After being held in check for the first four innings, the Thomas More Prep-Marian baseball team busted out offensively in the fifth inning of the first game and never looked back in Tuesday's home doubleheader with Ellis.
The Monarchs gave up five runs in the first inning and still trailed 5-0 before exploding for 12 runs in the bottom of the fifth en route to a 15-5 win. TMP completed the sweep with a 16-6 win in the second game.
Ellis starting pitcher Carter Bollig held the Monarchs scoreless for four innings before TMP broke through in a big way in the fifth, scoring nine runs with two outs. Ethan Atherton, Noah Gibson, Brady Kreutzer, Eston Brown, Colby Dreiling and Mason Robbins all had key RBI hits in the inning to help the Monarchs pull away. TMP then forced the run rule with three more in the sixth.
"We started being aggressive and they made a few mistakes and we took advantage of the mistakes with good swings on the baseball," TMP first-year head baseball coach Aaron Breit said. "We strung a few hits together and battled, and it showed at the end. I'm glad the guys faced adversity the right way and came all the way back. It was great to see."
TMP starter Carson Jacobs struggled with his command in Ellis' 5-run first inning but relievers Robbins and Atherton managed to keep the Railers from pulling away further. Atherton, who earned the win, worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fifth before the Monarch offense caught fire.
"Mason and Ethan Atherton did a great job," Breit said. "Mason struggled the last inning, we got him out of there, and Ethan came in and slammed the door and we didn't look back."
Gibson had three hits in game one while Brown, Dreiling, Atherton and Robbins each had two.
The Monarchs (8-2) needed just five innings to notch a run-rule in the second game, thanks to a 10-run fourth inning.
Robbins recorded three hits in the second game while Tyson Dinkel, Kreutzer, Jacobs and Drieling all had two hits.
"The second game we came out swinging early, putting good swings on the baseballs and hitting the ball hard," Breit said. "When you hit the ball hard, good things will happen.
"We ran the bases very well," Breit added. "We were aggressive and got down the line. Defense was outstanding."
Drieling earned the win on the mound in the second game, allowing one run in four innings.
The Monarchs will play a doubleheader at Abilene on Friday.
"At this point, we're still early in the season and there's always room to grow," Breit said. "We've got to keep improving our pitching, got to keep throwing strikes. If we stay solid with defense and base running, we'll win a lot of ball games."