The Mustang varsity baseball team finished second in the competitive Valley Oak League (VOL) this season after going 10-4 during the campaign. Oakdale’s season came to an end in the playoffs, but Mustang players made an impression on their peers, earning seven total selections for the 2016 All-League honors. Earning the votes from the other seven coaches in the league, the Mustangs have four first team honorees, three second team honorees and three honorable mentions to their credit.
Senior outfielder Ben Solorio was named the VOL’s Best Offensive Player for his efforts in his final season. Solorio hit .327 on the year, with 32 hits, six runs batted in and scored 24 runs on the year. The speedy outfielder also swiped 16 bases, tied for second in the VOL.
Left handed pitcher Austin Manning took first team All- VOL honors. The University of Southern California-bound Manning pitched 63 innings this season, winning seven games. His seven wins were third most in VOL. Manning also struck out a league high 87 batters, while maintaining a 1.33 earned run average, fourth in VOL.
Oakdale’s junior catcher Bryce Kirk earned Best Catcher honors. The three year varsity starter hit two home runs this year and held an impressive .994 fielding percentage. His batting average was .309, collecting 25 hits and he recorded 16 RBI. When not in the squat, Kirk also played first base for the Mustangs.
Fellow junior Sean Gingerich put together an impressive 2016 season for the Mustangs. The junior shortstop batted a whopping .456, first in VOL. Gingerich also finished in the top five in runs batted in with 19 on the season. The sure-handed shortstop scored 20 runs on 41 hits this season.
Earning second team honors was junior pitcher Michael Juarez. The hard throwing right handed pitcher posted six wins this season in 42.2 innings of action from the hill. Juarez struck out 27 batters.
Third baseman Logan Hall, a second team selection, swung a big bat in his final season with the Mustangs. Hall blasted two home runs this season in 27 games. Hall hit .324 with an on base percentage of .402. Hall brought in 11 RBI on 24 hits, and stole a league high 19 bases.
Outfielder Cullen Bearden made an impact in his first season with the Mustangs. The junior outfielder was named to the second team All VOL. The outfielder played in 24 games and had a .333 batting average. Bearden made the most of his opportunities, scoring 17 runs on 19 hits. The six foot, three inch outfielder brought in 11 runs batted in. Bearden finished fifth in the league with an on base percentage of .479.
Making the honorable mention list were Tyler Hall, Blake Whiting and Nick Moore.