Oakdale singles players took on the best in the league on Tuesday, though results were not available at press time and championship matches (first and third) will be played on Thursday, April 28.
It marks the same day for doubles tournament action, a last chance for Mustang racketeers to qualify to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II individual playoff bracket.
Oakdale finished strong as a team by edging Weston Ranch in a 4-1 decision on April 21. Daniel Dunning defeated Michael Tongpolad in 6-1, 6-1 scores while Anton Grenvall defeated Sukhmonpreet Singh with 6-4, 6-0 marks. Paul Perrone topped Serbinder Singh with a pair of 6-4 wins while Jared Firstbrook and Chandler Johnson landed Oakdale’s final victory when they topped Jovincent Legaspi and Adrian Andrade 6-4, 7-5.
Oakdale also performed well in a 3-2 loss to upstart Kimball after a pair of big wins from Grenvall (6-2, 6-2 over Amir Kabarite) and Perrone (6-0, 6-2 over Daniel Lee).
Oakdale gets a good look at some stiff competition from upper division programs when it kicks off the NorCal Tournament in Tracy on Thursday.
The Lady Mustangs will take on the tournament’s best teams in a platinum bracket schedule that will see contests across three days of play.
“It’s a tough lineup, but that’s good though,” Oakdale coach Larry Loger said. “It will show us what we have or don’t have for the playoffs. We aren’t in yet, and we have to probably win three of our last four league games to get there.”
The tournament bouts come just two days after Oakdale’s key VOL showdown with East Union (4-4) on Tuesday, though results from that game were not available at press time.
Oakdale (8-2) is one game behind Sierra, one ahead of Kimball and two ahead of Manteca in an extremely competitive title and playoff hunt.
Oakdale stayed in the top tier of the league standings with a 5-0 win over Weston Ranch (April 19) and a 12-0 rout of Lathrop (April 21) last week.
Brianna Parker tossed a 10-strikeout no-hitter with three walks against Weston Ranch. Sarah Peterson also hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a double in the win.
The Lathrop win came after a combined one-hit effort by Shelby Reali (three innings, five strikeouts) and Shelby Cordova (two innings, four strikeouts).
Marissa Toy also batted 2 for 3 with four runs and a triple while Kaila Olson was 2 for 4 with two runs. Peterson (2 for 3, triple) and Cordova (2 for 3) also swung the bat well.
“We are kind of where we wanted to be, but we need to play better,” Loger said. “These games are not going to be easy.”
Oakdale’s quest for a sub-200 score from five golfers on nine holes at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club finally fell into play last week in a tremendous 197-228 win over Kimball on April 19.
Connor Gust (40 strokes) eagled the par-4 No. 15 hole and saw Michael Tripp (37), Reid Souza (39), Ian Stogdell (40), and Isaac Rellamas (45) all card terrific scores in the win.
Oakdale went on to shoot a 198 in a non-scored forfeit win over Lathrop and landed a 203-288 win over Weston Ranch the following day (April 21) after big scores from Ryan Jones (36), Tripp (38), Gust (41), Stogdell (43) and Robby Wycoff (45).
“We have been playing very well lately and last week was a very good week for the kids,” Oakdale coach Lee McGhee said. “It was cool for the kids to break 200, that’s what they were waiting for.”
The Mustangs hosted the Oakdale Challenge at the Trinitas Golf Course on Tuesday and tackle visiting Escalon of the Trans-Valley League on Thursday.
The VOL championship tournament is at the Greenhorn Creek Golf Course on Tuesday, May 3.
Markie Arnold and Jill Kahler (assist) both found the net for goals in a huge 2-0 win for the Oakdale girls over East Union to push the varsity Lady Mustangs (8-2-1) atop the VOL ladder on April 20.
Oakdale (25 standings points) now has a healthy advantage on a conference title and playoff race that is populated by the likes of Sierra (6-1-4, 22 points), East Union (6-2-3, 21), Kimball (6-2-3, 21) and Manteca (6-4-1, 19).
Oakdale plays lowly Weston Ranch (1-8-2) today, April 27, and will likely claim a VOL championship if they can squeeze past Manteca in a huge league contest at home on Monday, May 2. The Mustangs close the season at Sonora (1-8-2) on May 3.
Hailey Turney landed a big assist in the win over East Union and saw a five save performance from Lady Mustang goalie, Morgan Kinyon.
Kahler scored twice in a 4-0 win over Lathrop on April 18. Kerri Feuerstein (assist) and Bryanna Welch also scored while Katie Odom and Katie Adian delivered assists. Kinyon and Jordin Altmann combined for the varsity shutout.
For the JV Lady Mustangs, they got goals from Danae Rose (2) and Tori Coffey (1) in a 3-0 shutout win over East Union on the road Wednesday, April 20. Assists came from Katie Homer, Izzy Arellano and Rose, who had the helper on Coffey’s tally. Hannah Hanko made a couple of diving stops in net to preserve the shutout as the young squad improved to 9-1-1 in VOL play, tops in league. They lead the standings with 28 points, trailed by Sierra (8-1-2, 26) and Manteca (8-2-1, 25) in the race for the title. They will be at Weston Ranch for a 5 p.m. game today, April 27, and face off with Manteca at home on Monday, May 2 in a 5 p.m. game that could decide the JV crown.