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Mustangs take early exit in NorCal softball tournament
6-5 VAR soft
After completing a successful season, capturing both the Valley Oak League title and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship, Oakdale’s varsity softball girls have been presented with some awards. Shown from left, assistant coach Don Gonzales; Presley Barnes, Best Offense, Valley Oak League MVP; Raegan Everett, Best Defense; Valley Oak League Pitcher of the Year; Madi Bohannon, Most Improved, First Team All VOL; head coach Larry Loger; Jaelyn Lee, First Team All VOL; Morgan Wright, Coaches Award; assistant coach Pete Cordova. Photo Courtesy Of Debbie Gonzalez

Following their impressive Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 Championship run, Oakdale took part in the 2024 CIF NorCal Softball Championships, Division 2. Their opening game took place on Tuesday, May 28 in San Jose when they faced off with Willow Glen. In the high stakes game, it was Willow Glen advancing as the host Rams blanked Oakdale 1-0, ending the season for the Oakdale varsity softball squad.

“We played a tough preseason, against top ranked teams;” said head coach Larry Loger. “I feel our girls were more ready for the playoffs, section title game and regionals.”

In the first inning of the May 28 contest, the Rams posted the only run of the game when Alanna Clincy connected on double to bring in Katelynn Dilbeck. Raegen Everett pitched for Oakdale. She pitched six innings, giving up a handful of hits, one earned run, issued one walk and struck out three.

At the plate Oakdale had a total of four hits. Briley Everett had two hits and Jaelyn Lee and Audrey Romiti each had one.

“We had a great year. We were Valley Oak League Champions and Section Champions. It is sad to see our eight seniors go; however, we are excited to see what the future holds for them,” Loger said.

Oakdale was the sixth seed in the field of eight in the D2 NorCals. The three seeded Rams defeated Oakdale and also got past seventh seeded Tracy, 3-2 to advance to the finals.

On the other side of the bracket, eighth seeded Capital Christian – the team Oakdale defeated to win the Section crown – took out the top seed Pleasant Valley 11-1 and then blanked fourth seed Salinas 3-0. On June 1, Capital Christian defeated Willow Glen 6-0 to win the NorCal tournament.

6-5 JV Soft
Award winners for the Oakdale JV softball team this season were, from left, Emily Thomasson, Best Defense; Brielle Lee, Coaches Award; Leila Muller, Best Offense; Taylor Hicks, Most Improved. Photo Courtesy Of Debbie Gonzalez