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Lorge’s homer launches Sierra into final

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POSTED May 25, 2017 1:58 a.m.

STOCKTON — Hitting behind Lindsey Walljasper just might have its advantages.
The hard-throwing Sierra junior also has been on fire at the plate lately, so in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV softball semifinal Wednesday Marysville opted to walk Walljasper in each of her four at-bats.
Lorge followed Walljasper in the fifth inning and ripped a three-run homer on the way to a 9-3 win for the No. 6 Timberwolves at Arnaiz Field. 
“That home run felt great,” Lorge said. “It helped give us a cushion.
“I knew it was over when I hit it.”
Walljasper had three home runs in her last two games, and she understood why the No. 5 Indians (20-7) did not want to pitch to her.
“I guess they have a lot of respect for me at the plate and I have a lot of respect for them,” Walljasper said. “I am just excited that my team pushed through and we all came together and we scored a lot of runs.
Walljasper struck out six and allowed three hits, two in a three-run fourth for Marysville that tied the game at 3-all.
“I felt good pitching tonight,” Walljasper said. “They are a really good hitting team and I was excited just to hit my spots and do what I could to keep us in the game.”
There were a couple of strange plays in the game. With Eryn Scott running for Lorge who had doubled in the fourth, Nicole Gardner hit into what appeared to be a routine fielder’s choice to third. But the Indians could not seem to throw the ball where they wanted to and two throwing miscues later Scott and Gardner had both scored.
In the sixth inning Mia Guevara singled for Sierra (15-9) and when she stole second the throw sailed into the outfield between first and second, allowing the speedy Guevara to motor all the way home for an 8-3 lead.
“They were a tough team,” Timberwolves coach Vic DeAnda said. “I was worried, but once we got up to nine runs I felt a little better.
“It was a good strategy on their part not to pitch to Lindsey but Sam (Lorge) came through. With this tournament, Sam has been hitting the ball really well.”
The Indians lost to No. 2 Calaveras 19-2 in the nightcap and was eliminated. Calaveras will face Sierra today at 5 p.m. for the championship. The Timberwolves dispatched Calaveras to the consolation round Saturday with a 5-1 loss and must win once Friday to take the title while Calaveras must win twice to get the blue banner.

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