Cobra Baseball Ends Season at Region 24 Tournament

May 21st, 2014
An up and down Cobra Baseball season ended on Sunday as they fell to Illinois Central College 12-9 at the Region 24 Tournament in Springfield. The Cobras scored five times in the opening inning and led 6-0 after two but as has often been the problem this season, the Cobras were not able to sustain early leads. Starter Bryce Pennington gave the Cobras five strong innings allowing just 3 runs (2 earned) and striking out 7. ICC tied the contest at 7 in the 6th only to see the Cobras regain the lead one final time at 9-7 on a two run single by Brett Chappell in the top of the 7th. Leading by two going into the bottom of the 8th. PC allowed ICC to score 5 times as the Cougars rallied for the win. Costly errors, a struggling bullpen, and stranding runners on base was once again a problem for the Cobras who end their season at 32-24.

Chappell paced the PC attack going 3-4 with a home run and 3 RBI. Isaac Sampen and John each had two hits for PC which finished with 15 on the day.

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ICC 0 0 3 0 0 4 0 5 X 12 15 0

Anderson Gem Propels Cobras to Tourney Victory

May 21st, 2014
Tyler Anderson threw a complete game, 9-inning performance, against the John Wood Trailblazers on Saturday to advance Parkland in the Region 24, double-elimination tournament. Anderson was in command all day, striking out 10 and only walking 3. It was the first 9-inning complete game for Anderson on the season. Parkland blew it open in the 4th inning, scoring 3 runs to extend the lead to 6-1 and they never looked back. Brett Chappell, Glenn Reeves and Isaac Sampen provided most of the Cobras offense all day, combining for 9 of the 11 Cobra hits. Parkland moves on to play Sunday at noon against either ICC or DACC. Bryce Pennington will have the ball to start for the Cobras on Sunday afternoon.

Parkland 0 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 1 8 11 1

John Wood 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 6 2

Tyler Anderson 9 IP 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 10 k's and David Hayes

Top Parkland Hitters
Brett Chappell (3-5) 2 doubles, 2 runs, 1 rbi
Glenn Reeves (4-4) 1 double, 1 run, 1 rbi
Isaac Sampen (2-4) 1 double, 3 rbi


Parkland Baseball Drops Region 24 Opener

May 15th, 2014

It was all Jaguars all day as the #4 Cobras were upended by the #5 Jaguars of Danville by the score of 9-0.  The Jaguars were able to get to Parkland starter Kyle Weller early, and the offense struggled with Danville starter Curtis Wilson.  Parkland wouldn't pick up their first hit until the 5th but they never really threatened to mount a comeback.  The loss puts the Cobras in a 6pm matchup with the loser of #3 Lincoln Land and #6 John Wood.  Another loss would end the season for the Cobras so we will see how they respond.  


Parkland Wraps Up Regular Season with Sweep of Lincoln

May 11th, 2014
Game 2:   Parkland 5 Lincoln 0
Three PC hurlers combined to shutout the Lynx on just four hits. Starter Bryce Pennington threw the first five innings allowing just three hits while walking one and striking out 4.  Dan Leake gave up a lead-off single to start the 6th but struck out the next three hitters and Kyle Weller struck out three in the 7th to wrap up the win.
The Cobras would score all five of their runs in the first two innings, plating four runs in the 1st.  John Udina walked and Isaac Sampen was hit by a pitch before Sam Sampen followed with an RBI single.  Austin Schultz followed with an RBI single and David Hayes also drove in a run.  Isaac Sampen drove in Parkland's final run with a two-out double in the 2nd.  Austin Schultz was a perfect 3-3 while Sam Sampen and David Hayes each finished with two hits to lead the way for the victorious Cobras.
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Cobra Baseball Cruises to Game One Win Over Lincoln

May 11th, 2014
The Parkland College Baseball team wrapped up their home and regular portions of their season on Mother's Day, as they swept visiting Lincoln out of the playoffs with a 7-1 and 5-0 sweep. Lincoln entered the game needing to win just one game to make the Region 24 playoffs, two losses moved John Wood into the final spot. Parkland wrapped up the #4 seed and will open with #5 DACC at Noon on Thursday in Springfield.
Game 1:  Parkland 7 Lincoln 1
PC jumped on top early as Brett Chappell started the game with a single and John Udina followed with an RBI triple. Udina would later score when Isaac Sampen,who had been hit by a pitch, was caught in a rundown between first and second. Lincoln scored their lone run of the game in the second and the score remained 2-1 until the 4th when PC scored three times. Glenn Reeves started the inning with a single and moved to 2nd on a sacrifice bunt by Currier. Chappell singled home Reeves to make it 3-1 and after Udina singled, Isaac Sampen doubled home a pair of runs to make it 5-1.
PC tacked on solo runs in the 5th in the 6th innings to back the two-hit pitching of three Cobra hurlers. Tyler Burcham (3-1) earned the win working 5 strong innings allowing just one unearned run on two hits and striking out seven. Mark Meyer and Jake Sale each worked a scoreless inning striking out a pair of hitters each. Four Cobras had two hits in the contest with Isaac Sampen 2-3 2 RBI, Brett Chappel and John Udina 2-4 2 runs scored, and Glenn Reeves 2-2 2 runs scored pacing the attack.
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PC        200  311  X      7  9   2
W-Burcham (3-1)

Cobra Complete Weekend Sweep of Lewis and Clark

May 4th, 2014

Game two would go the way of the Cobras as well with Bryce Pennington getting the start for Parkland and keeping the Trail Blazers under control.  The Cobras would take a 5-3 lead into the seventh but Lewis and Clark would rally to tie the game.  But Parkland would answer right back as Sam Sampen would hit a fly ball to the outfield and get the sacrifice fly as Brett Chappell would come in to score the winning run.  The win pushes their season record to (28-20) as the regular season dwindles down.


Parkland Takes Third Straight From Trail Blazers

May 4th, 2014

Tyler Burcham would get the start for the Cobras and would provide an impressive performance on the mound as the Cobras would take game one of the day 5-2.  Connor Courier and Brady Burns both drove in runs for Parkland and Issac Sampen would finish the scoring with a fifth inning home run to make the final.


Parkland Ends Season With Close Loss at Region 24 Tourney

May 3rd, 2014
Lincoln Land used a pair of singles and a sacrifice to score the go ahead run in the 6th, as they held on to eliminate Parkland 3-2 at the Region 24 Softball Tournament in Mattoon.  The Loggers scored a pair of unearned runs in the first and left the bases loaded as PC committed a pair of costly errors in the opening frame. Shelby Franzen singled with one out and Jordan Wheeler doubled her home to cut the margin in half but Wheeler was left stranded at 2nd in the Cobra half of the first.
The Cobras threatened to have a big inning in the 3rd when Carly Sarff singled, and an error on Franzen's ground ball put runners at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out.  Wheeler and Erin Hettinger both lined out hard before a walk loaded the bases and Alex Jacobs singled off the 2nd baseman's glove to tie the game but Alexis Royer flew out to center to end the threat.
Both teams threated in th 5th with the Cobras almost pulling off a triple play in their half of the inning and LLCC getting out of a two-out nobody on base jam in the bottom of the frame. After LLCC regained the lead on Stephanie Watkins single. PC was retired in order in the 6th by reliever Morgan Smith.  After Lincoln Land was retired in order in the top of the 7th, PC would threaten in their last at bat.Carly Sarff popped up to third to start the inning but Shelby Franzen singled to put the tying run on base.  Wheeler popped out to short for out #2 before Hettinger kept it alive with a single of her own.  With the winning run on base, Christine Herdgen hit the ball hard but right at the Lincoln Land short stop who flipped to second for the final out.  Three members of the team earned All-Tourney honors. Shelby Franzen, Jordan Wheeler, and Alex Jacobs were all selected for their strong play in the Regional.  
With the win over Parkland, Lincoln Land advanced to the title game where they fell to Illinois Central 6-0. Tournament MVP, Cougar shortstop Beep Jones, drove in 5 of the ICC runs in the game with a three-run home run and a two-run double.
ICC advances to the National Tournament as the Region 24/District ) champion will Lincoln Land will move on to play Patrick Henry CC of VA. for the District P title. Those games will be played next Friday and Saturday in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Parkland's season ends at (38-16).

Wild Comeback Keeps Cobra Season Alive

May 2nd, 2014
Parkland 11 John Wood 10
Down 10-4 in the bottom of the 7th. Shelby Franzen started the inning with a single and Jordan Wheeler followed with a two-run blast to make it 10-6. Erin Hettinger singled and Kourtnee Thomspon walked before John Wood would go to their bullpen,bring starter Julie Schultz back into the contest.  Alex Jacobs greeted Schultz with a single to cut the lead to three but the rally seemed to be over as Alexis Royer lined out to right and Harley Tompkins grounded out to first. With the Cobras down to their lat at bat and #9 hitter Marlee Sulsberger at the plate, the freshman stroked a 3-1 pitch over the centerfield wall to tie the game at 10. The Cobras were not done yet, as Carly Sarff looped a single to left, Franzen singled to right, and Jordan Wheeler fought off several tough pitches before delivering the game winning single to left to cap the wild comeback.
Wheeler was 4-5 in the game with 5 RBI to lead the 16 hit Cobra attack.  Franzen was 2-3 with 3 runs scored while Sarff, Hettinger, and Sulsberger each had two hits apiece. Elizabeth Walker recovered from a rough 6th inning to shut the Blazers down in order in the top of the 7th to earn the win. Kristen Loos had 2 home runs and drove in 6 for John Wood.
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PC        101  011   7    11  16   3
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Wheeler, Walker (6) and Sulsberger
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Parkland Bounces Back and Eliminates Heartland

May 2nd, 2014
Parkland 7 Heartland 0
Jordan Wheeler tossed a four-hit shutout as she dominated and eliminated the second-seeded Hawks 4-0. The Blue Ridge sophomore walked one and struck out two and got 19 of the 21 Hawk outs in the infield. Parkland scored twice in the 2nd on Alex Jacobs two run home run and then added five more runs in the 3rd. Harley Tompkins delivered the big blow with a bases loaded triple.  Wheeler also helped her own cause with a solo home run in the inning as she finished 3-4 in the contest. Jacobs also had three hits to go along with a pair of RBI and two runs scored.
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Wheeler and Sulsberger
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W-Wheeler L-Martindale
HR-Wheeler (PC) Jacobs (PC)
The wins improve Parkland to (37-15) and move them into Saturday's 11 am contest against Lincoln Land (47-13).  The winner will move on to play Illinois Central (31-14) for the title.  The Champion is the Region 24 and District O winner and will advance to Nationals. The runner-up stays alive and will play for the District P title next weekend against the winner of Region 10 (North Carolina-Virginia).

Cobra Softball Drops Region 24 Opener

May 1st, 2014

The Parkland College Softball team kicked off the postseason with the Region 24 tournament opener against the Trail Blazers of John Wood and come up short in a 9-3 final.  The Cobras would take a 2-0 lead after 2 innings only to see the Blazers tie it in the third.  The teams would also tie it at 3-3 until John Wood would take advantage of some walks issued by the Cobras and score 6 runs in the final two innings to make the final.  The loss puts Parkland in a 2:30 game on Friday at the Roundhouse Complex in Mattoon.