COLBY ó The Thomas More Prep-Marian baseball team put an end to its regular season on Thursday with three road wins, two over host Colby High School and a third over Goodland High School.
TMP rolled to a 6-0 win over Colby in Game 1, aided by a complete game from senior pitcher Kameron Schmidt. He allowed only five hits, no walks and struck out five batters for his third win of the season.
Offensively, Schmidt also led the team with two runs and 2 of 3 hitting. Junior Ricky Hockett led the team with two runs batted in.
In Game 2, Colby put up more of a fight. TMP scored four runs in the top of the second inning, but had the Eagles answer with three runs in the bottom of the inning to pull within a run. The Monarchs slowly distanced themselves from there, taking a 10-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, where Colby scored its final two runs but got no closer.
Senior Liam Stults earned the win for TMP, pitching 5.0 innings while allowing five hits and three earned runs. Senior Braiden Werth earned the save, pitching the final two innings.
Werth also led the team with three RBI. Schmidt and Justin Pfeifer had two runs each.
Prior to the games against Colby, TMP played to a 12-7 win over Goodland, completing a doubleheader originally scheduled for April 24 in Hays. The Monarchs had won the first game of that doubleheader, 8-0, before the second game was postponed due to rain.
In the Thursday makeup game, Goodland jumped out to a 2-0 lead before TMP scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning. TMPís lead reached as much as 11-3 before a three-run sixth inning by Goodland.
The Monarchs used four different pitchers, the win going to Hockett, who pitched 4.0 innings of relief. Ryan Ruder led the team with three RBI. Five different Monarchs had two runs.
TMP finishes the regular season 16-4 overall and will begin its Class 4A Division II regional play at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Hoisington against Russell/Victoria (13-5). The winner will face the winner of Larned (15-2) and Hoisington/Claflin-Central Plains (6-12) in the 6 p.m. championship game.