The weather has played havoc with some of Oakdale’s spring sports as of late, making for hit and miss contests as teams make their way through the Valley Oak League regular season. Here is a quick glance at some of the happenings around the Oakdale High School campus and beyond.
Oakdale junior varsity softball girls are off to a sizzling start to the season. Sitting in first place at a 5-0 in league play and 8-0 overall, second year head coach Karla Alvarez has the girls playing well. The latest victim to fall to the JV Lady Mustangs was the visiting Sierra Timberwolves on Wednesday, April 5. Oakdale put away the Timberwolves in four innings in a 12-0 victory. The Lady Mustangs scored two runs in the second and tagged the Timberwolves for five in the third and five more runs in the fourth. Doing work for the Lady Mustangs in the circle was Cortney Koelmans as she pitched five innings and struck out 10 batters. At the plate Emily Smith went 3-for-3 with two RBI and Ashley Martin also swung a heavy bat, going 3-for-3 and adding three RBI in the win. Oakdale’s second game was rained out Friday night against Central Catholic. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday night, April 13 at Rainbow Fields. Game time is scheduled for 4 p.m. The JV will be on the road this week as the girls travel to Manteca to take on the East Union Lancers on Wednesday, April 12 with a 5 p.m. start time. Then they travel to Tracy to take on the Kimball Jaguars on Wednesday, April 19 in their first action since Spring Break.
A 9-1 start for the boy’s golf team has the players setting their sights on the big picture: a VOL Championship, or at least a share of it. Oakdale has been on the road as of late and defeated Weston Ranch 188-270 at Van Buskirk Golf Course on Wednesday, April 5. At a par 36 through nine holes, David Myrtakis was one under at 35 for the Mustangs. Shooting an even par 36 for Oakdale was Zackary Tamburrino. Max Moore finished at 38, with Tristian Jaramillo at 39. Rounding out the day for Oakdale were Calvin Reed and Josh Barrera at 40. Two days later the boys headed to Manteca Park at Manteca for a Valley Oak League showdown. The Mustangs defeated Manteca 189-268. On the par 37 course, Oakdale had four players at or under par. For the second straight match, Myrtakis finished one under at 36 and Josh Barrera turned in his best nine holes of the season and finished at 36. Calvin Reed and Zackary Tamburrino both finished even at 37 on the day. Jaramillo (43) and Moore (44) rounded out the day for Oakdale. The Mustangs capped off the long road trip on Tuesday, April 11 against East Union. The round took place after The Leader’s press time. Oakdale returns home for a pair of matches heading into Spring Break. Oakdale will host Sierra on Wednesday, April 12 and will be on the course Thursday against Kimball. Then the golfing Mustangs will be off until Thursday, April 27 due to Spring Break.
A long break and bad weather has resulted in a slowdown for the tennis boys. Oakdale lost to Kimball on Tuesday, April 4 at home 8-1 but bounced back for an 8-1 victory over East Union the following day. Oakdale was rained out on Friday, April 7 against Lathrop, with the make-up game scheduled Monday, April 10 in Lathrop after sports press time for The Leader. Oakdale’s number one singles Zack Miller has played well this season and is Oakdale’s lone singles player to be above .500 in competition in recent school history according to Coach Grant Miller.
“He defeated Jake Kramer of East Union to improve to 6-4 on the year. He had a rough outing against Kimball’s Logan Le but got five games off of him. Getting five games off of Logan is something to put on your résumé,” Coach Miller said.
Oakdale will host Central Catholic on Wednesday, April 12 and finish the regular season at Manteca on Thursday, April 13. Both contests are scheduled for 3:30 p.m.