Thunder Win Two of Three in Dallas

Dallas, TX - The Manhattan Christian College Thunder baseball team finished out their six-game road stint in Texas over the spring break week, with a two day, 3-game series in Dallas against the Dallas Christian College Crusaders. 

The Thunder started their road trip through The Lone Star State in Arlington on Tuesday as they split a pair of games with the Arlington Baptist College Patriots. They then headed south to Waxahachie for a single game with the Southwestern Assemblies of God University Lions, which the Thunder would take with a final score of 16-9.

Having a day off in Dallas awaiting the final series of the road trip, the team traveled to Globe Life Park in Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers for an early afternoon tour of the stadium. 

 The opportunity to spend the majority of the day at the MLB ballpark was a great experience for the young Thunder team, many of which had never been to the park in Arlington. 

 GAME 1: 

Despite just seven total hits in the first game of the series, the Thunder were able to efficiently take advatage of the hits, and drive in 4 runs throughout. 

Freshman Gerardo Questell got the start in game #1 for the Thunder, and went an impressive 6.0 innings giving up just 2 runs on 6 hits while racking up 8 strikeouts in his time on the mound. He would be relieved by fellow freshman Corey Riefler who threw a quick inning giving up just 1 run on 2 hits. 

Senior Ben Rankin came in to close out the game, throwing just 15 pitches and allowing no runs on just a single hit. 

Offensively despite the Crusaders keeping the Thunder at bay for the majority of the game, freshman Joshua Sanabria was able to go 2-3 at the plate while driving in a run as well. Manhattan's ability to take advantage of base runners was the key in the opening game, as they went on to defeat Dallas taking a 1-0 series lead, with a final score of 4-3. 

GAME 2:

In a game that had four lead changes throughout, the Thunder were able to edge the Crusaders in game 2 thanks to an error in the seventh that put Manhattan ahead for good. 

Freshman Isaiah Katherein allowed just 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out five in his strong day on the mound. He earned the win for the Thunder thanks in large part to strong plate performances from a few of his teammates. 

Senior Ben Rankin went 3-3 on the day scoring two runs on his own, while freshman Seth Throckmorton went 3-4 but was unable to score or drive in any runs. Two RBI's from freshman Joshua Sanabria on a single hit helped the Thunder corral the win in this one, defeating the Crusaders 4-3 to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. 

GAME 3:

 The Thunder were able to build a commanding 7-5 lead heading into the sixth inning, but through the last 2 frames of the game, the Crusaders strung together 3 quick runs to take the 8-7 edge, and defeat the Thunder in the final game of the series. 

Thunder starter freshman Kellen Quick gave up 5 runs on 4 hits in just four full innings pitched. 

Freshman Jamison Huffman went 2-3 at the plate and drove in 2 runs, while another freshman duo of Seth Throckmorton and Jan Elias each went 2-4 individually, while also each scoring a run. 

The Thunder were unable to maintain the lead they had built throughout the first five innings, as the Crusaders scored 2 runs in the sixth, and a single run in the seventh to walk-off with an 8-7 victory. 

 "I was very proud of the way the guys battled in this series. We had very strong outings by our starting pitching which was big. We are staying committed to the process and believe this team has a lot of room to grow. We are just starting to gel as a team and feel that as the year goes on we will continue to get stronger. Anytime you can come to Texas and get a win is big time and we were fortunate enough to get 4 of them this week. God is good" commented Head Coach Jimmy McDonald

The Thunder will be back in action March 25-26 in Manhattan as they take on Ecclesia College for a four game series. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCC Scoreboard

4/27/2019 | Baseball at Dallas Christian College | L, 10-7 
4/27/2019 | Baseball at Dallas Christian College | L, 19-5 
4/26/2019 | Baseball at Dallas Christian College | L, 4-2 
4/26/2019 | Baseball at Dallas Christian College | L, 14-3 
4/20/2019 | Baseball at Ecclesia College | L, 4-2