David Keenan Is Golf Medalist For Parkland; Cobras Finish Strongly In Tourney

April 30th, 2012

Parkland freshman David Keenan fired a two-day total of 145 (74-71) to win medalist honors and help the Cobra golf team to a second place finish in their own Invitational. Keenan started the final 18 holes in 4th place but carded the lowest round of the day to win the tournament, the first victory of his college career.  Played in an on-again off-again rain at  Stone Creek Golf Course, PC shot a season low 296 to pass up two teams and jump into 2nd place in the 36 hole event.  In addition to Keenan's strong play, the Cobras got a 72 from David Hermes, a 76 from Brady Welsh, and a 77 from Lewis Martin to round out their scoring.

The season low score of 296 was a big improvement from Sunday where the Cobras shot a disappointing 321 and found themselves in 4th place, 26 strokes off the pace.  PC shot the low team round of the day making up 13 strokes on tournament champion John A Logan who won with a (295-309  604) to the Cobras total of (321-296 617).  Lewis and Clark finished 3rd while Rend Lake came in 4th in the eight team event.

Parkland will hope to build on their strong final day as they head to the Region 24 Golf Tournament this Sunday and Monday with the winning team and top 5 individuals all advancing to the NJCAA National Tourney.

Softball Completes Season Sweep Of DACC

April 30th, 2012

The #11 Softball team picked up two important wins on Sunday as they swept rival Danville Area CC by the identical scores of 10-1. The victories give the Cobras a four-game sweep of the Jaguars this season.

In the first game, PC jumped out quickly with a three run first.  Kelsey Kniepmann singled and stole 2nd and after an infield pop up, scored on a Raeshel Braden single.  Daya McNutt made it 2-0 with a double and she came home on Elizabeth Sprague's triple. DACC would score their lone run on a solo homer in the 2nd and the game remained close until the Cobras broke it wide open over the final three innings.  Parkland scored three times in the 5th as McNutt drove in a run with a ground ball and Ali Kimble plated two runs with a double.  McNutt drove in her 3rd run of the game in the 6th and Macy Shupe had a pair of RBI in the 7th,  Kniepmann and Braden each had three hits while Shupe and McNutt two as the Cobras pounded out 14 hits in the contest. Kimble (11-5) got the win giving up one run on four hits while striking out six.

After a scoreless first two innings. the Cobras jumped all over the Jaguars scoring three runs in the 3rd.  With one on and two outs, Shupe drove home the first run of the game with a single and Braden followed with a two-run home run to make it 3-0 PC.  The Cobras added three unearned runs in the 4th as Kniepmann drove home one with a double and it was Shupe's turn to go yard, hitting a home run of her own.  Kniepmann drove in two more in the 5th and the Cobras closed out the scoring with two more in the in the 7th as Shupe singled and Kim Lamar had a sac. fly.  Tab Davis (6-2) picked up the win allowing one run on eight hits. She was helped by two outstanding diving catches by Kaitlyn Winkeler in right field.  There were plenty of stars on offense as Shupe went 4-5 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Kniepmann had 3 hits and 3 RBI along with Braden who had 3 hits and drove in 2 as the Cobras had 17 hits in the game and 31 on the day.

Parkland (38-18 21-5) would have wrapped up their regular season with a make-up doubleheader at John Wood on Monday in Quincy, but that meeting has been canceled due to rain. PC will be, it appears, either the #2 or #3 seed in the region, depending on (if) other games played by opponents.

Naile Picks Up Win in Back and Forth Contest With Lincoln

April 29th, 2012

In the opener, PC broke out early scoring three in the 2nd and three more in the 4th to take a 6-2 lead before Lincoln would tie the game with a four run outburst of their own in the top of the 5th. Still tied in the bottom of the 6th, the Cobras would explode for six runs to cruise to the win.  After the lead-off man was retired, Tom Hooker reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Wes Minton then followed with a line drive double into the gap to give PC the lead. After a walk to Adam Casson, PC got consecutive RBI hits from Bobby Burns, Joey Migliaccio, and Jack Wietelspach as well as a sacrifice fly from Landon Weitekamp to complete the scoring to make the 12-6 final.  James Naile (4-3) worked two scoreless innings of relief to earn the win. Starter Clay Manering worked 5 innings allowing three earned runs while walking one and striking out three.  Joey Migliaccio paced the attack going 3-4 while Jake Pewitt had two hits and scored twice.  Kieston Greene and Jack Wietelspach both drove in a pair of runs in the victory.  Click below for audio podcast.

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Parkland Baseball’s Mercy Rule Win Completes Weekend Sweep

April 29th, 2012

Lincoln jumped out to an early 3-0 lead off Cobra starter Josh Witt in game 2 but the Cobra sophomore settled down and blanked the Lynx over the final 5 innings.  Witt allowed three runs on six hits while walking none and striking out eight to improve to (5-0) on the season.  Down by three, PC struck back quickly scoring four times in the bottom of the 1st.  Greene singled and moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt. Wes Minton stroked a double to drive home green and Casson tripled to make it 3-2.  Casson came home on a Lynx error before Nolan Wilson's double gave the Cobras the lead.

PC tacked on a single run in the 4th before scoring 8 runs over the final two innings to win by the mercy rule 13-3.  PC scored six times in the 5th, with Minton and Wilson both driving in 2 runs in the inning.  Wilson would drive home his 4th run of the game in the 6th and Greene was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to end the contest after six innings.  Wilson had his best game of the season going 3-4 with 4 RBI and 2 runs scored while Greene had three hits and scored three times. Minton, Casson, Burns, and Jake Pewitt all had two hits as PC banged out 15 in the game.

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Critical Mistakes Ruin Cobra Plans For Twin Bill Sweep

April 28th, 2012

A two-run error late, followed by a tidal wave of Heartland runs cost the Cobras game one of the double header on Saturday.

The Cobras lost a heartbreaker in this game, a contest that was much closer than the 10-3 final score indicated. Parkland built an early 3-0 lead scoring a run in the 1st on a bases loaded walk, another run in the 2nd on a Kniepmann single, and their final run in the 4th on a Rae Braden sacrifice fly,

Trailing 3-0 in the top of the 5th, HCC loaded the bases and scored on an infield ground out to cut the margin to two. After an intentional walk to the nation's leading HR hitter re-loaded the bases, back to back errors doomed the Cobras. A pop-up off the glove of the pitcher and a dropped fly ball in center led to three more Hawk runs as they grabbed a 4-3 lead. PC would load the bases themselves in the bottom of the inning but Kniepmann was retired on a fly ball to left to end the inning.  In the 7th, HCC collected six hits and a walk off two PC hurlers to score six times and put the game out of reach.

The split leaves PC at (36-18 22-6) while Heartland stands at (52-13 25-5). The Hawks wrap up their regular season tomorrow when they host Lincoln. A sweep would give HCC the outright M-WAC title and the #1 seed while a split would leave the door open for both PC or Lincoln Land to tie them for the M-WAC championship. The Cobras will travel to DACC on Sunday and John Wood on Monday while the Loggers go to Wood tomorrow and host Lewis and Clark on Monday.

Former Cobra and MVC softball champion Lindsay Watkins has the game analysis, with play-by-play from Steve Brown.

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Cobra Bats Bomb Hawks In Game Two; 9-0 Mercy-Rule Win!

April 28th, 2012

Ali Kimble pitched a two-hit gem as the Cobra bats hammered out 9 runs, the last three coming on a home run blast by Kelsey Kniepmann, as the Cobras thumped Heartland, 9-0.  Kimble tossed a two-hit five-inning shutout on Saturday to lead the #11 Cobras to the win and a split of their doubleheader with #5 Heartland.  The PC freshman walked none and struck out three allowing just two singles to Hawks first baseman Chelsea Anderson.

Parkland team mates would give Kimble all the support she would need in the first as Kelsey Kniepmann doubled to start the inning and came home on a triple by Macy Shupe.  After a strikeout, Dayna McNutt singled to plate Shupe and two batters later Kimble helped her own cause with a single to make it 3-0. The Cobras tacked on another run in the 2nd and then used the long ball to put the game out of reach. Raeshel Braden slammed a line drive 2-run home run in the 4th and Kniepmann cracked a "no doubter" 3-run game ending home run of her own in the 5th as the Cobras won by the mercy rule.

Kniepmann was once again the Cobras catalyst as she reached based all four times going 3-3, scoring four times, and driving in three.  Macy Shupe and Ali Kimble both added two hits apiece as PC pounded out 10 in the contest.

The split leaves PC at (36-18 22-6) while Heartland stands at (52-13 25-5). The Hawks wrap up their regular season tomorrow when they host Lincoln. A sweep would give HCC the outright M-WAC title and the #1 seed while a split would leave the door open for both PC or Lincoln Land to tie them for the M-WAC championship. The Cobras will travel to DACC on Sunday and John Wood on Monday.

Former Cobra and Bradley standout Lindsay Watkins and Steve Brown have the call of the game.

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Softball Drops A Pair At Kankakee; Big Game On Tap For Saturday

April 26th, 2012

The #11 Parkland Softball team out hit the #7 Kankakee Cavaliers 16-15 on the day but the Cavs got the hits when they counted as they swept the Cobras for the second time this season winning 7-3 and 4-2. The losses continue the Cobras struggles against nationally ranked foes as PC is now just (4-12) against other top #20 teams and (31-5) against all of their other opponents. PC will get one more crack at a ranked opponent during the regular season when they host #5 Heartland on Saturday at 1:00.

The Cavs started slowly against Cobra starter Taylor Hull who struck out five of the first ten hitters in the game. KCC would then put together four hits and a base on balls to score four times in the 3rd. PC would answer back in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit in half as Kelsey Kniepmann walked and Macy Shupe followed with a single. After both runners moved up on a passed ball. Raeshel Braden delivered a sacrifice fly to right and Dayna McNutt singled to center to make it 4-2.  After the first two Cavs were retired in the 4th, the visitors strung together five consecutive hits to score three times and put the game on ice. PC would score a final run in their last at bat as Megan DeWerff reached on a one-out single and scored on a Kniepmann double. Elizabeth Sprague finished with 2 hits for PC and Hull struck out a career high despite picking up the loss.

The finale followed a similar path as KCC grabbed the early lead and never looked back. Trailing 1-0, PC would tie the game as Alison Kimble stroked a single to score Sprague who had singled earlier in the inning. Despite having runners at the corners with one out, PC did not score again in the inning after a strikeout and ground out.  KCC would score two more times in the 3rd and another run in the 5th to build the lead to 4-1 before PC would tally a single run in the 5th.  Megan DeWerff reached on an error and scored on Shupe's double to cut the margin to two. Pitcher Alison Kimble would keep the Cobras close retiring the final nine hitters of the game giving PC a chance to rally late. The Cobras did bring the tying run to the plate in their last at bat after DeWerff reached on a one out double, but the final two hitters were retired to end the game.  Shupe, Braden, and Sprague each had two hits for PC which drops to (35-17) with the defeats. KCC moves up to (45-9) with the wins.

Parkland has six games left before the post-season as they try to catch Heartland for the M-WAC title and the top seed in the Region 24 tournament. After hosting the Hawks on Saturday, PC will travel to DACC on Sunday and John Wood on Monday to wrap up the regular season.

Parkland Is The Place To Be For Sports This Weekend

April 26th, 2012

Not running in the Marathon?  Dont have tickets to Ebertfest?  Need a cheap (OK, free) place to take the kids?  Then PC is the place to be as all three Spring teams will be in Champaign this weekend.

On Saturday, the #11 PC Softball Team will host #4 Heartland in an M-WAC showdown. The two teams are battling for the M-WAC title and the top seed in the upcoming Region 24 Tournament.  HCC has four games left to play while the Cobras have six and the Hawks lead the Cobras by just one loss in the standings. This will mark PC's final home appearance of the season.

Sunday, the PC Baseball team will host conference foe Lincoln College starting at 1:00. The two teams are hoping to stay in the M-WAC race with three weeks left in the season. The Cobras are coming off a sweep of DACC while Lincoln split a pair of games with #1 Heartland. Sunday is also STRIKE OUT CANCER DAY as the Cobras will don Pink and Black caps that will also be on sale at the game.

And finally, the Golf team will make their one and only home appearance of the year as they host the Cobra Invitational on Sunday and Monday. PC will welcome an eight-team field at Stone Creek Golf Course in Urbana teeing off at 1:00 on Sunday and starting up with 18 more holes on Monday morning. It will be the final home appearance for sophomores Lewis Martin and Jake Walters.

We hope you can come out and support the Cobras at one or more of these events but if not, the baseball and softball games can be heard live on CobraSports.Net.  Just click "GO GREEN" in the links shown to the right of this page.

Mixed Results For Cobra Softball

April 26th, 2012

The #11 Parkland Softball team took 3 of 4 games on Tuesday and Wednesday as they traveled to ICC and South Suburban for a pair of non-conference doubleheaders. PC split with the host Cougars on Tuesday afternoon before beating South Suburban on Wednesday, winning by the run-rule in both games.  The Cobras then hosted #7 Kankakee on Thursday, dropping both games.  Details on that double dip will follow.  Now the Cobras will play six M-WAC games on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, including their home finale on Saturday with #4 Heartland.

Game 1:  ICC 4 PC 2

After ICC scored a run in the first, PC would grab the lead in the 5th scoring twice.  After a lead off fly out, Megan DeWerff singled and Kelsey Kniepmann doubled to put runners at 2nd and 3rd.  Macy Shupe tied the game with a sacrifice fly to left and Raeshel Braden followed with a run scoring double to put the Cobras on top.  The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth when ICC would score three times after two were out.  The inning appeared to be going in the Cobras favor as ICC had a runner at first with two outs and the bottom third of their line-up coming up. Cobra starter Alison Kimble then walked the next hitter before the ICC pitcher, hitting for herself, tied the game with a base hit. Kimble hit the next hitter to load the bases and ICC's Justine Phillips delivered a two-run game-winning single.  PC would bring the tying run to the plate in the 7th but Kniepmann popped out and Shupe grounded out to end the ball game. DeWerff was the lone PC player with multiple hits going 2-3.

Game 2: PC 5 ICC 1

ICC would jump on top again in game two with a single tally in the first but Taylor Hull would shut the Cougar offense down and not allow another run while striking out three to earn the win. Meanwhile the PC offense would piece together enough hits and take advantage of several ICC miscues to score five runs.  The Cobras scored three times in the 4th using three hits and two ICC errors to get on the board. PC would put the game away in the 7th scoring twice, one on a Shupe single and another on a sacrifice fly by Braden.  DeWerff once again paced the offense with a pair of hits.

Game 3:  PC 14  South Suburban 3

It was all Cobras as PC pummeled the Bulldogs 14-3.  The visiting Cobras would strike fast as Kelsey Kniepmann singled and stole second to start the game. Macy Shupe followed with a walk and then the pair executed a double steal.  Raeshel Braden followed with a sac. fly and Dayna McNutt reached on an error to make it 2-0 after just one inning.  PC would push across four more runs in the 3rd using four hits, two hit batters, and a walk. After So. Sub scored twice in the bottom of the inning to cut the margin to 6-2, the Cobras would score one in the 5th on a Braden home run and explode for seven runs in the 5th. The long ball was big for PC in the inning as Tab Davis hit a grand slam home run and Tana Rentschler added a solo shot.  Dewerff and Braden each had a pair of hits while Lauren Klein went 3-4 and scored twice for the victorious Cobras.  Shelby Lust (6-1) picked up the win allowing three runs while striking out six.

Game 4:   PC 16 South Sub 2

After a slow start in game two, it was more of the same late as the PC offense woke up scoring 15 runs over the final three innings including nine in the 3rd inning as PC sent 14 hitters to the plate during the inning.  Another Cobra grand slam, this one off the bat of Raeshel Braden was the big blow of the inning. Four Cobra hitters had multiple hit games led by Braden who went 2-2 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBI. Other big hitters included Elizabeth Sprague who went 3-3, Kelsey Kniepmann who drove in 3 runs and scored twice,  Erika Fitzgerald with 2 hits and 3 RBI, and Macy Shupe  who also had 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Amy Simpson (7-4) earned the win giving up two runs on six hits and striking out 5 hitters.

Cobras Walk Off on DACC

April 25th, 2012

Back to back squeeze bunts in the bottom of the 7th helped the Parkland Baseball team rally for a 7-6 win in game one of the doubleheader over Danville Area Community College.  Parkalnd grabbed an early lead only to see the Jaguars claw away before eventually taking the lead in the 7th on a two-out single by Patrick Cottrell.  The Cobras wouldn't die as Bobby Burns started the rally with a double into the gap in left center. Pinch hitter Jack Wietlispach followed with an infield single to put runners at the corners with nobody out.  After an infield pop out, Landon Weitekamp laid down a squeeze bunt that the pitcher threw high to the plate allowing the tying run to score. Jake Pewitt followed with a perfectly executed squeeze of his own to give PC the dramatic win.  James Naile (3-3) picked up the win working the final two innings in relief of starter Brett Haan who went 5 solid innings allowing just two runs while striking out three. Kieston Greene, Wes Minton, Bobby Burns, and Jake Pewitt all had two hits in the win. Ryan Black was 3-3 for DACC.

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Parkland Finishes Off Home Sweep of the Jaguars

April 25th, 2012
In game two,the Cobras tallied single runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to build a 3-0 lead only to see the Jaguars rally to tie the game with a three-run outburst with two outs in the 8th off starter Jason Ziegler. The Cobra lefty had blanked the Jaguars for 7.2 innings before departing in the 8th with a run in and a pair or runners on base.  DACC greeted reliever Logan Shaftner with a double to the wall in left to tie the score but Shaftner struck out the next hitter to keep the game deadlocked.
It was all Cobras in the bottom of the inning as Parkland got to three DACC hurlers to score five times. Joey Migliaccio singled to start the inning and Nolan Wilson followed with a single to put runners at first and third. Landon Wietekamp followed with an infield chopper that the DACC shortstop made an off balance throw to the plate, allowing the eventual winning run to score. After Pewitt walked, Kieston Greene delivered the deciding blow with a bases clearing double. and two hitters later Greene would score the Cobras final run on a Wes Minton single to make the 8-3 final.  Shaftner (2-0) would retire three of the four hitters he faced in the 9th to pick up the win.  Migliaccio was a perfect 4-4 at the plate scoring a pair of runs including the game winner while Minton added 3 hits and 2 RBI. Green had a pair of hits and 2 RBI while  Jake Pewitt collected two hits in the Cobras 12-hit attack.
Parkland (27-15 17-3) will return to action this weekend when they play a four game series with Lincoln College. The Lynx will host two games on Saturday while the Cobras play host on Sunday starting at 1:00.  DACC drops to (27-14 9-11) and will face off against John Wood over the weekend.
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Cobra Baseball Invites You To “Strike Out Cancer”

April 24th, 2012

The Parkland College Baseball team will host their annual Strike-Out Cancer" day this Sunday April 29 when they host Lincoln College starting at 1:00.  The players and coaches will wear Black and Pink hats   which will also be available for sale for $20 at the game and in Room P-204 this week.  Food will also be available for purchase and Parkland's own Mickey Cler, a cancer survivor herself, will throw out the honorary first pitch.

Come out and support the Cobras and their efforts to "Strike-Out Cancer"!

Golfer Score 4th Place In Tourney

April 24th, 2012

The Parkland College Golf team shot 311 on Sunday, four strokes better than the 315 they fired on Saturday, allowing them to finish in 4th place at the Blueboy Invitational held at Piper Glen Golf Club in Jacksonville.  Monmouth University held off a hard-charging Millikin University squad for the title, edging out the Big Blue 607-614. Illinois Central, who led after day 1, dropped to 3rd place just 8 strokes ahead of Parkland.

Parkland freshman David Hermes carded the third lowest score of the day (73) to finish in 6th place with a two-day total of ( 79-73 152), four strokes behind medalist Wes Hillen of Monmouth. Lewis Martin finished in 15th place with a (78-79 157) while Brady Welsh (77-82 159) and David Keenan (83-77 160) were the next lowest Cobra scorers in the 14 team, 73 golfer event.

PC will play in their final regular season tournament of the season next Sunday and Monday when they host the Parkland Invitational at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana.

Top 5 teams: 1. Monmouth  306-301 607; 2. Millikin  316-298 614;  3. ICC  302-316 618  4. Parkland 315-311 626 5. North Park 320-311 631

Parkland scores:

David Hermes 79 73 152; Lewis Martin 78 79 157; Brady Welsh 77 82 159; David Keenan 83 77  160; Clint Luckett 79  85 164; Dan Patkunas 81 84 165

Baseball Takes A Pair From L&C CC

April 24th, 2012

Like their softball counterparts, the Parkland College Baseball team picked up a pair of road wins at Lewis and Clark on Saturday, beating the Blazers 12-0 and 5-4.  The wins move PC to (23-15 14-4) while Lewis and Clark drops to (11-25 3-15). The two teams will wrap up their four-game series with two games Sunday at Parkland starting at 1:00.

It was all Cobras in the opener as Bo Weir (4-1) worked five scoreless innings striking out seven. He would get all the offensive support he would need in the 1st as PC scored three times with the help of a pair of L&C errors. Jeff Limbaugh, Bobby Burns, and Joey Migliaccio all drove in runs in the inning.  PC would blow the game open with six runs in the 4th and ended the contest with a three-run third.  Burns finished the game with 3 hits and 3 RBI while Adam Casson also had three hits and Kieston Greens added a pair.

PC had to battle to win game 2 as they held on for a one-run victory. The Cobras got on the board in the first as Wes Minton doubled and Limbaugh delivered a run-scoring single. After L&C scored three in the 2nd to take the lead, PC would cut into the lead scoring a run in the third when Tom Hooker walked, stole second, and came home on Adam Casson's single. The Cobras would regain the lead for good in the 5th as Limbaugh walked and moved to third on a single by Casson. Limbaugh would score on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Migliaccio and Casson would score on a wild pitch.  PC added a much needed insurance run an inning later as Hooker scored on Minton's RBI double. Lewis and Clark tacked on a run in the 7th off winning pitcher Zach Hall (4-3) but James Naile pitched a perfect two innings of relief to earn the save and secure the win for the Cobras.

Softball Takes Two From Lewis and Clark CC

April 24th, 2012

The #10 ranked PC Softball team used a pair of strong pitching performances to blank host Lewis and Clark 2-0 and 9-0 on Saturday afternoon in Godfrey. The two Cobras hurlers did not allow a run giving up just eight hits while walking 1 and striking out 8 on the day.

In the opener, Taylor Hull (7-4) threw a 5-hitter, allowing just one walk and striking out three.  Scoreless in the top of the third, PC broke on top as Elizabeth Sprague lead off the inning with a monster home run over the scoreboard in left. The Cobras would score again in the 4th when Megan DeWerff started the inning with a single and came home on Kelsey Kniepmann's RBI double.  The Blazers only threat came in the bottom of the 4th loading the bases with three consecutive singles before Hull got a force out at the plate and a ground out to second to end the inning. Kniepmann paced the attack with 2 triples and an RBI.

In game two, Ali Kimble (9-3) followed up Hull's performance with a gem of her own allowing just three hits while walking none and striking out five Blazer hitters. The game was scoreless until the top of the 4th when Taylor Hull would score on a Kniepmann single. The Cobras broke the game open scoring 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings. Kniepmann, Kimble, and Raeshel Braden all had hit 3 hits while Sprague and Macy Shupe each had a pair. Kniepmann also drove in three runs in the game while DeWerff knocked home a pair. Kimble worked out of a bases loaded no out jam in the 3rd getting a strikeout and starting an inning-ending 1-2-3 double play.

Parkland improves to (32-14 21-5) with the wins while Lewis and Clark falls to (7-29 5-15).