The Indians battled back, but they couldn’t overcome a big early deficit on Wednesday at Don Richardson Field.

Eastern (25-4) jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the fourth inning and held on for a 9-4 win over Madison Central.

With loss, the Indians fall to 22-8 on the season.

Central used seven pitchers in the game and allowed 11 hits. The Indians’ offense came up with seven hits, including a 2-for-3 performance at the plate from Josh Wright.

Central’s comeback started in the bottom of the fourth. Seth Richardson and Hunter Kabalen both singled and Nick Kavanaugh followed with a two-run single.

In the fifth inning, Jeremy Lakes walked and scored on a double by Ben Morin.

In the sixth inning, Central loaded the bases on a single by Kirk Humphrey, a double by Wright and a walk to Jonah Kelsey. Griffin Hotchkiss delivered a sacrifice fly, but the Indians were unable to push across another run.

Lakes started on the mound and went two innings, allowing three hits and one run. Kyle Kelsey went one inning and allowed three hits and two runs. Trey Sexton pitched 1/3 of an inning and gave up four hits and six runs (five earned). Brady McBride (2/3 inning), Alex Georgel (one inning), Austin Templeton (one inning) and Zach Voll (one inning) all shut down Eastern in the final three-plus innings.

Central lost to Eastern, 6-4, April 25 at the Louisville Invitational Tournament.

The Indians are set to return to action Friday at DuPont Manual.

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