Cobras Slug Their Way to Game One Win

April 22nd, 2018

Game 1 

 

PC left little doubt in the opener as they scored six times in the opening inning.  With one out Ivy Nichols doubled and scored on a Shelby Youngblood single. Makayla Reedy and Lauren Block both drove in runs and Brigette Belt wrapped up the scoring with a three run homer, her 3rd round tripper of the year.  Lincoln got on the board in the 4th via a two-run homer of their own but PC would answer back with five more runs, two coming on Shelby Youngblood’s third homer of the season, a two run blast. Kirbie Mendenhall  improved to (7-9) as she worked all five innings allowing two runs on six hits.  PC had 11 hits in the contest, two each by Nichols, Youngblood, Block, and Belt.

 

LC      000  20        2  6  1

PC     600  5X       11 11 1

W-Mendenhall

HR-Belt (PC), Youngblood (PC), Daughtert (LC)

 

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Parkland Finishes Off the Hawks for Sweep on the Day

April 21st, 2018

Game 2:

 

Three Cobra hurlers limited the Hawks to just two runs on three hits and Parkland once again used the home run to earn the win.  PC got on the board in the 2nd as Wisz and Max Downs walked and Paulsen followed with an RBI single. Two more runs would score via an error by the Hawks shortstop. Trystin Raikes made it 4-0 in the 3rd as he hit is 8thround tripper of the year.  Heartland threatened to get right back in the game in the 4thas they quickly loaded the bases with nobody out.  A long double off the left field wall made it 4-2 and left the tying runs on 2nd and 3rd with still no outs.  The next play may have turned the whole game around as the Hawks hit a fly ball to medium left field which appeared to be deep enough to chase home another Heartland run. However, PC alertly appealed that the runner left early, and the home plate umpired agreed, as he called the runner out and PC was able to wiggle out of the inning with no more runs scoring.

 

PC would add salt to the Hawks wound as they quickly got those two runs back in the bottom of the frame as Joyce doubled and Connor Aube crushed his 4th home run of the season to make it 6-2. Both teams would threaten to score over the final three innings but could not plate any more runs. Jack Lambert worked four solid innings to pick up the win and improve to (3-0).  Ty McCulloch worked a perfect 5th and 6th innings not allowing a hit while striking out three. Tom Cheshareck was called on to close things out and after the first two hitters reached on an error and a walk, he settled down to retire the next three hitters to preserve the win.

 

HCC 000 200 0    2  3  1

PC    031 200 X    6  6  2

W-Lambert (3-0)

HR-Aube (PC) Raikes (PC)

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#9 Cobras End 18 Game Win Streak of #2 Heartland

April 21st, 2018

Game 1:

 

Luke Smith went the distance, holding the Hawks to just one run on three hits, while the Cobra offense scored early and often to earn the win. Smith improved to (5-1) as he gave up just a single run in the 4th as he walked three and struck out six. PC jumped out quickly scoring three times in the 1st and four more in the 3rd.  Brendan Joyce got things started with a single and he came all the way around to score on Trevor Minder’s triple. Trystin Raikes drove Minder home with a single while Max Downs and Tyler Paulsen also drove in runs in the inning.  The Cobras used the long ball in the 3rd as Paulsen’s three-run homer, his team leading 9th on the season, made it 6-0 and Nick Wisz followed with his 3rd home run of the year.  That would be all the runs Smith would need as PC ended the Hawks winning streak with the victory.

 

HCC   000 100 0       1   3  0

PC      304 000 x       7   9  1

W-Smith (5-1)

HR-Paulsen (PC) Wisz (PC)#9 

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Parkland Comes Up Short as Cavaliers Earn Sweep

April 21st, 2018

Game 2:

 

KCC would once again score late as they came away with the sweep in another low scoring affair. Shelby Youngblood got PC on the board early as she cracked a solo home run in the 1st. KCC would tie the game in the third on a two out single but PC would bounce right back as they took advantage of two Cavalier errors to score a run in the 4th.  Another two-out single, following a Cobra error, allowed KCC to tie the game in the 5thand they grabbed the lead for good in the 6th as they took advantage of a pair of walks to score the go-ahead run without getting a hit. Down a run, PC would threaten with a two-out double in the bottom of the 7th by Youngblood, but the game ended with a tapper back to the mound.  Youngblood provided most of the PC offense in the game as she had three of PC’s six hits.  Morgan Parrish took the loss despite allowing just four hits. She was victimized by her own wildness as she issued 6 walks and PC committed three costly errors.

 

KCC   001 011 0     3   4   2

PC      100 100 0     2   6   3

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Kankakee Shuts Out Cobras in Game One

April 21st, 2018

Game 1:

 

The game was scoreless until the 6th when KCC would score the only two runs of the contest.  The Cavaliers started the inning with a single and the next hitter reached base on a fielder’s choice as the KCC runner beat the throw to 2nd. Following a ground out, that put runners at 2nd and 3rd, a walk loaded the bases. The next hitter grounded sharply to 3rd and the Cobras tried to get the force at the plate but the throw was wide allowing KCC to get on the board.  Another ground ball plated a second run to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. PC would threaten in the bottom of the frame as they would get the first two runners on base, but with runners in scoring position, the next three hitters could not get a hit as PC stranded the tying runs. Tori Witruk was the tough luck loser as she did not allow an earned run while allowing just six hits and striking out three.

 

KCC   000 002 0       2   6  0

PC      000 000 0       0   4  3

W-Cole  L-Witruk

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Cobras Complete Sweep of John Wood

April 14th, 2018

Game 2:

 

Trystin Raikes two run homer over the left field wall, his sixth round tripper of the season, helped the Cobras get the win in game two. Tied at 1, Raikes blast easily cleared the wall to give PC a 3-1 lead after three innings. After the Blazers got one of those runs back in the 4th, PC would answer back with two in the 5th.  Connor Aube singled, moved to second on a balk, and came home on Raikes single. He would later score on a Christian Sanchez single.  Jack Lambert (2-0) worked the first four innings allowing a run on three hits while striking out five. Zach Acton worked the final three innings to pick up his second save of the season.  After giving up a run in the 5th and 6th, Acton retired the side in order in the 7th to earn the save.  Raikes paced the offense with two hits and three RBI while Minder and Tyler Paulsen each had two hits. 

 

JW   001 011 0       3  5 1

PC    012 020 X      5 10 0

W-Lambert (2-0) S-Acton (2)

HR-Raikes (PC) 

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Early Offense Propels Cobras to Victory

April 14th, 2018

Game 1:

The Cobras scored seven runs in the first two innings as they cruised to the opening game win. Trevor Minder had a two run single in the 1st and Connor Aube, Trystin Raikes, and Max Downs all drove in runs in the 2nd.  John Wood would score a run in the 4th and two more in the 5th off winning pitcher Josh Garner (3-2) to cut the PC lead to 7-3.  Garner allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits while striking out five. Ty McCulloch would shut down the Blazers over the final three innings to earn his first save. Aube and Christian Sanchez each had three hits to pace the Cobras 13 hit attack.

 

JW  000  012 00     3  5 0

PC   340  010 12   11 13 1

W-Garner (3-2) S-McCulloch (1)

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Two Shutouts Gives JWCC Sweep on the Day

April 12th, 2018

Game 2:

Cobra starter Kirbie Mendenhall retired 9 of the first 10 hitters but the wheels came off in the 4th thru 6th innings.  In the 4th the Blazers took advantage of a lead-off walk and a hit batsmen to score two runs and scored two more times in the 5th with the help of two Cobra errors. They would put the contest away scoring three times in the 6th as they used three hits, two walks, and an error to score their runs.  PC never really threatened in the contest as they failed to get a runner to 2nd base and were retired in order in four of the seven innings.  Makayla Reedy had two of the Cobras three hits.

 

JW  000 223 0    7 6  0

PC  000 000 0     0 3  3

W-Hall L-Mendenhall

 

Parkland is now (15-18 7-9) on the season while John Wood improves to (16-12 8-8). Parkland will be on the road for the next three days, traveling to ICC on Friday, Lewis and Clark on Saturday, and will get a rematch with John Wood on Sunday. 

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Blazers Break Through Late to Take down Cobras

April 12th, 2018

Game 1:

A tight pitching duel turned into a John Wood  win as they scored four times in the 6thinning to earn the win. Cobra pitcher Tori Witruk cruised thru the first five innings allowing just two hits but the Parkland hitters were of no help, as JW retired the first 12 hitters of the game until Makayla Reedy led off the 5th inning with a single. She moved up to 2nd after a sacrifice bunt but was left stranded after an infield pop-up and a strikeout.  The Blazers used three doubles and a walk to score four times in the 6th and that would be all they would need as PC only managed one base runner over the final two innings.

 

JW   000 004 0   4  6 0

PC    000 000 0   0  1 1

W-Smith L-Witruk

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Sophomore Luke Smith Dominant As Cobras Remain Unbeaten in M-WAC

March 22nd, 2018

Game 2:

The Cobras held of a late SRC rally to complete the sweep.  After a scoreless first two innings, PC scored twice in the 3rd as Connor Aube hit a two-run homer. PC would score five times in the 4th to give the Cobras a 7-0 lead. Tyler Paulsen singled to make it 3-0 and Brendan Joyce executed a perfect squeeze bunt to push the lead to four. Trevor Minder drove in the next two runs with a single and the final run came home on a passed ball.

Luke Smith was outstanding on the hill as he worked the first five innings allowing just one hit while striking out 12. Jack Lambert came on in the 6th and was roughed up by Spoon River as they would score five runs, four earned, on six hits.  Up 7-5, PC called on Sean  Ferguson to close the game out and he delivered, shutting down SRC on just a hit and two punch outs. 

Trevor Minder and Tyler Paulsen each had two hits in the game for PC. 

 

SRC     000 005 0       5  8  0

PC       002 500 X       7  7   1

W-Smith  S-Ferguson

HR-Aube (PC)

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Cobras Bats on Fire in Game 1 Win Over Spoon River

March 22nd, 2018

Game 1:

The Cobras struck early and often as they rolled to a 12-3 win. PC broke the game open in the 1st scoring six times. Brendan Joyce walked, Trevor Minder singled, and Trystin Raikes followed with a 2 run triple. Damian Pierce and Max Downs  also delivered RBI singles in the inning.  Pierce added a two-run single in the 2nd as PC pushed their lead to 8-0.  Spoon River would score three unearned runs in the 3rd but Tyler Paulsen would get two of them back with a two-run round tripper in the bottom of the inning.  Raikes, Pierce and Christian Sanchez all had two hits in the win to back the solid pitching of Jaret Olson and Alex Skibba. Olson earned the victory working four innings allowing no earned runs on three hits while striking out eight. Skibba picked up the save working the final three innings allowing only a hit and striking out five. 

 

SRC     003 000 0    3 4 0

PC       622 002 X   12 12 4

W-Olson S-Skibba

HR-Paulsen (PC)

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Parkland Sweeps DH In Home Opener

March 16th, 2018

Game 2: 

The Loggers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the 2nd but with one out  in the bottom of the inning, Nick Wisz tied it with a solo shot down the right field line. It was Wisz’s second home run of the season. PC would break the tie in the third as Damian Pierce delivered a clutch two-run single to put the Cobras up 3-1. Tyler Paulsen’s solo home run in the 4thmade it 4-1 and Paulsen would triple in the fifth and score on a Brendan Joyce single in the 5th. Luke Smith picked up the win as he allowed just one run on three hits in 5 innings of work.  Smith (2-1) battled the cold temperatures and tight zone to walk five and strike out eight on the afternoon. Jack Lambert picked up the save as he tossed two scoreless innings of relief, not allowing a hit while walking one and striking out one.  

 

LLCC       010 000 0     1   3   1

PC           012 101 X     5   7   3

W-Smith (2-1) S-Lambert (1)

HR-Wisz (PC) Paulsen (PC)

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Olson Sharp as Cobras Win M-WAC Opener

March 16th, 2018

Game 1:

Jarret Olson and Garrett Acton combined to allow just one run on one hit while striking out 11.  Olson survived a lack of control early, as he stranded three baserunners in the opening inning. Parkland would give him all the run support he would need in the 2nd, scoring four times.  Trevor Minder and Damian Pierce started the inning with singles and Minder came home on a Max Downs double. Tyler Paulsen followed with a run scoring single and Connor Aube drove home a run as he reached on a fielders choice.  Aube promptly stole 2nd and 3rd and he scored on a Trystin Raikes single. PC added an unearned run in the 3rd, scored on a wild pitch in the 4th, and scored three more times in the 6th as Logger pitchers issued three walks and hit two batters in the inning. Olson worked the first 6 innings allowing one run on no hits, he struck out nine but walked six before giving way to Acton in the 7th.  Acton gave up a base hit but struck out a pair to wrap up the win. Raikes and Pierce each had two hits and Downs two RBI to pace the offense.

 

LLCC       000 010 0      1   1  1

PC           041 103  X     9  8   0

W-Olson (4-0)

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Cobras Fall to ICC in Semi-Final to end Season

March 16th, 2018

In the Women’s semi-final, the Cobras could not overcome cold shooting and total domination by ICC on the glass as the Cougars avenged their loss from last years’ tournament.  The first quarter was well played with ICC holding a 19-16 lead after the first ten minutes. The Cougars used a combination of three pointers and put backs to build a 39-31 lead at the break.  Unfortunately PC would shoot an ice cold 24% in the second half, including 1-12 from behind the three-point arc, handcuffing their efforts to cut into the Cougar lead. ICC meanwhile converted their 21 offensive rebounds into 23 points as they controlled the boards 52-29 on the afternoon.

Jasmine Levy paced ICC with a double-double as she scored 17 points and grabbed 12 boards. Sia Williams added 12 points and Bailey Larsen had 11.  Abby Coates finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds for the victorious Cougars.  Parkland had three players with 11 points as Heather DeLuca, Janiece Thomas, and Micah Tapscott all tied for the team lead while Crystal Mathis finished with 10.

Parkland wraps up their season with a  final record of 23-7 and a #16 national ranking while the #14 ranked Cougars improve to (25-7). They will take on #22 Lake Land (22-10) in the title game at 2:00 Sunday at Lincoln Land CC in Springfield. The Lakers defeated John Wood 61-59 in overtime to advance to the finals. ICC defeated Lake Land less than two weeks ago in their only match up of the season.

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#4 Parkland Drops Regular Season Finale

March 3rd, 2018

The #4 Parkland Men’s Basketball team was outscored 19-11 over the final seven minutes Saturday as they dropped a disappointing 71-62 decision to Lincoln Land.  The Cobras loss, couple with John Wood’s 81-76 overtime win at Lincoln, gives the Blazers the M-WAC title and the #1 seed in the Region 24 tournament. The defeat dropped the Cobras into the #3 seed where they will once again take on Lincoln Land this Friday night at 6:00 at Danville Area CC. Parkland must win three games in three days to earn their third consecutive trip to Nationals.

The visiting Loggers gained confidence early as they jumped out to a 16-8 lead. PC would claw back and take their first lead of the game at 20-19 on a Jordache Mavunga three with 8:46 before half.  The two teams would exchange baskets for the remainder of the half as Lincoln Land took a 31-29 lead into intermission. LLCC would again start quickly as Trace Gentry drained three 3’s to push the lead to 44-35 with 15:02 remaining. PC would answer back and go on an 11-0 run to Myles Simmons would score 7 of the 11 points and give the Cobras the lead at 46-44 with 10:45 to go. The Cobras trailed just 56-54 with 5:29 left on the clock but Lincoln Land would score the next 10 points, giving them a double digit lead with just 2:09 to go in the game, and PC would get no closer than the final margin of defeat.

Lincoln Land won the contest by outshooting the Cobras 45% to 36%. The Loggers were especially effective from behind the arc where they hit 10-21 to just 2-15 for the Cobras.  Lincoln Land had 14 assists on the afternoon to just 6 for Parkland. Gentry was the star for the Loggers as he scored 21 points, as he went 7 of 11 from behind the three-point line. D’Arron Owens had a big second half as he finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds.  Jerrid Cosby added 13 points while DJ Doolin had 11 boards.  Three players finished in double figures for Parkland as Marcus Latham had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Myles Simmons added 14 points and Quin Nottingham tossed in 10.

Final M-WAC Standings:

John Wood       8-2

Danville              7-3

Parkland            7-3

Lincoln                5-5

Illinois Central 2-8

Lincoln Land     1-9

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