Senior Ben Rankin to be honored Saturday

Manhattan, KS - As the Manhattan Christian College Thunder baseball team welcomes Dallas Christian College to Kansas to play their last home series of the year, it has come time to honor the lone senior on the team, Ben Rankin. 
 
A graduate of Elkhorn High School, Ben came to MCC his freshman year and has given the baseball program everything he had for all four years. As a freshman, Ben immediately became the type of player that all coaches hoped for. Being one of the youngest guys on the team did not stop being from leading by example. On and off the field, Ben excelled in his time here at MCC. Always one of the hardest workers, Ben never takes a play off. Whether at practice or in a game, you can always count on Ben to give it everything he had. 
 
The team struggled during Ben’s first three years, as they won a combined 9 games. It was not for Ben’s lack of effort, as he was in the top three of batting average on the team in 2 of those 3 years. That includes leading the team his junior year with a .275 average. 
 
It truly shows you the type of character Ben has that he has stayed the course and stuck with MCC Baseball through the good and bad times. Ben is the unquestioned leader of the current Thunder team. He gives everything he has for his teammates. He competes on every pitch, and gives this team every ounce of energy he has. There is nobody that wants to win more than Ben, and after three hard years, he finally is getting the experience of being on a team that wins consistently. The success this current Thunder team is having would not be possible without the excellent leadership Ben has provided and also his excellence on the field starting every game for MCC this season.
 
“Ben is one of the most coachable kids I have ever had. He has been so important for the turnaround we are having this year providing our younger team with leadership. I have been impressed with his work ethic and humility throughout this season. He is truly a guy that you can count on late in the game and will be successful in whatever he decides to do after MCC. We have been blessed to have him” commented Head Coach Jimmy McDonald
 
Ben will be graduating this spring with a degree in Bible and Leadership and in Counseling. Moving forward, Ben plans to continue living in Manhattan. He is planning to pursue a position with the Manhattan Fire Department, where he will continue to do everything he can for others. 
 
Ben leaves behind very big shoes to fill for the program moving forward. Ben has been a vital part in the rebuilding of Manhattan Christian College’s program, and the success that the team is having this year. Ben will be honored in between games on Saturday. The games will be played at Emporia State University.
 
Career Totals: 
 
Batting: .270 117 Hits, 10 Doubles, 5 Triples, 1 Homerun, 84 Runs, 41 Stolen Bases
Pitching: 4 Wins, 242 Innings, 161 Strikeouts
 
Senior year: 17-19
Batting: .273 average, 27 hits, 2 doubles, 31 runs, 21 stolen bases
Pitching: 4 wins, 52 innings, 43 strikeouts
 
Junior year: 0-42
Batting: Led team in batting .275 average, 33 hits, 2 doubles, 3 triples, 14 runs, 8 stolen bases
Pitching: 74 innings, 61 strikeouts
 
Sophomore year: 5-41
Hitting: 3rd in batting average .317, 38 hits, 4 doubles, 2 triples, 1 homerun, 27 runs, led team in runs and walks, 8 stolen bases
Pitching: 72 innings, 42 strikeouts
 
Freshman year: 4-36
Batting: .200 average, 19 hits, 2 doubles, 12 runs, 4 SB
Pitching: 44 innings, 15 strikeouts
 

MCC Scoreboard

11/17/2018 | Mens Basketball at Oklahoma Baptist University | L, 119-71 
11/16/2018 | Mens Basketball at Central Christian College (Kan.) | L, 102-58 
11/14/2018 | Mens Basketball at Newman University | L, 97-51 
11/12/2018 | Womens Basketball at Bethel College (Kan.) | L, 82-28 
11/9/2018 | Mens Basketball vs. Baptist Bible College | L, 110-85