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Sierra ace pitcher Allie Walljasper fired 22 strikeouts in and knocked in the game-winning run against visiting Tracy on Wednesday.

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POSTED March 13, 2014 1:07 a.m.

Allie Walljasper was not about to strike out 22 and lose, but Tracy did not make it easy.

The Bulldogs took a one-run lead into the bottom of the 11th inning Wednesday against Walljasper and host Sierra. After the Timberwolves knotted the score in the bottom of the frame, Walljasper knocked a one-out single back up the middle to plate Kristin Maestretti for the thrilling 2-1 come-from-behind win.

“She had been pitching me kind of close and I really wanted to get the game over with so I didn’t have to pitch anymore,” Walljapser said. “So I just stuck my bat out there and hoped for the best.”

The LSU-bound senior had 11 consecutive strikeouts from the second to the fifth innings and allowed five hits.

“I felt like my arm was going to fall off at the end,” Walljasper said. “But pitching throughout the game I felt really confident because I wanted to get the win because Tracy is a good team.”

Neither team could muster a run through the first 11 innings. Tracy (2-1) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the 11th when Mikayla Coelho singled in Rebekah DelaRosa who had started the inning on second base due to the international tiebreaker rule.

“That was a tough one to let go,” Bulldogs coach Greg Smith said. “Especially after we scored that one run.

“I am not going to get down because of one game and I am happy with our effort. These are the kind of games you want to play to get ready for league.”

Legacy Barnes started the 11th on second base and tied the game for Sierra (4-1) when she scored on an error off the bat of Maestretti.

“I was totally terrified,” Maestretti said. “I was just trying to do the best for the team.”

In this her senior season, Walljasper has two Sac-Joaquin Section Championships and a runner-up finish under her belt.

“That is what we have come to expect from her,” Timberwolves coach Nick Olmo said of Walljasper. “She didn’t disappoint with 20-plus strikeouts, and that came after pitching 21 innings this weekend in the Ceres Tournament.”

Olmo realized just how precarious this win was.

“Anytime you go international like this either team can lose the game,” Olmo said. “It just comes down to who can get that run in.

“We made a few things happen in that last inning and put ourselves in position to win.”

Walljasper had two of the three Sierra hits and Barnes the third on a bunt single in the eighth.

Weston Ranch 17, McNair 0

The Cougars (5-2) head into their Valley Oak League opener with Kimball this Friday riding a three-game winning streak. They torched visiting McNair (0-2) with an eight spot in the second inning of Wednesday’s mercy-shortened affair.

Arianna Hernandez (three innings) and Vanessa Contreras combined for 11 strikeouts from the pitcher’s circle. They were also highly productive at the plate, with Contreras going 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Hernandez crushed a double and a triple in her four at-bats, plating two runs and driving in two others.

Elysia Hernandez was 2 for 4 with three runs and two RBIs. Naomi Thurmon (four runs, two RBIs, triple) and Mia Thurmon (two runs, two RBIs) both went 2 for 3. Christina Washington contributed two sacrifice flies and three RBIs.

Lathrop 8, Edison 7

Kassidee Diaz roped a two-RBI hit to put visiting Lathrop ahead for good (1-4) in the top of the sixth inning. The Spartans held on to notch their first win of the season.

Crystal Marquez and Samantha Fonseca split pitching duties, firing two strikeouts apiece. Catcher Desiree Mendola threw out a runner attempting to steal second, and Regina Juarez’s diving catch along the first-base line ended a scoring threat for Edison.,

“The coaches are pleased with the overall performance of the girls,” Lathrop assistant Briana Lopez said. “We coaches hold them to a high standard because we know what they are capable of. All they have to do is unleash it and today they showed a glimpse of what they can do.”

Lathrop opens VOL play at East Union on Friday.

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