JAMESTOWN — Presley West's RBI single in the top of the seventh inning proved to be the game-winner here Friday, as Oneida scored a 5-4 win over York Institute.
The Lady Indians led the home team most of the night after jumping to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but found themselves locked in a 4-4 deadlock heading into the final inning.
There, West's relief appearance at the plate wound up being the game-winner, scoring Kennedi Reed.
Jenna Bridges led off with a single in the first, then scored on an RBI by Reed. Reed would add to the lead moments later on an RBI single by Micah Stephens. After a two-out single by Amanda May, the Lady Indians wound up stranding two runners in scoring position, but had a 2-0 lead.
York scored one run in the bottom of the first, and the two teams remained locked in a 2-1 battle heading into the third inning. There, Oneida's Stephens scored after a one-out single. The Lady Indians again stranded two runners in scoring position — for a total of five through three innings — when the inning ended with May on third and Cassy Lee on second. But Oneida led 3-1, and maintained a 3-2 lead heading into the fourth.
In the top half of the fourth, Oneida added to their lead when Reed hit a two-out single, followed by an RBI single by Stephens to score Reed.
York would score two runs in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game at four.
That's how things stayed until the top of the final inning. There, Reed was hit by a pitch to reach base, and would prove to be the winning run. After two straight outs by York, West stepped to the plate and hit an RBI single to give Oneida a 5-4 lead that the Lady Indians would not relinquish.
Indians' soccer team rallies in second but can't catch Campbell County: After falling behind 2-0 in the first half against visiting Campbell County Friday, Oneida rallied in the second 40 minutes, but could not quite match the Cougars.
Luca Gregory scored in the second half for the Indians, with Matt Phillips credited for the assist. Later, Nash Lowe expertly placed a long kick over the Campbell County goalie's head.
Oneida had a shot to tie at the end, but a shot at the horn wound up wide, allowing Campbell County to escape with the win.