Monarchs drop zone tournament opener

Larned scored four runs in the first then broke a 4-4 tie with a run in the fourth to beat the Hays Monarchs 5-4 in their zone tournament opener Sunday in Larned.

The Monarchs scored two in the first to grab the early lead, then took advantage of two errors and two walks to score two in the fourth to tie the game.

Dick Hockett takes the loss, allowing all five runs, two earned, on four hits while striking out four and walking five. Cameron Brin had two of the Monarchs five hits as they fall to 17-6 on the year. They’ve back in action today in an elimination game.