MCC Baseball goes 1-3 against Central Christian College

Manhattan, KS - The Thunder baseball team went 1-3 this past weekend against Central Christian College. 
Game One:
Thunder lost 8-6 in seven innings in Manhattan, Kansas on Friday, despite outhitting Central Christian College eight to six. Ben Rankin was hot from the plate for Thunder. Rankin went 3-4, drove in one and scored three runs. He doubled in the second inning and singled in the first and seventh innings. Landry Anders brought the heat against Central Christian College during his outing. Central Christian College managed just three hits off of the Thunder's pitcher, who allowed two earned runs, walked three and struck out one during his six innings of work. Steven Paniagua was the game's losing pitcher. He allowed six runs in one inning, walked two and struck out none. Central Christian College didn't relinquish the lead after scoring six runs in the first inning. Four runs in the bottom of the second helped Thunder close its deficit to 6-5. An RBI double by Jan Elias, an RBI double by Rankin, an RBI single by Joshua Sanabria, and an error sparked Thunder's rally but wasn’t enough.
Game Two:
Thunder and Central Christian College exchanged the lead four times throughout game two, but Thunder ended up on top with a 6-5 win in seven innings over Central Christian College. Thunder finally managed to grab the lead after a strong seventh inning. Thunder went up for good on a two-run double walkoff by Carlos Perez, scoring Jamison Huffman and Alexander Lopez. Ben Rankin had a hot bat for Thunder. Rankin went 3-4, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first, second, and fourth innings. Rankin recorded the win for Thunder. He allowed one run over 1 2/3 innings. Rankin struck out one, walked none and gave up four hits. The bottom of the second saw Thunder take an early lead, 4-0. Thunder got things going when Rankin singled. Thunder pushed more runs across when Zecha scored on an RBI single by Rankin and Rankin and Elias scored on a two-run error. Central Christian College put up one run in each of the third, sixth and seventh. The Tigers scored two runs in the fifth inning and took the lead scoring one run in the seventh. The Thunder fought back and won 6-5 in walkoff fashion.
Game Three:
Despite a big day at the dish from Jan Elias, who finished 2-3, Thunder lost 12-3 to Central Christian College at Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday. Gerardo Questell was charged with the loss. He allowed eight earned runs in 4 2/3 innings, walked none and struck out eight. Central Christian College didn't relinquish the lead after scoring eight runs in the first inning when it scored on an error and five singles. One of the Thunder baserunners came all the way around to score in each of the first, third and fourth. In the first, Thunder scored on an RBI single by Joshua Sanabria, bringing home Ben Rankin. A passedball set off Thunder rally. After pushing across one run in the bottom of the fourth, Thunder faced just a 10-3 deficit but wasn’t able to come back.
Game Four:
Emmanuel Otero went 1-1, but Thunder still fell to Central Christian College 4-3 in seven innings on Saturday at Manhattan, Kansas. Otero led Thunder's offensive threat, as he got on base four times in the game. He also drove in one runner. He singled in the fifth inning. Ben Rankin was the game's losing pitcher. He worked  6 2/3 strong innings, walked two, struck out four, and allowed two earned runs. The bottom of the second saw the Thunder take an early lead, 1-0. Thunder got a spark in the form of a Kenneth Torres single, before before Seth Throckmorton singled, scoring Jamison Huffman. The lead stayed with Central Christian College after the third, when it scored two runs on a two-run error. Thunder scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut its deficit to one. An RBI single by Otero fueled Thunder's comeback but wasn’t enough as the Thunder fell 4-3.
"Overall I thought we were very competitive. We just struggled in the first inning of a couple of the games and dug ourselves into a big hole early. Those can be tough mentally to come back from. In game two it was great to see the guys compete all the way until the end and get the walk off win. We are excited for where things are at and feel we can make a solid run to finish the year" commented Head Coach Jimmy McDonald
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