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Diamond Boys Split VOL Pair With Ripon Christian
Pitcher Noah Chelberg, 20, gets ready to send the ball toward the plate in action on the home diamond against Ripon Christian. He earned the victory for the varsity Mustangs. Photo By Jeff Kettering
Oakdale shortstop Landon Nunes, 8, looks to apply the tag on the Ripon Christian runner sliding in to second base during an April 6 home game. Photo By Jeff Kettering

The Oakdale High School varsity baseball team played a pair of games during spring break. Oakdale took on Ripon Christian in a home-and-away series against the Knights. Game one of the series took place on Tuesday, April 6 at Oakdale. The Mustangs earned an 11-8 home win. In the win senior Joey Janssen had three runs batted in and two hits. Junior Nathan Criswell had a pair of hits and drove in two runs. Landon Nunes had two hits and drove in a run. A total of nine hits helped power the Mustangs to victory. Patience also paid off for Oakdale as the team was issued four walks, including Preston Vieria who was given two passes. Noah Chelberg earned the win and John Wylie earned the save. Chelberg pitched five innings striking out seven batters, surrendering six hits and three earned runs. Wylie pitched two innings striking out three batters.

On the road however, Oakdale fell to the Knights 9-6 on Thursday April 8. A Ripon Christian six-run third inning proved to be too much to overcome. Viera drove in two runs for Oakdale while Wylie, Chelberg and Janssen each drove in a run. Dom Antinetti, Wylie, Nunes, Vieria, Janssen, Criswell and Lukas Cox each had a hit in the game. Pitching for the Mustangs was Criswell, who took the loss as he pitched two and one-third innings. Cox came in and pitched three solid innings striking out six batters; but gave up a pair of earned runs.

This week the Mustangs take on Sierra in a two-game series. Game one of the series was scheduled for Tuesday, April 13. On Thursday, April 15 the boys host Sierra with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.