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High School Teams Get In Games Before Shutdown Ordered
Oakdale’s Austin Meeks stands in at the plate during recent action. He had a hit in a tough loss this past week against Merced. Photo By Marg Jackson

Early in the week, Oakdale High School spring sports were played as scheduled. Tennis, softball and baseball all got in a few games/matches before the sports, and then the school, were shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.



Oakdale tennis won both of their sets on the road. The boys defeated Manteca 6-3 and Sierra 9-0. Tuesday, March 11 the boys defeated the Buffaloes behind a strong doubles performance. The Mustangs won all three of their doubles matches. Teo Diaz and Aiden Rodrigues won 6-1, 6-0 over their opponents. Chris Frye and Max Moore knocked off Luke Samson and Joseph Nguyen 6-3, 6-1. Hayden Hill and Jackson Healy won 6-0, 6-2 over Emiliano Hurtado and Juan Domingo. In singles, Liam Peters defeated Ryan Foo 6-2, 6-0. Caleb Poling defeated Nick Pio 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. Mark Chavez won his match 6-3, 6-4 over Kiersten Melan. Frankie Dutra, Zach Nielson and Jimmy Homer all fell short in their matches.

Oakdale made short work of Sierra as all matches were decided in straight sets.



For softball, the girls played two games. On Tuesday, March 10 the girls defeated Calaveras 7-2. Cortney Koelmans earned the win by pitching six innings, striking out seven and giving up three hits. Amanda Bricker went 2-for-2 and scored a run. Rilyn Cassaretto hit a triple, scored two runs and was issued a walk. Alexa Aguilar had an RBI and went 2-for-3.

“Cortney pitched well and we continue to hit the ball throughout the lineup,” said head coach Larry Loger.

The next day the girls traveled to Patterson and Oakdale blanked the Tigers 10-0 on the strength of a six-run fourth inning.

“Patterson is a good team and always very aggressive at the plate. Delainey Everett handled the top of their lineup very well. In our first seven games our pitchers have issued 52 strikeouts and only one walk,” said Loger.

The team was scheduled to play Friday afternoon at Merced but that game was cancelled.

The junior varsity team also had a successful week as they defeated Calaveras 13-3 and Patterson 17-0. Paige Norris had five strikeouts while Kylie Valente went 3-for-3 at the plate with four RBI and scored four runs against Calaveras. Daniela Romo went 3-for-4 with two RBI and scored three runs. At Patterson, Oakdale won in three innings and Katy Thomasson had eight strikeouts and pitched a no-hitter. Taylor Word hit a pair of home runs and had three RBI. Valente went 3-for-3 with a triple and double and had three RBI.

Oakdale’s freshmen/sophomore team defeated Tracy 11-1. In the home win Emilee Andersen was the winning pitcher surrendering just two hits. Karlie Fonseca and Payton Obermeyer each had two hits in the win. Obermeyer had a triple.



Oakdale baseball played one game; the varsity boys lost at Merced 5-4 in their lone contest of the week. Oakdale took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh but lost on a walk-off single. Preston Vieira had three hits, including two doubles, and brought in two runs. Dom Antinetti had three hits and an RBI. Garrett Lee, Noah Chelberg and Austin Meeks each had a hit.

For the junior varsity team it was a 15-0 win. Gannon Camp had four RBI and Brecken Campbell went 2-for-3 with two RBI. Lukas Cox pitched six innings and struck out 11 batters.