WARTBURG — Colby Jeffers hit an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth that would turn out to be the winning run, as Oneida defeated Oakdale 3-2 Thursday evening to claim the District 4-A championship.
Oakdale reached the final day of play in the district tournament by stunning Wartburg on its home field Wednesday, defeating the Bulldogs 7-1. The Eagles defeated Oliver Springs Thursday afternoon to set up the championship showdown with Oneida, which had come from behind to defeat Oliver Springs on Wednesday.
Clay Jeffers earned the win on the mound for Oneida, pitching all seven innings, and the Indians never trailed.
Oneida led 2-0 in the bottom of the third after Caleb Lee hit a home run. But Oakdale would battle back, scoring one run in the fourth, then forcing the Indians to leave two runners stranded in scoring position before scoring the tying run in the fifth.
That's the way things stood until the bottom of the sixth, when Jeffers' one-out single drove home the winning run.
Oneida had twice defeated Oakdale in the regular season, 10-1 and 7-3. The Indians entered the district tournament as the No. 2 seed, with two losses to Wartburg.
Ironically, the Indians were scheduled to host the district tournament this year, but slow release of grant funding for lights at Bear Creek Sports Complex forced a change of venue to Wartburg. Traveling did not seem to effect the Indians in the tournament, however.
Oneida advances to the Region 2-A tournament. The Indians will host Grace Christian Academy Monday at Bear Creek Sports Complex.