An 8-run third inning paved the way for Oneida's 11-5 win over Wayne County, Ky., at the Bear Creek Sports Complex Thursday evening.
Oneida trailed 5-2 going into the bottom half of the third, but took control with the big bottom half of the inning, and held Wayne County scoreless the rest of the way.
Amanda May earned the win for the Lady Indians, striking out nine while allowing only four hits through seven innings of play.
Oneida jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Ali Neal hitting a two-out, two-run double to score Kennedi Reed and Micah Stephens. Reed had gotten aboard with a two-out double, followed by Stephens' single.
Wayne County scored four runs in the top of the second to take a 4-2 lead, then added an additional run in the top of the third.
That is when Oneida took control, however.
Presley West got aboard with a lead-off single, followed by an RBI triple by Reed on the next at-bat. Stephens followed with an RBI single to score Reed and tie the game at four.
Oneida reclaimed the lead when Neal earned her third RBI of the evening with a single to score Stephens, followed by an RBI double by Jasmine Jones to score Neal. May would get aboard with a single before Wayne County finally recorded the first out of the inning.
But Oneida was not finished. The Lady Indians expanded the lead to 7-4 on a sacrifice RBI by Shyann West to score Jones, followed by a two-run double by Reed to score both May and West. Presley West would score as well, her second run of the inning.
After two and a half scoreless innings, the score remained 10-5 in Oneida's favor going into the bottom of the sixth, where the Lady Indians added an insurance run on an RBI double by May, which scored Jones. Jones had gotten aboard with a two-out single.