SCOTT CITY — The Thomas More Prep-Marian baseball team put together a 13-run first inning in the nightcap of a doubleheader Tuesday at Scott City, more than enough to secure a sweep of the Beavers.
The Monarchs overcame a 3-0 hole in Game 1 to crank out an 11-3 victory before a 17-1 win brook out the brooms on the road to start the season.
Scott City put its first two runners on base in the first inning. Justin Faurrot reached base courtesy of a Chase Werth error at third, followed by a single from Gustavo Gonzalez. Aaron Hoopes brought the pair home with a first-pitch home run off Jared Rack.
Unable to take advantage of a runner in scoring position in the third, the Monarchs (2-0) came to the dish in the fourth still without a run to their name. Werth put TMP on the board with a two-run homer, scoring Justin Pfeifer. Rack and Cole Zimmerman reached base on balls only for a Hockett double to bring around Rack to tie the game.
Ryan Ruder put the Monarchs each for good with a two-out, two-RBI single. Jared Vitztum drove in Ruder on a line drive to right field.
Werth led off the fifth with his second homer of the day to put TMP ahead 7-3. Vitztum added to the total on a balk in the sixth, while Chase Romme scored on a Rack double.
Werth picked up his fourth and fifth RBI with a seventh-inning double to reach the final of 11-3. Werth finished 3-for-5, scoring two runs and tallying 10 total bases. Five Monarchs finished Game 1 with multiple hits, while Zimmerman drew three walks.
Rack went six innings on the hill for the win, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and striking out five.
The Monarchs exploded for 13 runs in the first inning of Game 2, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back homers from Werth, Rack and Ruder.
The Monarchs make their debut on their home diamond with a 4 p.m. doubleheader Friday against Abilene.
at Scott City
Thomas More Prep-Marian 11, Scott City 3
TMP-Marian 000 612 2 — 11 14 3
Scott City 300 000 0 — 3 9 3
Rack, Ruder (7) and Romme, TMP; Gonzalez, Morris (6) and Aguilera, Scott. 2B — Rack (2), Hocket, Vitztum and Werth, TMP. HR — Werth (2), TMP; Hoopes, Scott.
Thomas More Prep-Marian 17, Scott City 1.
TMP-Marian 1311 02x x — 17 18 3
Scott City 001 0xx x — 1 2 3
Hockett, Werth (2), Ruder (4) and Romme, TMP; Hoopes, Faurott (1), Depperschmidt (4) and Aguilera, Scott. 2B — Hockett, Vitztum and Schumacher, TMP. 3B — Vitztum, TMP. HR — Rack, Ruder and Werth.