HAYS – The TMP-Marian Monarchs 17U baseball team got their final tune up before next week’s Zone Tournament in Great Bend with a couple of one-run wins over Russell Post 99 Thursday night at the TMP Field. The Monarchs (12-8) extended their winning streak to six games victories of 5-4 and 9-8.
Noah Gibson’s bunt single scored Mark Rack in the bottom of the sixth for the walkoff win in the opener. Gibson singled with two outs in the fourth scoring Carter Newell to tie the game 3-3. Both teams scored in the fifth before the Monarchs pushed across the winning run in the sixth.
Newell, Tyson Dinkel and Gibson all had two of the Monarchs nine hits.
Jace Wentling, Nick Herrman and Carter Newell all pitched two innings and combined to strikeout five and walk five.
The Monarchs scored five in the first then after Russell tied the game, added four more in the fourth to take a 9-5 lead in the second game. Kirk Huser hit a three-run homer in the top of the fifth but Noah Gibson got the final three outs to end the game.
Tyson Dinkel and Mark Rack both had two hits with Rack driving in five runs.
Harris pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and picked up the win.
The Monarchs have won nine of the their last 10 and will have a first-round bye in next week’s Great Bend Zone Tournament. They will play the winner of Monday afternoon’s game between the Hays Junior Eagles and the Great Bend Braves Monday at 6 p.m.