COLBY — The Hays Sr. Monarchs Legion baseball team opened Class AA Zone play with a 13-1 win over the Colby Sluggers on Tuesday night.

The Monarchs will continue zone play against Hoisington at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Colby. The Class AA State Tournament is July 25-29 in Sabetha. 

Hays jumped in front with a four-run second inning, tacked on two more in the fourth and broke it open with a seven-run fifth to force the run rule. 

Gavin Schumacher and Adam Gottschalk each had three hits for the Monarchs while Tate Garcia and Luke Ruder had two. 

Cole Zimmerman tossed five scoreless innings on the mound, allowing two hits and striking out seven. 

The Monarchs improved to 14-4-1 on the season.