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Spring Sports Wrap - Mustangs Shine In Recent Action
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Sarah Peterson of Oakdale belted a big RBI double against Gregori. She is shown here lofting a ball into the infield during the same game. - photo by IKE DODSON/THE LEADER

Between Bryce Dyrda’s no-hit baseball gem, a bounty of doubles tennis success, a spectacular junior varsity softball outing and a 12-0 soccer win, the recent exploits of Oakdale High athletes has been a thrill to follow. Below is a summary of recent action.



Oakdale (2-4) went 1-2 in the Pedretti Tournament on March 7, 8 and 9 after a 3-0 shutout of Johansen and one-run losses to both Lodi (4-2) and Lincoln of Stockton (3-0-1).

Eddie Machado tossed five scoreless innings with five strikeouts against Lodi. Nick Ippolito was tagged for the 2-1 loss after two runs surrendered in two frames. Sean Harrity added a scoreless inning on the hill.

Oakdale was held to just two hits (Ippolito and Bryce Dyrda) by Lodi ace Zach Cramer, who struck out two across seven innings.

The Mustangs bounced back with a solo score in the first, fourth and fifth innings to cruise past Johansen. Dyrda shined with a stunning seven-inning no-hitter with 14 strikeouts recorded. Austin Dickens hit 2 for 3 with a double and RBI in the win while Ippolito, Christian Acosta, Miko Arpoika and Tanner Morgan belted base hits.

Oakdale out-hit Lincoln 9-8 on March 9, but committed two errors and allowed an unearned run during a 5-4 defeat. Ippolito, Harrity, Hayden Rodriguez and Taylor Leach (loss) combined for the effort on the mound. Nik Garza (stolen base) and Erickson Dickens landed two base-knocks apiece while Garret Bryhni, Harrity, Ippolito (double), Acosta and Dyrda (two-RBI double) nabbed a hit.



Oakdale was all business in its Valley Oak League opener, rallying to a 12-0 shutout of Weston Ranch on March 7. Hannah Hanko and Mackenzie Weiglin combined for six saves in front of the net while freshman sensation Madison Feuerstein chipped in four scores and an assist.

Jill Kahler added three goals and an assist while Jazmin Velazquez (two goals, assist), Gabby Acosta (assist), Christina Bradshaw and Denise Thompson all contributed to the scoring.

Jordyn Cooley, Danae Rose, Alexis Halsey and Katie Odom added one assist each while Bailey Antonio made two passes resulting in a score.



A topsy-turvy stanza by Oakdale’s varsity softball team led the program to a solid 2-1-1 showing at the Ceres Tournament on March 8 and 9 at Rainbow Fields in Riverbank.

Oakdale (3-3-1) tied Atwater to start the tourney, then edged returning Western Athletic Conference runner-up, Los Banos, 7-3. A disastrous eight-run inning plagued with Lady Mustang errors gave Gregori momentum for a 10-8 win on day No. 2, but Oakdale bounced back with a 4-0 win over Liberty Ranch to close the affair.

The talents of Oakdale’s junior varsity unit were on fabulous display during the Ceres Tournament. The team went 4-0, outscoring their opponents by a stunning 33-2 ratio. The team punished Los Banos and Atwater by 8-0 margins, bested Ceres 9-0 and eased past Enochs 8-2.

Melanie Benge tossed nine brilliant innings with 12 strikeouts recorded while Madison Gambini struck out five in five innings and Megan Reali downed nine hitters via strikes in seven frames.

Against Los Banos, Emily Greenwood was 2 for 2 with two runs, two RBIs and four stolen bases. Sami Avant added three RBIs and a 2 for 3 stanza at the plate while Michaela Maaske was 2 for 2 with two runs.

Caylie O’Neal hit 3 for 3 with a run, RBI and stolen base against Atwater while Taylor Reed added two singles. Maaske (3 for 4, double, two stolen bases, two RBIs), Reali (2 for 3, triple, two runs, two RBIs) and Benge (2 for 3, two RBIs, two runs) were sharp against Ceres.

The Enochs win was capped by two hits apiece by Greenwood (two runs, two RBIs), Avant (RBI, run) and Destiny Derby (two RBIs).

“Our girls did so well this weekend,” Oakdale coach Allison Branco said. “Our pitchers pitched great games with a lot of help from the defense.

“The team also hit very well. Everyone contributed this weekend to our success in the tournament.”



Oakdale (2-2) won two straight conference contests to advance up the league standings. The team bested East Union 7-2 on March 5, then danced past Lathrop with a 9-0 shutout two days later.

“This week we really got the ball rolling,” Oakdale coach Grant Miller said. “Everyone played at a very high level, and even the few that didn’t found a way to win.”

Oakdale’s doubles tandem of Trae Folla and Miguel Rosales continued their unbeaten romp through the league with a 7-6(7-2), 3-6, 10-1 win over Lathrop and 7-6(7-4), 6-2win s over EU.

Nick McElmurry and Miguel Barajas were also unbeaten in their two matches on the doubles court. Hawkey Magnussen led Spencer Keyser to a win over Lathrop and joined Blaine Rocha on a duo that bested EU.

Chandler Johnson, Sergio Gutierrez, Daniel Martinez, Frank Rossier, Andrew Gilpin and Josh Niendorf landed singles wins over Lathrop while Gutierrez, Martinez, Gilpin and Niendorf beat East Union players.