Fort Recovery High School catcher Riley Will reaches to place a tag on Minster’s Justin Nixon for the final out of the third inning Thursday. Nixon earlier hit an RBI single in leading the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the Indians. (The Commercial Review/Chris Schanz)
Fort Recovery High School catcher Riley Will reaches to place a tag on Minster’s Justin Nixon for the final out of the third inning Thursday. Nixon earlier hit an RBI single in leading the Wildcats to a 2-1 victory over the Indians. (The Commercial Review/Chris Schanz)
FORT RECOVERY — The Indians finally broke through in the fifth inning. But it just wasn’t enough.

Fort Recovery High School’s baseball team wasn’t able to string together much offense Thursday in a 2-1 loss to the Minster Wildcats.

It was the sixth consecutive loss for the Indians, who dip to 4-10 (2-4 Midwest Athletic Conference). The Wildcats improved to 7-7 (3-3 MAC).

Justin Nixon put Minster ahead in the top of the third inning with a two-out single, scoring Eric Schmidt after he walked and reached second on a stolen base.

One inning later, consecutive errors gave the Wildcats runners on first and third ahead of a Kody Richard groundout that scored Nathan Oldiges.

In the home half of the fifth, Derek Lochtefeld doubled to left, scoring Landon Post for the Tribe’s only run. Johnny Nixon then retired the final eight Indians.

Justin Nixon led Minster with three hits. In addition to Lochtefeld’s double, the Indians got singles from Riley Will, Brock Dues and Daniel Patch.

Johnny Nixon struck out five, walked one and allowed one earned run on four hits in the complete-game win. Patch suffered the loss for the Indians. He gave up two runs — one earned — on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks over five innings.



Girls third

FORT RECOVERY — Despite winning 11 events, Fort Recovery’s girls track team placed second in a meet it hosted with South Adams and Marion Local on Thursday.

South Adams scored 80.5 points for first, leaving Fort Recovery second with 71 points. Marion Local totaled 23.5 points for third.

South Adams’ boys won as well for the Starfire sweep, scoring 81 points. Marion Local (43) was second and Fort Recovery (37) was third.

Whitley Rammel won three field events, earning the top spot in high jump (5 feet, 2 inches), discus (89 feet, 6 inches) and shot put (36 feet, 5 inches).

Kierra Wendel (800 run – 2 minutes, 38.33 seconds), Natalie Brunswick (1,600 run – 5:38.48), Ellie Will (3,200 run – 12:22.17) and Mara Pearson (long jump – 15 feet, 4.5 inches) also had individual wins.

The Tribe girls swept all four relays as well.

Trevor Heitkamp accounted for the only two wins for the Tribe boys. He had a time of 4:59.26 to win the 1,600, and 10:52.5 for first in the 3,200 run.