It was crummy weather for softball on Tuesday, but Thomas More Prep-Marian didn’t have to spend very long playing in it.
TMP made quick work of Goodland, needing about 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete a doubleheader sweep in cold and soggy conditions.
The Monarchs took the first game 15-0 in three innings and won the nightcap 11-0 in five innings at TMP.
TMP moved to 11-3 on the season.
“We talked before the game about how we can’t control the weather but we can definitely control ourselves and the things that we do,” TMP coach Melissa Schoepf said. “We can control our at-bats and defense. Those are the things you’ve got to take care of.”
The forecast looked bleak for Tuesday evening but the teams managed to squeeze the games in after steady rain fell earlier in the afternoon. The rain held off for the most of the doubleheader, only sprinkling lightly at times.
“We need to get our games in because we’re getting down to the point of the season when it’s hard to make stuff up,” Schoepf said. “If we have an opportunity to play, we want to play. I know the girls want to play. They’re tired of practicing and want to get out there and do something.”
TMP plated three runs in the first inning of Game 1 then put up seven in the second frame before forcing the run rule with five in the third.
The Monarchs had nine hits in the first game and took advantage of six Goodland errors. M.K. Dwyer had two hits with a triple.
In Game 2, TMP plated two in the first and then scored three runs in each of the next three innings to force the run rule again.
The Monarchs finished with 11 hits in the second game. Anna Gottschalk doubled and tripled and Bailey Lacy and Leanne Rack also had two hits.
Lacy continued her strong season in the circle by allowing just one hit and tossing eight scoreless innings in the twin bill. She struck out 16 during the twin bill while allowing seven walks.
“She gets stronger as the game goes on,” Schoepf said. “You can see as the game goes on she’s getting more pump on the ball. I think that’s huge for her and being able to push through.”
The Monarchs will take on Sacred Heart and Hays High in the Hays Triangular on Thursday at Dusty Glassman Ball Park.