ONEONTA _ It turned so quickly.
One moment Oneonta High appeared poised to take control in the sixth inning. About 10 minutes later, Windsor had a two-run lead.
For the second straight year, the Black Knights beat Oneonta in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference East Division softball tiebreaker, this time by a 4-2 count on a sunny Friday afternoon at OHS.
It marked the third round for the Section Four Class B powers in 2013. Both sides sounded as if they’re expecting the bell to ring for Round 4 in early June.
“Oneonta is a very good team,” said Windsor shortstop Emma Benson, who hit go-ahead RBI doubles in the fifth and seventh innings. “I wouldn’t be surprised at all (to play OHS again). We probably will see them again.”
Added OHS coach Randy Brockway: “It’s two quality teams that will battle until the end. We’re hoping for that fourth game.”
Oneonta (17-2) and Windsor (18-1) – teams that would be unbeaten if they didn’t play each other this season – are seeded 1-2, respectively, for the sectional tournament. If the seeds hold, they’d meet in the Class B final at 2 p.m. June 1 at the BAGSAI Complex.
“We’re pretty motivated,” said OHS standout Brieanna Baker, a hard-throwing right-hander who struck out 14 and walked one in a five-hitter. “We know we can beat them. We just have to bring our A game.”
Though Benson’s doubles played a huge role in the outcome, perhaps the game’s biggest play was authored by Windsor catcher Allison Lockwood in the sixth inning.
Trailing, 2-1, the Yellowjackets loaded the bases with one out in the sixth.
Emmalee Sloman opened the inning by reaching on an error by first baseman Ashley Kamp, who dropped a throw from second baseman Cassidy Smith. After Cami Cleaveland struck out, Hayley Dower beat out a beautiful bunt down the third-base line. Dower’s bunt hugged the line and died about 20 feet from the plate.