MODESTO — Sierra’s pitching tandem of Madisyn Anchundo and Lindsey Walljasper struck out 13 batters, and the Timberwolves got all the runs they needed with a four-run barrage in the fourth in a 5-2 win at Central Catholic.
Anchundo pitched the first 3 2/3 innings and struck out six, giving up two runs on two hits in the process. Walljasper, the normally the starter for Sierra (6-2 Valley Oak League, 9-2 overall), struck out seven in her 3 1/3 innings in relief. They combined for a four-hitter.
“The combination of the both of them did a great job,” Sierra coach Vic DeAnda said. “Offensively we hit the ball well and our defense was solid. It was all around a good game for us.”
The Timberwolves totaled 12 hits on the day, with the two pitchers doing much of the damage. Anchundo was 3 for 3 with a double, and Walljasper belted a double and drove in a run while going 2 for 3. Natalie Garcia also went 2 for 3.
Third-place Sierra welcomes undefeated rival East Union to its home field next Tuesday.
East Union 12,
Weston Ranch 0
STOCKTON — Deja Guzman went 4 for 4 and plated three runs, and Sam Owen was 3 for 3 and drove in four as the Lancers (7-0, 15-0) cruised another victory. Taylor Ward added two RBIs, finishing 2 for 2.
Delaney Pamplin (three innings) and Mikayla Bongi (two) shared pitching duties and threw a combined three-hitter.
Manteca 11, Lathrop 1
Haighley Kissee hit 4 for 4 to go with three RBIs and also struck out 12 from the pitcher’s circle in a five-inning complete game.
Melissa Hansen added two hits, including a triple and three runs for the host Buffaloes (6-3, 12-6). Aryanna Martinez smashed a solo home run and drove in another with a sacrifice fly.
Manteca 17, Lathrop 11
The Buffaloes stayed busy at the plate and were led by Brianna Garcia’s 3-for-4 effort that included a double, three RBIs and two runs.
Celeste Herrera (three walks) and Kylee Eberle (two walks) both drove in two runs and plated two others. Herrera was the winning pitcher, striking out four.