Oneida softball improves to 9-1

Presley West pitches during the fifth inning of Oneida's 6-3 win over McCreary Central April 2, 2013.
Presley West pitches during the fifth inning of Oneida's 6-3 win over McCreary Central April 2, 2013. (Independent Herald photo/Ben Garrett. Click to purchase image.)

Oneida rallied for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning at Bear Creek Tuesday (April 2) afternoon, paving the way for a 6-3 win over McCreary Central.

The Lady Indians (8-1) used stout pitching and solid defense to hold the Raiders scoreless for five innings, entering the sixth inning with a 2-0 lead.

But McCrearyís bats came alive in the top half of the inning, as the Raiders scored three runs to take a quick 3-2 lead.

Oneida would respond well in the bottom half of the inning, scoring four runs that would prove to be more than enough to allow the Lady Indians to hold on for the win over the solid McCreary County club.

Two-run hits by Jasmin Jones and Lecretia Robbins highlighted the rally by the Lady Indians.

Oneida took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when Jenna Bridges scored on a two-out RBI single by Micah Stephens.

Later, Brianna Bell doubled, then scored on an RBI single by Kennedi Reed on the next at-bat to give Oneida a 2-0 lead in the top of the third.

Meanwhile, Presley West pitched five scoreless innings to keep McCreary County on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

After the Raiders rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth, their lead proved to be short-lived. The seventh inning started with Reed and Stephens both reaching base on singles.

Shalyn Lay advanced Reed to third on the next at-bat, setting up a two-run single for Amanda May, giving Oneida a 4-3 lead.

After Jones reached base on a single and West struck out, Robbins hit a two-run double to the right-center fence to give the Lady Indians two insurance runs.

West went all the way on the mound for Oneida, earning the win.

Oneida was to have faced Jellico at Bear Creek on Monday for the first of a two-game series, and traveled to Jellico on Tuesday to complete the series.

Oneida 16, Jellico 0: The Lady Indians took the first game of a two-day series with a 16-0 win in Jellico Monday afternoon.

A 12-run first inning sparked Oneida to the easy win in a game that was called after three innings. Amanda May earned the win, pitching three scoreless innings.

Oneida wasted little time getting the party started in the top of the first inning. After Jenna Bridges and May hit singles to start off, followed by a two-run home run over the fence by Kennedi Reed to give Oneida a quick 3-0 lead.

Micah Stephens followed with a double, while Shalyn Lay and Presley West also reached base ó and all later scored on RBI singles by Jasmin Jones and Lecretia Robbins.

West, Bridges and May would all score again, with Reed batting home the latter two with a two-run double on her second at-bat of the inning, as Oneida took a 12-0 lead with still no outs.

Jellico was eventually able to get out of the inning, but could not cut into the lead.

After a scoreless second inning, in which Robbins reached first on balls before Jellico forced three consecutive outs, Oneida added four more runs in the top of the third inning.

Micah Stephens had a one-out single, followed by Lay and Presley West each reaching base to set the stage for the Lady Indians. Robbins would also score in the third.

The Lady Indians were to have hosted Jellico Tuesday afternoon for the second game in the series.

Oneida is scheduled to resume play tomorrow at Bear Creek, with a 5:30 p.m. visit from Anderson County, weather permitting.

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