May 23rd, 2016

The field is set for the 2016 NJCAA D-II World Series to be held May 28-June 4 at David Allen Ballpark in Enid, Ok.  Top-seed and returning National Champion LSU-Eunice did not make the field but last year’s runner-up Western Oklahoma returns as does 8 nationally ranked teams. Only two teams return from last year’s field (Western Okla. And North Iowa, the biggest turnover in Series history.  Just two programs Parkland (2) and Western Oklahoma (1) have ever won a WS title and two teams, McHenry and Sinclair will be making their first trip to the D-II World Series.<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />



Qualifying Teams:


#2 Mercer County NJ (48-8)  Last trip to WS  2014

#3 Jones County MS. (49-8)  Last trip to WS 2011

#4 No. Iowa Area CC  (47-14) Last trip to WS 2015

#5 Sinclair CC  OH (49-10) First trip to WS

#6 McHenry CC IL. (48-10) First trip to WS

#9 Parkland (45-14)  Last trip to WS 2010

#11 Western Oklahoma (46-16) Last trip to WS 2015

#14 Monroe CC NY (33-14) Last trip to WS 2009

NR  Brunswick NC (40-16) Last trip to WS 2013

NR  Gateway AZ. (40-20) Last trip to WS 2011


Notes: McHenry ended Madison Area College’s streak of 6 straight World Series

              Defending Champion LSU-E who has won 5 World Series titles, three in Enid, will have to wait anoter year to try and break the record for most titles. They are    currently tied with Grand Rapids with 5 each.  Parkland and Lincoln Land are the only other programs to win multiple titles with two each.


Opening Round Schedule:

Saturday May 28


10:00   Gateway  vs No. Iowa Area CC

1:00      Jones County vs McHenry

4:00      Parkland vs Western Oklahoma State

7:15      Brunswick vs Mercer


Sunday May 29

12:00    Monroe vs Sinclair

3:30      Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2

7:00      Loser Game 3 vs Loser Game 4


Monday May 30 (Memorial Day)

12:00   Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 4

3:30     Winner Game 6 vs Winner Game 7

7:00     Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2


May 23rd, 2016

The #9 Parkland College Baseball team defied the odds on Sunday as they swept favored #7  Heartland 15-5 and 3-2 to earn their first trip to the NJCAA D-II World Series since 2010.  The Cobras will meet Western Oklahoma State (46-16) at 4:00 on Saturday May 28 in Enid, Oklahoma.   The sweep moves Parkland, winners of 20 of their last 21 games, to (45-14) while Heartland ends their season at (44-15). <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Game 1:

The Cobras left no doubt they meant business on Sunday as they scored nine time in the top of the first inning to grab a 9-0 lead. The first nine hitters in the Cobra line-up all reached base as they used three hits, three walks, three hit batsmen, and a pair of Hawk errors to grab the big early lead. Nick Stokowski had the big blow in the inning as he had a two run double into the gap in right. In the 3rd, PC increased their lead to 10-0 as Cully Day walked and later scored on a Jordyn Muffley single. Heartland got back into the contest in the bottom of the frame as they scored four times to cut the margin to just 10-4. PC once again took advantage of wildness on the part of the Heartland pitching staff as they scored three times in the 4th with the aid of two more walks, a pair of hit batsmen, and a wild pitch.   The Cobras made it 15-4 in the 7th as Bobby Wenthe crushed his 14th home run of the year over the wall in center. HCC scored a meaningless run in the bottom of the 9th to make the final margin 15-5. Although PC was out hit 11-9, the Cobras benefited from 11 walks and 8 hit batters.


Daniel Lloyd (6-0) battled all afternoon to pick up the win. The freshman went 7 innings, giving up four runs on ten hits while walking six and striking out five. Noah Lamboley worked the final two innings allowing a run on one hit while striking out a pair.  Curtiss Johnson had 2 hits and 2 RBI, Nick Stokowski and Bobby Wenthe each drove in three runs and scored twice. Cully Day scored three times while Joe Boyle and Chris Whelan both crossed the plate twice.


PC       901  300  200        15  8   0

HCC     004  000 001         5  11  4


Game 2:

PC showed they could win a pitcher’s duel as well as Matt Jenkins threw a gem to earn the win and Kody Silverthorn worked out of a bases loaded no-out jam in the 9th to secure the win.  Parkland jumped on top in the 2nd as Cole Taylor walked, was sacrificed to second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a hard hit ground ball to third by Joe Boyle that he could not be fielded by the HCC third baseman.  PC added another run in the 4th as Curtiss Johnson walked, stole 2nd, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a Boyle ground out to short. PC added a huge insurance run in the bottom of the 8th as Stokowksi singled, and Donovan Chandler who ran for him,  promptly stole 2nd.  After a pop-out, Cole Taylor singled sharply to center to give the Cobras a 3-0 lead.


Jenkins went back out in the 9th to try and earn the complete game shutout but back to back singles brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out.  Cobra closer Kody Silverthorn was brought into the game and he walked the first hitter he faced to load the bases.  Conner Sorge grounded out to 2nd to score the first run and move the tying runs into scoring position. Michael Bainbridge followed with a sacrifice fly to right to make it 3-2 and the tying run moved up to 3rd just 90 feet away. Silverthorn got Myles Hahn to pop up in the infield and the celebration was on as the Cobras dogpiled in the middle of the field to celebrate their first Region 24 title since 2010.  Jenkins was outstanding going 8 plus innings allowing just two runs on five hits walking two and striking out four. Silverthorn recorded his 5th save of the season.


HCC     000 000 002      2  5  1

PC        010 100 01X      3  4 2

Home Runs Pace Another Cobra Victory

May 5th, 2016

Game 1:

Nick Stokowski got the Cobras off to a quick start as he belted a three home run to center field to give PC a 3-0 lead after only four hitters had come to the plate. Catcher Luke Beesley added a sacrifice fly later in the inning to make it 4-0 PC after just one inning.  That would be more than enough for Cobra hurler Ryan Fox (5-1) who worked five shutout innings allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out seven.  Stokowski went deep again with a solo shot in the 5th, his 6th home run of the year, to give PC a 5-0 lead. The sophomore from Monticello was 2-3 in the game with four RBI and two runs scored. 



The Cobras went to the bullpen and Michael Failoni was touched for a two-run home run in his one inning of relief but Kody Silverthorn worked a perfect 7th, striking out two of the three hitters he faced to wrap up the win. 


L&C    000 002  0           2   6  2

PC       400 010  X           5   7  2


Another Dominant Outing from Shanuel Leads Cobras to Split

May 5th, 2016

Game 2:


Schanuel improved to (7-1) as he kept John Wood in check for the six innings he worked to help PC salvage the split. Once again PC got on top in the first again as Chandler reached on an error and came home on Jordyn Muffley's second triple of the afternoon.  Chandler scored again in the 3rd as  Nick Stokowski reached on an error. Stokowski raced home to make it 3-0 on a Cole Taylor two-out single and Bobby Wenthe delivered a run scoring double.  John Wood scored their only run in the 4th as a run crossed the plate  on a wild pitch.


Up 4-1, PC added on a pair of insurance runs in both the 5th and 6th innings which was all the support Schanuel would need.  Cole Taylor and Bobby Wenthe each had a pair of hits to pace the offense and Kody Silverthorn worked a scoreless 7th to wrap up the victory. Parkland stands (26-13 12-6) on the season while John Wood is (18-21 11-11).  The two teams will meet again on Sunday with a 1:00 doubleheader in Quincy. 


JW    000  100 0          1  7  2

PC     103  220 X          8  9  1



Cobra Bats Go Quiet in Loss to JWCC

May 5th, 2016

Game 1:


PC came out fast as Donovan Chandler scored in thebottom of the 1st on a Chris Whelan sacrifice fly. Unfortunately that would bethe last time PC would score as the Blazers used seven walks, three hitbatsmen, three Parkland errors, and six hits to score seven times.  Thegame was just 2-1 heading to the 7th but JW would add single runs in the 7thand 8th and three more in the 9th to put the game away.  The Blazers usedfive different pitchers to keep PC off the board over the final 8 innings.The Cobras had their chances as they stranded eight runners and had four ballscaught on the warning track. Jordyn Muffley was the only Cobra with multiplehits. 


JW   000 200 113     7 6 2

PC    100 000 000     1 6 3