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Sierra standout, Kimball’s Hawkins split MVP honors

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Allie Walljasper is mobbed by Sierra High teammates after hammering a home run against Manteca on April 5. The Timberwolf standout was voted Valley Oak League MVP for the second consecutive year.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED May 23, 2012 1:54 a.m.

Allison Walljasper is the MVP of the Valley Oak League for the second straight year, but this time Sierra High’s star pitcher shares the award.

Kimball’s standout shortstop, Ariana Hawkins, splits MVP honors, while Oakdale teammates Shelby Reali and Kaila Olson were named Pitcher of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively.

Janelle Bauer is Coach of the Year after leading Weston Ranch (5-9 league, 13-11-1 overall) to its best season.

Oakdale (13-1, 27-3-1) earned the VOL and Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV titles after Sierra (11-3, 17-6-1) did so for the first time in 2011. The two teams locked up three times in the 2012 playoffs, as Oakdale defeated the Timberwolves 3-1 this past Saturday at Arnaiz Softball Complex for its fourth section championship.

Kimball (12-2, 25-6) was the league runner-up while Sierra placed third. Sierra eliminated the Jaguars from the postseason in the loser’s-bracket semifinal.

The 6-foot-1 Walljasper built on her impressive freshman campaign with another successful season. She posted a 13-4 record in the regular season to go with 0.48 ERA and 226 strikeouts in 116 innings. Walljasper threw a no-hitter and struck out 18 in a 5-0 win over Weston Ranch and racked up season-best 19 Ks in the first of two 2-0 victories over rival Manteca.

Offensively, she hit .368 and clubbed all five of her home runs in league play. Her best single-game effort came in an 18-3 drubbing of Lathrop, which she victimized with two homers and four RBIs in a 3-for-5 effort.

Earning first-team recognition for a third year in a row is Sierra junior Sommer Wilson, who only played 10 regular-season contests after recovering from a knee injury early on. The hard-swinging second baseman tied for the team lead with 14 RBIs despite the time missed and hit .455.

Junior center fielder Iyana Hughes is the third Sierra player to make the all-league first team. One of the VOL’s fastest players, Hughes batted .475, plated 23 runs and drove in 14 from the top of the order.

Manteca (6-8, 11-11) had two all-league selections on the first team. Junior shortstop Selena Gonzalez again made the cut, finishing the season with a .476 average and 16 RBIs. Sophomore pitcher Peyton Rose joins Gonzalez after turning in a 2.62 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 136 innings. Rose pitched every inning for the Buffaloes in 2012.

East Union (7-7, 14-11) is represented by senior Kelsey Emerson, the club’s No. 1 pitcher and top hitter. She was the Lancers’ leader in average (.400), hits (30), RBIs (33) and home runs (five). 

First baseman Raileen Romo rounds out Manteca-area first teamers. The Weston Ranch senior hit for a .297 average and paced the Cougars with 24 runs plated.

The three Manteca schools each had two players make the all-VOL second team: senior Kailee Nuding (.400, 21 RBIs) and freshman center fielder Cherish Burks (.410, 25 runs) from East Union; senior catcher Mia Ramirez (.369, 27 runs) and freshman third baseman Celina Cooper (.379, 25 RBIs) from Manteca; and senior outfielder Lily Gonzales (.350) and junior infielder Katelyn Salsedo (.385) from Sierra.

Lathrop (2-12, 3-18-1) was awarded two second-team players in senior pitcher Alicia Erlandson and 1B/P Briana Lopez. Weston Ranch sophomore pitcher Arianna Hernandez (.329, 14 RBIs; 2.90 ERA) was also named to the second team.

Weston Ranch catcher Naomi Thurman, Manteca outfielder Nicole Magnuson, Sierra first baseman Brianne Lenoci and East Union first baseman Laura Gann are on the all-defensive team.

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