Cobras drop opener of World Series title series

Cobras drop opener of World Series title series

ENID, Okla. — Against the nation's best, Parkland baseball understandably had some nerves Thursday night.

The Cobras committed four errors, netting three unearned runs, and fell 9-5 to top-seeded LSU-Eunice in the opener of the NJCAA Division II World Series championship series at David Allen Ballpark.

"I felt like we took some steps in the right direction, but we had some hiccups here and there," Parkland coach Dave Garcia said. "We pitched them as hard as we could, and you've got to tip your hat to a team that's able to do that."

Good approach for a Cobras team now facing elimination.

Cobras starting pitcher Josh Garner threw two scoreless frames before an error allowed the Bengals to plate their first run in the third, but giving up a three-run homer in the fourth defined his five-inning night and pinned him with the loss.

After taking a 4-2 lead off the home run, the Bengals (58-6) scored at least one run in each of the next two innings, including a four-run sixth.

Parkland (51-15-1) knocked in two more runs in the seventh but produced no further offense in the final two frames.

Sophomore Nick Wisz went 2 for 3 with two RBI to lead the Cobras, including a go-ahead single in the fourth that gave them a 2-1 lead.

Leadoff hitter Brendan Joyce and Connor Aube each added an RBI.

"We learned a lot about them tonight," Garcia said. "They've got a lot of players that in the moment take advantage of opportunities.

"I think my guys will show up and have a little bit more edge to them (tonight.)"

Parkland will look to avoid elimination and force a decisive third game in tonight's 7 p.m. tilt.