One bad inning ends Cobras chances vs Heartland
In a battle of two nationally ranked M-WAC foes, the Heartland Hawks came out on top Monday as they beat #17 Parkland 10-3 and take the four game series 3-1. The final score didn't indicate the closeness of the contest however as HC led just 4-3 going to the 6th inning before scoring six times on just two hits as the Cobra bullpen lost control as a pair of relievers issued 4 walks and threw two wild pitches in the inning. Cobra hurlers walked nine and hit one in the 7 inning contest.
Heartland tallied a pair of runs in the 3rd and single runs in the 4th and 5th to build a 4-0 lead before PC struck for three runs in the bottom of the 5th. Adam Casson drove in a pair of runs and Joe Trennepohl the other to cut the margin to just one. The 6th inning looked like it would end innocently enough as Heartland had a runner at 2nd with two outs but the wheels came off the bus for PC as three consecutive walks and a solid single helped the Hawks put the game away. Andrew McCafferty came up with the big hits as he went 3-3 with 4 RBI in the winning effort. Casson and Trennepohl had two apiece for PC which was out hit 8-6 on the day.
Heartland (37-6 23-3) moved closer to clinching the league title with the wins while Parkland (28-17 19-5) finds itself in a three team battle for 2nd place with Illinois Central and Lincoln Land. PC controls their own destiny as they end the season with four games against both of those opponents. Parkland is off until Saturday when they host ICC starting at 1:00.
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Hawks sweep Cobras to regain M-WAC lead
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.
#17 PC takes opener in key M-WAC series with #4 Hawks
Parkland won the opening game of an important four game series between the #4 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).
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Cobra Baseball picks up two important wins over rival DACC
The #17 PC Baseball team picked up a pair of huge road wins as they swept rival Danville Area CC 8-6 and 7-6 giving them a four game sweep of the Jaguars.
Game 1: PC 8 DACC 6
The Parkland Cobras continued swinging the bats well in game one on Thursday afternoon in Danville as they picked up 13 hits and 8 runs in the contest. Parkland was able to bring across three runs in the top of the 3rd on singles by Frankie Picchiotti and Sam Sampen and a 3-run blast by sophomore Joe Trennepohl. The Cobras wouldn’t keep that lead for long as the Danville Jaguars would answer right back with three runs of their own. The Jaguars would compile three walks, a hit batter, a single and an error and a sac fly by Aaron Cooper to bring in the last run to tie the game at three.
The Cobras didn’t lose their composure however as they would come back to strike for four more runs in the top end of the 4th. Isaac Sampen led off the inning with a single and would be bunted over by Ramon Valdez. With I. Sampen in scoring position the Cobras would rattle off four straight hits as Brady Burns would get an RBI single, Angus Bills hit a RBI double, Picchiotti followed with a single, and Johnny Herrera would cap it off with a two RBI single. In the top of the 5th Adam Casson led the inning off with a towering home run to right, his second of the year. The Jaguars would get one of their own as Tyler McKenzie started the inning with a single and would end up scoring on a groundball to third. The Jaguars weren’t finished as they made a late push in the 7th inning scoring twice on an error, two hits, and a walk before freshman Jake Weber came in and slammed the door for his 8th save of the season. Kyle Weller continued to throw the ball well and gets the win giving up 3 earned on 3 hits, and 3 strike outs.
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Game 2: PC 7 DACC 6
In game two of the twin bill, the Cobras would once again put on a strong offensive show racking up 12 more hits. In this one, Danville would jump out to a quick one run lead by scoring in the 2nd inning as Trevor Jennings doubled and later scored on a Brock Sokolowski single. The Cobras wouldn’t waste any time getting that lead back by putting up a six spot in the top half of the third. Hits by Sam Sampen and Trennepohl would jump start the Cobra offense as a 2-RBI single by Casson and a 2 RBI double by Valdez would highlight the inning.
The Jaguars did not give in after the offensive explosion by the Cobras as they would score four more runs in the 5th to cut Jesse Remington’s first career start short. Doubles by Cottrell and Sokolowski would later score after a hit batter and walk would chase Remington. Dan Leake would come in to walk one and give up a double to Kuper, before Jason Ziegler could come in to stop the bleeding.
In the 7th, Valdez walked and would go to third on a Munizzi single and scored on an RBI ground out by Picchiotti. In the bottom half the Jaguars would threaten once again as Weber got into some trouble starting the inning with an error followed by a hit batter and RBI single by Evan Block. Weber would then get a strikeout before walking Sokolowski and finally getting a game ending flyout to right to record his second save on the day and ninth on the season. Jesse Remington records the win as the Cobras end up taking all four games from the Jaguars in the series.
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The Cobras (27-14 18-2) will now take on #4 Heartland (34-5 20-2) in an M-WAC showdown this Saturday at PC and Sunday in Bloomington. DACC (19-12 10-10) will face John Wood this weekend.
PC travels north, gets split with #13 Madison College
Parkland traveled north to Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday to take on #13 Madison College. PC came away with a split, losing game one 4-2 before taking game two 13-5.
Game 1: Madison 4 Parkland 2
Although PC pitchers allowed just three hits, they allowed 8 free passes to the Wolfpack and that ended up being the difference in the game. Starter Sam Thoele has his shortest outing of the season, lasting only 3.2 innings of work, allowing 4 runs on 2 hits while walking 6. Offensively, the Cobras were unable to come up with the big as they stranded 12 base runners in the contest. Adam Casson collected two hits while Frankie Picchiotti reached base three times and drove in the lone Cobra run.
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Game 2: PC 13 Madison 5
PC came out swinging in game two collecting 13 runs on 14 hits to earn the victory. The Cobras scored three in the 1st on an Isaac Sampen sacrifice fly and an Angus Bills two run single. PC added three more runs in the 2nd when Adam Casson delivered a two out, two run triple, and he raced home on a throwing error to give PC a 6-0 lead.
After the Wolfpack got on the board with a single run in the 2nd, PC got the run right back as Bills scored on a Brady Burns triple. Parkland added three more runs in the 4th to push the lead to 10-2 but Madison would knock starter Nick Blaha out of the game with two runs in the bottom of the frame to climb back to within 10-4. Freshman Jake Sale was summoned from the pen where he worked 1.2 solid innings of work to earn his victory of the year. The Cobras added insurance runs late in the game on Isaac Sampen's 5th home run of the season and a double by Picchiotti. Relievers Dan Leake and Jake Weber would shut the door on Madison over the final two innings to secure the win.
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Cobras settle for split with Carl Sandburg
On a day better suited for fall football then spring baseball, the Parkland Baseball team had to settle for a split with Carl Sandburg College of Galesburg. Parkland won the opener 12-1 before dropping the finale 9-7 in the doubleheader played at Illinois Field in Champaign.
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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.
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Game 2: Carl Sandburg 9 Parkland 7
In 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.
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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.
Cobra Baseball picks up out of conference win
The Parkland Baseball team recovered from a slow start by scoring in each of the final six innings as they rallied for an 11-8 win over the Wabash College JV in a game played in Crawfordsville.
After PC starter Taylor Krugh gave up three runs in the first, he settled down and worked into the 6th inning allowing just one more run. Krugh left with a 5-4 lead but unfortunately Cobra reliever Jake Sale was touched for three runs in the 6th and PC once again found themselves trailing, this time by a 7-5 score. PC cut the margin to one in the 7th as Marvin Campos walked with the bases loaded and tied the game in the 8th when Isaac Sampen drove home his brother Sam with a sacrifice fly.
Knotted at 7 going to the 9th, the Cobras would score four times to put the game away and Jake Weber closed the door to a Little Giant rally in the bottom of the inning to secure the 11-8 win. Angus Bills has two triples for PC while Nolan Wilson and Joe Trennepohl each added a pair of hits. PC improves to (18-11 11-1) on the season and are set to face rival Danville Area CC in a 2:00 doubleheader on Wednesday, weather permitting.
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Cobras take two from Lincoln to win series
The PC Baseball team swept Lincoln College by the scores of 10-1 and 10-7 on Sunday to win the series over the Lynx 3 games to 1.
Game 1: Parkland 10 Lincoln 1
Cobra starter Kyle Weller picked up his 4th win in as many starts as he tossed a complete game, scattering 7 hits, while striking out nine and walking none. PC used a balanced attack on offense in scoring their 10 runs. Seven players picked up at least one hit with Adam Casson (2-2), Isaac Samped (3-4 2 RBI) and Joe Trennepohl (2 hits 2 RBI) leading the way.
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Game 2: Parkland 10 Lincoln 7
The Cobras completed the Sunday sweep and the series win versus the Lynx in the Sunday finale. PC pounded out 12 hits on the way to scoring 10 runs. PC fell behind 3-0 after just a half inning but picked up a pair of runs in the 2nd and grabbing the lead with a three-run 4th. PC put the game away in the 6th scoring four times. Five players collected two hits in the win while Nolan Wilson, Joe Trennepohl, and Sam Sampen all collected 2 runs batted in. On the mound, Jason Ziegler improved to (3-0) by pitching 4.1 innings scattering five hits and allowing three runs. Jake Weber picked up his 5th save of the season shutting down Lincoln in the 7th after they had scored four times.
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Parkland now stands at (17-11 11-1) and is set to travel to Crawfordsville, Indiana on Tuesday to face the Wabash College JV.
PC settles for split with Lincoln
The PC Baseball team saw their 9 game M-WAC winning streak snapped on Saturday as they fell to the home standing Lynx 10-5 in the second game of a doubleheader. PC won the opener 7-4. The teams will play two more games on Sunday in Champaign.
Game 1: Parkland 7 Lincoln 4
Sam Thoele struck out a career high 13 batters while walking only 1 to lead PC to the 7-4 win. Thoele exited after 5 innings and Will Polley allowed just one hit over the final two innings to earn his first save. On offense, PC was led by Sam Smapen who went 3-4 with 3 RBI, shortstop Marvin Campos went 2-3 with 2 RBI, while Brady Burns had a pair of hits. Nolan Wilson and Isaac Sampen each doubled and scored twice.
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Game 2: Lincoln 10 Parkland 5
PC jumped out to a 5-2 lead but the Lynx roughed up Cobra starter Brett Haan for 6 runs on 12 hits and rallied for the win. Lincoln would also get to the PC relievers as they scored the final eight runs of the contest while the Lincoln pitching staff kept the Cobras off the board for the final five innings. Brady Burns went 3-3 for PC while Adam Casson went 2-3 in the losing effort.
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PC Baseball sees winning streak snapped at 11
The Parkland Baseball team couldn't overcome wild pitching and poor defensive play as they fell to Lake Land 11-5 in a non-conference game Wednesday afternoon in Champaign. The loss ended the Cobras winning streak at 11 games and drops their record to 14-10.
Cobra pitchers issued 7 walks while hitting a pair of batters while the defense made 4 costly errors giving the Lakers plenty of chances on offense and they took advantage. Leading 1-0, Lake Land scored four times in the fifth off tough luck loser Nick Blaha as the Lakers used 3 hits and a pair of PC errors to score four times. PC would get on the board in their half of the 5th as Johnny Herrera drove in a pair of runs with a two out single. Unfortunately Lake Land would come right back as they scored three runs off Cobra reliever Jason Ziegler to make it 8-2. The Cobras would again strike as Ramon Valdez and Nolan Wilson singled to start the inning and Brady Burns reached on an infield single to load the bases. Sam Sampen drove in a run with a infield ground out and two more came home on a Munizzi single.
Now leading 9-5, LCC tacked on a solo run in the 7th and two more in the 9th and kept the Cobras off the board for the final three innings. PC was led by Herrera who had two hits and 2 runs batted in and Ramon Valdez who had two hits including a triple. Parkland will get back into action on Saturday when they travel to Lincoln for a 1:00 doubleheader. PC will host the Lynx at 1:00 on Sunday
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Baseball walks away with sweep of John Wood
The Parkland Men's Baseball team ran their winning streak to 11 games and remained perfect in the M-WAC conference as they completed a four-game sweep of John Wood, winning by the scores of 8-1 and 16-5.
Game 1: PC 8 John Wood 1
The Cobras broke open a 1-1 tie by scoring 7 times in the sixth en route to the 8-1 win. PC benefited from 2 Blazer errors and three walks in the inning to go along with 4 hits, 3 of them doubles. Nolan Wilson delivered and RBI double in the inning, followed by a Sam Sampen double, and Johnny Herrera drove home two with his two bagger. Ramon Valdez rounded out the scoring with a two run single. Kyle Weller picked up his third win of the season working six innings and allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six.
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Game 2: PC 16 John Wood 5
Despite only collecting 6 hits, the Cobras took advantage of the John Wood pitchers inability to throw strikes to put up 16 runs in the win. Blazer pitchers walked 15 and hit two in just five innings of work. Nolan Wilson wrapped up an impressive weekend going 2-2 with 4 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. Ramon Valdez added 3 runs and 3 RBI. Brady Burns drove in 4 runs, and Isaac Sampen had 3 RBI as PC won by the run rule. Taylor Krugh (2-1) was the beneficiary of the outburst as he earned the win allowing three earned runs while striking out four in four innings of work.
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Parkland (14-9 8-0) will return to action on Wednesday afternoon when they host Lake Land College in a single non-conference game starting at 3:30. PC will return to M-WAC play next Saturday and Sunday against Lincoln College.
Late rally gives Cobra Baseball sweep of John Wood, winning streak at 9
Isaac Sampen crushed a three run home run in the bottom of the 6th inning of game two, to help the Cobras rally to win 11-9 and earn a sweep of their M-WAC doubleheader. PC won the opener 2-1 to stay perfect in the conference after six games.
Game 1: Parkland 2 John Wood 1
Joe Trennepohl was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 7th inning, forcing in a run to break a 1-1 tie and PC used strong pitching to hang on for the 2-1 win. After both team's scored a run in the second, the starting pitchers hooked up in an old fashioned pitching duel. Cobra starter Sam Thoele worked seven impressive innings to earn the win allowing just one run on five hits while striking out five. Relievers Jason Ziegler and Jake Weber would shut down the Blazers over the final two innings striking out three of the final six outs to insure the victory. Adam Casson and Nolan Wilson each reached base all four times for PC as Casson was 3-3 with a walk and Wilson was 2-2 with two walks.
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Game 2: Parkland 11 John Wood 9
The Cobras trailed 4-0 after just a half inning and 7-4 after two innings but rallied for the win. PC tied the contest at 7 in the 4th on an RBI by Brady Burns and Sam Sampen only to see the Blazers quickly regain the lead with two runs of their own. Down 11-9 and with darkness settling in, PC would rally for the win on the strength of Isaac Sampen's blast over the wall in left. Nolan Wilson walked to start the inning and Trennepohl was hit by a pitch to put two runners on for Sampen who's three run shot gave PC their first lead of the game. Brother Sam Sampen would single later in the inning and race home on a sacrifice fly by Adam Casson to tack on an important insurance run. Up two, Jake Weber was once again summoned from the Cobra bullpen and with one out and the tying run at the plate, he earned his second save of the day by getting a game ending double play ball. In addition to Isaac Sampen's 4 RBI, Sam Sampen had 3 hits, and Nolan Wilson reached base four more times with a hit and three base on balls. On the day he was a perfect 8-8 finishing with 3 hits and 5 walks. Parkland had nine hits in the game but benefited from wildness by the John Wood hurlers who walked 10 and hit a pair.
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The wins run the Parkland winning streak to nine games as they now stand (12-9 6-0) and in a first place tie in the M-WAC. The two teams will play again on Easter Sunday at 1:00 in Quincy.
All Cobras as Baseball sweeps series from Spoon
The Parkland Baseball team capped a successful opening weekend of the M-WAC season as they swept their home opener from Spoon River 13-1 and 8-0 on Saturday afternoon. The two wins come on the heels of the Cobras taking a pair from the Mudcats on Friday, PC now has won seven straight and have moved over the .500 mark for the first time this season at (10-9 4-0).
Game 1: PC 13 SRC 1
Strong pitching and an early explosion on offense paced the Cobras to the five inning win. Freshman Kyle Weller picked up his second straight win working four innings of shutout ball allowing just one hit while striking out three. He got all the support he would need in the 2nd inning as PC irrupted for 10 runs in the inning. After leaving the bases loaded in the first. Parkland would not be denied the following inning as they used 10 hits and a pair of walks to blow the game wide open. Adam Casson and Frankie Picchiotti delivered the big blows, both driving in two runs. The pair, drove in three runs in the game and were aided by teammates Brady Burns who went 3-3 with 3 runs scored and Sam Sampen who was 2-2 with a walk and 3 runs scored as well.
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Game 2: PC 8 SRC 0
The Cobras scored three times in both the 1st and 2nd innings giving starter Taylor Krugh all the runs he would need to earn the win as he and the Parkland relievers combined to shutout SRC on just three hits. The Cobras bullpen worked three impressive innings in relief allowing one hit while striking out 5.
Ramon Valdez got PC on the board in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly, Nolan Wilson added an RBI single, and Brady Burns drove in a run with a triple. Valdez drove in another run in the 2nd as he drew a bases loaded walk and Joe Trennepohl made it 6-0 with a bloop two-run single. Trennepohl was a perfect 3-3 in the game with a sac. fly and 3 runs batted in. Valdez reached base all four times as he capped an outstanding weekend.
Parkland will hope to get back in action this Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN for a single non-conference contest.
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Cobras open M-WAC play with sweep of Spoon River
The Parkland College Baseball team went on the road to start the conference portion of their season and defeated the host Spoon River Mudcats 16-5 and 5-3. The two teams will play another doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1:00 in Champaign.
Game 1: Parkland 16 Spoon River 5
Parkland scored eight times in the first and never looked back on the way to the 16-5 victory. The Cobras pounded out 16 hits and received 7 base on balls en route to their largest offensive output of the season. Designated hitter Ramon Valdez had a monster game for PC going 5-6 with 3 doubles, driving in 8 runs in the contest. Johnny Herrera went 2-4 with 4 runs scored while Issac Sampen went 3-4 with 2 home runs and 3 runs batted in. On the mound, Jason Ziegler picked up the win coming out of the bullpen tossing 4 solid innings, striking out six and allowing only one run.
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Game 2: Parkland 5 Spoon River 3
PC outlasted SRC in the finale 5-3 as Brett Haan (1-2) picked up his first win of the season allowing three runs on six hits over 5 innings, while striking out 5. PC jumped on top in the first scoring a pair of runs as Valdez and Joe Trennepohl each drove in a run. SRC however would answer right back and tie the score in the bottom of the frame with 2 runs of their own. Valdez would break the tie in the 3rd as he hit a solo home run over the centerfield wall. PC extended their lead to two in the 4th as Herrera's double plated Sam Sampen who had walked earlier in the inning. SRC would get the run back in the 5th before PC would add a big insurance run in the 7th as Herrera doubled again and was driven home by Nolan Wilson. Jesse Remington retired the side in order in both the sixth and seventh innings to earn his first save of the season. Herrera was the big hitter for PC in the win as he went 3-4 with 2 double and 2 runs scored while Valdez capped his impressive day by going 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a pair of RBI.
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Parkland is now (8-9 2-0) while Spoon River is (0-6 0-2).
Baseball caps successful with Sunday sweep
The Parkland Baseball team capped off their best weekend of the early season, sweeping a pair of games in Ohio on Sunday. The Cobras shutout #19 Kellogg for the second straight day, 6-0, and avenged an earlier defeat by beating Sinclair CC 6-3. PC stands (6-9) on the season winning 3 of 4 against the two teams.
Game 1: Parkland 6 Kellogg 0
The Cobras rode the arm of freshman Kyle Weller to a 6-0 victory over Kellogg. Weller was the story of the day as he took a no-hitter into the bottom of the 7th inning when Bruin DH Larson Conkwright would single up the middle to break up the no hit bid. Weller picked up his first win of the season, in his first start of the year, striking out 7 and walking none.
Offensively the Cobras would score in three separate frames starting in the 1st when Johnny Herrera would lead off with a double down the left field line, move to 3B on a sac fly by Brady Burns, and scoring on a Ramon Valdez sac fly to right. The Cobras would add 2 more runs in the 5th inning when Herrera would single followed by a single by Burns. Valdez would pick up another RBI with a single and Burns would score on a ground out by Nolan Wilson to make it 3-0. In the top of the 7th, the Cobras would add 3 more runs to put the game away. Johnny Herrera finished the game going 2-4 with 3 runs scored while Brady Burns was 2-3 wiith 2 runs scored. Ramon Valdez and joe Trennepohl would drive in runs 2 apiece.
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Game 2: Parkland 6 Sinclair CC 3
The Cobras would come from behind using a five run 5th inning to upend Sinclair in the second game on Sunday. The Cobras would draw first blood in the 2nd inning when Joe Trennepohl would single followed by a single by Adam Casson. Sam Sampen would then draw a walk before Angus Bills would drive Trennepohl in on a sac fly to center field. Sinclair would answer right back by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and would keep that lead until the 5th. Down 3-1, the Cobras would go to their bullpen in the 3rd and the trio of Jesse Remington, Cody Heisserer and Jake Weber would hold Sinclair scoreless the rest of the way by pitching 5 innings allowing only 4 hits and issuing zero walks.
The Cobra offense would finally come to life in the 5th as Frankie Picchiotti would lead off the inning with a walk. After a sac bunt by Herrera, Burns singled to left to put runners at the corners with one out. Valdez would draw a walk to load the bases for Nolan Wilson. Wilson would draw another walk to force in a run and cut the margin to one. With one out and the bases loaded, Joe Trennepohl would tie the game up with a hard hit single. With the bags still loaded, Casson would be hit by a pitch to give the Cobras a 4-3 lead. Sam Sampen would drive in a run on a ground ball to short before Angus Bills would again pick up an RBI via a sac fly to give the Cobras a 6-3 lead. The Cobras would turn the ball over to Jake Weber in the bottom half of the 7th and he retired Sinclair in order to pick up his first save of the season.
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Cobras get split at Ohio Round-Robin
Brett Haan tossed a complete game three-hit shutout to help the Parkland College Baseball team earn a split on Saturday in Xenia, Ohio. PC defeated #19 Kellogg 3-0 after dropping a 3-2 decision to Sinclair CC of Ohio in the opener.
Against Kellogg, Haan went the distance in a dominating performance as he picked up his firs win of the season. After issuing a lead-off walk, he got a fly ball and a double play to get out of an early jam and would allow just three hits while striking out five. Still scoreless in the 4th. PC would get on the board as Ramon Valdez singled and later came home on an Adam Casson single. The Cobras would score a pair of runs in the 5th as Frank Picchiotti led off with a walk and moved to third on a Brady Burns single. Valdez walked to load the bases and Nolan Wilson walked to force home a run. Joe Trennepohl drove home the final run with a sacrifice fly to deep left field.
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The Cobras dropped a 3-2 decision in the opener with Sinclair on Saturday afternoon. SCC jumped on top in the first on a triple and infield ground out. PC would grab the lead right back scoring twice in the 2nd. Isaac Sampen walked, moved to second on an errant pick-off attempt, and tied the game on a Nolan Wilson double. Sam Sampen followed with a single to left and Wilson came home on another throwing error by the Sinclair pitcher. Sampen advanced to third with nobody out but PC would fail to get him home, Sinclair then answered back tying the game with a solo home run and score the eventual game winner on back to back singles. Sam Thoele was the tough luck loser allowing three runs on six hits in five innings of work. PC will face off against the same two teams again on Sunday taking on Kellogg at 11 am and Sinclair at 1:30. All three teams went 1-1 on the opening day as Kellogg shut out Sinclair 4-0 in their game.
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Early season struggles continue for PC Baseball team
An early season schedule, loaded with top tier opponents, is proving to be a challenge for the Parkland College Baseball team as they were swept in a three-game series by D-1 power, Jefferson College. The Cobras (3-8) were shutout in the opener 6-0 and were swept 12-3 and 4-2 in Saturday's doubleheader.
Game 1: Jefferson 6 PC 0
Vikings ace Kyle Bouman shut down the Cobras on just 2 hits over the first six innings and the Jeff. Co offense would score twice in the 2nd off Cobra starter Sam Thoele and tack on four more runs in the 5th to put the game away. Jesse Remington worked the final three innings in relief for PC allowing just one hit.
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Game 2: Jefferson 12 PC 3
It was all Vikings in Saturday's opener as they jumped all over Cobra starter Taylor Krugh for five runs on eight hits in just over an inning of work. Down 5-0, PC would get on the board in the 4th on a solo home run by Adam Casson and cut the margin to 6-3 in the 5th on Johnny Herrera's two run double but the home team would erupt for six runs in the bottom of the frame to put the game way.
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Game 3: Jefferson 4 PC 2
In the most competitive game of the series, the Cobras dropped a two-run decision in the finale. PC starter Brett Haan turned in a solid effort as the sophomore went 5 inning allowing four runs on four hits. Offensively, the Cobras had plenty of chances but could not come up with the clutch hit often enough. Herrera drove in PC's first run of the game with single to tie the score in the 3rd. Down 3-1 in the 4th, PC would threaten as Nolan Wilson singled and Joe Trennepohl followed with a double to put runners at 2nd and 3rd with nobody out. Subsequently, Trennepohl would be picked off second ahead of and RBI single by Sam Sampen and the Cobra rally stalled with the team down a run. Jeff. Co tacked on an insurance run in the 5th and PC failed to score in the 6th before the game was called due to darkness.
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Parkland will take the week off before heading to Dayton Ohio for a four game series with two games each against both Sinclair CC of Ohio and Kellogg of Battle Creek Michigan.
Cobras split pair of one run games at USA JUCO Classic
If nothing else, the Parkland College Baseball team should be battle tested by the time the M-WAC and Region 24 season rolls around as the Cobras played their fourth one run game in their first eight contests, splitting a pair of games at the USA JUCO Classic in Millington, TN, #16 PC held on for a 7-6 win over Lakeland OH after losing a heartbreaking 6-5 game to #9 Lackawanna, PA, earlier on Sunday.
In the victory over Lakeland, PC fell behind 1-0 in the first but answered back quickly as Ramon Valdez cracked a three-run homer to deep right field to put the Cobras on top 3-1 after just one inning. PC would add three more runs in the second as Adam Casson drove home a pair of runs with a double and he was chased home on a wild pitch. After Lakeland cut the lead to 6-3 with a pair of runs in the top of the third, the Cobras would get one run back as Sam Sampen scored on a Joe Trennepohl double.
The score would remain 7-3 into the 7th when once again late inning trouble would plague PC. The Lakers opened the inning with three straight hits off a pair of Cobra hurlers before the first out of the inning was recorded on a line out to first. Two more Lakeland hits made it 7-5 and the Lakers had the bases loaded with only one out as freshman Jake Weber was called in from the bullpen. Weber would record a strikeout but the runner raced home from 3rd when the ball eluded the Cobra catcher. With the score at 7-6 and the tying and winning runs in scoring position, Weber got a game ending ground out to second to secure the victory and earn Alex Lesiak his first college win.
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The #16 Cobras battled #9 Lackawanna (4-1) in the morning game on the final day of the USA Classic and it was all Falcons early as they built a 5-0 lead after six innings of play behind the outstanding pitching of Jason Montalto. PC finally got on the board in the 7th but missed a chance for more runs as they loaded the bases with nobody only to see a strikeout, bunched around a walk and an inning ending double play, result in just one run. The Cobras didn't die however and clawed back with a four run 8th inning. Pat Schutzbach walked and Adam Casson singled to start the inning. One out later Isaac Sampen was hit by a pitch and Brady Burns walked to force in a run cutting the lead to 5-2. Nolan Wilson cut the lead to one with a two-run single and Joe Trennepohl's sacrifice fly knotted the score at 5 heading to the 9th.
The Falcons scored a run off reliever Kyle Weller before Cobra closer Dan Leake shutdown the rally and keep the margin at one going into the bottom of the 9th. In their half of the inning, PC's Angus Bills would reach on an error and Sam Sampen coaxed a pinch hit walk to put the tying and winning runs on base. After a fly out by Casson, Ramon Valdez stepped to the plate and worked the count to 3-2 before roping a liner to deep left center field only to see the Falcons centerfield make a fully extended diving catch to deny the Cobras the win.
Parkland (3-5) will return to action next weekend when they travel to Jefferson MO for a three game series with the Vikings
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Parkland drops another close game
The Parkland College Baseball team grabbed an early 4-0 lead on Saturday but saw SE Iowa (7-4) rally for a 6-4 win at the USA Classic in Millington, TN. The loss, the Cobras third defeat of the early season decided in the opponents final at-bat, drops PC to (2-4) on the season. Parkland's other contest scheduled for Saturday against Iowa Central was cancelled due to wet field conditions.
Parkland jumped out early on Saturday as they scored three times in the top of the 3rd. Angus Bills singled and Brady Burns followed with a walk. A SE IA error allowed the Cobras first run to score and Isaac Sampen followed with a sacrifice fly and Adam Casson an RBI single to make it 3-0. PC made it 4-0 in the 4th as Nolan Wilson singled to lead off the inning, stole second, and scored on a Bills single. The Indians would tie the game with a four run 5th inning of Cobra starter Sam Thoele. SE IA would break the tie in the 6th as they scored a pair of unearned runs as they took advantage of two walks and a pair of PC errors.
Parkland is scheduled to face #9 Lackawanna PA. at 10:00 am on Sunday.
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Cobras earn split at chilly USA Classic
The Parkland College Baseball team battled two tough opponents and even tougher weather conditions as they split a pair of games on the opening day of the USA Classic in Millington, Tennessee. With game time temperatures in the 30's and snow flurries swirling, PC defeated Muscatine Iowa 5-4 after falling to Lakeland OH 5-1 earlier in the day.
In the #16 ranked Cobras win, Johnny Herrera singled with one out in the bottom of the 9th and promptly stole 2nd base. With two outs and Herrera still at second, Chase Armstrong and Isaac Samped both walked to load the bases. Ramon Valdez would follow with a single to win it for PC. Parkland starting pitcher Taylor Krugh left the game with a 4-0 lead, working seven strong innings striking out eight and scattering four hits while walking none. However the Cardinals got to reliever Jake Sale for a single and a pair of walks before Jalen Harshbarger cleared the bases with a grand slam to deep right field to tie the game in the bottom of the 8th. Cobra closer Dan Leake (1-0) worked a perfect 9th however to give the Cobras a shot at the win in the bottom of the inning
Parkland had jumped on top in the 3rd when Joe Trennepohl doubled, moved to third on a bunt, and scored on an infield ground out by Herrera. PC tallied another run in the 5th when Sam Sampen doubled with one out, moved to third on a ground ball, and scored on a single by Frank Picchiotti. The lead would grow to 4-0 in the 6th as Joe Trennepohl's second double of the game chased home Brady Burns and Valdex who had both singled with one out.
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In their first game of the day, the Cobras bats were as cold as the weather as they could only muster four hits and a lone run in the lost to Lakeland. The Lakers jumped on Cobra starter Brett Haan for a run in the first and added a pair of unearned runs in the 4th to make it 3-0. Lakeland pushed it 5-0 after 7 before tallying their lone run in their final at bat as Brady Burns scored on an Isaac Sampen single. PC (2-3) will be back in action on Saturday, weather permitting, as they take on #12 Iowa Central (3-1) at noon followed by a 3:00 game against SE Iowa (5-4).
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Cobras earn split to pick up first win of the season
After suffering their second consecutive defeat in their opponents last at bat in Sunday's opener, the Parkland College Baseball team broke into the win column with a 6-3 win in the night cap.
Game 1 was a pitchers dual which saw Jackson State freshman Alex Martin and Cobra redshirt freshman Sam Thoele go toe to toe for six scoreless inning. Martin (1-1) would get the win pitching a complete game striking out five and walking one while giving up just three hits. Thoele was equally good surrendering just two hits and striking out 8 for the first six innings.
The Cobras would give the ball to freshman Jake Weber in the 7th, Weber quickly retired the first two hitters before allowing a single, hitting a batter, and issuing a walk to load the bases. General's third baseman Kane Barrow came to the plate and the University of Memphis signee would end the game when he drove a 2-2 slider over the left field wall for the 4-0 walk-off win.
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The Cobras wasted no time in game 2 as they raced out to a 3-0 lead by scoring twice in the first and one more in the second. In the first, Ramon Valdez would single to right to score lead-off hitter Jack Wietlispach who had reached on a dropped third strike. Angus Bills would drive in the second run of the inning on an infield ground out to first. In the second inning, Sam Sampen led off with a single and Joe Trennepohl followed with a single of his own. After both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt, Wietlispach made it 3-0 with a sacrifice fly.
After Jackson State cut the margin to 3-1 after three innings, PC would add a pair of runs in the 4th. Sampen and Trennepohl would once again cross the plate, this time on a throwing error by the Generals third baseman. Jackson State would chase Cobra starter Jason Ziegler from the game in the bottom of the 5th inning scoring twice and threatened to tie the game but PC reliever Dan Leake struck out Chase Denton with the tying runs on base. The Cobras tacked on an insurance run in their final at bat as Ramon Valdez drove in Adam Casson with an RBI single. Ziegler (1-0) picked up the win and Leake earned the save working 2.1 innings of strong relief allowing just one base run while striking out two.
Parkland (1-2) will return to action next Friday when they open play in the USA JUCO Classic in Millington, Tennessee. Jackson State (8-6) saw their four game winning streak snapped with the defeat.
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Cobras drop heartbreaking game in season opener
The Parkland College Cobras opened the 2013 season with a heartbreaking loss by the score of 9-8 to the Generals of Jackson State.
Jackson State would score first in the bottom of the second inning on a RBI single by Clayton Smithson. The Cobras would waste little time by answering with two runs in the top of the 3rd. Nolan Wilson would lead off the top of the inning with a home run to deep left center field to tie the score and later in the inning, Pat Schutzbach would walk and later score after stealing third base, forcing a Jackson State error.
The Cobras lead would quickly vanish as the Generals would answer with five runs in the bottom half of the third inning to take a 6-2 lead. Jackson State manage to score all five runs on only two hits but were aided by the Cobras’ two errors, two walks, and a hit batsmen. Jackson State would extended their lead to 7-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning after a lead off double by the Generals second baseman Juan Rivera followed by an RBI single by Taylor Walker.
Finding themselves down 7-2, the Cobras would bounce back to score four of their own in the top of the sixth inning. Adam Casson would lead off the inning being hit by a pitch and Issac Sampen would follow with a single. Joe Trennepohl would drive in Casson with a single up the middle. After a ground out by Sam Sampen that would advance runners to second and third with only one out, Nolan Wilson would drive in his second run of the game with a RBI infield single. Johnny Herrera followed with a two run double to left center to bring the score to 7-6. In the bottom of the sixth, the Generals would once again answer the Cobra rally with a single run as Zach Tomkins would deliver an RBI doubleof Cobra reliever Taylor Krugh.
In the top of the eighth inning the Cobras would once again rally with a two run inning to tie the game 8-8. With two outs and runners on second and third, Freshman Brady Burns would deliver a two strike single to right field to score Johnny Herrera and Jack Wietlispach tying the contest. The Cobra momentum was short lived however as Generals’ clean- up hitter Taylor Walker would deliver the knockout blow with a home run to centerfield off of tough-luck loser, Kyle Weller. The homer was Walker's fourth of the season. The Cobras would be retired in order in the top of the ninth as Jackson State held on for the win.
Parkland (0-1) and Jackson State (7-5) will square off in a double header starting at 11:00 on Sunday in Jackson, Tennessee.
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Baseball Ranked #13 in Pre-Season Poll
The Parkland Baseball team checks in at #13 in the Pre-Season Baseball Poll. Coach Matt Kennedy's young squad finished 40-20 last season, losing 3-0 in the Region 24 Championship game. Entering his 5th season, Kennedy has compiled a record of (183-53) and his career is highlighted by winning the National Championship in 2009. Eleven returning players along with several transfers and freshman will guide the team into the 2013 campaign, which kicks off February 22 in Little Rock, Arkansas against Arkansas Baptist.
The following weekend PC heads to the USA Classic in Millington, Tennessee where they will play 5 games, including three contests against #9 Lackawanna, #12 Iowa Central, and #16 Southeastern Iowa. Parkland is scheduled to play their first home game of the season on March 23 when they open M-WAC play against Spoon River College.
Four Cobra hurlers sign with NCAA D-1 programs
A group of promising, yet relatively untested hurlers, have committed to four-year programs in the early NCAA signing period. Two of the pitchers, Brett Haan (Lafayette Central Catholic) and Will Polley (Oak Park-River Forest), will throw in the Big 10 at Purdue and Iowa respectively. They join hard throwing lefty Jason Ziegler (Mahomet-Seymour) who signed with Lipscomb University a D-1 school in Nashville, Tennessee and red-shirt freshman Sam Thoele (Dieterich) who signed at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock as early signees.
Hahn was 2-1 with a 4.13 ERA last season while Ziegler was 1-3 with a 5.51 ERA. Teams hit just .223 against Hahn while Ziegler struck out 40 hitters in 47 innings of work. Polley saw limited action as a freshman after transferring from Nebraska last season and Thoele sat out the entire 2012 campaign due to an arm injury. All four pitchers are expected to make important contributions this spring as the Cobras hope to get back to the NJCAA D-2 World Series after failing to qualify the past two seasons. In addition to these four, six to eight other Cobra sophomores hope to earn NCAA or NAIA scholarships of their own during the upcoming season.
Parkland Baseball To Host Holiday Food Drive!
The Parkland College Baseball team will be collecting non-perishable (canned or boxed) food items from now until December 11. All items will be given to a local food bank in time for the holidays. Items may be brought to the Athletic Department office P-204. We will also offer free admission to the following Parkland games with the donation of at least 2 items per person on Saturday December 8:
WBB 12:00 Parkland vs Joliet
MBB 4:00 Parkland vs College of Lake County
Great excuse to clean out your cabinets and give to an even better cause!
Cobras to Start Green/Gold World Series on Monday!
The Cobras will wrap up their fall season this week by playing their annual Green/Gold World Series. This series is a best of five series and games will take place on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday of this week and will conclude on Monday October 22nd.
Please find below the game schedule and we look forward to seeing you at the ballpark!
Game 1: Monday October 15th @ 3:30 PM
Game 2: Wednesday October 17th @ 3:30 PM
Game 3: Friday October 19th @ 3:30 PM
Game 4: Saturday October 20th @ 1:00 PM (Alumni Day/Family Day)
Game 5: Monday October 22nd @ 3:30 PM
Baseball to Host Alumni Event!
Cobras head baseball coach, Matt Kennedy, has announced that on Saturday October 20th, the baseball team will be hosting its first annual Alumni Baseball Game! All alumni are encouraged to attend and play in the game. The Cobras will be playing their final fall game of the season, as game 5 of the Green/Gold World Series will begin at 12:00 PM. Immediately following this game, all attention will be turned to the alum as they will take the field.
For more information regarding this event, please contact assistant coach Mark Walther at 217-351-2297 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Burns named All-American
Bobby Burns (Las Vegas,NV.) has been named an NJCAA All-American 3rd Team selection by the NJCAA this past week. Burns quickly emerged in 2012 as the Cobras leader holding down the starting catcher position and hitting in the middle of the order. The sophomore from Las Vegas was a stabilizing force behind the plate in helping guide the pitching staff to an impressive 3.50 earned run average this season and a 40-20 over-all record. He did not make a single error in 286 attempts and threw out seven base runners during the season. At the plate he lead the team with a .377 batting average hitting 5 home runs and driving in 38. Burns will continue his career at Morehead State University next season.
Former Cobras Selected in MLB Draft!
Current Purdue Boilermaker and former Parkland Cobra Nick Wittgren was selected in the 9th round today of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Miami Marlins. Wittgren, who played one season for the Cobras in 2009-10, was 10-0 at PC and helped lead the Cobras to a 5th place finish at the NJCAA World Series before moving on to Purdue.
Wittgren served as the Boilers' closer in each of his two seasons as a member of the program. He recorded five wins and 22 saves in his 55 career appearances. With a Big Ten-leading 12 saves in 2011 and 10 this year, he became the first pitcher in program history with two seasons of 10-plus saves. He was on the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch list in both seasons and broke the all-time record for saves in March of this year Wittgren was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree, earning Second Team honors in 2011 and Third Team honors this year.
Illini first baseman and former Parkland Cobra Jordan Parr has been selected in the 26th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Parr led the Illini in hitting this season at .348 to go along with 5 home runs and 45 runs batted in. After sitting out the 2010 season at Illinois State due to injuries, Parr transferred to Parkland for the 2011 season where he hit .338 with 6 home runs and 32 RBI.