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Softball Squad Victorious In Varsity Battle With East Union
After recording an out, the OHS infielders congratulated one another in the pitchers circle before heading back to their respective bases. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER
Junior varsity player Haidyn Krum pumps her fist as she rounds third base after launching a home run against East Union on the road. DENNIS D. CRUZ/THE LEADER

Each year it is billed as “The Game of the Year” as Oakdale and East Union face off. However, on Tuesday, April 13 the two teams squared off at East Union and the game was over relatively quickly. Oakdale scored six runs in the first inning and never looked back in their 11-2 victory. Danny Romo led the way offensively with three hits and drove in five runs. Reagan Everett also had three hits including a double and drove in two runs. Dylan Gonzalez had the traveling Mustangs fans chanting “Dilly-Dilly” throughout the evening as she went 3-for-5 with a pair of stolen bases. Kylie Valente hit a home run for Oakdale.

“We got off to a great start with six runs in the first inning,” said Oakdale coach Larry Loger. “Our offensive approach was great. Our defense needs to improve when we face these better teams in the future.”

Pitching for Oakdale and earning the win was Delainey Everett as she pitched seven innings, striking out 14 batters and only giving up one walk.

On Saturday, April 17 the girls traveled to Modesto to take on Gregori. Oakdale once again jumped out to an early lead as they scored five runs in the first inning to go on to win 15-3. Amanda Bricker had an afternoon to remember as she drove in six runs on two hits including a home run. Oakdale continued to use the long ball as Avery Brown connected on two home runs and drove in three runs. Alexa Aguilar hit a long double.

“Our offense was great once again. Avery, Amanda and Alexa hit some shots today,” Loger noted.

In the circle for Oakdale was Reagan Everett. The freshman worked five innings striking out 11 batters.

“Reagan pitched a strong game for her first varsity win. We are so happy to be playing and are looking forward to some big games,” Loger said.



The junior varsity played a trio of games this past week. Oakdale defeated East Union 18-8. Haidyn Krum went 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs. Morgan Wright also hit a home run. Olivia Nay went 3-for-4 with a triple. Katy Thomasson pitched six innings for Oakdale striking out four batters.

“Overall, we played a good offensive game. We have things to work on and improve but a satisfying win against a rival team,” said coach Joe Hollander.

Wednesday afternoon the girls hosted Ripon Christian and won 12-2. Thomasson went 5-for-5 at the plate including a triple. Krum also had a multi-hit performance as she went 2-for-5 with a double. Riley Norris pitched six scoreless innings for Oakdale and struck out six.

Friday afternoon the girls made the trip to Stockton to take on Weston Ranch. It was a 15-0 win for Oakdale as Shelby Waltman went 2-for-4 with a double and Thomasson went 3-for-4. Norris was in the circle for Oakdale and pitched five innings and only gave up one hit.