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      With Mother Nature's help, Oneida softball comes back to beat New Hartford for Class A title

      After lightning postponed their Class A softball title game on Monday night, the Oneida Indians went to bed trailing New Hartford 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning. But, when play continued, the Indians' bats woke up, scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, coming back to beat the Spartans 4-3, winning the Class A Section 3 title.

      "As much as the game was against us, the weather was for us, because had that fifth inning played out [on Monday night] 2-0, and then the lightning comes the game is over and New Hartford is sectional champs," Oneida coach Mike Curro said. "I just told them we've gotta believe in ourselves, they bought in and they're down 3-0 and score four in the bottom, what can you say it's amazing."

      When play resumed on Tuesday, the Indians were shut down in the bottom of the fifth. New Hartford's Madison Babicz added a run with an RBI single to leftfield in the top of the sixth, making the score 3-0 with six outs to go. That's when Oneida's bats woke up, loading the bases with no outs in the bottom of the inning. The Spartans got the first two outs quickly, but then Samantha Lusher plated two Indians with a single, making the score 3-2. Later in the inning, Summer Lancette hit a long drive to deep centerfield, scoring two more Indians, taking a 4-3 lead.

      "After yesterday we kind of had a night to regroup and think about how we were playing," Lancette said. "We just figured we had to play our game with a new mentality, it feels amazing...especially against such a great team, we knew we were gonna be in for a game."

      Oneida plays in the Class A State Regional on Thursday at Gillette Road Park in Cicero.