BEAR CREEK | Oneida entered the week still looking for its first win of the season.
You wouldn't have known that from watching the Lady Indians play this week, however. After scoring a thrilling upset win at Harriman with a late rally on Tuesday, OHS started a winning streak on Thursday by holding off a late rally by McCreary Central.
Down 10-2 after four innings of play, McCreary Central nearly battled all the way back at Bear Creek, but wound up falling 10-9 after the Lady Indians got out of a jam in the seventh inning.
Abby Long had a big game for Oneida, with four RBIs and a run scored on a four-of-four batting effort. That was the key for Oneida offensively. In fact, the only other Lady Indian with multiple hits against the Raiders was Prayleigh Welch, who continued what has been a big week for her individually with two hits and a run driven in.
Also driving in runs were Kelsey Pike, Grace Losey and Chelsey Jeffers.
Oneida trailed early, 3-2, before putting up three runs in the third to take the lead for good.
The Lady Indians then added on five runs in the fourth to take a commanding 10-2 lead before McCreary Central began its comeback effort.
Jeffers, Long and Losey all had doubles for Oneida, and Long had a triple, as well.
Jolie Duncan got credit for the win, striking out four and giving up three hits in 4.1 innings of work.
Shiloh Shoemaker, fresh off a big night on Tuesday in which she was credited with the win at Harriman, finished things off to preserve the victory. She gave up only three hits and no earned runs in the last 2.2 innings of the game.
McCreary Central scored five runs in the top of the fifth with two outs to spare before Oneida finally got out of the inning.
The Lady Indians were still up 10-7 going into the top of the seventh. But things got scary when McCreary Central started the frame with back-to-back base hits to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out.
Shoemaker recorded a strike out before McCreary County scored runs on an error and a sacrifice, making it 10-9 with only one out remaining. The Raiders had the tying run at third base.
The last ditch effort saw Kennedy Shoemaker field a ground ball at third and make the throw to Welch at first to end the game.