The varsity Oakdale High School Mustangs baseball team continued to battle in non-conference play this past week. Oakdale played two games and went 1-1 in the process. On Tuesday Oakdale went to Turlock to take on Pitman, winning there in a 6-3 final. Thursday afternoon at home, however, the Mustangs fell to visiting Cosumnes Oaks by a score of 4-2.
In the road win, junior catcher Max Moore caught two Pride runners trying to steal and at the plate scored two runs using his bat. Alex Daoud, Hayden Knittel and Hunter Ginger each had two hits in the game for Oakdale. Issac Higle had an RBI single and Daoud connected on an RBI double to help power the Mustangs. Junior Josh Garcia pitched a complete game and struck out eight batters while giving up 10 hits.
At home, the Mustangs fell behind to the Wolfpack 4-0 and could not get back in the game. Oakdale had seven hits in the contest, including two by Dylan Wright, but did not score their first run until the sixth inning. Down 4-0 senior Dane Gibson connected on an RBI double to score Moore from second base to cut the lead down to 4-1. Two batters later Jacob Solario hit an RBI single to score Gibson to cut the lead in half. The rally fell short and the Mustangs dropped the game 4-2.
Justin Jericoff started the game for Oakdale surrendering five hits and two earned runs on the mound. He was replaced by Marcus Juarez who pitched 3.1 innings and did not allow a hit and struck out two batters.
This week Oakdale opened up Valley Oak League action against East Union. The two game series was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 20 at East Union and the two teams will battle at Oakdale on Thursday, March 22 with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m.
It’s an 8-0 start for head coach Erik Brink and his team after they defeated Pitman and Cosumnes Oaks in non-league action. On Tuesday, March 13 the boys defeated Pitman on the road 10-7 behind Seth Presant’s three runs batted in and Evan Waite’s four-RBI outing. The team combined for 13 hits. Dom Antinetti earned the win for the Mustangs on the mound and was backed up by a busy bullpen.
A five-run fifth inning helped the Mustangs to a 9-6 home win over Cosumnes Oaks on Thursday. Dominic McDonald led the team with three hits and three RBI. Garrett Lee also had three hits and brought in two runs.
This week Oakdale will take on East Union in the team’s league opener. Tuesday, March 20 the team was scheduled to travel to Manteca to face the Lancers following The Leader’s press time and Thursday afternoon Oakdale will host East Union with a 4 p.m. start time.