Allie Walljasper made it official with LSU during her signing day party at Sierra High Friday afternoon.
Walljasper, a two-time Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champ and the Valley Oak League’s reigning Pitcher of the Year, inked her National Letter of Intent to become a Tiger in 2014-15 in front of friends and family in attendance at the gym foyer.
“It was so much fun,” said Walljasper, who is scheduled to move to Louisiana six days after graduating from Sierra this upcoming summer. “I couldn’t have asked for better support from my family.”
Her parents, Troy and Kellie, have also assured her that they’ll attend every one of her games.
And although Walljasper will be attending school away from her California roots, the Tigers did a great job of displaying that Southern Hospitality during her first official visit in October.
Walljasper also had interest from Division I schools like Arizona State, Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington, to name a few. She signed a full-ride scholarship to attend school and compete out of Baton Rouge in the SEC.
“I loved LSU and the environment and how everyone treats you,” she said. “It’s just a really good school and it fits me really well.”
During Walljasper’s October visit, the Tigers’ softball program did its best at being hospitable.
She even got to attend the LSU football team’s 17-6 victory over Florida on Oct. 12 from the sidelines.
Walljasper signed her official National Letter of Intent on the first day she was legally able to do so – last Nov. 13. The school sent her the documentation through the mail and she submitted them as soon as possible.
Walljasper is currently playing varsity basketball for the T’Wolves after deciding to sit out the volleyball season.
“I was just taking a break and really focusing on my schooling and stuff,” she said.
“I’m really excited, but now that it’s starting to get closer, I’m just ready to go.”
Walljasper plans to become a sign language teacher professionally after her playing days are up. She still has one more prep season left under head coach Nick Olmo and the Timberwolves, who won the section title in 2011 and ’13.
“I want to be the team captain and hopefully take them to winning another section championship,” said Walljasper, who had went 18-2 with a 0.47 ERA her junior season.
Walljasper also tossed 227 strikeouts and batted .481 with four home runs, 20 RBIs and 26 hits last year during Sierra’s 25-2 run.
Walljasper joins former Timberwolves Iyana Hughes (Virginia) and Sommer Wilson (UC Riverside) in the Division I ranks and is the latest local standout to pitch at that level since 2008 East Union grad Erin Arevalo did so for Georgia.