The TMP baseball teams scored at least one run in all five innings, all nine starters collected at least one hit and seven of the nine drove in a run as they earned a 13-3 win over Beloit in five innings Monday. With the win the Monarchs advance to the regional semifinals on Wednesday.
Aaron Breit postgame interview
The Monarchs wasted no time jumping out to a 4-0 lead as they batted around in the first inning.
Carson Jacobs got the scoring started with an RBI single and a second run scored on an error by the centerfielder. Eston Brown followed that with an RBI double and then Ethan Atherton added an RBI single to give TMP a 4-0 lead.
In the second inning TMP added a run on back-to-back wild pitches by Beloit’s Walker Shafer. Brady Kreutzer singled in a run and Colby Dreiling added an RBI ground out giving TMP a 7-0 lead through two innings.
The Monarchs added two more runs in the third after Jace Wentling was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and a Kreutzer ground out added the Monarchs ninth run of the game.
Beloit scored a pair of run in the top of the fourth to cut the Monarchs lead to 9-2 but Noah Gibson helped the Monarchs get a run back in their half of the fourth on an RBI double giving TMP a 10-2 lead.
The Trojans got a run back in the fifth to make it 10-3 TMP.
In the fifth inning Jace Wentling reached on an error to lead off the inning. After a sacrifice fly, he scored on a wild pitch giving TMP an 11-3 lead.
Following a dropped their strike that allowed Colby Dreiling to reach with two outs Ethan Atherton singled in a pair of runs to give TMP the 13-3 run-rule win in five innings.
Dreiling earned the win, his ninth straight, to improve to 9-1 on the season. He allowed two runs on three hits with a walk and a strike out.
Atherton was two-for-four and three RBI’s and Brady Kreutzer added two RBI’s.
Kreutzer ran his hit streak to 15 straight games. He has also driven in a run in 15 of the last 17 games.
TMP will face Concordia in the second semifinals of the 3A Beloit regional Wednesday in Concordia.
Concordia defeated Larned 6-1 Monday.
The top-seed Minneapolis shutout Lincoln/Sylvan-Lucas 10-0 in five innings and they will take on Hoisington/Central Plains after they earned a 10-0 win in five innings over Ellsworth/Wilson.