The Thomas More Prep-Marian baseball team jumped on Beloit early and never allowed the Trojans an opportunity to get back in the game, cruising to a 13-3 run-rule win in Monday’s Class 3A regional opener at TMP.
TMP (15-4) put up four runs in the first and tacked on three more in the the second to open up a 7-0 lead.
“They came to the field an hour and a half early and they were ready to play — I could tell by the way we took in and out, the way we were hitting in the cage and they way we were playing catch,” TMP coach Aaron Breit said. “We need to have that mentality every step of the way.”
The Monarchs will face Concordia (13-5) at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Concordia Sports Complex in the regional semifinals.
Colby Dreiling, Carson Jacobs and Brady Kreutzer split time on the mound for the Monarchs. With TMP up 10-3 in the bottom of the fifth, Kreutzer came on relief and got two outs to leave the bases loaded.
“That’s what a good pitching staff and a good team is about, picking each other up,” Breit said. “Next guy in line has to do it, and then you’ll have a lot of success.”
The Monarchs then forced the run rule with three runs in the fifth. Ethan Atherton helped end it, delivering an RBI single before Beloit committed a throwing error play to bring in the final run.
“When you got a team down, you want to slam the door,” Breit said. “That was a great job to come through with a two-out hit right there. You never want to leave a team hanging around, no matter what team it is.”
Eston Brown had three hits for the Monarchs while Atherton had two hits and drove in three runs.
Breit said the Monarchs will be in a good shape pitching wise heading into Wednesday.
“The pitching staff did well,” Breit said. “I was able to keep them all under their pitch count. We just got to come out Wednesday with the same energy and same mentality.”
Minneapolis (17-2) will take on Hoisington/Central Plains (13-6) at 2 p.m. in the other regional semifinal at Concordia. The final will be played at approximately 5 p.m.
Beloit ended the season 7-10.