Four Oakdale Mustang baseball players represented the South in the 2018 Modesto Sunrise Rotary High School All-Star Baseball Classic. The game was held at Stanislaus State University in Turlock on Saturday, June 9.
Max Moore, Alex Daoud, Jacob Solorio and Dylan Wright all donned the gold jerseys of the South team that night but wore their Mustang batting helmets and caps.
Daoud started the game for the South and played three innings at shortstop. He went 2-for-2 and scored a run in the team’s 11-5 win. Wright entered the game in the third inning and covered third base. At the plate Wright had an RBI single. Moore and Solorio entered the game in later innings as Solorio worked the outfield and Moore was behind the plate.
The four teamed up with talented players from Beyer, Gregori, Turlock, Turlock Christian, Patterson, Hughson, Waterford, Ceres and Johansen to make up the South squad. Waterford’s Mike Vivo was named manager and Charley Garza of Hughson served as assistant for the South team.
On the Blue team, the North All-Stars, players were from Big Valley Christian, Modesto, Modesto Christian, Central Catholic, Downey and Enochs high schools in Modesto, Riverbank, Pitman in Turlock, Central Valley in Ceres, and Orestimba High School in Newman. Blue coaches were from Modesto High and Downey.
And where most high school baseball games see two umpires on the field, one behind the plate and one on the bases, Saturday’s game had umpires at all four corners.
Players rotated in and out of the game so that most got about the same amount of playing time, a couple of innings each. After playing to a 3-3 tie by the third inning, the South team ultimately came out on top of the 11-5 nine inning contest.