The 2019 Valley Oak League season has begun for Oakdale High School softball. The varsity Lady Mustangs are 2-0 after making short work of both Kimball and Weston Ranch this past week. In the two games, Oakdale outscored their opponents, 33-0.
On Tuesday, March 19 Oakdale (10-0-1, 2-0) traveled to Tracy to face the Kimball Jaguars (1-4-0, 0-2) and tamed the Jags 10-0. Two days later the girls hosted Weston Ranch (4-5, 0-1). An 11-run second inning helped break the game open and it was called in five innings. In the second inning Oakdale had nine hits including a leadoff double by Jazzlynn Velasquez. An RBI triple by Brittany Bye, and a two RBI triple by Cortney Koelmans also highlighted the big inning. In the lopsided victory, Oakdale had a total of nine extra base hits. They were also walked a total of six times.
Pitching a complete game shutout was junior Mariyn Waterman. She pitched five innings giving up just two hits, issued one walk and struck out 12 Cougar batters.
“Emily Smith did a great job behind the plate catching for me,” said Waterman. “I think our team chemistry is at a high, the highest I’ve seen it in my three years with the team, and that has us playing well right now.”
On Monday, March 25 the girls hosted Sierra (1-2, 1-1). The league game was held following The Leader’s press time. Oakdale will play the Timberwolves again on Tuesday, April 2 in Manteca. Sandwiched in between the two games, Oakdale will travel to Manteca to take on the Buffaloes (4-3, 1-0). That game was scheduled for Tuesday, March 26.
Much like the varsity, Oakdale’s JV girls played in dominant fashion to open the regular season. The girls defeated Kimball 14-1 on the road in five innings. Katie Silva pitched four strong innings giving up one hit and dished out six strikeouts. At the plate Silva went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Amanda Bricker went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple. Jadyn Rau went 2-for-3 with an RBI. As a team, Oakdale had 12 hits. On Thursday, the girls had very little trouble against visiting Weston Ranch as the team defeated the Cougars 28-0. In the contest pitcher Bailey Hardey pitched all five innings and threw a no hitter.