WAPAKONETA, Ohio — The Indians trailed.

But they had been in that position before.

Fort Recovery High School’s softball team pulled even late and scored its second extra-innings win of the tournament, upsetting top-seeded and sixth-ranked Minster 8-6 in eight innings Tuesday in the semifinal round of the Division IV Wapakoneta District tournament.

The No. 4 seed Tribe (13-8), which knocked off Marion Local 2-1 in nine innings in the sectional championship round last week, advances to play No. 3 seed Lincolnview for the district title at 5 p.m. Friday at Wapakoneta. The winner will move forward to the Clyde regional.

FRHS was down by one late in the game but pulled even to force extra innings. Ava Grisez broke the tie with a one-out single in the top of the eighth inning and the Indians added a second run for the final margin.

Maddie Guggenbiller hit a home run in the second inning as part of a 12-hit evening for the Indians. Chloey Grisez finished 3-for-5, and Ella Schoen, Ava Grisez and Guggenbiller each added two hits.

Sophie Pearson earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.



Baseball rallies

DELPHOS, Ohio — The Fort Recovery baseball team fought back from a deficit Tuesday, scoring three times in the fifth inning as it knocked off host St. John’s Blue Jays 7-6 in the Division IV sectional semifinal.

The eighth-seeded Indians advance to play at Lima Perry at 5 p.m. Thursday for the sectional championship. The winner will advance to the district tournament at Coldwater.

Fort Recovery scored three times in the top of the third inning for a 4-1 lead but fell behind when the No. 6 seed Blue Jays plated five runs in the bottom of the frame. But the pitching staff held St. John’s scoreless the rest of the way and the Tribe rallied in the fifth inning to take the lead for good.

Brock Dues was 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Indians’ offense. Troy Homan doubled and scored twice, and Wyatt Bihn had a double and a single.

Alex Dues picked up the win in relief, limiting St. John’s to one run on two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters.