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Plenty of spring success seen by Mustang squads
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Bailey Peterson comes up after making a diving catch, displaying some superb defense for the Lady Mustangs. Photo By Jeff Kettering

From the softball diamond to the pool, the golf links to the baseball field, multiple Oakdale High School spring sports teams did battle against league opponents this past week. More often than not, the result was a win for the Mustang teams.



In two games, Oakdale racked up 14 runs cruising to a pair of Valley Oak League wins. To make it even more impressive, the team did not surrender a single run in those two games. On April 9, Oakdale blanked Kimball 10-0. Two days later, Oakdale shut out Manteca 4-0.

A six run first inning carried Oakdale in their win over Kimball. A dozen hits came off the bats for Oakdale. Marley Leighton, Taylor Suarez, Bailey Peterson and Presley Barnes each had two hits for Oakdale. Barnes and Madi Bohannon each had two runs batted in. Raegen Everett pitched four innings, giving up just two hits and striking out two. Jaelyn Lee pitched a pair of innings giving up just one hit.

Two runs in the second and two in the sixth was all the Lady Mustangs needed to get past Manteca. Bailey Peterson, Madi Bohannon and Jaelyn Lee each had two hits. Jayci Volonte, Morgan Wright, Raegen Everett and Presley Barnes each had a hit. Oakdale had four doubles in the game as well; one each from Volonte, Wright, Lee and Bohannon. Raegen Everett pitched a complete game shutout; seven innings of work where she gave up three hits, one walk and struck out a dozen. This was the first league loss for Manteca.



Oakdale High School varsity baseball team played a three-game series against East Union this past week. Fresh off their second-place finish in the Mark Dickens tournament, Oakdale won all three games against their Valley Oak League opponent.

On April 8 the boys won 11-6 on the road. The Mustangs posted 11 hits in the win led by Landon Schutte with four hits and five runs batted in. Griffin Costa had three hits and a pair of runs batted in. Christian Diebner had two hits and a stolen base. Schutte was on the mound for Oakdale where the sophomore pitched five innings with a dozen strikeouts. Ayden Ardis pitched two innings giving up four earned runs and struck out a pair.

On Wednesday, April 10 Oakdale hosted game two and earned a 9-1 win over the Lancers. In the win Oakdale had nine hits and three players with two runs batted in. Tommy Chance, Costa and Schutte each had two. Jordan Haver and Glen Weber also had an RBI each. Haver hit a home run. Trey Parsons pitched five and two-thirds innings for Oakdale. Parsons gave up five hits and an earned run. He also walked four and struck out two. Colby Crofts pitched one and one-third inning, walking three batters.

In the series finale Oakdale went to Manteca where they completed the three-game sweep over the Lancers 9-6. The Mustangs scored five runs in the fifth inning to win. Three runs batted in by Weber and a pair by Chance helped power the Mustangs past the Lancers. Oakdale had 12 total hits. A trio of pitchers took to the mound for Oakdale. Chance pitched three scoreless innings and struck out a handful. Haver and Ayden Ardis each pitched two innings.

Following the series, Oakdale is now 16-5 overall and 6-3 in the Valley Oak League where they are in second place behind Manteca. This week Oakdale takes on Kimball (2-16, 0-6). Game one took place at Kimball on Monday, April 15 following The Leader press time. Game two is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at Oakdale at 4 p.m. The series finale against the Jaguars is scheduled for Friday, April 19 in Tracy with a 4 p.m. first pitch scheduled.



History was made by the Oakdale High School boys golf team on Tuesday, April 9. Oakdale competed in the Valley Oak League #3 held at Tracy Golf and Country Club. As a team, Oakdale submitted a scorecard of 378, which is a new school record through 18 holes. Two golfers scored under par for the Mustangs as junior Nolan Harris shot a one under par 71 and freshman Estuardo Duque fired two under par at 70. Making his debut for the Mustangs was senior Wyatt Hayes, a transfer from Ripon Christian. This was the first tournament Hayes was eligible to compete in as a Mustang and he shot 77. Senior Carson Sundberg (78), Owen Hauselmann (82) and Robert Bordona (84) rounded out the historic afternoon for Oakdale.

Manteca placed second at 458, followed by Central Catholic 466, East Union and Sierra tied at 476 and Kimball at 520.



Ripon and Ripon Christian came to town for a three-team swim meet on Thursday, April 11. In varsity boys Oakdale defeated Ripon 89-61 and Ripon Christian 124-7. For the varsity girls it was a 94-69 loss to Ripon and a 136-7 victory over Ripon Christian.


Wiley Ballantyne: 100 Backstroke 1:12.41 second place

Logan Castano: 200 IM 2:18.11 first place; 100 butterfly 1:06.61 second place

Brayden Costa: 100 Breaststroke 1:08.01 first place

Efrain Duarte: 500 Freestyle 6:48.71 first place

Cooper Fox: 200 Freestyle 2:05.49 second place

Sam Gambrel: 500 Freestyle 8:02.83 second place

Caleb Kirschner: 200 IM 2:35.51 second place

Carson Kirschner: 100 Backstroke 1:10.01 first place

Tyler Mercer: 100 Butterfly 1:03.68 first place

200 Freestyle Relay: Cooper Fox, Colton Toni, Tyler Mercer, Logan Castano 1:34.26 first place

400 Freestyle Relay: Joseph Yakligian, Tyler Mercer, Carson Kirschner, Cooper Fox 3:50.35 first place


Charlee Birdsong: 500 Freestyle 7:47.30 second place

Ellie Frazer: 50 Backstroke 35.24 first place

Savanna Perreira: 200 IM 3:29.41 second place

Lacey Perreira: 200 IM 2:49.80 first place

Bella Solkah: 500 Freestyle 7:34.87 first place

200 Freestyle Relay: Lacey Perreira, Izzy Salzer, Ellie Frazer, Leah Sales 1:59.83 second place

400 Freestyle Relay: Leah Sales, Ellie Frazer, Izzy Salzer, Lacey Perreira 4:35.64 second place



The Oakdale tennis boys lost to Sierra 5-4 on Tuesday, April 9 and then defeated Kimball by a 9-0 final. To end the week, they defeated Manteca, 6-3.

“It was a tough week with the loss, but we are still tied for first,” said head coach Grant Miller, who said the team still has an opportunity to win the championship. “It’s just time to take care of business.”

They were to play at East Union on Tuesday and at Central Catholic on Thursday.

“We just have to keep grinding,” Miller said.

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Griffin Costa turns the double play; the varsity baseball squad swept East Union in three games this past week. Photo By Jeff Kettering
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In swimming this boys relay team celebrated one of the best times in the school history, posted at a tri-meet with Ripon and Ripon Christian. Photo By Jeff Kettering