There's no place like home.
For Oneida's Lady Indians, that was especially true in their two-game District 4-A series against Coalfield.
After a 15-0 loss at Coalfield on Monday, Oneida used the friendly confines of the Bear Creek Sports Complex to its advantage Tuesday, defeating the Jackets 11-6.
In Monday's game, Oneida gave up only two earned runs. But Coalfield capitalized on Oneida errors — eight in an 11-run first inning alone — and routed the Lady Indians in a game that lasted only three innings.
Tuesday's game was a much different story. The two teams battled back and forth throughout the evening, with Oneida using a six-run fourth inning as the difference.
Oneida, which never trailed, took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jenna Bridges scored on a bases-loaded walk. Bridges had hit a lead-off single, followed by a Presley West single. A walk by Micah Stephens loaded the bases with one out, and Tesla Huling was walked to score Bridges.
Coalfield tied the game in the top of the third, but Oneida struck right back in the bottom half of the inning, with Alli Neal's RBI single scoring Amanda May for a 2-1 lead.
The fourth inning was the difference-maker. Bridges led off with a double, and scored two batters later on Kennedi Reed's RBI single. Reed, in turn, scored on the next at-bat when Stephens hit an RBI double. Jasmine Jones was hit by a pitch and Huling walked on balls to load the bases, which set the stage for an RBI single by May to score Stephens. An RBI by Kassidy West scored Huling, while Bridges had an RBI single to score Jones and May also scored before Coalfield finally got out of the jam, trailing 8-1.
Coalfield scored three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the deficit to 8-4, but the surge was temporary. In the bottom half of the inning, Reed led off with a solo home run, her second of the season, to recapture the momentum for Oneida.
Stephens and Huling followed with base hits. Stephens later scored on an RBI single by May, while Neal had a sacrifice to score Huling, and Oneida led 11-4.
Coalfield scored two runs in the sixth, but could get no closer.
May earned the win, striking out three batters in seven innings of work.
The win handed Coalfield its first District 4-A loss of the season and likely set up a two-way tie between the two teams for second place in the district at season's end.