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Sierra is playoff bound
Pitcher nearly perfect in final start at home
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Sierras Kristin Maestretti makes it to second ahead of the tag by Alisha Siebler of Manteca in a 6-0 road win for the Timberwolves on Tuesday. - photo by DAVE CAMPBELL/ The Bulletin

Almost perfect.

In her last Valley Oak League softball game Tuesday, Sierra’s Allie Walljasper allowed one hit and walked one in a 6-0 road win over Manteca that locked up the No. 3 seed for the defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV champion Timberwolves in the upcoming playoffs.

“I am kind of irritated I left one pitch a little too over the middle,” Walljasper said of the two-out sixth-inning single she gave up to Morgan Mirtamontes. “But I am really happy that we got the win and we get to go to playoffs for the fourth year in a row.”

Walljasper struck out 13 and walked one.

Sierra (10-4 VOL, 14-5) put up five runs in the first two innings. In a four-run second, Kendelle Messersmith poked a towering fly ball to right field that was misplayed, scoring Devi Coglio and Legacy Barnes. Kiara Baleva was running for Walljapser who had walked for the second time in as many innings and scored on a Julie Deanda single and Messersmith scored on a Taylor Moss groundout.

Deanda was 2 for 3 with two RBI.

 “My bat felt good today,” Deanda said. “And I was able to get the runs in when we needed to.

 “It felt good to win because now we are going to playoffs.”

Had the Timberwolves lost Tuesday, they would have been in a tie for the third and final playoff slot with Kimball.

“It would have come down to a math decision and I didn’t want that to happen.” Sierra coach Nick Olmo said. “We love playing these guys. They are all personal friends and it has always been more of a light-hearted exchange than anything else.

“It was a great game. We did what we needed to do to continue on.”

Buffaloes coach Corey Navarro was pleased with the progress of his team that finished 7-7, 13-8.

“It was a pretty good season,” Navarro said. “We made it further then we have in 15 years.

“We were within one game of the playoffs late in the year. Had we beaten Sierra it would have been a coin toss between them and Kimball.

“We made a few mistakes early in the game and they capitalized on that. After that it was cruise control for them with Allie pitching. She is a great kid. I wish her the best of luck at LSU and good luck to Sierra in the playoffs. I just wish it could have been a better game for us.”