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Walljasper nails pair of home runs in SHS win

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Walljasper nails pair of home runs in SHS win

Sierra’s Lindsey Walljasper struck out 11 Saturday in a 5-1 win for the Timberwolves over Calaveras of San Andreas in quarterfinal action of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV playoffs at Arnaiz ...


POSTED May 22, 2017 12:29 a.m.

STOCKTON – Lindsey Walljasper took some of her pitching mojo into the batter’s box Saturday, belting two home runs and sending a third offering to the fence in No. 6 Sierra’s 5-1 win over No. 2 Calaveras in quarterfinal action of the San Joaquin Section Division VI softball playoffs at Arnaiz Softball Complex. 

The third batter of the game, Walljasper (2 for 3, two home runs, three RBI) launched one over the left-field wall to give the Timberwolves (14-9) a 2-0 lead. Her next two trips resulted in a fly-out to the centerfield fence and being hit by a pitch thrown behind her. 

Leading 3-1 in the seventh, Walljasper put one under the scoreboard in center field for her second home run of the day.

Walljasper struck out 11 and allowed seven hits, walking four and hitting two.

“If I’m not dominating in the circle I kind of have to do it with my bat,” Walljasper said. “I tried doing both and it worked and hopefully we keep moving on.

“This feels amazing. I just want to be back in the same position I was in and win sections again as a junior and basically follow in my sister Allie’s footsteps because she won her freshman year and junior year. It would be kind of nice to beat her record.” 

Walljasper’s battery mate Samantha Lorge (2 for 3, two doubles) hit two doubles with Alyssa Arredondo scoring in her place as a courtesy runner in the seventh inning on a single by Nicole Gardener.

“We pulled through,” Lorge said. “I am just excited because we all pulled through together.”

Mia Guevara reached on an error in the first inning and came home on Walljasper’s first home run.

“That’s the type of competitor Lindsey is,” Sierra coach Vic DeAnda said. “She has been kind of carrying us on her back most of the year. Today she came through, especially hitting that two-run shot in the first inning. That hurt them a lot and she ended up shutting them down.

“I was not concerned with our No. 6 seed. In the Valley Oak League we have great competitors, so when we come out here we are really ready to play.”

Mackenna Steele scored for Calaveras (24-5) when she reached on a two-out single and came in on Alanda Cardon’s single to draw Calaveras within 3-1.

The Timberwolves face No. 5 Marysville on Wednesday at 5 p.m. with Calaveras awaiting the loser of that game to follow at 7:15 p.m.

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