The Thomas More Prep-Marian softball team needed just eight innings to complete a doubleheader sweep of Ellis, picking up 11-0 and 18-3 wins on Tuesday at TMP. 

The Monarchs (5-5) put up 22 hits on the day, forcing the run rule in the fifth inning of the first game and wrapping up the second game in three innings. 

"We talked about being able to adjust with our swings and try to keep stuff out of the air and on a line, so I thought they did a good job attacking the ball and finding pitches that they could do something with," TMP coach Melissa Schoepf said. 

TMP, which bounced back from Thursday's sweep against Class 6A Garden City, had 13 extra-base hits on the day. In the first game, Emilee Augstine and Emma Pope homered, and Augustine, Emily Schulte, Sophia Coulter and Lexi Gottschalk each had a double. 

Kyleigh Allen and Schulte hit home runs in the second game. Gottschalk had three doubles while Katie Hale and Coulter had one double each. 

"One thing I like about our schedule is you've got to constantly adjust," Schoepf said. "You don't ever get settled in to seeing the same type of pitching, same type of defense."

Allen picked up both wins in the circle, allowing six hits on the day while striking out 17. 

"She's got fire and that's what I like about her as a pitcher," Schoepf said of Allen. "She's going out there with the mindset she's coming after you. I know she wasn't pleased that we missed some spots where we got hits that we probably shouldn't have given up hits to with location of the pitches, but she's going to take that and she's going to get stronger and she's going to get better."

The Monarchs will play at Goodland on Friday as they look to make strides during the second half of their schedule. 

"We're constantly talking communication and learning how to play better together. If we have an error, how to bounce back from that," Schoepf said. "We've got to learn how to be mentally tough; that's what I'd like to see us improve on in the second half of the season is mental toughness — and defense. Defense is going to be what's going to win you these games. We've got to make plays when the plays are there."