Inside Cobra Baseball- Week 12

May 30th, 2011

The Parkland Baseball season is complete as Coach Kennedy joins us after the finale.  Click below for final edition of inside Cobra Baseball for 2011.  Thank you to everyone who tuned in throughout the season and we look forward to following the Cobras in 2012!

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All Region Softball Team Includes Three Cobras

May 28th, 2011

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The National Fastpitch Coaches Association has announced their 2011 All-Region Team.  Three stellar Cobras were named to the first team.  (left to right) Sarah Gray, shortstop, Sam Inman, outfielder, and Brittany Einck, designated hitter. Congratulations ladies!

Cobras Academic Excellence Accompanies Their Athletic Honors

May 25th, 2011

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At CobraSportsNet, we've long bragged on the Parkland student athletes as being highly successful in their course work as well as in their sports.  Maybe you say you'd like some evidence?  OK, read on.

For the second straight semester, the dance team is the winner of the team grade competition.  The Charmers came in with a team GPA of 3.316, slightly above their fall GPA of 3.233. This raised their overall GPA for the school year to a snappy 3.269. With that showing, they just edged out the golf team which took home honors on the men's side with a 3.257 GPA this spring. Interestingly, our teams' GPA's are nearly identical to last spring at 2.891, up slightly from 2.858. However, the biggest change was in the grade point average of the male athletes.  The men jumped from a 2.671 in the Spring of 2010 to 2.841 this spring. The womens' teams dropped very slightly from 3.059 to 2.953.  Nine out of ten teams had a B- average or better.  As always, their courses are comparable to those offered to other freshmen and sophomores at the four-year or university level.

2010-11 School Year Composite Team Grade Point Averages (full year):

1.  Dance                 3.269

2.  Golf                    3.241

3.  Softball               3.112

4.  Women's Soccer  3.071

5.  Women's BB        2. 932

6.  Baseball              2.924

7.  Volleyball            2.895

8.  Cheerleading       2.880

9.  Men's Soccer       2.837

10. Men's BB            2.365

Did you know that when Parkland students transfer to four-year schools, long-term data show that they perform (grade-wise) at a level equal to or better than those students who started as freshmen at those four-year institutions?  It's a fact.

Well done Cobras!  Well done!

Parkland Baseball Players Collect Honors

May 24th, 2011

The season may be over but the awards are just getting started as the M-WAC All-Conference and All-Region/District teams were announced on Monday.

A trio of freshman, pitcher Jon Carlson, shortstop Wes Minton, and first baseman Jeff Limbaugh took home most of the hardware for the Cobras.  Carlson, a transfer from Kentucy who has signed with High Point University in North Carolina, was named the Region 24 Pitcher of the Year after going 10-1 this season with a 2.00 earned run average. The hard throwing lefty allowed just 47 hits in 67.1 innings of work, good for just a .193 batting average against him. He was also named to the First Team All-MWAC team.

Minton and Limbaugh each took home three awards apiece.  Both were selected First Team All-Region and All-Conference as well as being named to the Region Gold Glove Team. Minton led the Cobras in hitting, finishing with a .420 batting average to go along with 6 home runs and 61 runs batted in.  He led the team in average, runs, hits, runs batted in, and his 25 doubles was just two short of the school record of 27 set by T.J. McManus last season.  He also had a fielding average of .928, making numerous outstanding defensive plays this season.  Minton was the runner-up for both the Freshman and Player of the Year in the conference.

Limbaugh finished 2nd behind Minton with a .397 average with 2 home runs and 49 RBI.  He was second on the team with 69 hits and was in the top three in several other offensive categories.  Defensively, he made just one error in 350 attempts at first base.

Also earning recognition was University of Illinois signee Jordan Parr who was a First Team All-Conference selection. The left fielder, hit .338 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.  Four other Cobras earned All-MWAC honors as well. Sophomore right fielder Bryce Feller earned 2nd team recognition while pitchers Drake Everson and Bo Weir as well as second baseman Dylan Drury earned Honorable Mention honors.  Feller hit .315 with 5 HR and 44 RBI this season for PC, wrapping up a solid two-year stint for the Cobras while Drury hit .328 this season leading the team with 7 home runs while driving in 52.  Everson, likely the Cobras most improved player, pitched out of the bullpen all season, earning a record of 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA. Weir, who arrived at Parkland in January after graduating from high school early, finished 3-2 with a 4.33 ERA leading the team in strikeouts with 73, in just 54 innings of work.

Congratulations to Coach Kennedy and all of the players on their final record of (43-11) and another outstanding season. The sophomores finish up with a sterling two year record of (93-24).

Parkland Baseball Ends Impressive season, Falls to Heartland

May 21st, 2011

The #5 ranked Parkland College Baseball team expected to play Heartland CC sometime during the Region 24 Tournament but neither team expected it to be in the loser's bracket on Saturday night. Unfortunately for the Cobras, M-WAC Pitcher of the Year Chris Razo and their potent offense was too much as #1 Heartland eliminated the Cobras by the score of 12-4. PC had won earlier in the day 16-0 over Shawnee to set up the game with HCC.

PC and HCC found themselves in the loser's bracket after the Cobras were knocked off by Lincoln Land on Friday while Heartland lost to DACC. The Hawks win on Saturday gave them some level of revenge as Parkland had eliminated Heartland from the post season, each of the past three seasons. The upset bug seemed to be the norm this post-season as Frederick CC, ranked #1 for nearly the entire season, was eliminated early in their Regional and #2 ranked LSU-E, the defending National Champions were also upended and #3 Blackhawk went 0-2 at the Region 4 tourney on Friday. The game was a tight pitchers duel through the first four innings as Heartland would lead by just a 1-0 score. The Hawks broke the game opening scoring four times in the 5th with Dylan Johnson's two run triple the big blow. Trailing 5-0, PC would score twice in the 6th as Wes Minton and Jeff Limbaugh each drove in a run but the Cobras struck out on a 3-2 pitch with runners at 2nd and 3rd to end the rally. HCC scored four more times to build a 9-2 lead but once again the Cobras would strike back for a pair of runs as Joey Migliaccio hit a pinch-hit two-run double. Again PC would have runners at 2nd and 3rd but Razo struck out Parkland's 3rd and 4th place hitters to end the uprising.

Razo gave up a season high four earned runs as well as 10 hits but he was able to keep the damage to a minimum striking out 10. Jake Pewitt had no problem solving Razo as he went 3-3 and scored twice while Limbaugh and Dylan Drury also had a pair of hits. Heartland moves on with a record of (50-9) while PC ends their season at (43-11).

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Parkland Dominates Shawee to Stay Alive in Regionals

May 21st, 2011

Zach Hall threw a complete game 2 hitter as the Cobras led from start to finish in the 16-0 final.  The win sets up a huge match up between two nationally ranked teams who dropped a game in the tourney, as the #1 Heartland Hawks and the #5 Cobras will do battle as one of the teams seasons will come to an end.  The Cobra bats were potent in the game as Bryce Feller had 5 RBI's including a three run homer in the 4th.  Jeff Limbaugh drove in three of his own and Dylan Drury had a two run bomb as the Saints were clearly over matched by the Cobras.  Cobrasports.net was on hand and had the call so click below for the entire ballgame.

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Hall and Burns Hayden, Neese (3), Simmons (5) and Loos W-Hall L-Hayden HR-Drury (PC), Feller (PC)

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Golfers Do Well At Nationals

May 21st, 2011

Sophomore Bryan Ideus shot a four-day total of 298, good enough for a tie for 33rd place, while freshman Lewis Martin shot a 303 to finish in a tie for 45th place as both golfers finished up play at the D-2 National Tournament. Ideus was the mark of consistency firing a 76-74-74-74 to steadily move up the standings while Martin couldn't overcome a tough third day, carding a 74-73-81-75. There were 130 golfers entered in the tournament and Region 24 once again came up big.

John A Logan won their second title in the past three seasons as they easily won the team title by 12 strokes over second place South Mountain. Logan 297-280-290-286 1153 led for the final 54 holes in winning the title. Mesa took home the 3rd place trophy while the College of Coastal Georgia came in 4th and Oakland CC of Michigan was 5th. Logan has now won titles in 2009 and 2011 while finishing 2nd in 2010.

Logan's Filip Timmerman won the the National medalist title a year after former Vounteer Marcelo Rozo won the title last season. Another Region 24 golfer, David Griffin of Rend Lake won medalist honors in 2009, making it three consecutive years a golfer from Region 24 won the individual title. Timmerman easily won this season finishing at -8, seven strokes ahead of a trio of 2nd place golfers.

Cobras Drop Game at Region 24 Tourney

May 21st, 2011

Friday was not kind to the top two seeds at the Region 24 Tournament as the #5 Parkland College Baseball team was shutdown by Lincoln Land 5-2 and top-seeded Heartland, the #1 ranked team in the Nation, was shutout by Danville Area 9-0. Although neither team was eliminated, both would have to win 5 consecutive games to earn a trip to the World Series.

Devin Moore was the story against Parkland as the Loggers hurler struck out at least one hitter in every inning, finishing with a five hitter and striking out 12. PC would score twice in the 7th as Dylan Drury led off with a single and Bryce Feller was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Brent Kuper drove in a run with his second double of the game and Jake Pewitt's ground out to short chased home another run but the Cobras would not score in as LLCC held on for the win.

Lincoln Land scored all of their runs in two innings as they jumped on top with three in the 3rd and two more in the 5th. Mike Fitzgerald went 3-4 with 3 RBI and Colton White had two hits and 2 RBI to pace LLCC.Bo Weir pitched well despite picking up the loss as the freshman southpaw struck out 7 in 7 innings. Brian Krolikowski struck out three in the final two innings in relief. Kuper and Dylan Drury had four of the Cobras five hits. The top three hitters in the Cobra order struggled to set the table as they went 0-11 on the evening. Parkland will return to action at 2:00 on Saturday vs Shawnee. A loss would eliminate the Cobras from their straight trip to the World Series while a win would propel them into an 8:00 contest.

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Moore and White Weir and Kuper W-Moore L-Weir

Saturday Schedule

11:00 Heartland vs Lewis and Clark

2:00 Parkland vs Shawnee

5:00 Lincoln Land vs DACC

8:00 Winner of 11 am game vs Winner 2:00 game

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Golf National Tourney Coming To A Close Today

May 20th, 2011

Parkland's Bryan Ideus continued his steady play firing a 74 for the second consecutive day and now has a three day total of (76-74-74 224) good enough for a tie for 35th place out of 127 golfers. Freshman Lewis Martin struggled to an 81 on Thursday and now stands at (74-73-81 228) and in 55th place. The two will play 18 more holes today to wrap up play in the four-day event.

Region 24 Champion John A Logan appears well on their way to winning the National Championship as they have a nine-stroke lead over Mesa CC in the team competition.  Logan has carded scores of (297-280-290 867) while Mesa has been steady at (290-290-296 876). The College of Coastal Georgia, So. Mountain, Tyler Texas, and Black Hawk round out the top teams.

Logan's Filip Timmerman is the current medalist as the sophomore takes a two shot lead into the final round. Timmerman has a three-day total of 212, two strokes ahead of four golfers. Nate Anderson (Tyler), Owen Bell (Black Hawk), Eddie DeLashmutt (Mesa), and Nick Umholtz (So. Mountain). All  are just two strokes back as a total of 8 golfers enter the final day within five strokes of top individual honors.

Team Scores:

1 . John A. Logan (IL) Volunteers 297 280 290 867 +3

2 . Mesa (AZ) CC Thunderbirds 290 290 296 876 +12

3 . C of Coastal Georgia Mariners 298 292 290 880 +16

4 . South Mountain (AZ) CC Cougars 303 287 292 882 +18

T 5. Black Hawk (IL) College Braves 299 293 291 883 +19 T

5. Tyler (TX) JC Apaches 303 296 284 883 +19

Cobras Top Lewis and Clark in Region 24 Tourney Opener

May 19th, 2011

The Parkland College Baseball team (42-9) outlasted a gutty Lewis and Clark squad 7-3 on Thursday to advance in the Region 24 Baseball Tournament held at Lanphier Park in Springfield. The Cobras will play Lincoln Land at 8:00 on Friday, the Loggers scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 9th to beat John Wood 4-3 in another quarterfinal game. Earlier in the day, Heartland routed Shawnee 12-2 and Danville Area put away Lincoln College 16-6.

The two teams were scoreless headed into the bottom of the 4th before the Cobras loaded the bases with nobody out. Landon Weitekamp's hard hit ground ball resulted in a double play allowing Wes Minton to score and Brent Kuper followed with a two-out single to make it 2-0 Cobras.  The Blazers would finally solve Cobra hurler Jon Carlson who had held L&C hitless over the first four innings. L&C strung together a hit batsmen and a pair of singles, an error, a sacrifice fly to tie the contest at 2.

PC would answer right back as Jeff Limbaugh and Dylan Drury each drove in a run in the 5th and Jordan Parr and Wes Minton each plated runs in the 6th to give the Cobras a 6-2 lead.  After Lewis and Clark tacked on a run in the 7th, PC would add an insurance run in the 8th on a Wes Minton sac. fly. Reliever Josh Witt earned the save as he came in with the tying run at the plate in the 8th and got the hitter to ground into a force play to end the threat. He worked a 1-2-3 last inning, striking out the final two hitters to make a winner of Jon Carlson (10-1). Carlson worked 7.2 innings walking 3 and striking out 8.Leading the way at the plate for PC was Minton who was 2-4 with 2 RBI, Jordan Parr 2-4 2 runs scored, and Jeff Limbaugh who had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and reached base 4 times.

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Cobra Baseball Earns #2 Seed, Games LIVE Here On CobraSportsNet

May 17th, 2011

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The Parkland College Baseball team will enter this weekend's Region 24 Tournament as the #2 seed after pairings were determined after the completion of the regular season on Monday. The Cobras will begin defense of their title when they face #7 seed Lewis and Clark on Thursday at 5:00 The two teams played last Saturday, with the Cobras winning game 1 and the Blazers rallying to win the nightcap in extra innings. With a win, PC would play again at 8 on Friday night and would play at 2:00 on Friday with a defeat.

The tournament will be hosted by Benedictine University of Springfield and all games will be played at Lanphier Park. Parkland has won the Region 24 title each of the past two seasons, going on to win their second National title in 2009 and placing 5th last season.  Brian Schutte will call the play-by-play LIVE on CobraSportsNet.

Thursday Games:

11:00  #1 Heartland vs #8 Shawnee

2:00    #4 Lincoln College vs #5 Danville Area

5:00    #2 Parkland vs #7 Lewis and Clark - Listen LIVE on CobraSportsNet

8:00    #3 Lincoln Land vs #6 John Wood

Friday Games:

11:00  Loser 1 vs Loser 2

2:00    Loser 3 vs Loser 4

5:00    Winner 1 vs Winner 2

8:00    Winner 3 vs Winner 4

Saturday-Sunday games TBD

PC Golfers Going For It At Nationals

May 17th, 2011

Freshman Lewis Martin (Effingham St. Anthony) fired an opening round two over par 74 and finds himself four strokes off the lead and in a tie for 15th place after the first day of the NJCAA D-2 National Tournament in Scottsboro, Alabama. Teammate Bryan Ideus (Rantoul) carded a 76 and is six strokes off the lead and tied for 35th place. Martin will tee of at 8:39 am on Wednesday while Ideus is in the next group at 8:48.The four-day 72 hole event runs through Friday.

After Tuesday's opening round, Mesa CC of Arizona (290) leads John A Logan (297) and Oakland CC of Michigan by seven strokes. Individually, Dean Grant of Mesa was one of three players to break par. Grant leads after shooting a 70 just one stroke ahead of Kyle Carranza of the College of Southern Maryland and Sam Norbom of Illinois Central College, both of whom carded 71's.

Top 5 Teams:

1. Mesa 290

2. John A Logan 297 / Oakland 297

4. College of Coastal Georgia 298

5. Illinois Central College 299 / Black Hawk 299

Inside Cobra Baseball- Week 11

May 17th, 2011

The regular season is complete as the Cobras look forward to competing with the hopes of winning a third consecutive Region 24 Championship.  The latest edition of Inside Cobra Baseball is now available by clicking link below.

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Baseball Plays to DH Split

May 14th, 2011

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The #6 Parkland Baseball team was one strike away from moving their winning streak to 23 games but Lewis and Clark tied the game on wild pitch and broke the game open with a three run 10th inning to win 9-6 and salvage a split on the day. PC extended their streak in the opener beating the Blazers 8-2.

Game 1:  Parkland 8  Lewis and Clark 2

The Cobras rode the arm of Jon Carlson who improved to (9-1) on the year working six strong innings striking out eight.  Trailing 1-0, PC would score four times in the third. Wes Minton and Jeff Limbaugh each drove in a run and Bryce Feller plated a pair with a double.  L&C would cut the margin in half but PC would score twice in both the 5th and 6th to seal the win.

In the 5th, the Cobras would score their first run of the inning on a wild pitch and Landon Weitekamp would add an RBI double. Limbaugh and Dylan Drury would each deliver RBI hits in the 6th.  Minton was 3-4 with 2 runs scored. Drury was 2-3 scoring twice, while Limbaugh had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and scored a pair of runs.

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Smith, Van Winkle (6) and Hellman Carlson, Witt (7) and Kuper W-Carlson (9-1) L-Smith HR-Messer (PC)

Game 2:   Lewis and Clark 9  Parkland 6  10 inn.

The Cobras saw their winning streak snapped as the Blazers scored once in the 9th and three times in the 10th to steal the win. Trailing by a run with runners on the corners and two outs in the 9th. Cobra hurler Dane Krone unleashed a wild pitch which allowed Lewis and Clark to tie the game,  The Cobras looked like they might win the game in their half of the inning but PC stranded the winning run just 90 feet from victory. The Blazers would put together four consecutive hits off Krone to score three times in the 10th and PC went quietly in the bottom of the inning to end the game.

Earlier in the game, Mark Hagedorn's two run home had give PC the lead and Landon Weitekamps solo shot appeared to give PC the insurance they would need but L&C would not be denied.  Bobby Burns, Wes Minton, Bryce Feller, and Weitekamp all had two hits for PC int the loss.

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Softball Season Ends: Game Two

May 14th, 2011

The Cobras played hard, but fell 3-2 in 9 innings in game two of the best two-of-three series with a spot in the national tournament at stake.  A rough day on defense and the inability to get the key hit doomed the Cobras as they were denied a return trip to Nationals.  PC's season ends at (38-20) while PHCC improves to (31-18) and will find out their opening round opponent on Monday.

The clincher was a pitchers duel between sophomore Jenna Harshbarger and PHCC ace Desiree Ates.  Both teams scored in the first as Sarah Gray lead off with a double and scored on a single by Macy Shupe.  After PHCC tied it with a run off their own in the bottom of the inning, the score would remain tied until the Cobras scored in the 4th on a walk to Gray and an RBI double by Shupe.  PHCC would once again tie the game with a two-out single in the 6th and from there Ates allowed just one base runner over the final four innings finishing with 11 strikeouts in the game.

The defense would once again abandon the Cobras as PC made errors on two consecutive plays to start the 9th and after a walk, PH won the game with a sacrifice fly to right.  On the day, the normally trustworthy defense committed 10 errors accounting for 6 of PH's 7 runs on the afternoon. Macy Shupe had an outstanding day at the plate for the Cobras in a losing effort as she went 6-7 with 3 stolen bases and a pair of runs batted in for the day.

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