Allison Walljasper’s introduction to the Valley Oak League did not go as well as she had hoped.
In Sierra’s opener at Oakdale High March 22, the imposing freshman pitcher gave up three earned runs and seven hits — both season highs — in a 9-2 loss.
Walljasper and the Timberwolves didn’t lose before that, and they haven’t lost since.
The conference champions were rewarded for their hugely-successful season, as Walljasper earned Most Valuable Player honors in Monday’s year-end coaches meeting.
Sierra’s Nick Olmo was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season. The Timberwolves went 13-1 in the VOL and are 22-1-1 going into the Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV playoffs.
The title is the first in program history, and Sierra has garnered state-wide recognition by being tabbed California’s No. 1 club in Division III according to ESPN Rise.
Earning a major award for the second straight year is East Union’s Brittany LaMar. The San Jose State-bound catcher was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Last season she was the league’s MVP.
Oakdale High senior Brianna Parker repeats as Pitcher of the Year, and Ariana Hawkins of surprising first-year varsity Kimball is Offensive Player of the Year. Oakdale and Kimball will join Sierra at Arnaiz Softball Complez in Stockton May 18 when the section playoffs begin.
LaMar is one of three four-year honorees for East Union. Corner outfielder Cassie Waggy, the 2009 Offensive Player of the Year, and center fielder Jillian Goulart were both named to the all-league first team.
Standout second baseman Sommer Wilson of Sierra is a two-time first-team selection as a sophomore. Fellow middle infielder Daylynn Penner, a senior, also made the first team.
Sophomore third baseman Selena Gonzalez is Manteca High’s lone representative on the first team.
Local second-team honorees are: Sierra sophomore center fielder Iyana Hughes, Sierra sophomore first baseman Elia Vasquez, East Union junior pitcher/designated hitter Kelsey Emerson, East Union freshman shortstop Jordan Vinson, Manteca senior outfielder Mariah Navarro, Manteca junior shortstop/catcher Mia Ramirez, Weston Ranch junior outfielder Raileen Romo, Weston Ranch freshman pitcher Arianna Hernandez and Lathrop junior first baseman/pitcher Briana Lopez.
Making the all-defensive team are: Sierra junior outfielder Shakira Lewis, East Union senior second baseman Salina Tiscareno, Manteca freshman pitcher Peyton Rose, East Union sophomore first baseman Laura Gann, Manteca sophomore first baseman Hailee Teixeira and Weston Ranch freshman catcher Naomi Thurman.