Oneida fell behind 5-0 early, roared back with a monster second inning, then held on for dear life late to withstand a seventh inning surge by Anderson County for an 11-10 win at Bear Creek Thursday evening.
The Lady Indians saw Anderson County score a run in the first inning, then tack on four more in the top of the second to build a 5-0 lead before Oneida had even gotten a runner into scoring position.
But things changed in a hurry in the bottom half of the second, as Oneida cranked out six runs to take the lead.
After 3-up, 3-down in the first inning, Oneida saw its first two batters reach base in the second, and both would go on to score. First, Micah Stephens reached base on an error, followed by an infield single by Jasmine Jones. Amanda May, Presley West and Shyann West would all reach base and score, as well before Anderson County recorded the second out of the inning. Stephens had an RBI single to score Jenna Bridges before Anderson County finally got out of the inning, trailing 6-5.
That's the way things stood until the bottom of the fourth, when Oneida added a pair of runs for an 8-5 lead. Bridges and Tesla Huling each reached base with singles, then scored on RBIs by Stephens and Kennedi Reed.
The Lady Indians added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to build the lead to 11-5. Presley West had a one-out double and scored moments later on an RBI double by Shyann West, who would go on to score as well. Shyann West's score came on an RBI by Bridges, who also scored before the inning ended.
Anderson County scored a run in the top of the sixth, then retired the side in the bottom half of the inning, but still trailed 11-6 going into the seventh. There, the Mavericks put four runs on the board, but the Lady Indians managed to stop the rally just short of a comeback win for Anderson County.