The host Patriots were ahead in the second inning.

The lead vanished in the third. And the deficit grew insurmountable in the fourth.

Jay County High School’s baseball team gave up five runs in the third inning and nine more in the fourth in an 18-5 loss to the Heritage Patriots on Thursday at Don E. Selvey Field.

The loss drops JCHS to 8-7 (3-2 Allen County Athletic Conference).

Quinn Faulkner doubled for Jay County’s only extra-base hit, while Heritage had three of its eight hits go for doubles.

Sam Myers, Crosby Heniser, Austin Curts and Kess McBride all had singles, with Faulkner, Myers, Hensier and Curts registering RBIs.

Jay County used a half dozen pitchers, as Heniser took the loss as the team’s starter. He allowed five runs — four earned — on just one hit with three walks and five strikeouts.

Gavin Myers, who tossed two-thirds of an inning, was the only JCHS pitcher to not surrender a run.

Indians outlast Redskins

WAPAKONETA, Ohio — Fort Recovery’s baseball team scored three runs in the 10th inning for a 4-2 win over the Wapakoneta Redskins on Thursday.

Kendrick Wendel and Ryne Post started the top of the 10th with a walk and a single, respectively. Wendel scored on an error following an attempted sacrifice bunt by Troy Homan to break the 1-1 tie which stood since the sixth inning.

Post and Homan later scored on wild pitches, giving Fort Recovery (8-15) a 4-1 advantage.

Wapakoneta got one run back in the home half of the frame but the rally attempt came up short.

Cobe Wendel led the Indians with three singles, while Dillan Evers and Post recorded the Tribe’s other two hits. Brock Dues accounted for the team’s only RBI on a groundout in the third.

Jay tops SA

The Jay County boys golf team picked up a 175-206 victory over South Adams on Thursday at Portland Golf Club.

Patriot senior Griffin Mann earned match medalist honors by firing a 4-over-par 39. His round included par on the first five holes and also on the par-4 ninth.

Caleb DeRome also had five pars, and birdied the par-5 sixth hole on his way to a score of 40. Simon Pryor was third on the team with 46, and Kyle Sanders shot 50 to round out the team total.

Brock DeHoff also competed, but his 54 did not factor into the team total.