was thrown at at the plate to set up the big hit by Greene.  Jason Ziegler got his first start of the season and through a nice 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.  The Cobras got on the board early as they scored two in the 1st behind back to back RBI doubles by Wes Minton and Jeff Limbaugh, but were unable to push another run until the 7th.  The win moves the Cobra record to 12-10 on the year as they prepare to hit the road with two more games against the Loggers at LLCC on Sunday.  Click below for the full podcast of the thrilling walk off win.


Cobras Take First Of Two, 8-1 In Softball Twin Bill

March 31st, 2012

Shelby Lust was dominant and effective as she allowed only a single run against the Blazers of Lewis and Clark CC on Saturday.  The final was 8-1 Cobras. Steve Brown has the call.  More game details to follow...


Cobras Whack The Ball And LCCC, 6-1

March 31st, 2012

Tabitha Davis gave up only one run while scattering 4 hits in the Cobras 6-1 win over Lewis and Clark CC on Saturday.  Steve Brown and Megan DeWerff have the call.  More details on this game to follow shortly...


Inside Cobra Baseball 2012- Episode 4

March 30th, 2012

Coach Kennedy joins Brian Schutte for the latest installment of Inside Cobra Baseball fresh off a Parkland sweep of ICC to kick of conference play.  Click below for the show.


Cobras “Gitter Dunn” In Lincoln!

March 30th, 2012

The Parkland Softball team capped off a six-game in three day swing by sweeping M-WAC foe Lincoln College 11-3 and 14-5. on Thursday afternoon in Lincoln. After being swept by Kankakee on Tuesday, PC has now won four straight after winning twice today and two yesterday over Lincoln Trail.

PC won the first game 11-3 in a contest called after six innings.  Taylor Hull (4-2) gave up 3 earned runs on 7 hits to pick up the win. Raeshel Braden and Macy Shupe each had three hits in the game while Elizabeth Sprague, Kim Lamar, and Brittany Einck each had 2.

Game two was played in a constant drizzle and also ended after six innings due to the mercy rule. Trailing 3-2 after two innings, PC took control with a four run 3rd inning. Two of the runs came home on Sprague's towering two run homer deep over the left field wall. Lauren Klein had three hits including two doubles and also drove home three runs. Tana Rentschler also had three hits, scored three times while driving in a pair. Kelsey Kniepmann added three hits and Alison Kimble two hits and two RBI to pace the attack. After a rough start, Amy Simpson (4-3) took control and picked up the win.

Parkland (15-9 5-1) will try to build on their winning streak when they host Lewis and Clark at 1:00 on Saturday and John Wood starting at 12:00 on Sunday.  PLEASE NOTE: The Saturday softball with be podcast only, while the Sunday double header will be LIVE with podcast as usual.  We cannot, unfortunately, broadcast live Baseball and live softball at the same time.  Also please note the corrected starting time for Sunday.  We had previously posted it as 1:00 instead of the 12:00 start which is correct.

Cobras Win Two; Chuck Clutts Coaches His 500th Win!

March 28th, 2012

The Parkland College Softball team swept Lincoln Trail 11-1 and 2-0 on Wednesday, earning longtime Cobra coach Chuck Clutts his 500th and 501st career wins. Clutts is now 501-177-2 in 12 years at the helm of the program. It is a record that few coaches in junior college softball can match.

Parkland made sure Coach Clutts would reach the landmark in the opener as Cobra bats pounded the Statesmen. Tab Davis tossed a gem, allowing just three hits and striking out four. Davis was backed by a 12-hit attack by the offense as PC jumped on top early scoring four runs in the 2nd on three hits and a walk. Elizabeth Sprague paced the offense with four hits while Kelsey Kniepmann added three hits and drove in three runs. Macey Shupe also collected a pair of hits for the winning Cobras.

In the finale. Ali Kimble followed with her own three-hitter shutting out the hosts. Kimble improved to (3-2) striking out three and walking no one. Kniepmann had another good game at the plate banging out a double and triple. Erika Fitzgerald would give PC all the offense they would need with an RBI double scoring Kimble. Fitzgerald would later scored on Kniepmann's double.

An oddity of the double header was not a single out was recorded by the Cobra outfield. Every out made by the Statesmen was either a strikeout or ground out.  Parkland (13-9 3-1) backs into M-WAC play on Thursday when they travel to Lincoln to play the Lynx.

Golfers Author Mid-Pack Result In Tourney Play

March 28th, 2012

Freshman David Keenan (76-74 150) was the lone Cobra able to put together two solid rounds as the Cobras struggled to a 5th place finish at the Logan Invite.  The host school won the two-day 36 event by three strokes over Indian Hills. Logan's Brad Doughty tied with Indian Hills Monty Lack at 141 for medalist honors. PC will hope to get untracked this weekend at the Webster Gorlock Invite in St. Louis, Mo.

Held at Kokopelli Golf Course in Marion Illinois, here are the team scores

John A Logan 298-282-580; Indiana Hills 290-293-583; Rend Lake 305-310-615; Lewis & Clark 307-308-615; Parkland 310-315-625; Mineral Area 335-322-657; Vincennes 334-332-666; Lincoln 340-327-667; Kaskaskia 353-342-695

Baseball Cobras Tumble At Wabash Valley

March 28th, 2012

The Cobras could not hold on to a 3-1 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th inning as they fell to D-1 #5 ranked Wabash Valley College 4-3 on Wednesday in Mt. Carmel.  PC starter Josh Witt made his first start of the season as he tossed 7 innings allowing only 4 hits and 1 earned run to put the Cobras in a position to win. Freshman RHP James Naile (0-2) tossed a perfect 8th inning before giving up the lead in the 9th. Cody Leichman led off the 9th inning for WVC with a walk before Naile got Jeff Jackson to fly out to RF. With one out in the 9th, Cody Angus singled to RF, where Jack Wietlispach misplayed the single allowing Leichman to score from first and Angus advancing to second. On a 2-0 count, Korey Hall send a shot over the left center field wall to give WVC the 4-3 win.

Offensively, the Cobras were led by Wes Minton (2-4) and Alec Ornelas (2-4 with a 2 run homer). The Cobras got on the board in the board in the 7th inning when Adam Casson singled through the right side to set the stage for fellow freshman Alec Ornelas who blasted a 2 run homer over the center field wall. The Cobras would add another run in the 8th when Jeff Limbaugh brought home Kieston Greene with an RBI ground out.

The Cobras (11-9 4-0) will get back to action this weekend when they host M-WAC foe Lincoln Land (13-6 2-2) in a 4 game set.  The Cobras will host the Loggers on Saturday with Lincoln Land getting the home game's on Sunday.

Update: Softball Player Injuries Not As Severe As First Feared

March 26th, 2012

Parkland sophomore Megan DeWerff was hit in the face by a batted foul tip in game action Saturday.  That was the bad (and painful) news.  Better news came after specialists examined the center fielder on Monday.  According to the coaching staff, it now appears that DeWerff may be able to return to the field yet this season.  The exact date may depend on several factors, but the most recent news is encouraging.  Batting from the left side, and without a face mask on her batting helmet, she swung at a pitch that appeared to hit on the handle of the bat.  The ball knocked Megan down and she was motionless near home plate for a few minutes.  She was attended to immediately by the Parkland trainer and her coaches, and Megan was able to eventually leave the field under her own power.  The preliminary examination had earlier suggested the possibility of a fracture of a small bone near the eye.

Such head injuries are typically treated with extreme caution, and they have caused numerous players around the country to take additional measures for their health and safety.  Many softball associations require the use of the face-mask-type batting helmet.  As of yet, the NCAA (whose rule book is used in junior college softball) does not.  The discussion of the "mask issue" was on the table for the NCAA rule makers last year and it will likely continue to be discussed.

Action would, we think, be preferable to talk.

Cobra Golfers In The Middle of Logan Invitational

March 26th, 2012

At the Logan Invitational held at Kokopelli Country Club, the Cobras found themselves in the middle of the pack.  We will update the scores as they become available.

Indiana Hills 290; John A Logan 298; Rend Lake 305; Lewis & Clark 307; Parkland 310, Vincennes 334; Mineral Area 335; Lincoln 340; Kaskaskia 353

Parkland Polishes Off The Spoons In Sunday Twin Bill

March 26th, 2012

The Parkland Softball team took out the frustrations of a missed chance on Saturday and pummeled winless Spoon River 20-1 and 10-0 on Sunday in Canton. The sweep moves PC to (11-7 3-1) while SRC drops to (0-12 0-2). SRC has now been outscored 131-7 so far this season.

PC made quick work of the hosts in the opener scoring a record 14 runs in the first inning. The Cobras used eight hits and five walks in the inning which included grand slam home runs by Kelsey Kniepmann and Brittany Einck. Kniepmann also homered in the 2nd inning and finished the game 3 hits while Einck drove in 6 runs. Erick Fitzgerald continued her hot hitting driving in three runs and Raeshel Braden and Tana Rentschler each had two hits in the win.  Tab Davis (1-1) earned her first win allowing one run while striking out five.

In game 2, Amy Simpson just missed out on a no-hitter as she worked 6.1 innings of hitless ball before giving up a single in the 7th. The sophomore improved to (3-2), striking out six in picking up the victory.  PC pounded out 17 hits and were lead by Kaitlyn Winkler who had 3 hits and 5 RBI. Taylor Hull added three hits, Liz Sprague two more hits and two runs driven in, while Kniepman and Ali Kimble each had two hits for the victorious Cobras.

The wins leave PC Coach Chuck Clutts just one win short of the 500 win mark as the long time leader of the Cobras now has a career record of 499-175-2.  He will have plenty of chances to pick up win #500 this week as the Cobras have a string of six games from Tuesday to Thursday. PC will play at Kankakee on Tuesday, travel to Lincoln Trail on Wednesday, and are on the road again Thursday at Lincoln College.

Cobras Grab Two From ICC On Saturday

March 26th, 2012

Sophomore Bo Weir tossed a no-hitter, striking out 14 of the 16 hitters he faced, as the Cobras blanked ICC 11-0 in 5 innings in the opener of a double header at Illinois Central College. PC built an early 8-1 lead in game two and cruised to an 11-7 victory in the finale. Weir, a hard throwing lefty, just missed tossing a perfect game, as he walked a batter in the 5th inning for the Cougars lone base runner. Weir improved to (3-1) on the season with the win. The two teams battled threw a scoreless first three innings before the Cobra bats came to life. PC scored eight times in the 4th and three more in the 5th to end the game by the mercy rule. Jeff Limbaugh was a perfect 3-3 at the plate while Joey Migliaccio was 2-4 with 3 RBI and Bobby Burns 2-4 with a pair of runs driven in. Wes Minton and Adam Casson also had multiple hits in the game for the victorious Cobras.

The Cobras continued to swing the bats well in game two banging out 12 more hits as they raced out to an 8-1 after just four innings only to see the Cougars close to within three before PC held on to get the sweep. Bobby Burns was 4-5 with a double and 2 RBI's while Wes Minton went 3-6 with 4 RBI's. Kieston Greene collected two hits (2-4) while scoring two runs and stealing 2 bases.

Starter Zach Hall battled through 5.2 innings to earn his first win of the season, before giving way to Mark Hode who pitched through the 7th. Will Polley worked the 8th and give up a single run as ICC closed the gap to 10-7. The Cobras would add an insurance run in the 9th as Landon Weitekamp was hit by a pitch to start the inning, stole second and scored on a Kieston Green single to right field. James Naile worked a scoreless 9th to preserve the win. With the wins, PC moves over the .500 mark for the first time all-season at (9-8 2-0) while ICC falls to (5-16 0-2). The teams will played two more games on Sunday.   We've posted the story on those games  below, along with the podcast.

Cobra Baseball From Sunday: Game One

March 25th, 2012

In the opener of the day, PC spotted ICC an early 1-0 lead before tying the game in the third and pulling out the 2-1 win.  With one out, Jack Wietlispach tripled off the right center field wall and scored on a ground out to first off the bat of  Jake Pewitt.  The game remain tied until the bottom of the 7th. Bobby Burns reached first on a lead-off single. After Joey Migliaccio popped to the catcher attempting to sacrifice, Joe Trennepohl singled to left.  Landon Weitekamp then hit what appeared to be an inning ending double play ball to short but second baseman Marshall Escue threw wildly to first allowing pinch runner Brad Wheeler to race home with the winning run. Clay Manering (2-1) earned the win allowing just one run, while walking two and striking out eight. Wes Minton was the lone Cobra with multiple hits going 2-3.