Late Mistakes Cost Cobras

April 16th, 2015
The Parkland Men's Baseball team failed to rise to the challenge on Wednesday afternoon as they lost to the Millikin JV 9-5. Lack of timely hitting, a rare collapse by the bullpen, and a costly error late in the ball game, led to the Cobras demise. 
PC got off to a strong start behind a sold outing from Ross Learnard. The freshman worked 4 innings allowing just one hit and no runs. He left with a 3-0 lead as the Cobras jumped out on top early. Chase Armstrong put the Cobras on the board with a sacrifice fly and Jeff Wetzler added an RBI single to make it 2-0 after two. Millikin would tie the game in the 5th. scoring three times off reliever Zach Borsa. Sam Geraci would shut down the rally and PC would regain the lead in the 6th on a two-run triple by Donovan Chandler. 
The Cobra headed to the 7th with a 5-3 lead but Millikin would score twice off of Caleb Leach to knot the game at 5. Tyler Burcham retired both of the hitters he faced to keep the contest tied.  Jeff Lavin took over in the 8th and gave up four unearned runs as the Big Blue took advantage of three hits, a pair of walks, and an error on a potential inning-ending double play ball. Staked to their first lead, MU retired the side in order in the 8th and got out of a 9th inning jam to preserve the win. 
Parkland (26-8 12-4) will host the Rockford College JV on Thursday starting at 2:30. 
Milikin JV        0    0    0    0    3    0    2    4    0                9        6        1
Parkland         0    2    0    1    0    2    0    0    0                5        11       1
LP Lavin (2 IP 4 R 2 ER 2 BB 3 H) and Schultz
Learnard (4 IP 1 H 1 BB 8K) and Hayes
Geraci (1 1/3 IP 3 K 1 H 0 R) and Zimske
Leach (1/3 2 R 2 H 2 BB) and Zimske
Burcham (2/3 IP K ) and Schultz
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Parkland Baseball Completes Sweep at Home Over Danville

April 11th, 2015

Game Two:  Parkland 3       Danville 2

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Cobras Take Important Conference Win

April 11th, 2015

Game One:  Parkland 6    Danville 4

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Huge First Inning Seals Sweep for Cavaliers

April 10th, 2015
Game 2:  Kankakee 23  PC 3

Game two was over before it ever got started as the Cavaliers scored 18 times in the top of the 1st inning. Brittany Hay had a career day in just one inning as the KCC shortstop hit two home runs in the inning while driving in five. They were her 7th and 8th home runs of the season. Bailee Porter had three hits in the inning including her 9th home run of the year and Brittany Plimmer also homered, her 10th.  KCC scored 12 times before recording an out and sent 22 hitters to the plate in the opening inning. Porter 4-4 with three runs scored and 3 RBI and Hay 4-5 with three runs and seven RBI paced the 20 hit attack. Kelsey Smith was 2-2 and drove in all three of the Cobras runs.

KCC   (18) 14 0 0               23  20  0
PC       2    01 0 0                3    5  3

HR-Hay 2 (KCC), Porter (KCC), Plimmer (KCC)

Parkland must quickly put Friday's results behind them as they face #10 Lincoln Land in a four game series this weekend. PC hosts the Loggers at 1:00 on Saturday before travelling to Springfield on Sunday.

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#6 Kankakee Cruises to Win

April 10th, 2015
Game 1:  Kankakee 16 PC 1

KCC controlled the game from the start, building a 3-0 lead after four innings,and keeping the Cobras hitless at the plate. The Cavs would score three times in the 5th to push the lead to 6-0 and then blew the game wide open with a ten-run 6th inning.  Monica Monroe's two-out single in the bottom of the 6th plated the Cobras only run. KCC out hit PC 18-4 in the game and had four different players with three hits.

KCC      101 13(10)            16  18  0
PC        000 001                  1    4  3

HR-Payne (KCC), Sanderson (KCC)
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Power Surge Continues in Sweep of Jaguars

April 8th, 2015
Game 2:  Parkland 12  Danville 4

The Jaguars jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a three-run home run of their own, but PC would answer in their half of the inning with back to back solo shots by Royer (12th) and Walsh (6th). After DACC tacked on another run in the 2nd, PC tied the game with a two-run homer by Cara Edwards.  Allix Ostermeyer came in to pitch in the 3rd and shutout the Jaguars over the final four innings to earn the win while the Cobra offense would score eight more runs.

Monica Monroe's RBI single put PC ahead to stay as Monroe finished 4-4 for the game with two runs scored and a pair of runs batted in.  Six more Cobras had at least two hits each with Hannah Gawthorp, Cara Edwards, and Alix Ezell each driving in a pair of runs. PC banged out 19 hits in the game with seven of them being for extra bases.

DACC    310  000     4   5  2
PC        222   204    12 19 4

HR-Royer (PC), Walsh (PC), Edwards (PC), Clow (DACC)
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Cobras Slug Danville in Game One

April 8th, 2015
Game 1:  Parkland 10   Danville 2

Alexis Royer got PC on the board in the first as she swatted her 11th home run of the season to give the Cobras a 2-0 lead. Parkland would score another run in the 2nd and three more in the third to take a 6-0 lead. After the Jaguars scored a pair of runs in the top of the 4th, the Cobras would score four times in their half of the inning. Makayla Walsh hit a solo home run and Monica Monroe belted a three-run shot to give PC the eight run lead. Leah Kays kept DACC off the board in the 5th to seal the win. Kays (5-6) had her best outing of the season allowing no earned runs while walking one and striking out nine.  Kelsey Smith continued her red-hot hitting collecting three more hits while Walsh and Hannah Pruden each had two.

DACC      000 20   2  4   3
PC          213 4X  10 13  1

HR-Royer (PC), Walsh (PC), Monroe (PC)
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Snappers Shock Parkland Taking Game Two of the Day

April 6th, 2015

Game Two:

Spoon River 3  Parkland 1
SRCC        0    0    2    0    1    0    0            3    3    3
Parkland    0    1    0    0    0    0    0            1    2    2
The Parkland bats went silent in Game 2 and had a season low two hits total in game 2 and pushed across their lone run on a suicide squeeze by Sam Geraci
 in the second inning.  Ross Learnard battled and gave up 2 unearned runs against the Snappers.   SRCC scored on a pass ball in the third inning
and another on an error.  They tacked on another unearned in the 5th. Jeff Lavin came in and threw 2 scoreless innings for the Cobras to keep the game close but the Cobras missed a golden opportunity to score in the 6th and went quietly in the 7th as the Snappers held on for the win.   Parkland came up with only 2 hits, Tanner Russell and Cully Day had the lone hits, singles, for the Cobras in the loss.  Parkland stands at (19-6 7-3) going in to Sunday's games. 
 LP    Ross Learnard     (5 IP 5 K 3 BB 3 UR 3 hits) and Hayes
        Jeff Lavin (2 IP 2 K 0 R) and Schultz
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Cobras Blank Spoon River in Opener

April 6th, 2015

Game One:

Parkland 8 Spoon River 0
Tyler Anderson threw 6 innings of one hit ball for the Cobras as they defeated Spoon River CC in 8 innings Saturday at Parkland College.The Cobras scored six runs in the first three innings to grab a 6-0 lead.  Donovan Chandler got the ball rolling in the first inning with a single to right field.  He would score on a fielders choice and Xavier Warren would score on a SAC Fly by Cully Day. RBI singles by Warren and Chandler in the 2nd and third innings would expand PC's lead to 6-0. Anderson settled in for six innings of solid work and gave way to his bullpen. Kody Silverthorn and Connor Gross would work perfect 7th and 8th innings to secure the one-hit shutout. The three pitchers allowed just one hit and one walk while striking out 9.  A bases loaded walk would bring in the 8th and deciding run in the bottom of the 8th to end the game by the run rule. Xavier Warren and Lloyd Johnson each had two hits in the win. 


SRCC            0    0    0    0    0    0    0        0    1    3
Parkland       2    3    1    0    0    1    2        8    9    0
WP Anderson (6 IP 1 Hit 6 K 1 BB) and Schultz
       Silverthorn (1 IP 2 K 0 H 0 BB) and Zimske
       Gross (1 IP 1 K 0 H) and Zimske
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Two Cobra Women Named First Team All-American

March 31st, 2015
Sophomores Hannah Wascher (Rantoul) and Laura Litchfield (Champaign Central) have been selected 1st Team All-American's by the National Junior College Athletic Association. 
The pair led the Cobras to a record setting (35-2) season and a National Runner-Up finish at the NJCAA D-2 Women's Basketball Tournament. Both players were selected to the All-Tournament team at Nationals, with Wascher being recognized for the second straight season. 
Wascher, who was earlier named the M-WAC and Region 24 Player of the Year, averaged a double-double this season scoring at a 17.7 points per game clip and pulling down 10.3 rebounds a game. She shot 60.4% from the field which was the second highest field goal percentage in the NJCAA D-2.  She also blocked nearly two shots per contest. 
Litchfield, who transferred to Parkland after one year at Southwestern Illinois, was the glue for the Cobras as she averaged 13.0 points and 5. 2 rebounds per game for Parkland. She also dished out 4.9 assists and had 2.1 steals per game. Laura was a First Team All-MWAC and All-Region performer as well.
The two are the first pair of 1st Team All-Americans in Cobra Women's Basketball history. Hannah Ohl was the last Cobra First Team Basketball All-American back in 2010-11. 

Lewis and Clark Takes Game 2 Holding Off Parkland Late

March 31st, 2015

It would be a similar story in Game 2 as early Cobra errors gave the Trailblazers opportunities, but this time a late comeback attempt by the Cobras would come up short in a 6-5 final.  

The Trailblazers would take advantage of two Parkland errors in the first to take an early 3-0 lead, but the Cobras wouldn't go away.  Allie Ostermeyer and Alix Ezell would both drive home runs in the second to cut the lead to 4-2.  Lewis and Clark would respond with 2 more in the fourth, with the second becoming the winning run.  Parkland would threaten in both the sixth and seventh but were unable to get the big hit to drop the finale of the series.  The teams split the four game set with each team winning a road game.  The loss puts the Cobra record at (11-11) as they travel to Olney on Wednesday.
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Parkland Comes Back to Steal Game 1

March 31st, 2015

The Cobra Softball team would find themselves trailing early only to complete the comeback and take down Lewis and Clark 4-3 in Game 1 of the day.

Lewis and Clark would strike early with a run in the top of the first, only to add two more in the third to make it 3-0.  The Cobras would remain scoreless until the sixth when Morgan Harper would come in to make it 3-1.  Parkland would load the bases in the seventh and get an RBI from Monica Monroe, Morgan Harper, and Alexis Royer to finish it off.
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Cobra Women Advance to Final Four!

March 19th, 2015
The Parkland Women's Basketball team played a nearly perfect second half as they broke away from a one point half time lead to defeat Chesapeake College of Maryland 99-71. A balanced attack was the key as all five starters finished in double figures. The Cobras (34-1) will advance to the Final Four with an 8:00 game on Friday night against the winner of tonight's Kirkwood and Monroe College contest.

The opening half was a tightly played match with both teams shooting well and PC taking a one point lead in to the break. The Cobras shot 51.7% in the opening half but 14 turnovers kept PC from having a bigger lead.  The Cobras shot even better in the second half as they were a sizzling 59% to finish at 56% for the game. Leading 50-44, PC used a 7-0 run to give them the separation they needed.  Laura Litchfield hit a pair of free throws and Josie Zerrusen made back to back shots, one of them a three, to push the lead to 57-44 with 16:24 to play.  The SkipJacks would close to within 9 but another Cobra run extended the lead to 74-53 with just under 10 minutes to play. Chesapeake would make one more run, scoring the next six points to cut the margin to 15, but PC would use an 8-0 run of their own and the rout was on. 

Hannah Wascher had a double-double for the 2nd straight game as she finished with 26 points on 11-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.  Laura Litchfield also had a double-double with 15 points and 11 assists. Chelsea Cross had a big game with 17 points and 7 boards while Nadine Vaughn added 11 points and 6 rebounds and Josie Zerrusen 11 points and 5 carroms.  Chesapeake was led by Daria Simmons who finished with 15 points. 

Parkland Takes Second Straight from Prairie State

March 19th, 2015

Game 2:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 1

Timely hitting and strong starting pitching was the story again in Game 2 for the Cobras as they completed the sweep of the Pioneers. Zach Borsa worked 5 innings and allowed just two hits and one walk as he earned his second win of the year. Borsa (2-0) had command of both sides of the plate all night to keep the PSC hitters off-stride. Tyler Burcham and Caleb Leach worked in relied for the Cobras, as they made it six straight wins and  improved to (10-3) overall.  
Parkland heads into MWAC Conference play this weekend as the play host to Lewis and Clark at 1:00 Saturday and will travel to Godfrey on Sunday for a 1:00 start as well.
Parkland scored right away as Donovan Chandler doubled to lead off the game and later scored on Glenn Reeves 3rd hit on the afternoon.  Curtiss Johnson and Austin Smith added RBI singles for the Cobras as they pulled away in the 4th inning. Sam Geraci started the 4th inning with his first triple of the season. He later scored on Johnson's RBI single to left field. Parkland would add three more runs in the 4th to extend the lead to 6-0. The Cobras would tack on one more run in the 6th to make it 7-0. Parkland only had 6 hits in Game 2, but it was all the pitching staff needed, as they held PSC to one lone run. That run came on Pioneer DH Ryan Spienieack's first home run of the year in the 7th inning off Caleb Leach. 
PSC         0    0    0    0    0    0    1            1    3    2
Parkland    1    1    0    4    0    1    -            7    6    1
WP Borsa (5 IP 5 K 2 hits 1BB) and Hayes
       Burcham (1 IP 0hits 0 BB 0 Runs) and Mikesell
       Leach (1 IP 1 K  1 Hit 1 Run 0 BB) and Mikesell
    Curtiss Johnson 1-1 RBI Single
    Donovan Chandler ( DOUBLE 2 Runs)
    Sam Geraci (Triple Run)
    Glenn Reeves (RBI SINGLE)
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Cobras Dominate 2015 Home Opener

March 19th, 2015

Game 1:  Parkland 7 Prairie State 0

Ross Learnard was dominate in his second start of the Spring going 5 innings and striking out 12 while yielding only one hit to the  Pioneers. Learnard (2-0) earned his second win of the year in as many starts. The lone hit off Learnard was a 4th inning single by Ramon Santiago.  Kody Silverthorn and Pat Kenny each threw one inning in relief to hold the shutout in tact. 
Glenn Reeves got the scoring going early with an RBI double in the 2nd inning. Jeff Wetzler, Connor Currier, Cully Day, and Austin Smith followed with consecutive RBI singles to open up the scoring as the Cobras totaled 6 runs on 5 hits in second inning. The Cobras capitalized on timely hitting and shaky PSC defense to put the game out of reach. The Pioneers held Parkland scoreless from the 3rd inning until the 5th, when Xavier Warren scored on a sacrifice fly by Austin Schultz. Parkland played flawless defense for the third straight game, not committing an error. 
Prairie State        0    0    0    0    0    0    0        0    1    5
Parkland             0    6    0    0    1    0    -        7    10    0
WP Learnard (5 IP 12 K 0 BB 1 Hit) and Schultz
        Silverthorn (1IP 1 BB 0 hits) and Schultz
        Kenny     (1 IP 2 BB 1 K 0 Hits) and Schultz
    Smith (1-2 Double/RBI)
    Currier (1-2 Double RBI)
    Reeves (2-2 Double/Single 2 RBI)
    Day (1-1 Single/RBI 2 Stolen Bases)
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