#4 Hawks Take Three of Four From Cobras

April 29th, 2013

The #17 Parkland Baseball Team struggled on the mound as the #4 Hawks finish off the M-Wac Series taking 3 of 4 with a 10-3 final.

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Heartland Takes Two From Cobras at Corn Crib

April 29th, 2013

A day after taking over first place in the M-WAC by beating Heartland 3-2, the #4 Hawks turned the tables and swept the #17 Cobras 13-7 and 4-3 on Sunday to regain control of the lead.

Game 1:  Heartland 13   PC 7


It was all Hawks in game one as they battered Cobra pitching for 11 runs in the first three innings. Starter Nick Blaha lasted just two innings giving up five runs while reliever Will Polley gave up six run in his lone inning of work. Down 11-0, PC made a game of it by scoring the next seven runs in the game including five runs in the fourth. With their lead to down just 11-7, HC added a pair of insurance runs in the 6th and closed out the game with the six run win.  Ramon Valdez 3-4 and Mark Munizzi 2-4 paced the Cobra offense.


Game 2:  Heartland 4 PC 3


Heartland once again grabbed an early 2-0 lead but PC tallied single runs in the 2nd and 3rd to tie the game at 2. The Hawks plated two more in the 4th to regain the lead only to see PC again answer with a single tally in the 5th. Down 4-3 in their final at bat, the Cobras got the tying run to 3rd with one out but neither Brady Burns and Joe Trennepohl could get the run home as PC was swept for the first time in M-WAC play. PC managed just five hits but three went for extra bases including Isaac Sampen with a home run, Adam Casson a triple, and Johnny Herrera a double. Herrera had 2 of the 5 PC hits.




Parkland (28-16 19-4) will host Heartland (36-6 22-3) at 3:00 in the final game of the four-game series.

Cobra Softball Keeps Win Streak Alive With M-Wac Sweep

April 29th, 2013

The Parkland Cobras wrapped up M-WAC and Region 24 play with a sweep at Lincoln College Saturday 12-0 and 7-3
The wins give PC 12 straight victories on the season.

Game 1:  PC 12  LC 0   5 inning run rule

Cobra pitcher Alison Kimble (11-3) had complete control of the Lynx bats and Parkland scored in every inning en route to a five inning game ended by the run rule.  Kimble had a 4 hit, 8 strike out, 1 walk performance in picking up her 11th win of the season. Parkland's offense was led by Alex Jacobs with 2 hits and and RBI and Kelsey Kniepmann with a 3run homer over the left center field fence.

PC  113 52      12  8  0
LC  000 00       0   4  5

WP Kimble 11-3  PC
LP  Jordan   LC

HR  PC  Kniepmann   3



Game 2  PC  7    LC  3     game called after 5 1/2 innings due to rain

Lincoln College started off strong, with a 3 run homer in the 1st off the bat of Jess  Dorgan.  That was all the Lynx could manage facing Taylor Hull (11-4) who shut Lincoln down the rest of the way on 4 hits while striking out six. The  Cobras got on the board in the 2nd with a lead off single from Erin Hettinger, a stolen base and an RBI single from Harley Tompkins.  The score was 3-1 going into the top of the 4th, when Hettinger walked and Lauren Klein hit her 3rd HR of the year to right center to tie the game.  Kelsey Kniepmann followed Klein's HR with a double and was driven in by the next hitter Paige Roytek.  The game was put out of reach in the top of the 6th, when Rae Braden stepped to the plate with pinch runners Shelby Franzen and Abbey McElwee on base, and she hit a laser shot over the right center field fence for her 7th HR on the year.  Klein lead the offense with 3 hits including a single, double, home run, and 2 RBI.
PC  010 303    7 7 2
LC  300 00      3 4 2

WP  Hull 11-4 PC
LP   West  LC

HR  Klein 4   Braden 7  PC
Dorgan  LC

Parkland now stands at (35-9 20-4) while Lincoln drops to (9-22 5-15). PC will wrap up the regular season on Monday when they host the UI Club Team starting at 3:00. The doubleheader will be the Cobras final two home games of the season.

Cobra Baseball Picks Up Walk Off Win Over Rival Hawks

April 28th, 2013

Parkland won the opening game of an important four game series between the #5 Heartland Hawks and the #17 Parkland Cobras. The Cobras used great pitching, solid defense and timely hitting to defeat the Hawks by a score of 3-2. Cobra pitcher Sam Thoele had his best outing of the year as he threw 7 strong innings allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 11 before handing the ball over to Jason Ziegler (4-0) for the final two frames. Thoele would allow both Hawks runs in the top of the 5th inning. After striking out the first 2 batters, Thoele would issue a walk followed by consecutive singles that would give Heartland a 2-0 lead. The Cobras would get one run back in the bottom of the 5th when Isaac Sampen would leave off with a double and score on a Ramon Valdez single. In the 6th, the Cobras would tie the game after Frankie Picciotti led off with a single, advanced to second base on a passed ball before Johnny Herreras fly ball to right would get Picchiotti to 3B. With 2 outs, Joe Trennepohl would drive Picchiotti in on a single to right field. The score would remain knotted up at 2 each until the bottom of the 9th inning. Sam Sampen would reach base after being hit by a pitch to start the inning and would advance to 2B on a Trennepohl sac bunt. After Adam Casson would strike out, Isaac Sampen would keep the inning alive by also reaching base by being hit by a pitch. With 2 outs and a 2-2 count, Ramon Valdez would deliver a game winning single to left center field that would give the Cobras the walk off win. Game 2 was cancelled due to a steady rain that began between games.  The Cobras and Hawks will now resume their weekend series with a DH in Normal, IL tomorrow beginning at 1pm before finishing a single 7 inning game back in Champaign on Monday afternoon at 3pm.  Parkland improved to (28-14 19-2) win the win while Heartland falls to (34-6 20-3).




HC 000 020 000.  2 2 1.
PC 000 011 001  3 6 1.

Lietz and Forde
Thoele Ziegler (8) and Wilson


W- Zielgler (4-0) L-Lietz (5-2)

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#9 Parkland Softball Ride Hot Bats to Win Over Loggers

April 25th, 2013

Game 1:  PC  8   LLCC 1

The Loggers scored their lone run of the day in the 1st inning on a PC error. The Cobras struck back in the 2nd with one out Erin Hettinger tripled and Marlee Sulsberger drove her in with a single. Alex Jacobs followed with a singl to center and with runners on 1st and 2nd, Kelsey Kniepmann tripled to right field driving in Hettinger and Sulsberger.


Leading 5-1 in the 4th, Paige Roytek stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and drove a rocket through the wind to dead center field for a grand slam.  This was Roytek's 8th home run of the year.  Taylor Hull (10-4) had complete control of the Loggers, facing 28 batters and allowing 5 hits, 0 walks and striking out 5.  Offensive standouts for the Cobras were Kelsey Kniepmann with 3 hits, a triple, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Erin Hettinger had 2 hits and 2 runs scored with a double and triple while Alex Jacobs had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.

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Cobra Softball Finishes Off Loggers, Runs Streak to Eight

April 25th, 2013

Game 2:  PC  1   LLCC 0

Alison Kimble (9-3) got the win on the mound striking out 7, walking 2 and giving up only 3 hits.  The Cobras scored the winning run in the 4th with 2 outs, Harley Tompkins drove in Rae Braden from 2nd with a single to center. Down 1-0, LLCC threatened in the 6th getting their first two runners on base but an infield pop-up and two strikeouts ended the threat.  Lauren Klein had 2 hits including a double.

Parkland improves to (31-9 18-4) while Lincoln Land falls to (19-23 13-11). PC hits the road on Friday to face Robert Morris and travel to Lincoln College on Saturday to wrap up M-WAC play. PC has added a home doubleheader for Monday against the UI Club Team, game time is 3:00.

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Parkland Softball Weekly 2013: Episode 5

April 24th, 2013

The Cobra Softball team is riding a six game winning streak as the Region 24 Tournament is only a week away, but Parkland still has some work to do to close out the season.  We are joined by Head Coach Chuck Clutts, and the Feature Athlete of the Week, Harley Tompkins.

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Inside Cobra Baseball 2013: Episode 8

April 24th, 2013

Coach Kennedy joins us to recap the weekend and look forward to an important week as the Cobras will take on two M-Wac opponents in DACC and Heartland.

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Cobra Softball Wins Third Straight with Win Over John Wood

April 22nd, 2013

Game 1:  PC  5  JW  2

Alison Kimble (8-3) was never in any trouble holding JW to 7 hits, 6 k and 1 walk enroute to her 8 victory of the year. Kelsey Kniepmann opened the game with a triple to right center and later scored on a passed ball.  With the score 1-0 going into the bottom of the 4th, the Cobras collected 5 hits resulting in 3 runs. With runners on 1st & 2nd, Alex Jacobs stepped to the plate and delivered a triple to right center driving in two runs. Lauren Klein followed Jacobs with a single driving in Jacobs. Klein hit a solo HR in the 6th to complete the scoring for PC.

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Cobras Finish Perfect Weekend With Sweep of JWCC

April 22nd, 2013

Game 2:   PC  6     JW  3

Taylor Hull (9-3) continued her strong presence on the mound for the Cobras allowing JW 7 hits, 5 k, 0 walks, and 2 earned runs.  Kelsey Kniepmann opened the game with a walk, stole 2nd went to 3rd on a passed ball, and scored on Rae Braden's single. The 3rd inning was big for Parkland scoring 5 runs on 6 consecutive hits. The big blow came on Braden's 3 run home run. Tana Rentschler and Erin Hettinger followed with back to back doubles.  Braden had 2 hits and 4 RBI, while Rentschler and Hettinger each had two hits in the win.

The wins improve Parkland to (27-9 14-4) while the Blazers fall to (17-13 9-7) The Cobras next games are Monday at 3 pm at Spoon River in Canton, Illinois.

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Parkland Softball Sharp in Win Over Lewis and Clark

April 20th, 2013

Game 1:  PC 8  L&C 1

Jordan Wheeler (6-0) threw a five hitter, striking out six, and walking none in the win.  Wheeler's defense played error free ball behind her and the offense pounded out 12 hits. Erin Hettinger hit a 2 run home run in the 6th, her third of the season.  Wheeler, Rae Braden and Tana Rentschler each collected two hits apiece.  With the bases loaded in the first, Alex Jacobs drove a shot over the head of the right fielder for a triple, to cap a five run opening inning.

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Braden Powers Cobras To Walk Off Win

April 20th, 2013

With the score tied 6-6 in the bottom of the 7th, Rae Braden stepped to the plate to lead off the inning and drove a walk-off home run deep over the left center field fence for the win. The home run was Braden's 4th of the year.  Paige Roytek hit her 7th HR and went 4-4 at the plate while Jordan Wheeler had 3 hits and 1 RBI.  Harley Tompkins also contributed 2 runs batted in for the winning Cobras. Tab Davis started the game for PC but was the victim of shaky fielding as the Blazers scored three unearned runs on three Cobra errors. Taylor Hull (8-3) relieved Davis in the 7th with the go-ahead run on first and nobody out. Hull retired all three hitter's she faced, including two by strikeout, to keep L&C off the board.

Parkland is now (25-9 12-4) on the season while Lewis and Clark drops to (7-23 4-14). PC returns to action on Sunday for Sophomore Day when the Cobras host John Wood in another important M-WAC doubleheader.

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Cobras Hit Ball Hard in Big Win

April 19th, 2013

Parkland broke out with nine runs over the first two innings and rode the strong pitching of Kyle Weller to beat the Crusaders by the mercy rule. PC jumped on top with three runs in the first. Johnny Herrera led off the inning with a single and after a strikeout stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error. Adam Casson made it 1-0 with an RBI single and Mark Munizzi plated two more runs with a two-out single. PC blew the game open in the 2nd scoring six times combining six hits and three Crusader errors. Munizzi and Marvin Campos each drove in two runs during the uprising.

PC pounded out 15 hits in the win with Munizzi leading the way going 3-3 with 5 RBI. Ramon Valdez also had three hits and scored three times while Frankie Picchiotti was a perfect 3-3. Herrera and Adam Casson both added two hits for the winning Cobras. Weller was equally effective on the mound as he worked 5 innings allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven.

CS     000  01      1  2   5 PC     361  1X     12 15  1

Moreland, Crain (1), Schott (4) and Swank

Weller and Munizzi

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Parkland Baseball Drops Game Two Despite Late Effort

April 19th, 2013

n the finale, the Crusaders jumped on top 4-0 in the first inning, with all four runs scoring with two outs. CS increased the lead to 5-0 before PC scored three times in the 3rd. The Crusaders would once again increase their lead scoring four unearned runs in the 4th to push the lead to 9-3. The Cobras would not roll over as they scored a single run in the 4th and three more in the 5th to cut the lead to 9-7.  PC would threaten again in the 7th putting the tying runs on base but pinch-hitter Ramon Valdez flew out to left to end the threat.

Parkland out hit the Crusaders 12-6 but Sandburg took advantage of a wild Cobra pitching staff which issued six walks and hit four batters. Joe Trennepohl paced PC going 3-4 with two triples and a double. Brady Burns, Sam Sampen, and Frankie Picchiotti all had two hits in the loss.

CS     401 400  0     9  6   2 PC     003 130  0     7  12  1

Cook, Zwenger (4), Kupfert (6) and Windsor I. Sampen, Ziegler (3), Polley (4), Remington (7) and Munizzi W-Zwenger L-Sampen S-Kupfert HR-HARP (CS)

Parkland is now (24-13) and will travel to play at #13 Madison College (17-6) on Sunday. Sandburg stays even at (14-14) on the season.

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Cobra Fall to Hawks in Tight Finish

April 14th, 2013
Taylor Hull (7-4) threw a strong game for the Cobras but was defeated by the Hawks.  Cobras could only mange 1 hit in the game a 7th inning 2 out triple by Erin Hettinger.  This brought up Marlee Sulsberger who lofted a drive to right field, where it was caught on the warning track for the games final out.  Hull allowed 6 hits, 1 walk and 5 strike outs while her defense played errorless ball.
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