MINSTER, Ohio — The Indians fought back.

Their deficit proved to be too large to overcome.

Fort Recovery High School’s baseball team scored four times in the top of the seventh inning Thursday but still suffered a 7-5 loss to the Minster Wildcats.

Minster (11-5, 3-4 Midwest Athletic Conference) grabbed the lead with one run in the first inning and added three more in the third.

The Indians (9-6, 3-4 MAC) got one run in the top of the fifth before the Wildcats extended their lead to 7-1. The Tribe rally in the seventh inning fell a couple of runs short.

Bo Thien suffered the loss, allowing six runs on six hits and five walks in four-plus innings.

Riggs Tobe was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Marcus Gaerke and Kendrik Wendel each had one hit, one run and one RBI.

No. 4 tops softball

FORT RECOVERY — The Division IV No. 4 Minster Wildcats broke a 1-1 tie in the third inning and knocked off the Fort Recovery High School softball team 8-2 Thursday.

Minster (16-2, 5-0 Midwest Athletic Conference) scored twice in the third inning after the Indians (9-6, 2-3 MAC) had pulled even with a run in the bottom of the second. The Wildcats added one run in the fourth inning and three in the fifth to take control.

Sophie Pearson took the loss as she gave up seven runs — six earned — on 12 hits and two walks in five innings.

Kensey Gaerke and Pearson each went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI. Jackie Homan singled and scored a run.

Brunswick wins

COLDWATER, Ohio — Parker Brunswick picked up the only win for Fort Recovery in Thursday’s Coldwater Junior High Track and Field Invitational.

The Indian boys scored 37 points to finish sixth in the nine-team field. The girls had 19 as they finished in last place.

Brunswick was dominant in the boys 1,600-meter run, winning by nearly 20 seconds. He recorded a time of 5 minutes, 6.22 seconds.

Isaac Roessner added a fourth-place finish in the long jump.

Makenna Huelskamp’s runner-up finish in the 800-meter run in 2:30.02 was the top effort for the girls team. Cameron Muhlenkamp was among seven athletes who cleared the high jump bar at 4 feet, 4 inches, the second-highest mark of the night.