The powerful Medicine Hat Monarchs routed the Helena Senators at Kindrick Legion Field 13-2 on Wednesday in a Class AA contest that was stopped after the seventh inning because of the mercy rule.
Medicine Hat improves to 8-4 in conference play, while the Senators slip to 3-6.
The Monarchs scored three in the first inning, four in the second, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth frame.
Helena got a run in the fourth and another in the seventh.
Zach Kunkel led the Canadians’ 13-hit onslaught, going 3 for 5, blasting a towering, two-run home run over the right-field fence, and driving in four runs. Teammate Austin Schibler was 3 for 4, with a double and three RBIs.
Kaid Lutz pitched the win and Jack Shevalier took the loss.
The hosts banged out eight hits, paced by Kienan Steif, going 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Nick Wrigg at 2 for 3 with a double.
“We had a bad start to the ball game and Medicine Hat took advantage of their opportunities,” Senators coach Dave Thennis said.
Helena will now try to even the score at 1 p.m. Thursday when it entertains Medicine Hat again at Kindrick.