Sierra High used one third-inning Iyana Hughes run to slip past Pitman 1-0 and then exchanged shots with Los Banos for a six-inning 4-4 stalemate in the Ceres Tournament Friday in Riverbank.
The Timberwolves (2-0-1) got a sterling effort from starting pitcher Allison Walljasper. Walljasper was effective and efficient, striking out 14 batters and surrendering just two hits in the win. Walljasper’s dominance continued in the Los Banos matchup, holding the tigers to a hit and nine strikeouts. Defensive miscues enabled the Tigers some success.
“We had our second catcher in there and she had never caught Ally, so there were some issues there,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “Overall, she did a great job. She really pitched well in both games, but Los Banos was able to put the ball in play.
“They only had the one hit, but they put her in play more than Pitman did.”
Both Hughes and Walljasper had doubles in the Pitman win, while Gianna Lenoci and Elena Flores both were 1-for-2 in game two.
The Timberwolves will return to tournament action against Hughson and Johansen. Hughson is scheduled for a 4:30 p.m. start, while Johansen is slated for a 6:15 p.m. first pitch.
Manteca 11, Yosemite 1 (5)
Lincoln 8, Manteca 0
The Buffaloes managed a split in their Argonaut Tournament opening day, handling Yosemite with ease after dropping the opener to the Lincoln Trojans of Stockton.
Manteca got a five-inning gem from hurler Peyton Rose, who struck out 10 and walked one in Manteca’s win. Annissa Gonzalez had two doubles on the day and teammate Mia Ramirez collected five hits over the two games.
Manteca will be back on the diamond at 8 a.m., continuing tournament play against Rio Americano in the first game and the second game opponent will be determined.
Ripon 11, Delhi 1
Ripon continued its impressive opening to the season, smashing Delhi 11-1 for its sixth consecutive win Friday.
The Indians got a sterling pitching effort from Mackenzie Gaudin and Nicole Kaiser. Taylor Vernon and Kattya Calderon both had two hits for the Indians. Vernon also drove in two runs.