The varsity softball team spent most of its Spring Break 2017 in Tracy. Oakdale (14-6, 5-2) traveled to Kimball High School to face the Jaguars (9-12, 4-5) on Wednesday, April 19 in Valley Oak League action. Then the girls went on to compete in the NorCal Tournament in Tracy over the weekend.
In the season opener, Oakdale defeated Kimball 2-0 back in March, and on Wednesday the girls shut out the Jaguars for a second time, winning 5-0 on the road. Lexi Webb earned the win as she pitched a complete game shutout. Webb gave up five hits and struck out nine for Oakdale on the mound. At the plate Rilyn Cassaretto went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles.
“We played a flawless game against Kimball behind a great pitching effort by Lexi,” Lady Mustangs head coach Larry Loger said of the league win.
Oakdale then played three games in the NorCal tournament where Oakdale went 2-1. On Friday, April 21 Oakdale took on Vacaville in the first game of the tournament, winning 10-4, in large part to Grace Green. The power hitter went 3-for-3 including a solo home run in the third inning. Webb pitched six innings for Oakdale and struck out nine.
The next game was held later that afternoon, as the girls lost 6-1 to Elk Grove. Oakdale’s lone run came from Shay Trent who went 1-for-2 in the game. Maddy Brewer delivered Oakdale’s other hit as the varsity girls were held to just two hits.
On Saturday, Oakdale regrouped and defeated Atwater 9-4. Senior Brewer delivered a two-run home run in the third inning to help lift Oakdale to victory. Cassaretto went 2-for-3 and had two RBI in the game for Oakdale.
“We were hot and cold at the tournament, played some very good teams, but came away thinking we could have been better,” Loger said.
Oakdale now has a busy week ahead: on Monday the team hosted Weston Ranch (2-13, 1-7) in Valley Oak League action. The game was held following The Leader’s press time. League play continues as Oakdale travels to Manteca (17-5, 8-2) today, Wednesday April 26. Oakdale lost to Manteca earlier in the season. On Thursday, April 27 the girls will travel to Rainbow Fields in Modesto to take on Central Catholic (11-5, 3-4). The week comes to a close as Oakdale hosts last place Lathrop (3-14, 0-10) on Friday. All games are scheduled for 4 p.m.
A busy week for the younger softball squad, but a successful one. Oakdale defeated Kimball on the road 12-4 to improve to 6-1 in Valley Oak League action. The girls also competed in the NorCal tournament where they went 3-1. In their first two games of the tournament Oakdale bashed through West 10-0 and Gregori 18-0, both games were held on Thursday, April 20. The next day however, Oakdale fell to Concord 5-4. The JV Lady Mustangs bounced back with a 5-2 victory over Sheldon to complete the tournament. Oakdale will play four Valley Oak League games this week to continue their busy schedule.