Extra Innings Needed But Parkland Completes Sweep

April 22nd, 2017

Game 2: Parkland 7 Illinois Central 6 8 innings

Haley Ginger roped a one out double off the left field wall in the bottom of the 8th to drive home the game winner and give the Cobras the sweep. The game started out poorly for PC as ICC scored a pair of runs in the top of the 1st to grab the early lead. Brigette Belt’s sacrifice fly scored Ginger in the bottom of the 1st to cut the margin to one. The Cobras would grab the lead by scoring three times in the 2nd as they used three straight walks before a Maddy Shoemaker double drove in a pair and the third run came home on an Amber Tabeling walk. Parkland had just the one hit in the inning but walked six times off three different Cougar pitchers.

The game remained 4-2 PC until the top of the 6th when ICC scored a run to cut the lead to just one. Parkland would answer back as Ginger and Shoemaker both singled, moved into scoring position on a ground ball, and scored on a two run single by Catlin. ICC would not be denied however as they used three straight hits to start the inning to make the score 6-4 and plated two more runs via sacrifice flies to tie the contest. The Cobras did not score in the bottom of the 7th to send the game to extra innings.

With the international tie-breaker in place, ICC started the inning with a runner at 2nd and she moved to 3rd on an infield ground out. Relieve Lexie Black got a big strike out and then ended the inning with a another ground ball. PC would also start the inning with a runner on second but after a strikeout, Ginger roped a 1-2 pitch over the left fielders head for a game winning double. Ginger had three more hits in the finale as she went 6-7 on the afternoon with 3 runs scored. Maddy Shoemaker had two hits for PC who won despite getting out hit 12-6. Black (8-2) earned the win by working a perfect inning in relief of Catlin.

ICC 200 001 30 6 12 2
PC 130 000 01 7 6 1


Cobras Hold Off ICC for Game 1 Win

April 22nd, 2017

Game 1: Parkland 1 Illinois Central 0

The Cobras tossed their third straight shutout in the opener as Jaclyn Thompson pitcher her second gem in as many days to earn the win. Thompson (11-1) gave up just four hits while walking three and striking out three. Parkland would score the only run of the contest in the 6th as Haley Ginger led off the inning with a single but was still at 2nd with two outs after a strikeout and ground out. Sophie Catlin hit the first pitch up the middle for a single to score Ginger for the game winner. Thompson battled out of a jam in the 7th as the Cougars had runners on the corners with two out but she got the ICC lead-off hitter to fly out to center to end the game. Ginger paced the Cobra attack as she was a perfect 3-3.

ICC 000 000 0 0 4 0
PC 000 001 X 1 6 0
W-Thompson (11-1)


Parkland Run Rules Snappers for Sweep

April 10th, 2017

 Game 2    PC 8     SRC  0   (5 innings)

 Sophie Catlin now 7-4, threw a masterful 1 hitter, striking out 6 and walking 1.  PC opened the scoring up in the 2nd when Amber Tabeling singled and scored on Lauren Spelich's deep sacrifice fly to right center. The Cobras put four more runs on the board in the 3rd.  Maddy Shoemaker opened the inning with a walk and then with two outs, Brigette Belt got hit by a pitch.  Kyliegh Basham doubled driving in Belt and Shoemaker, Tabeling followed with a single, and Shelby Youngblood doubled driving in Basham and Tabeling. The Cobras closed the game out in the bottom of the 5th with three runs, as Shelby Youngblood, Spelich, and Ginger all drove in a run. Youngblood led the offense with three hits, 3 RBI, and Ginger, Basham, and Tabeling all collected two hits.  

SRC   000  00     0   1  2

PC     014  03     8  10  1


 WP   Catlin      LP   Elizondo


Cobra Softball Strikes Early Take Down Spoon River in Game 1

April 10th, 2017

Game 1    PC  6        SRC   1


The Cobras started game one off with two home runs in the first inning, one by Maddie Shoemaker and the other by Sophie Catlin, as  PC jumped out to an early lead. Three runs came in on the first inning home runs while the other scored on a Makenna Butcher double. In the 4th, Parkland added another run on Butcher’s second double of the day and she scored on Haley Ginger's single. The  final run was posted when Elissa Stewart reached on an error and scored on Ginger’s double.   SRC scored their lone run in the 6th on a double, wild pitch and an infield out.  Haley Ginger and Maddy Shoemaker both finished with  2 hits and 2 RBI, while  MaKenna Butcher had two hits and drove in one.  Jaclyn Thompson improved to 8-1 as she scattered 7 hits, while walking one and striking out 8.


SRC  000  001  0    1 7 1

PC    400  101  X    6 11 0


WP  Thompson      LP   Papenhause

HR---Shoemaker     Catlin  (PC)


2017 Parkland College Softball Preview

February 18th, 2017

Nolan Harmon brings you the 2017 Parkland College Softball Preview, with interviews by Chuck Clutts, Jaclyn Thompson, Amber Tabeling, Katie Kuska, and Maddy Shoemaker. 


Parkland Run Rules John Wood to take Weekend Series

April 17th, 2016

Game 2:


Parkland made sure they would not fall victim to another John Wood upset as the Cobras scored six times in the first to grab a quick 6-0 lead. The first six batters all reached based and three came home on a towering blast by Megan Tool. John Wood came back with two runs off the Cobras in the 2nd but PC would tack on four in the 3rd as Megan Magsamen crushed a grand slam homer. John Wood scored an unearned run in the 4th to make it 10-3 but PC scored twice in the bottom of the inning as Monica Monroe drove in a pair with a single. Winning pitcher Erin Walker worked a 1-2-3 5th  to earn her second win in as many days over the Blazers as the game ended by the run rule. Walker improved to (12-3) allowing just two earned runs on five hits. She did not walk a batter for the second straight day.   Ginger capped an outstanding day as she went 2-3 with three runs scored. The Cobra lead-off hitter finished the day 5-7 with six runs scored and four RBI.  Hannah Pruden went 3-4 as she finished the afternoon 6-7 with 2 RBI.  Magsamen, Catlin, and Tool all had two hits in the game as PC had 13 total in the contest.


JW   020   10        3  5  3

PC   604   2X       12 13 1



Cobra Fall to John Wood in Slugfest

April 17th, 2016

Game 1:


The Blazers cracked four home runs  but had to hang on late for the one run win.  PC broke on top in the first as Haley Ginger homered to give PC the early 1-0 lead.  John Wood answered back with four runs in the second and PC would get one of those back In the bottom of the inning on a Monica Monroe RBI single.  PC had a chance for a bigger inning but left the bags loaded.  John Wood would add three more runs in the 3rd as  Haleigh Hammel and Lindsey VanTress hit back to back home runs.  Taylor Jordan’s sacrifice fly in the 3rd cut the lead to 7-3 but PC left two more runners on base.


John Wood would push their lead to 10-5 in the 5th as Van Tress and Hanna Runner both homered for the Blazers setting up the Cobras comeback effort.  PC scored four times in the fifth with three coming on Ginger’s second home run of the game.  PC had runners at first and second with two outs but a ground out to 3rd ended the threat. After Sophi Catlin shut down JW in the top of the 6th, PC would threaten in the bottom of the inning, again putting runners at 1st and 2nd but the Cobras lone strike out of the game ended the inning.  John Wood failed to score in the top of the 7th and again Parkland would try and rally. Catlin started the inning with a line drive off the fence in right that just missed being a game tying home run.  After a sacrifice bunt, Megan Tool lined out to the short stop who had the ball bounce off her glove and she recovered to catch the ball just before it hit the ground.  Katie Kuska popped out to shallow left to end the ball game. The Cobras banged out 15 hits but left 13 runners on base. Ginger was 3-4 with 4 RBI, while Hannah Pruden was 3-4, and Tool and Jordan each had two hits.


JW     043   120  0         10  12 3

PC     111   240   0          9   15  3


Catlin Long Ball Propels Cobra Comeback

April 14th, 2016

After going 2-3 with a two-run home run in an 8-4 Cobra loss in the opener, game two did not start well for Parkland's Sophi Catlin. The Monticello freshman struck out in each of her first two at bats, stranding a runner in the first and two more in the third.  When Catlin stepped to the plate in the 5th, PC trailed 5-1 and it appeared the #16 Cobras were on their way to being swept by #9 Kankakee. Catlin connected on a solo home run to cut the Cavalier lead to three, but it was her at bat in the 6th that deserved the curtain call. 


Down 5-2, PC put two runners on with one out and tied the game as Haley Ginger, Monica Monroe, and Megan Magsamen all delivered run scoring hits. Tied at 5, Catlin roped a three-run homer, her third round tripper of the day, to give the Cobras an 8-5 lead and they hung on for the win and a split for the day and in the four game season series.  


Jaclyn Thompson (12-3) earned the win despite allowing five runs on ten hits. Thompson however was at her best over the final two innings as she got out of a jam in the 6th and retired KCC in order in the 7th to pick up the win.  Catlin was 2-4 with two runs scored and four RBI while Magsamen added three hits and Monroe and Katie Kuska each had two. 


Game 2:

KCC         000  230 0        5  10  2

PC           000  116 X        8 11   2


Kankakee Strikes Early to take Down Cobras

April 14th, 2016

In the opener, PC gave up eight runs in the first two innings as KCC jumped out an 8-1 lead. PC scored three times in the 5th as Megan Magsamen doubled in Haley Ginger and Catlin hit her first home run of the day, a two-run blast to make it 8-4.  PC would threaten in both the 6th and 7th innings but could get no closer.  Morgan Harper was a bright spot in relief as she worked 5.2 innings and did not allow a run.  Megan Tool along with Magsamen and Ginger all has two hits in the game. 


Game 1:

KCC        350 000 0         8  10  3

PC          100 030 0         4   8    2


Golden Eagles Finish Off Sweep of Cobras

April 14th, 2016

Game 2:


Unfortunately for the Cobras it was more of the same in game two as Rock Valley jumped out early and cruised to the sweep.  The Eagles got things started with a lead-off single, followed by a two-run home run to grab an early 2-0 lead off PC starter Morgan Harper. Harper would settle down after that and blank RVCC on just two hits over the next four innings. Rock Valley's hurler was in complete control from the start as she retired the first nine hitters of the game before Ginger lead off the 4th with a single. PC would get two runners on base in both the 4th and 5th innings but could not get on the board. The Eagles added two more runs in the 6th to make it 4-0 before PC's Sophi Caitlin hit a solo home run in the bottom of the frame.  Rock Valley would score two more in the 7th and the Cobras would go quietly in the last half of the inning as Rock Valley swept PC for the second straight year.


RV          200  002 2        6   10  0

PC           000 001 0        1    5    2


Cobras Drop Game One to DIII #1 Rock Valley

April 14th, 2016

Game 1:


The Eagles jumped on top in the 2nd as the RVCC #9 hitter stroked a double into the gap with two outs to score a pair of runs.  Rock Valley added a couple more runs in the 6th before PC finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Elise Stewart and Haley Ginger started things off with back to back singles but the next two PC hitters both flew out. Parkland starting pitcher Sophi Catlin helped her own cause with an RBI single but Hannah Pruden grounded back to the pitcher to end the inning.  After the Eagles added an insurance run in the 7th, PC would score a run of their own as Makena Butcher crushed a ball over the center field fence. Stewart just missed a home run of her own as she doubled off the fence but Ginger grounded out to short to end the ball game.  


RV            020  002 1       5  8  0

PC            000  001  1      2   7  1


Olney Earns Split With Game Two Win

March 23rd, 2016

Game 2

For the second straight doubleheader, the Cobra bats went ice cold in game two, getting only 3 hits and losing to OCC 5-1.  Parkland lone run came in the 7th when Monica Monroe lifted a towering drive over the left field fence.  Erin Walker took the loss on the mound for Parkland, with Morgan Harper coming in relieving in the 5th. She retired all nine hitters she faced over the final three innings. 


Parkland now stands at (14-2 3-1) on the season while Olney is (20-10). The Cobras will return to action on Friday with a 1:00 DH at Lewis and Clark. The Blazers and Cobras will play games three and four of their series at 1:00 on Saturday at Parkland.


OC 004  100  0    5  8  1

PC 000   000  1    1  3  0


Chambers and Perkins

Walker, Harper (5) and Tool



L-Walker  6-1


HR  Monroe (1) Parkland 


Power Bats Lead Win Over Olney Central

March 23rd, 2016

Game 1: 

Parkland received another strong pitching performance by Jaclyn Thompson  (5-0) as she allowed just one run on four hits while striking out 11 in a 8-1 Parkland victory.  Alix Ezell lead off the bottom of the first with her first college HR to right center.  Olney tied the game in the 2nd with a home run of their own. 


The Cobras took the lead for good with an RBI single from Megan Magsamen scoring Megan Tool after she  had walked and stole 2nd base.  PC added 4 more runs in the 3rd on an RBI single from Tool and a 3 run blast to dead center off the bat of Sophie Catlin.  All of this damage was done with 2 outs. Cobras added their last two runs in the 5th on a single by Monica Monroe, a walk to Tool, an RBIi single from Catlin and Carson Church, running for Catlin, scored on a wild pitch.  The PC offense was led by Ezell, Monroe, and Catlin who each had two hits each.



OC  010   000  0      1   4   0

PC  114   020   X     8   11  1


Bruce, Daily (3) and young

Thompson  and Tool, Butcher   (5)


W-Thompson  5-0



HR   Young  OCC        Ezell, Catlin   PC


Cobras Drop Game Two to Jaguars

March 22nd, 2016

Game 2

DACC  scored five runs in the first  three inning and that was all it took to give Parkland their first loss of the year.  Morgan Harper (2-1) took the loss giving up 6 hits and 5 runs.  Jaclyn Thompson came in relief in the 3rd inning and totally shut down DACC over the final five innings, allowing just one hit, but the Cobras were only able to scratch out one run despite collecting nine hits.   

PC lone run was tallied on a RBI single by Sophie Catlin who drove in Haley Ginger who had doubled and stolen third.  Parkland will return to action this Wednesday when they host Olney Central College in a non-conference doubleheader. 


DACC     014  000  0            5  7  2

PC           000  000  0            1  9  1


Laws and McFadden

Monroe, Thompson  (3) and tool



L-Harper   2-1 


Parkland Softball Takes Game One of Home Opener

March 22nd, 2016

Game 1

Parkland, behind another strong outing by Erin Walker (6-0), shut down DACC 5-0.  Walker went the distance allowing no runs on four hits while striking out five. 

The Cobras scored two runs in the first with a single by Makayla Walsh,who stole 2nd and scored on a single by Haley Ginger.  Ginger also stole 2nd and scored on an infield out by Sophie Catlin.  PC added another run in the 2nd with Megan Magsamen scoring on a single to right by Elissa Stewart.  In the 3rd Hannah Pruden with 2 outs doubled and scored when Monica Monroe singled to right.  Parkland’s last run was scored by Stewart on Megan Magsamen's triple.   Walsh, Monroe, and Ginger all had 2 hits n the win.


DACC   000 000 0      0  4   2

PC         211 100  X     5  8  0



Shepard and McFadden


Walker and Tool


W-Walker  6-0