Thunder sweep Hillsdale but drop DH to Dallas Christian

Oklahoma City, OK - As the Manhattan Christian College Thunder baseball team headed south for its last series of the 2016 campaign, the Thunder had an opportunity ahead of them to end the season with a record just above .500. The only thing standing in their way was the Dallas Christian College Crusaders who the Thunder had defeated in two of three games in Dallas back in mid-March.

The Manhattan squad that entered into their final games of the season were able to reflect back on their monumental season thus far, and see the mass improvements they'd been a part of through the season. The team had won 0 games the previous season but thanks to new staff including head coach Jimmy McDonald, who brought in a slew of young talent from all over with more than 75% of the roster being incoming freshman, the Thunder were able to turn what was once a disaster into something with great promise ahead. 

Despite the positive improvements throughout the season, the Thunder still had one more series to take care of for the opportunity to end the season above the .500 mark, a feat that hadn't been reached in a while for the program. Their experience facing the Crusaders was an advantage for Manhattan, as they knew what they would be facing. 

They fell just short in the first game being out-hit by the Crusaders 17-11. The Thunder trailed for much of the game and were able to rely on strong appearances at the plate that allowed them to make a small comeback to push the game to extra innings. They would fall just short as a two-run eleventh inning from the Crusaders detered the Thunder comeback, as they were unable to answer in the bottom half of the inning. 

The second game was a little better for Manhattan as they were able to jump out to answer a run posted by Dallas in the third inning with two of their own, but a six-run fifth inning from the Crusaders followed by another insurance run in the sixth kept the Thunder from gaining any real traction in this one. Despite a solid four and a quarter innings from starter Landry Andres, Manhattan was unable to keep Dallas off the bases and retreating. 

Manhattan dropped the double-header to the Crusaders by loses of 11-9 and 8-6. 

Despite the season ending on more of a sad note, the freshman-heavy roster that remains in tact for the start of the 2017 season has the Thunder looking ahead to what next season has in store. With the majority of the roster returning from a 19-21 squad in 2016, next season has all indications pointing towards an above .500 season as coach Jimmy McDonald enters his second season at the helm. 

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