Continuing their climb up in the state polls to number fifteen, Oneida's softball team added another win to their record with their 7-0 defeat of the Jamesville-DeWitt Red Rams in last Saturday's Section III Class A quarterfinal.
With that win, the Indians improved to 18-4 overall. Pitcher Beth Kann threw a no-hitter as Oneida advanced to meet New Hartford or Fulton in the Class A semifinals.
Although the Indians and J-D split during the regular season, head coach Mike Curro believes that the presence of Kann was the reason for the previous loss to the Rams.
"We didn't have Beth for one game," Curro said. "So that was a tough one. And the other time, J-D was experimenting with different positions, and trying to find their line-up. But J-D is a good team."
Not good enough to contain Kann, however.
After striking out the first two batters in the top of the first inning, Kann wasted no time getting her team on the board. Following an infield single by teammate Jenn Rougeux, Kann stepped up to the plate and belted Jenny Keeler's pitch over the leftfield fence, giving the Indians a 2-0 lead.
With this momentum, Kann returned to the mound, retiring the next five she faced over the course of the second and third innings.
"Her velocity, and her ability to change the speed of the ball makes her incredibly hard to hit," Curro said.
Out of 23 plate appearances by J-D players, Kann struck out 15, and the ball was put into play only five times.
"Kann knows she has a solid defense behind her, so she knows she can throw the ball hard." Curro said.
The solid defense by the Indians fuelled their success at the plate. Five different players -- including Rougeux and Kann, as well as Jenna Didio, Jamie Delgenio, and Jackie Cavanagh -- scored the seven total runs for the Indians. Kann would add a triple and finish with four RBIs on the afternoon.