DODGE CITY — After a busy weekend in the Wild West Festival baseball tournament, the Hays Monarchs were back in action Wednesday night in Dodge City.

After a low-scoring loss in the opener, the Monarchs fought back to force a split behind 14 hits and eight runs in the second game.

The Monarchs dropped the opener 3-1 in a game where each team finished with three hits.

Cole Zimmerman plated the Monarchs’ only run on a fielder’s choice in the third that tied it at one. Dodge City answered with a pair of runs in the fourth off Monarchs starter Trent Mayo.

The Monarchs were able to bring the tying run to the plate in each of the last two innings but failed to convert.

Dodge City jumped out to an early lead in the second game of the day, but the Monarchs used a pair of big innings to force a split.

Hays starting pitcher Luke Ruder gave up a run in the first but held the hosts scoreless in their next three trips to the plate.

The Monarchs used RBI singles from Mayo and Eston Brown in the fourth to take a 4-1 lead.

Chase Werth extended the lead with an RBI double before Ruder made it 7-1 with a single later in the inning.

Tate Garcia came on to relieve Ruder in the fifth with a comfortable cushion.

Werth’s second double of the day plated an insurance run in the seventh.

The Monarchs will take a 13-8 record into this weekend’s McPherson Tournament.