The Salt Lake Trappers vaulted into a first place tie in the Pioneer League Southern Division thanks to a 15-5 rout of lowly Medicine Hat Thursday night.
The win moved Salt Lake to a 15-9 mark on the year. Combined with league-leading Butte's 11-6 loss to Great Falls, it put the Trappers in a tie for the top spot. Medicine Hat fell to 2-22.The Trappers rapped out five home runs on the night.
A big sixth inning provided Salt Lake with the cushion it needed. Trailing 5-4, the Trappers sent nine men to the plate, scoring six runs. After Medicine Hat pitcher Eric Bradley walked in one run, Kerry Shaw singled home two others. DH Marthy Peralta then unloaded a home run with two on for a 10-5 lead.
Tommy Boyce, Kelly Zane, Mando Verdugo and Kerry Shaw also homered before the evening was out.
Verdugo knocked his seventh home run of the season in the seventh inning. Peralta, Boyce, Zane and Shaw each registered their first home runs of the year.
Lefty Bill Wenrick improved to 2-0 by scattering five hits over five innings. He was lifted in the sixth inning. Bradley, who came on in the third inning, dropped to 0-3. He was tagged for four earned runs and four hits in 31/3 innings. The Trappers rapped out a total of 11 hits, compared to 12 for Medicine Hat, but the Blue Jays stranded seven hem while Salt Lake had six.
The Trappers continue with a Friday game at Medicine Hat Friday before moving on to Helena for four games. Their next home stand begins Wednesday at Derks Field.