Oneida used a five-run fourth inning to bust a neck-and-neck game wide open, going on to defeat Oakdale 11-1 in Tuesday's District 4-A game at Bear Creek.
Oneida had gone ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first inning on a Kennedi Reed run, only to see Oakdale tie the game in the top of the second.
That's how things stood going into the bottom of the fourth, when the Lady Indians put five runs on the board and never looked back.
Reed led off the fourth with her second triple of the afternoon, then scored on a Tesla Huling RBI to give Oneida the lead for good.
The Lady Indians loaded the bases with a Jasmine Jones walk and an error on Amanda May's at-bat. With one out, Alli Neal's RBI single scored Huling to give Oneida a 3-1 lead. After a second out, Oneida capitalized on more Oakdale errors to score Jones, May and Neal, grabbing a 6-1 lead.
Jones had an RBI to score Huling in the fifth, as Oneida went up 7-1.
Then the bats got really hot for Oneida in the sixth. Kassidy West led off with a single, scoring on an RBI by Presley West two batters later. In between, Jenna Bridges reached base, and she and Presley West both scored on a two-run single by Micah Stephens. Reed reached base for the third time as well, and advanced to third on a Huling single. When Jones was hit by a pitch, Reed was forced home, giving Oneida an 11-1 lead. The game was called with the bases loaded and still no outs.
Oneida and Oakdale will match up again Thursday afternoon in Oakdale.
The Lady Indians were to have faced regular season district champion Oliver Springs Wednesday, weather permitting. Inclement weather has pushed teams' backs to the wall, with the district tournament slated to begin Friday with first round satellite games. The district semifinals will be Monday at Bear Creek.
Oneida will be the three-seed in next week's tournament, and face the No. 6 seed, likely Sunbright, in the opening round.
Monday's semifinal games are at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The first game of the best-of-three championship series is Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The second game is at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, and the third game — if necessary — is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.