MANHATTAN — Central Christian College’s baseball team was one out away from a sweep on Friday.
Instead, Manhattan Christian was able to earn a split with a dramatic 6-5 victory after Central had won the first game, 8-6.
The first game had a wild start as Central scored six runs in the first inning, but the Thunder came back with five runs in first and second innings. After CCC scored two in the third for an 8-4 lead, the teams settled down.
CCC ace Andrew Hightower was the winner, striking out seven in his seven innings of work. Nate Patterson led the offense with two RBIs.
In Game 2, CCC pitcher Bryan Scott deserved a better fate as all six runs he allowed were unearned. The Tigers were down 4-0 at one point before storming back to take a 5-4 lead, only to see the Thunder score twice in the bottom of the seventh for the win.
Patterson had three hits, while Graham Greenbeck had two hits and two RBIs. Laramie Lumley added two hits.
CCC is now 15-26. The teams are playing two more games today to complete the series.
• Game 1 •
Central (8) — Romeu 3-0-1-1, Patterson 3-1-1-2, Greenbeck 4-1-1-1, Howard 4-1-1-0, Lumley 3-0-1-0, Cann 4-1-1-1, Carrigan 2-0-0-0, Cramer 0-1-0-0, Rivera 3-2-0-0, Gorman 2-1-0-1.
• Game 2 •
Central (5) — Patterson 4-1-3-0, Greenbeck 4-0-2-2, Howard 4-0-0-0, Lumley 4-0-2-1, Romeu 0-1-0-0, Landon 4-0-1-0, Boedeker 3-0-1-0, Cann 1-0-0-0, Cordova 2-0-1-0, Rivera 2-1-0-0, Gorman 2-2-1-0.