For the first time in nearly a decade, Oakdale High School had a freshman softball program during the 2018 season.
Rick Tussing was named head coach and began the process with a young team with little experience.
“A lot of these girls (had) never picked up a softball, let alone play in organized softball,” said Tussing.
Sixteen players filled the roster and the team practiced for nearly three hours a day. Along with his assistant coaches, Chris Rau and Korin Wallace, the trio coached them into a respectable force on the softball diamond.
With only a handful of frosh squads out there, the girls saw limited play but made the most of the opportunity.
Following a season opening loss to Tracy, Oakdale took it as a learning experience and moved on to win two games in the East Union spring tournament. In the season finale they had an opportunity to share the Valley Oak League championship but lost to East Union.
“The Lady Mustang freshman team did themselves proud. It was amazing to see the team’s eight-week growth,” said Tussing.
Members of the team included Jayden Rau, Emily Mendoza, Rylee Danhoff, Glory Gavin, Mya Buchanan, Charlee Gray, Dominique Espinoza, Harmony Edwards, Alexia Martin, Lauren Schickert, Riley Bates, Macie Gregory, Halie Gregory, Carcia Guzman, Yasmine Hernandez and Bailey Sexton.