Road struggles continue for Thunder

Atchison, KS - The Manhattan Christian College Thunder baseball team was back in action last Saturday for a pair of games with another in-state oppenent, this time against the Benedictine College Ravens (Atchison, KS). The Thunder being such a young team have experienced some serious growing pains throughout the start of the 2016 campaign, but coach Jimmy McDonald is still confident that his bunch will be able to put things together and remain focused enough to turn this season into more than just a learning experience.

"I was pleased with our effort in the first game but we came out flat in game 2," said McDonald. "We have to continue to mature and grow as a team. This was a great learning experince for our guys, and we are continuing to focus on the process right now."

In the first game of the Saturday double-header, the Thunder were able to stay in the game for the majority thanks in large part to their defense, which only allowed hits in the game. Starting pitcher freshman Gerardo Quenstell was able to go six and two thirds innings, giving up all seven runs on ten hits while facing 23 batters. He was relieved late in the sixth by sophomore Isaiah Katherein who threw just three pitches to retire the side. 

Despite the valiant effor by the Thunder they would fall short in the first game by a final score of 7-3 in favor of the Benedictine Ravens.

In game two of the series the Ravens came out hot from the start collecting eleven runs in the first three innings combined, ten of which would come against Manhattan's starting pitcher, freshman Kellen Quick. Quick went just two and two thirds innings and would be relieved by sophomore Isaiah Katherein who gave up two quick runs in just a third of an inning. 

The Thunder would then run through a barrage of pitchers to close out the game, with not a single one throwing more than an innings worth of time and giving up a combined 15 runs through the four of them. 

A bright spot in this game for the Thunder however was freshman outfielder Jan Elias who went 2-2 at the plate, accounting for two of the Thunders three runs in this one. Fielding was a struggle throughout as Manhattan seemed to lose focus early, and let things spiral out of control from there. The Ravens would win this one big by a final score of 26-3.

 

 

Lindsborg, KS - Wednesday March 9, the Thunder traveled west to Lindsborg to face the Bethany College Swedes for a single game. The Thunder coming off of two straight losses, including a beat down of 26-3 at the hands of the Benedictine College Ravens just a few days earlier, were ready for some redemption and a chance to improve individually as well as on a team front. 

"I was very pleased with our defense today, we focused on it in practice this week and thought it showed," said head coach Jimmy McDonald. "We just have to eliminate the free bases, that was the difference in this one, but we are excited for this weekend."

Freshman Steven Paniagua got the start on the mound for the Thunder and went four and a third innings giving up nine runs on seven hits facing 19 batters. He was relieved in the fifth by sophomore Omar Goveo who completed the inning, but not before allowing another run while facing three batters. 

Manhattan was unable to get any traction at the plate, as they would only rack up five total hits in the game, but their effecieny on the bases allowed them to capitalize on those five hits, and bring home three runners.

The Thunder will head south the Moore, OK to take on the Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Saints for a two day, four game series on Friday and Saturday. The trip is a continuation of their long road stint that includes trips to Arlington, Waxahachie, and Dallas Texas over the course of the next week. They will return home March 25th for a two day series with Ecclesia College (Springdale, AR).

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