Thunder Take Pair in Texas

Arlington & Waxahachie, TX - The Manhattan Christian College Thunder baseball team took a spring break road trip south to Texas for a week full of games in three different cities spanning across the state. The Thunder played a pair of games March 15 in Arlington against Arlington Baptist College and a single game in Waxahachie against Southwestern Assemblies of God University. 

They were able to come away from the three games mid-week with a pair of road wins, an area the Thunder have struggled in over the course of the season thus far. Splitting the two game series with the Patriots of Arlington Baptist, and handling their matchup with the Lions of Southwestern, Manhattan was able to go 2-1 through the trio of games and improve their record to 7-9 on the season. 


March 15, 2016 - Arlington Baptist College Patriots:

Game 1:

Freshman Kellen Quick got the nod in this one for the Thunder, and he would end up on the wrong side of the decision in this one going 1 2/3 innnings allowing 8 runs on 5 hits and three walks in his short stint. 

He would be replaced by a barrage of Thunder pitchers including fellow freshman Corey Riefler who was unable to stop the bleeding for the Thunder defense, allowing 6 runs of his own on 3 hits and one walk. Junior Jacob Johansen stepped in to close for Manhattan but was unable to do so without allowing the Patriots to tack on 3 more runs on 4 hits.

The Thunder were only able to put together 3 total hits throughout the game, but were able to bring home two of those hits to score, ending the game with a final score of 20-2 in favor of Arlington.

Game 2:

Manhattan was able to rebound quickly in game number two as starting pitcher senior Ben Rankin threw a great game to lead the Thunder to a victory. Rankin went five full innings giving up 8 runs on 10 hits while also maintaining a 65% strike percentage. He was relieved in the sixth inning by freshman Gerardo Questell who finished out the game by throwing two full innings giving up 2 runs on a single hit in his time on the mound. 

The Patriots went through four pitchers in this one as they were unable to gain any traction on the mound as the Thunder were hot at the plate. Manhattan was able to huge fourth inning scoring an impressive 10 runs in the inning and taking a lead of 11-4 into the fifth. 

MCC had four players with multiple hits, and a trio who scored at least two runs individually. Freshman Seth Throckmorton had a stat-sheet filling day going 2-4 at the plate, scoring two runs himself while batting in a pair of runs as well. 

Manhattan fought off a late game run by the Patriots that put them within striking distance in the seventh and final inning, but the Thunder defense was able to overcome the hot streak and win the game with a final score of 12-10.


March 16, 2016 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions:

Game 1:

Manhattan freshman Steven Paniagua took the mound as the starter for the Thunder in the Wednesday afternoon matchup, and pitched much like a veteran would. Paniagua went six full innings giving up just 3 runs on 4 hits while maintaining a 60% strike percentage while on the mound. 

He was relieved in the seventh by fellow freshman Seth Throckmorton who had a rough time on the mound giving up 3 quick runs throwing just 17 pitches in total. He would be quickly replaced by closer sophomore Isaiah Katherein who despite giving up 3 runs on 4 hits was able to close the game out with a victory for the Thunder. 

At the plate, the Thunder were nearly unstoppable as they had another huge inning, this time in the third as they racked up 12 quick runs forcing the Lions to replace starting pitcher Ty Chiglo midway through the inning after giving up 9 runs on 7 hits.

Freshman Emmanuel Otero had a big day at the plate going 3-6, scoring 1 run and batting in 4 runs on the day. Freshman Joshua Sanabria went 2-4 and brought in 5 runs as well to help the Thunder to a second victory in the two day stint, this time 16-9 over the Lions. 


The Thunder will be back in action March 18 & 19 in Dallas, TX as they will have a three game series with Dallas Christian College starting Friday the 18th. 

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