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Sierra caps non-league with undefeated record
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Nick Olmo was worried his Sierra softball team would be rusty after taking nearly a full week off from action in Thursday’s non-league finale at Linden High.

The Timberwolves put their head coach at ease, winning 2-0 behind freshman pitcher Allison Walljasper’s three-hit, eight-strikeout gem.

Sierra, which is 6-0-1 going into Valley Oak League play, last played on March 11, and the players were given Monday and Tuesday to enjoy spring break. Thursday’s contest was supposed to be played today, but it was rescheduled to avoid the rain.

“(Wednesday) was our first day back on the field and we focused mostly on defense,” Olmo said. “Then we moved the game up a day, and I thought we’d come in a little cold.

“Overall, for taking a week off, I thought we looked pretty good.”

Olmo added that his club was “less than stellar but gone got the job done” offensively.

Iyana Hughes (2 for 4) broke the ice in the top of the first when she was driven home by Daylynn Penner’s double.

Sierra didn’t plate its final run in the seventh. Shakira Lewis scored with a wide slide to home plate on a double steal.

Sierra will find out right away where it stands in the VOL, as it opens with two-time defending champ Oakdale (6-2-1) next Tuesday. After wrapping up the non-league schedule undefeated, Olmo feels his team is on track to make some noise in league.

“Aside from this game, the girls have been hitting the ball well and they’re making plays they need to make,” Olmo said. “We’ve progressed from Day 1, and today was just a great way to finish up the preseason.”