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Baseball, Soccer Squads End Seasons On High Note
Kaleb McDonald, 10, had a couple of big games in his final week suiting up for Oakdale soccer. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

The 2021 season has officially come to a close for the Oakdale High School baseball and boys soccer teams. The two teams concluded their respective seasons on Wednesday, May 26.

Oakdale baseball had two games this past week, both against Central Catholic. Game one of the series was held on Monday, May 24 where the Raiders knocked off Oakdale 9-1 in Modesto. In the loss Oakdale had four total hits in the game. Two of those hits came off the bat of Tate Cassaretto. Landon Nunes drove in the team’s only run. Carson Cripe had a hit in the loss. John Wylie was on the mound for Oakdale surrendering six earned runs off six hits in two-and-a-third innings of work. Andrew Sapwell entered the game in relief and gave up a trio of runs and stuck out a pair. However, Wednesday’s home game saw the Mustangs battle to an 8-6 home win. Oakdale once again had just four hits in the contest but drew nine walks. Nunes led the team with two hits, and Cassaretto, Noah Chelberg, Carson Cripe and Lukas Cox each had an RBI. Chelberg was the starting pitcher and went four full innings. He gave up four earned runs but struck out six. Nathan Criswell closed the game out with three strong innings. Criswell struck out four and only gave up one earned run.

The Mustangs went 14-6 overall on the year and finished in third place in the Valley Oak League.

Tuesday, May 25 the varsity boys soccer team hosted Manteca for Senior Day 2021. Oakdale honored eight senior players before taking the field. Jay Hummer, Marcos Hercules, Kaleb McDonald, Alexis Aguilar, Julian Becerra, Caden Frazee, Logan Lorenco and Riley Blount were all recognized by their teammates, coaches and family members. When the ceremony concluded, the boys went right to work and defeated the visiting Buffaloes 5-0. McDonald led the team with a pair of goals and an assist. Hercules, Joel Gonzalez and Kevin Camelin each added a goal. Hummer, Alfredo Fernandez and Joel Gonzalez also had assists. Blount had five saves in the win. The next day Oakdale blanked Escalon 9-0 in the season finale. McDonald capped off his impressive season with three goals and a trio of assists in his final game with the Mustangs. Frazee also went out in style as he had a goal and three assists. Jose Blanco, Edgar Gonzalez, Christopher Diaz, Alfredo Fernandez each had goals as well. Blount had four saves for Oakdale. The Mustangs finished with a 10-1-1 record and placed first overall in the Valley Oak League.

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The Oakdale baseball team looks on from the dugout during their home win over Central Catholic on May 26 DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER