Matt Williams crossed home plate with a double fist-pump Monday night, assuring himself a shutout win as the Indians defeated Oliver Springs, 10-0.
Williams’ run — which came in the bottom of the fifth inning on a Jordan Terry RBI — hoisted Oneida to the 10-run lead that is the magic number used to end games prematurely in high school baseball.
The win left Oneida just two wins shy of the school’s first back-to-back baseball district championships in school history. The Indians were to have faced Wartburg at Bear Creek on Tuesday. The Bulldogs upset No. 2 Oakdale, 9-5, Monday afternoon.
Oneida shell-shocked Oliver Springs early, scoring seven runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead.
Cole West hit a single and then scored on an RBI double by Tanner Sexton. In the next at-bat, Lukas Phillips had a two-run double to score Sexton and Caleb Lee, who had reached base on a walk.
A two-run double by Cage West scored Phillips and Bryant Harper, who reached base after being hit by a pitch.
After Williams had an RBI single to score West and Terry singled, Oliver Springs made a pitching change, bringing in Jacob Humphreys after just one-third inning.
Humphreys gave up a single to Cole West, then recorded two straight outs, and would go on to sit down six consecutive runners before Oneida began to find a rhythm again in the third inning.
Williams, meanwhile, gave up two straight hits in the first inning, and allowed Oliver Springs to put runners in scoring position in second and third before clamping down.
Williams retired six straight, and faced 13 batters without giving up a hit before Oliver Springs finally hit a single in the top of the fifth.
By then, the damage had been done for Oliver Springs — which would see the side retired with Williams recording his sixth and seventh strikeouts of the night — and the Bobcats trailed 9-0.
The Indians had tacked on two more runs in the third inning, with Terry scoring after a single and an RBI double by Lee scoring Cole West.
Williams led off the fifth inning with a triple, then scored on the next at-bat when a pop-up by Terry fell to the turf.
The game was called with one on and no outs for the Indians in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The District 4-A tournament was to have continued at Oneida Tuesday, with Oakdale facing Oliver Springs in the losers’ bracket and the Indians hosting Wartburg in the winners’ bracket.
Yesterday (Wednesday), the winner of Tuesday’s first game and loser of Tuesday’s second game were to have squared off at 5:30 p.m. for the right to face the winner of Tuesday’s second game in today’s championship game.
First pitch today (Thursday) is set for 5:30 p.m. If necessary, the second and final game will begin at 7:30 p.m.