On a miserable day for baseball, Thomas More Prep-Marian stuck it out through cold and windy conditions and an hour delay against visiting Garden City on Friday.
The end results were well worth it for the Monarchs.
In a twin bill that took nearly five and a half hours to complete, the Monarchs walked away with 14-4 and 14-8 wins over the Buffaloes, moving to 8-0 on the season.
Even with the delay — which was caused by the lights on the left side of the field going out after a couple fuses blew in the sixth inning — the teams managed to get the doubleheader in before a winter weather storm hit the area.
“On a day like this, all we can do is try to find a way to score more runs than them,” TMP coach Dustin Washburn said. “We’ve been swinging the bats and pitching the ball well; defense has been a little lacking the last couple weeks.
“With the weather the way it was, we told them not to use any excuses. They (Buffaloes) were just as cold as we were, so we just had to figure out a way to get it done.”
The Monarchs put up a combined 25 hits during the doubleheader, with the bottom of TMP’s order coming through in several key spots.
“Honestly, our nine-hole hitter (Trenton Mayo) could hit lead off for us just as easily as he hits in the nine hole,” Washburn said. “We don’t feel like we have a hole anywhere in the lineup. They showed it tonight.”
The Monarchs committed four errors in the first two innings that led to Garden City taking a 3-0 lead in the first game, but TMP grabbed the lead with four runs in the bottom of the second and broke it open with an eight-run fifth.
“Last year, this team, when we’d get down three, four runs to a decent team, we’d just fold,” Washburn said. “I can deal with the defensive miscues as long as we don’t take it into our at-bats and to the mound with our pitching. The way we’ve been swinging the bats, I think we’ll be all right.”
Chase Werth had three hits and two doubles to lead the TMP offense in the first game while Creighton Renz had four hits in the nightcap. Werth hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning of the second game.
David Artega also homered in game two for Garden City, which dropped to 1-7.
Cole Zimmerman tossed the first game for the Monarchs, pitching well before reaching his pitch-count restriction in the fourth inning. Tate Garcia went 3 2/3 innings on the mound in the second game.
The Monarchs were up 14-8 in the bottom of the sixth when the lights went out. The first two Buffaloes reached base in the top of the seventh but Mayo was able to escape any damage on the mound and close it out.
“It’s 25 degrees out here, so there’s really not a whole lot as a coach you can do (during the delay) other than tell them to put their hoodies on and try to stay warm and stay loose, and when they tell us we got to go again, find a way to go out and get it done,” Washburn said.