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Cobra athletes of the month!
David Keenan and Lyle Burns earned Co-Male Parkland Athletes of the Month while Erin Hettinger was the Female Athlete of the Month.
Both David Keenan (Salt Fork) and Lyle Burns (Mahomet-Seymour) earned a trip to the NJCAA D-2 Golf Nationals by placing 2nd and 5th among individual qualifiers. Keenan fired a 54 hole total of 225 while Burns carded a 229 as both earned their first trip to Nationals. Earlier in the month Burns had earned 1st Team All-Conference recognition while Keenan was a 2nd Team honoree. Keenan also took home 2nd place at the Taylor University Invite.
Erin Hettinger saved her best play for the M-WAC games as she hit ,443 in conference games going 31-70 with a .494 on base percentage and a .743 slugging percentage. Hettinger (St. Teresa) lead the team with 31 hits during that stretch and was 2nd in runs scored with 21. She had 9 doubles, 3 triples, and a pair of home runs to give her 14 extra base hits. She also stole a team high 11 bases in conference games.
Parkland takes 2nd at Region Golf Tournament, Keenan and Burns earn trip to Nationals
The Parkland College Golf Team fired back to back rounds of 304 on Monday as they finished in 2nd place at the Region 24 Golf Tournament held at Illinois State University. John A Logan won the team title and earned the automatic spot at Nationals May 21-24 in Scottsboro, Alabama. Logan's 909 was 15 strokes better than PC's 924. The Cobras edged ICC (927) and Lewis and Clark (928) for 2nd place.
Jake Schneider of Illinois Central College (71-75-77 223) won medalist honors by beating Logan's Michael Mencaccy (76-76-73 225) and Parkland's David Keenan (78-74-73 225) by just two strokes. In addition to Logan earning a trip to Nationals, the top 5 players not on Logan's team earn a trip to Alabama. Those five are: Schneider (ICC) 223, Keenan (PC) 225, Dayton Jones (RL) 226, Parker Lawrence (KC) 226, and Lyle Burns (PC) 229. Just missing out on a trip was PC's Jonathan Dawson who shot a 231, just two strokes behind Burns for the final spot. Keenan. Burns, and Dawson all earned All-Region 24 honors. Keenan, a sophomore from Salt Fork, and Burns, a freshman from Mahomet-Seymour, both earned their first trip to Nationals.
1 John A Logan 298 309 302 909
2 Parkland 316 304 304 924
3 I C C 320 303 304 927
4 Lewis & Clark 309 306 313 928
5 Kaskaskia 325 309 321 955
6 Rend Lake 327 317 314 958
7 Danville 334 327 318 979
8 Lincoln 343 332 324 999
Cobras split on opening day of Softball Regional
After a four delay and a change in venue, the Parkland Softball team finally opened play in the Region 24 Tournament. The Cobras split 2 games at the Region 24 tournament played Monday at the Eastside Center in East Peoria. PC won game one 4-2 vs. Lincoln and lost 5-4 against ICC.
Game 1 PC 4 Lincoln 2
Taylor Hull (12-4) got the win on the mound striking out 8, walking none and allowing only 3 hits. Hull's only blemish on the day was giving up a 2 run home run in the top of the 6th inning. PC opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st, as Paige Roytek scored from 3rd on a wild pitch. In the 3rd Jordan Wheeler doubled, Rae Braden walked, Erin Hettinger was safe on an error by the shortstop to load the bases. Harley Tompkins stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and 2 outs and ripped a double to right center driving in 3 runs. Lauren Klein and Alex Jacobs had 2 hits each in the win.
Game 2 ICC 5 PC 4
Trailing 4-1 in the top of the 7th, the Cobras exploded for 3 runs to tie the game on Marlee Sulsberger's 3 run HR over the left center field fence. Rae Braden opened the inning with a single to left, followed by Tana Rentschler's double and Erin Hettinger's walk to load the bases. PC then hit into a 1-2-3 double play, setting the stage for Sulsberger's smash. ICC got the win in the bottom of the 7th, with the bases loaded and no outs, the Cougar's won on a hit to right field. PC trailing 1-0 in the top of the 5th, Erin Hettinger hit her 4th home run of the year to tie the game. Ali Kimble (12-4) took the loss on the mound.
Parkland will continue region tournament play today at 2 pm at East Peoria. Cobras will play Lincoln Land at 2 pm, win that game they will play the loser of the Heartland/ICC game. Win that game they will play the winner of the HCC/ICC game. Parkland must win at least two games on Tuesday for their season to continue.
Cobra Softball wraps up regular season with pair of wins. post-season match-up set
The Cobras extended their win streak to 14 games by defeating the U of I Club team 10-2 & 3-2 Monday at the Snake Pit.
Game 1: PC 10 U of I Club 2 5 innings
Behind Alison Kimble's (12-3) 5 hit, 4 strikeout pitching performance, the Cobras scored in all but one inning for the win. PC jumped on top in the 1st with 2 outs and no one on with consecutive singles by Jordan Wheeler, Rae Braden, Tana Rentschler and Erin Hettinger, scoring 2 runs. In the 2nd with 2 on, Wheeler drove a 3 run home run over the left center field fence, her 7th of the year. With the score 6-2 Parkland in the bottom of the 4th and 2 on, Tana Rentschler towered a ball over the left field fence for her 2nd home run of the year. The offense was lead by Wheeler 3-3 with 2 runs scored to go along with a home run and 4 RBI. Rentschler added 2 hits including a HR and 3 RBI and Paige Roytek had 2 hits and scored twice.
Game 2: PC 3 U of I Club 2
Game 2 was a pitcher's duel with the Cobras once again coming out on top. With PC trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the 4th, Erin Hettinger on 3rd and 2 outs, Hunter Marsh stepped to the plate and drove a ball over the left field fence for a 2 run HR, which turned out to be the gane winning runs. The home run was Marsh's 3rd HR of the season and made a winner out of Jordan Wheeler (9-0) who pitched the 1st 4 innings to earn the win and Tab Davis picked up the save throwing the last 3 shutout innings.
PC wraps up the regular season with a 37-9 record and will open Region tournament play Thursday at 4:30 vs Lincoln College at The Roundhouse Softball Complex in Mattoon, Il.
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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Win streak at 12 as Cobras sweep Lynx
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.
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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.
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HR Klein 4 Braden 7 PC
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.
Softball continues winning ways, run win streak to 10
The Cobras continue their winning ways by sweeping Robert Morris College of Springfield 7-0 and 13-3. The victories run the PC winning streak to 10 games.
Game 1: PC 7 RMU 0
Jordan Wheeler (8-0), behind errorless ball, threw a two hitter against the Eagles striking out 5 and walking 2. Wheeler also helped herself at the plate collecting 2 hits and 2 RBI. Paige Roytek also got 2 hits and scored a run. Rae Braden, Alex Jacobs and Lauaren Klein each drove in a run. Taking at least a double or triple away from an Eagle hitter, Hunter Marsh made a diving catch of a line drive down the right field line to highlight the Cobras strong play on defense.
Game 2: PC 13 RMU 3
Matching the Cobras 1st game performance, Tab Davis (5-2) threw her own 2 hitter, striking out 4 walking while walking 3. Erin Hettinger had 3 hits and, 4 RBI. Paige Roytek also had 3 hits including a double and a triple.,scored three times and drove in four. Alex Jacobs, Shelby Franzen and Abbey McElwee all collected 2 hits each in the game.
The wins move #9 Parkland to (33-9 18-4) ahead of their final M-WAC series of the season on Saturday at noon in Lincoln against the Lincoln College Lynx. After an off day Sunday, the Cobras will host the UI Club Team at 3:00 Monday to wrap up the regular season.
Rain forces another cancellation
Parkland's Wednesday Baseball games at Danville have been rained out and will be made up at the same time on Thursday April 25.
The Softball games at Olney Central have also been canceled but will not be made up. Softball has their final home games of the season on Thursday when they host Lincoln Land starting at 3:00. PC will travel to Robert Morris on Friday and Lincoln College on Saturday to complete their regular season.
Golf team takes 3rd at Taylor University Invite
Bethel College fired an impressive 2nd round total of 288 to run away with the Taylor University Invite held at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Indiana. Bethel (301-288 589) easily outdistanced 2nd place Huntington (305-306 611) by 22 strokes for the title. Parkland came in 3rd (305-312 617) edging out Taylor University (311-309 620).
Bethel's Brady Klotz fired a 3-under par 69 for a two-day total of 1-under 143 to win medalist honors. He edged out Parkland's David Keenan (73-71 144) for 2nd place. Keenan won a scorecard play-off to break a tie behind Bethel's Brian Uhlrich (72-72 144). Another Bethel golfer, Taran Kennedy (79-71 150), came in 4th
David Keenan 73 71 144
Lyle Burns 75 80 155
Jonathan Dawson 77 80 157
Austin Egbers 80 81 161
Brady Welch 81 81 162
Dan Patkunas 75 82 157 competed as individual
Parkland will be off until May 5-6 when they will compete at the Region 24 tournament being held in Bloomington, Il.
Golf within striking distance after opening day of Taylor University Invite
David Keenan shot an opening round 73, just one stroke off the lead, to help the Parkland Golf team to a 2nd place finish after the opening day of the Taylor University Invite held at the Kampen Course in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Cobras fired a 305 as a team, and are tied with Huntington just four strokes behind Bethel for the lead in the six-team event. The field was cut in half due to the recent poor weather conditions forcing several teams to pull out to play in their respective conference tournaments.
Lyle Burns is just three strokes off the lead after an opening round 75 and was joined in the PC scoring by Jonathan Dawson (77) and Austin Egbers (80). Parkland's Dan Patkunas, competing as an individual, also fired a 75 to keep himself in medalist contention. The 2nd Round will tee off at 9 am on Tuesday.
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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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MC 011 210 0 5 6 2
Blaha, Sale (4), Leake (6), Weber (7) and Valdez, Munizzi (6)
Wichman, Rohrman (4) and Stubbe