Oakdale Baseball Struggle to Get Their Heads in The Game



Monday, May 15th, the Oakdale’s Baseball team finished their season after being eliminated in the second round of playoffs against Poolesville.

The biggest problem the team faced was themselves, which is a common aspect of baseball. “It’s a mental game, when you keep making mistakes it all piles up and affects your play,” senior first baseman Sam McFadden commented. “When we won games, we won because everyone on the bench was into playing and winning.”

“Going into the playoffs, we didn’t have the best seed placement,” senior second baseman Travis Dover explained.  The first playoff game against Westminster had been won with ease, but Poolesville was a different story.

Poolesville received a bye for their first playoff game, so for their match against Oakdale, they were able to play their best pitcher. However, that wasn’t the only reason they managed to secure a win against Oakdale.

“Poolesville was a good team, that’s all there is to it,” Dover stated. Poolesville controlled the game, and ended up with a significant 10-0 win.

However, Coach Sam Mills had more to add. ¨On that day, they played better than us, but I believe we could beat them.¨

Above all, a new problem stands in the way of the 2018 season. With 10 seniors graduating, that leaves only 8 kids remaining. “The younger kids will have to step up, but I think the team is in good hands,” Dover commented.

¨The JV team has always provided us with solid players, but next year will be vastly different,” Mills stated. The largests issue is the loss of many pitchers, which include seniors CJ Parisi, Ryan Burk, Travis Dover, Brad Foster, Sean Jodrie, Sam McFadden, Cole Shipley, and Dylan Tyreyar.

Yet, a standout for the season is the team chemistry shared between everyone, most notably the seniors. At a young age, the seniors were brought together by baseball, and continued to grow together throughout their baseball careers.

¨We didn’t have as much success as we predicted, but together we brought together a quality season,¨ Coach Mills concluded.

In any case, the Oakdale High school baseball 2017 season ends with a 10-11 record after being eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. The Oakdale community wishes the best of luck to the 10 graduating seniors, and also to those who will be the foundation for the future 2018 season.