The varsity Oakdale Mustangs opened the 2015 Valley Oak League season playing a home and home stand with the Manteca Buffaloes this past week. On Wednesday, March 18 the boys escaped with a wild 21-15 road win. Down 9-3 after three innings, Oakdale exploded with nine runs in the top half of the fourth and never looked back. Nolen Legan powered the Mustangs with his four hit, five RBI day. The Mustangs outscored the Buffaloes 18-6 in the final four innings of play.
Friday night the two teams squared off again at OHS, but this time the Buffaloes stampeded their way over the Mustangs 8-3.
Oakdale’s Bryce Kirk got Oakdale’s first hit of the game with a single in the second inning. Their second hit of the game came off the bat of Ben Solorio with a double into right field in the fifth inning. Solorio would score off a Wade Branch single to give Oakdale a 1-0 lead after five innings of play.
Manteca woke up on offense and piled up eight runs to take a commanding 8-1 lead in the sixth. The top half of the sixth took over 20 minutes, and saw three pitching changes for the Mustangs.
“Michael Juarez pitched well for us, first of all, and then just got winded. Our team played well outside of that inning. I think the boys played very well and battled through that rough patch. Once it kind of started to get out of hand, they knew they just had to play it one pitch at a time and that’s what they did,” said coach Nate Gregory about the tough inning.
Oakdale’s rally attempt fell short after scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh, on a Brad Aquino RBI double to score Solorio and Adam Olsen.
“I was trying to get on base and do my job. I hit the pitch and it got through to bring the guys home,” said Aquino.
Oakdale will be home to take on East Union on Wednesday (March 25) and will travel to Manteca to finish the home and away series with the Lancers on Friday night.
The JV boys split with Manteca as well, winning 16-1 on the road and falling 8-4 on Friday night.
Oakdale’s youngest baseball boys fell to 0-2 in league play after a 13-4 road loss to Manteca on Thursday, March 19.
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