Weekly rundown of PC Athletics

Rod Lovett

Athletic Director

McNabney honored at 2015 Spring Fling

Late Parkland College Golf Coach Zach McNabney was recognized this week, becoming the 5th recipient of the Ron Marshall Award for Meritorious Service. The award, in memory of Illinois Central College Golf Coach Ron Marshall, founder of the Goose Pond Spring Fling, is given each year at the Spring Fling banquet.  The award is presented to an individual who distinguishes himself in the performance of outstanding service and contributions to collegiate golf.

Parkland Golf Coach Corbin Sebens and the 2015 team accepted the award last Wednesday night in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Softball earn split on final day of trip to Florida 

Morgan Harper (3-1) threw a four hitter against Chesapeake, unfortunately one of those hits was a two run HR in the 1st inning and the SkipJacks made it stand up for a 2-1 win.  PC scored their lone run in the 4th, when Makayla Walsh doubled, moved to third, and scored on a wild pitch.

PC came back in the night cap with a 9-8 win over Pasco-Hernando.  Parkland scored three runs in the 2nd to take a 3-2 lead, with  Monica Monroe  driving in all three runs with a double.  In the 3rd,  Makayla Walsh drove a high and long drive over the left field fence for her 3rd HR of the week to increase the lead to 4-2.

Parkland added five more runs in the 4th on singles by Alix Ezell, Morgan Harper, an RBI double from Monica Monroe, a squeeze bunt from Morgan Hickman, an RBI double from Alexis Royer and an run scoring single single by Kelsey Smith. PHC score single runs in the 5th & 6th and the Cobras took a 9-4 lead into the bottom of the 7th.  PHC plated four runs and had the tying run at 2nd when Allix Ostermeyer struck out their DP for the final out of the game.  All nine players for Parkland scored a run as the Cobras won for the 7th time in 10 games on the trip.

Golf team finishes tied for 16th at 2015 Spring Fling in Alabama

Mesa CC won the 2015 Scottsboro Spring Fling on Saturday, defeating second place Tyler TX by 9 strokes to secure the title.  Darton St College GA and Mississippi Gulf Coast tied for 4th while Rend Lake came in 5th.  The Cobras ended in a tie for 16th place with Mineral Area in the 21 team field.  Andrews College golfer Andreas Tancred fired a 67 on Saturday to come from behind to win the individual title by three strokes over Zach Bialik of Grand Rapids and Matt Greenfield of  Rend Lake. Parkland was led by Dom Knight and Jack Niebrugge who both shot 234 and Thomas Webster who fired a 238. Next up for the Cobras will be the one-day Millikin Invitational on Saturday March 21 in Decatur.


Anderson one-hitter paces Cobras to 9-0 win over Kirkwood

A one-hit complete game shutout by Tyler Anderson helped the PC Baseball team to a 9-0 win over Kirkwood and wrap up a (6-3) trip to Florida.

Anderson baffled Kirkwood all day and limited the Eagles to just three base runners.  The sophomore did not allow a single hitter to reach second base. The Cobra offense was led by Austin Smith’s 4 hits and sophomore Glenn Reeves who had three hits on the day.

The Cobras got on the board in the first inning on an RBI double by a Reeves.  The bats stayed alive adding two more runs on an RBI single by Conner Currier in the 4th. Parkland topped off their day with a three run 7th inning. Chase Armstrong blasted his first home run of the season to extend the lead to 9-0.

Anderson finished off is impressive outing with a perfect bottom of the seventh. Anderson now moves to 2-0 on the season and will start game 1 of M-WAC Conference play next Saturday versus Lewis and Clark.

Softball beats Pasco 15-13 earns split

The Parkland Softball team continued their trip to Florida with two games against Florida community colleges. PC dropped the opener to D-1 Eastern Florida State College before outscoring D-2 Pasco-Hernando in game two.

PC battled Eastern Florida for six innings before the hosts exploded for seven runs in the 7th inning to put the game away. Down 4-0 headed to the 6th,   Hannah Pruden’s 2 run single brought the Cobras back to within two at 4-2 going to the final inning.  In the 7th, EFS broke the game open with seven unearned runs as the Cobras committed four errors on the day.

In the second game of the afternoon, PC played D-2 Pasco-Hernando.  It was the first match-up between the two teams since meeting in the District finals four years ago in Champaign.  In this one, the Cobras jumped out to a 5-0 lead after 2 innings, with the big hit coming from Alexis Royer, who hit a 3-run line drive home run over the left center field fence. It was Royer’s 4th home run of the season in just eight games.  Pasco came back with seven runs the next two innings to take a 7-5 lead after just 3 innings.  Parkland answered with ten runs in the 5th, as Hannah Pruden and Makayla Walsh both hit 3 run home runs. Pasco was not to be denied however, now down 15-7, they added five runs themselves in the 5th cutting the Cobra lead to 15-12.  Pasco added one more run in the 7th but the Cobras held on to win 15-13 in a game that featured 28 runs and 45 hits.

Makalya Walsh 3 hits and 5 RBI, Hannah Pruden 2 hits and 3 RBI, Alexis Royer 3 hits and 2 RBI, Morgan Hickman 2 hits and 3 RBI, and Taylor Spivey 4 hits, all had big games at the plate for the Cobras who are now (6-2) on the season. PC will wrap up their trip with a 1:00 game against Chesapeake CC and a 3:00 rematch with Pasco-Hernando on Saturday in Coco Beach.