Monday’s softball season-opener against Campbell County was to have been the first game played under the lights at Bear Creek Sports Complex.
As it turned out, the lights were not needed.
Oneida used a 14-run second inning to overpower the Cougars, winning 18-2 in a game shortened to three innings by high school’s 10-run rule.
Jenna Bridges, Shyann West and Allie Neal each scored three runs, with Bridges and Neal also adding two RBIs each, as the Lady Indians overpowered Campbell County. Micah Stephens finished with two RBIs as well.
Things were a little tense early. After stranding runners on the corners in the bottom of the first, Oneida saw Campbell County load the bases with no outs in the second inning. But Amanda May — who went all the way on the mound to earn her first win of the season — pitched her way out of the jam, as Oneida got off the field allowing just one run.
After that, it did not take long for the Lady Indians to put the bats to work.
Oneida scored 12 runs before Campbell County recorded their first out in the second inning, and went on to put a couple more runs on the board. Every player in the batting order scored in the second for the Lady Indians.
Campbell County added a run in the top of the third, but Oneida went back to work in the bottom half of the inning, with West, Bridges and Neal each scoring their third run, and Tesla Huling scoring her second run.
Oneida was to have traveled to Harriman Tuesday and will be back home today (Thursday) for a 4:30 p.m. start against McCreary County.