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Blue Devils hold off Oneida, 7-6

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By TYLER MANNING

Roane Newspapers

It was a great night for baseball Thursday evening as Harriman picked up a 7-6 non-district win over the Indians from Oneida. 

Oneida started out the game with a two nice singles, scoring one in giving the Indians an early edge 1-0. 

Harriman fought with an answer with one run of their own. Chris Works got the Devils going with a single and later scored off a wild pitch. That’s all Harriman could get in the first, leaving one runner on. 

Grant Jenkins picked up where Harriman left off as he knocked in a big RBI that scored Hunter Jenkins in the second inning to give a 2-1 lead for Harriman. 

The third inning was very telling for Oneida as they strung together four runs to put Harriman in a hole 5-2. The inning was highlighted by RBIs from Bryant Harper and Matt Williams.

Harriman put together a nice effort in the fourth to cut the deficit to one off of some throwing errors to make the score 5-4. Chase Randolph singled and scored the first run off an error. Clay Redmon singled and moved to second on an error, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball to pull the Devils within one.

Harriman sealed the deal in the bottom half of the fourth inning by scoring three runs to give them their final lead for the game to give them the win.

Runs were contributed to two big RBI doubles by Randolph and Brantley Diggs. 

Oneida scored a run in the top of the sixth inning to close to within 7-6, but the Indians would get no closer as Harriman help on for the win.

Redmon picked up the win for Harriman as he came in relief early on in the game. Randolph recorded the last two outs to earn the save.

Harriman is scheduled to host Grace Christian on Tuesday before visiting the Rams on Wednesday.