Lindsey Walljasper belted a pair of home runs – one a grand-slam – to lead host Sierra to an 11-6 Valley Oak League win over Central Catholic of Modesto.
Nicole Gardner (two RBI) and Tia Solario were each 2 for 2 for the Timberwolves (9-1 VOL, 11-4 overall). Walljasper was in the circle for the first four innings, striking out nine, walking one and giving up one run on a solo home run.
Sierra’s win Monday comes on the heels of Wednesday’s convincing 10-2 win over East Union.
“Playing EU last week we were ready to play,” Timberwolves coach Vic DeAnda said. “But today we came out flat.
“We ended up winning and got to play everyone, so that was good. We have to get more focused before the playoffs start.”
The big inning for the Raiders (3-7, 7-11) was the fifth when they scored four runs.
Bear Creek of Stockton 10, Manteca 7
The visiting Bruins (14-3) took the lead for good in the sixth inning with six runs and they added two more in the seventh in the non-league contest.
The Buffaloes (13-9) managed just two hits with singles by Kayla Ching (RBI) and Alyssah Harnden but they drew nine walks with Rhiannon Genilla (RBI, run) getting walked three times and Kaileah Johannsen (RBI, two runs) and Kaylee MacDannald (RBI, two runs) each walking twice. Isabella Gonzales added an RBI.
East Union 16, Lathrop 1
Marisa Carranza pitched four scoreless innings for the Lancers with eight strikeouts and just one hit.
Danielle James finished the game in the circle with two strikeouts and pitched excellent in relief. Savannah Wilkerson had a nice double to drive in three runs.
East Union plays Oakdale today to determine the Valley Oak League champion.
Kimball 3, Lathrop 1
The Spartans (5-3 VOL, 14-8 overall) won the first match 25-19 before dropping the next three 25-27, 21-25, 21-25.
Tyler Riggleman paced the Lathrop attack with 17 kills and two aces. Gabe Gutierrez added 10 kills, 12 digs and eight aces; R.J. Carmesis tallied 20 assists and eight digs; Mark Fabian had 22 digs and Adrian Corona had six blocks.
East Union 3, Ripon 0
RIPON – The Lancers got a non-league sweep over the Indians, 25-15, 27-25, 25-14.
Anthony Byrd had eight kills for East Union. Parmvir Khattra added 23 assists; Grant Silva had nine blocks and six aces and Jonathon Castaneda and A.J. Anacleto had seven digs.
“We were able to be a little silly, but when the time got down to it we got down to business,” East Union coach Chelsea Herrera said. “We were trailing the entire second game and it took to 27 points to put the nail in the coffin.”
Trent Hawes had 11 digs and Michael Winters 10 for Ripon. Riley Machado added four kills,
Mitchell Ulrich had four blocks and Dylan Sexton dished out 11 assists for the Indians.
“We played an extremely close second game where we were very clean with our play,” Ripon coach Rod Wright said. “The kids played hard.
“Hawes played hard in the back row digging a lot of balls out.”
Hilmar 3, Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON – The host Cougars (7-10) were competitive in two of three matches, losing 20-25, 13-20, 22-25 in non-league play.
“We were competitive,” Cougars coach Debi Chavez said. “Hilmar has got a lot better since we saw them last. They have their timing down and they are a big team.”
Milo Bayot had 20 assists, eight digs and two kills for Weston Ranch. Andre Salazar added 18 digs and five kills and Jimmy Nguyen had 16 digs.
Laguna Creek-Elk Grove 9, Manteca 6
ELK GROVE – The Buffaloes (11-8-1) got half of their runs in the first inning and the Cardinals (11-8-1) scored in all but the fifth inning, and did not bat in the seventh.
Alex Gouveia was 2 for 4 with an RBI, double and run for Manteca. Dylan Gross was 2 for 3 with a pair of RBI and a run and Dylan Guice was 2 for 3.
“We definitely hit the ball better today, but needed to play catch a little better,” Buffaloes coach Neil MacDannald said. “That is a really good hitting team and we can’t give them extra outs.
“We will clean it up and get back after it.”