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Monarchs suffer pair of one-run losses

By The Hays Daily News

DODGE CITY -- In its first action since June 4, the Hays Monarchs Legion baseball team dropped a pair of one-run games Thursday against Dodge City, falling 5-4 in each game of the doubleheader.

In Game 1, the Monarchs (4-3) rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning, but left the tying run at second base when Taylor Wasinger flew out on a hard-hit ball to center field to end the game.

Dodge City scored four runs in the second inning, then one in the fourth.

Grant Romme, Ricky Hockett and Ryan Ruder each collected two hits for Hays, while Cameron Brin, Braiden Werth and Hockett each drove in a run. Brin (0-2) took the loss for Hays in three innings, having not recorded an out in the fourth. He gave up four runs (none earned) on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.

In the nightcap, the Monarchs tied the game at four in the top of the fifth inning, before Dodge City scored the go-ahead and winning run in the bottom of the fifth against Monarchs starter Jared Vitztum. Vitztum (0-1) took the loss in five innings. He gave up five runs (one earned) on six hits with two walks and two strikeouts.

Brin finished 2 for 4, the only multiple-hit game for Hays. Werth and Jordan Gottschalk each drove in a run.

The Monarchs are on the road today Saturday and Sunday for four games in the McCook, Neb. tournament. Hays will face Plattsmouth, Neb. and McCook at 4:30 & 7 p.m. Saturday, then face Colby and Chappell, Neb. at noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.