The Thomas More Prep-Marian softball team cruised to a sweep of Plainville with 10-0 and 17-6 wins on Monday at TMP as the Monarchs tune up for regional play next week.
TMP combined for 18 hits on the day, moving to 14-4 on the season.
"They were going up there aggressive," TMP coach Melissa Schoepf said. "Some of them had real hard hits at people. We were putting the ball in the air a little too much in the beginning. Once they made the adjustment and kept their weight back, then they saw line drives and hard contact."
TMP jumped all over the Cardinals early in the first game, scoring five in the first on the way to a run-rule win.
Bailey Lacy tossed a no-hitter in five innings, striking out 14 with two walks. M.K. Dwyer and Ciara Seib and Lacy homered.
The Monarchs scored three in the first inning of the second game but gave up five runs in the bottom of the inning to Plainville, which served as the home team on the scoreboard because the doubleheader was originally set to be played at Plainville before it was rescheduled due to weather.
TMP answered with four in the second and tacked on another in the third. The Monarchs added four in the fifth and five in the sixth to enforce the run rule.
"We just told them, 'Now you have to battle back from behind,' which isn't a bad thing for us to have to do before regional time: have a little adversity," Schoepf said of giving up five runs in the first. "They responded well."
Dwyer had a double and a triple in the second game and Emily Schulte, Emilee Augustine and Seib also had two hits each.
Lacy went four innings in the circle before Kyleigh Allen tossed the last two innings.
"We wanted to let Kyleigh get in and pitch, and she came out and did a great job," Schoepf said.
TMP will close out the regular season at home against Great Bend on Tuesday.
Schoepf said she's looking for the Monarchs to make quicker adjustments at the plate as they gear up for regional play. TMP's regional will be hosted by Goodland.
"I think sometimes what we struggle with is going back and forth when we face really good pitching, hard pitching, and then sometimes it's a little bit slower and we need to make that adjustment faster," Schopef said. "That's one thing I'd like for us to fix before regional time, being able to adjust quicker in the innings and not so much later."