The road to perfection continues for the Oakdale High School varsity softball team. Manteca and Lathrop were the latest victims to fall to the Lady Mustangs this season. Oakdale blanked Manteca 7-0 at home and then defeated Lathrop 15-1 on the road.
On Wednesday, April 25 the Lady Mustangs (18-0, 11-0) shut out the Buffaloes (13-11, 6-6) behind a dozen hits and clean defense. Freshman Riley Goodridge had two hits and delivered two RBI in the win. Grace Green, who will be playing for the University of Oklahoma next spring, went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double. Senior Adriana Aguilar continues to have a big year offensively as she went 2-for-3 at the plate. Shortstop Brittany Bye went 1-for-4 at the plate but finished with five RBI. She hit an RBI single in the second and brought in four more runs via a fielder’s choice and on an error.
“I feel like this is the best team I have been on,” said Bye. “We are all on the same page and we are having fun but as a team we are focused.”
In the circle Lexi Webb pitched a complete game for her 13th win of the season. This was her fifth shutout. She struck out 11 batters.
On Friday, April 27 Oakdale went to Lathrop to take on the Spartans (1-20, 0-12). Oakdale scored five runs in the first to put the game out of reach early. Sophomore Marissa Moffatt went 2-for-2 at the plate and drove in four runs, including her first home run of the season. Dakota Gray remained hot at the plate as she went 1-for-2 and drove in three runs and was walked twice. Mariyn Waterman brought in two runs as did Brittany Bye. Chloe Vierra, Jazz Velasquez, Emily Smith and Rilyn Cassaretto brought in a run each.
Waterman pitched five innings and earned the win, while Green saw her first action from the circle in one inning of work, striking out the side.
Oakdale has three games remaining on their schedule before playoffs start. Wednesday, May 2 the team will host second place Sierra (13-4, 11-1) for Senior Night 2018. Five seniors will be honored before the big showdown. Chloe Vierra, Kristen Reid, Adrianna Aguilar, Dakota Gray and Grace Green will all be recognized for their contributions to the program. On May 4 Oakdale will take on Central Catholic (8-12, 4-8) at Rainbow Fields. The Lady Mustangs finish the season on May 8 at East Union (15-6, 8-3) with a 5 p.m. start time.
Oakdale blanked Manteca 11-0 on Wednesday, April 25. The JV Lady Mustangs are working hard to keep pace with their varsity counterparts; the team is now 9-0 in league play.