It was a tale of two games for the Oakdale varsity baseball team this past week.
On Friday, March 8 the boys traveled to Atwater to take on the Falcons and came up short 3-2. The following day, Oakdale’s bats came alive as they defeated Merced 10-0.
In their road loss to Atwater, the team trailed 3-0 after three innings but scored their first run in the fourth and answered with another in the fifth. The Mustangs had a total of six hits in the loss and Brett Maddock had two of them. Josh Gerber, Austin Meeks, Gannon Davis and Jacob Solorio each had one hit.
Senior Hayden Knittel started the game for Oakdale and pitched four innings, giving up six hits, and dished out seven strikeouts.
Saturday the Mustangs shook off the loss and bounced back in a big way. Oakdale scored six runs in the first three innings combined and added four more in the fifth and sixth innings. Alex Daoud led the team with two hits and three RBI and the speedy senior also had two stolen bases. Gerber added three hits and two RBI. Knittel had three hits on the day. Solorio also had a big day at the plate as he connected on a two-RBI single.
On the mound the Mustangs combined for a three hitter as Marcus Juarez and Noah Chelberg took the mound.
Monday, March 11 the boys traveled to Cosumnes Oaks following The Leader’s press time. This Friday, March 14, the Mustangs will host Sonora at 6 p.m.
Rain washed out the schedule for the JV boys this past week. The well-rested squad is scheduled to take the field on Wednesday, March 13 when they host Lincoln at 4 p.m.
This past week Oakdale hosted a pair of non-conference games. On Friday, March 8 the boys fell to Buhach Colony 9-3. After trailing 4-0 in the first inning, Oakdale scored their first run of the game in the bottom of the frame. In the third inning Oakdale scored again as Jacob Guignard came home from third with two outs following a walked batter with bases loaded. The next batter, AJ Sapwell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to bring in their final run.
Under grey skies and scattered sprinkles, the boys lost later in the week to visiting Turlock, 11-4.