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Mustang Spring Teams Start Gearing Up For Action
A conference between coach and players goes over some of the finer points of the game as the Oakdale Mustangs had the chance to get on the diamond for baseball practice recently, before the last round of winter storms hit. Jeff Kettering/The Leader

While the inclement weather has forced some spring teams to get in practices in between the raindrops, there are a number of Mustang squads getting ready to hit the courts, diamonds, greens, track and pool.

Oakdale High School will have seven spring sports for student-athletes, including the first year for the boys volleyball team, a sport which has been gradually added to leagues over the past few seasons.

On the diamonds, Joey Machado serves as head coach for the varsity Mustang baseball team and Larry Loger returns to lead the varsity softball squad.

Baseball has its first Valley Oak League game at Central Catholic on March 27; the Raiders come to Oakdale for a March 29 game.

The softball girls open up VOL play against Manteca, hosting them in Oakdale on April 4.

Lee McGhee is head coach; Jeremy Fields serves as the assistant for the boys golf team. They are looking forward to hosting the Oakdale 100 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club on March 13 before jumping into league.

Swimming is under the direction of a trio of coaches: Savannah Martin, Ron Thompson and Nessa Deleon. The swimmers will be at East Union on March 3; their first home match is March 10 against Kimball.

For track and field, Dave Bacigalupi serves as the head coach and Grant Miller is back to lead the boys tennis team. The track and field team starts league with a March 16 meet, hosting Central Catholic. For tennis, their first league match is on the road, at Sierra on March 9. They will host Manteca for their first home match, March 21.

For the inaugural season of Mustang boys volleyball, Kelly Nasrawi will be the head coach. They start VL play at Central Catholic on March 27 and then will host East Union on March 29.

The preseason action will fill the schedule – weather permitting – before the teams settle in to the thick of Valley Oak League play over the next few weeks.

The batter gets ready to step in at the plate as the varsity Lady Mustangs softball squad seized the opportunity to get outside on a sunny day and hit the diamond for hitting and fielding drills. Jeff Kettering/The Leader