Oakdale High School’s varsity baseball team earned a pair of non-league wins this past week. The Mustangs took a 6-5 home win over Turlock and followed that up with a 10-2 road win over Tokay. These were the final non-league games for the Mustangs before the team opens up Valley Oak League play on Wednesday, March 27 at East Union.
In their home win over Turlock, Oakdale scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and did not slow down. The Mustangs worked Turlock’s starting pitcher Clay Longinotti into early retirement. Longinotti gave up five walks leading to early success for Oakdale as they scored four runs on just one hit.
In the fifth inning, Oakdale had a 4-3 lead but added a run on a sacrifice fly by Hayden Knittel. In the sixth inning Jacob Solorio gave the Mustangs a 6-3 lead on an RBI single that scored Dom McDonald from second base. Turlock made it interesting in the top of the seventh scoring two runs and leaving the bases loaded when Clay Souza popped out to McDonald for the final out of the game.
Brett Maddock earned the win on the mound, pitching a complete game.
A seven run fourth inning helped power the Mustangs past Tokay. Austin Meeks led the Mustangs with two hits and two RBI. Maddock had two RBI in the game and Alex Daoud, Josh Gerber, Nathan Womack and Solorio each had one RBI. Marcus Juarez pitched six strong innings for Oakdale. He had four strikeouts and walked just two batters in the win.
Wednesday afternoon, Oakdale opens up the regular season at East Union with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. Last season Oakdale won the Valley Oak League with a record of 11-3.
Oakdale split in non-league action. The JV Mustangs defeated Turlock 8-7 as Gideon Laird hit the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning. Lukas Cox entered the game in relief and earned the win. Cox pitched three innings of work. However, Oakdale lost against Tokay 10-0.
A seven-run seven run seventh inning for Oakdale’s youngest ballplayers was not enough as they fell to Turlock on the road 11-10. Oakdale outhit the Bulldogs 14 to 11 but could not hold on for the win. AJ Sapwell had two hits and an RBI in the loss. At Tokay, Gannon Camp had five RBIs in Oakdale’s 18-1 win over the Tigers. Camp went 3-for-3 at the plate. Sapwell went 2-for-4 and had three RBI in the win.