Lindsey Walljasper was in complete control on the mound.
The Sierra High sophomore hurler tossed a two-hit shutout at crosstown rival Manteca Tuesday, fanning 13 with no walks in the 2-0 Valley Oak League win.
At one point, Walljasper retired 14 straight batters since Haighley Kissee, her pitching counterpart, doubled in the first inning.
“I had my rise (ball) working today,” Walljasper said. “I also hit my spots and the defense did a good job.”
Take Kendelle Messersmith, for one. In the fourth, Timberwolves shortstop registered all three putouts in the frame with a pop up, liner and grounder.
Manteca (3-2 VOL, 6-4) knew runs would be at a premium.
“Our games against Sierra in the past two years had been low scoring and decided one or two runs,” said Buffaloes coach Corey Navarro.
In fact, both runs against his team were unearned.
Sierra (4-1 VOL, 6-1) scored a run in the fourth. Devi Coglio had a lead-off double to right field, advancing to third on a fielder’s choice. She was then caught in a rundown after a missed bunt, but Manteca bobbled the ball on the play, paving the way for the run.
The Timberwolves added an insurance run in the seventh.
Coglio reached base on a passed ball third strike and subsequently stole second. She advanced to third on Messersmith’s fly ball to deep left and came home on Julianna Deanda’s ground out.
Kissee, meanwhile, pitched a solid game for Manteca.
“She did a good job changing speeds (on her pitches),” Walljasper said.
Kissee, who scattered five hits, also pitched her ways out of jams in the second, third, and sixth innings. Sierra coach Nick Olmo took notice to that, adding: “We left too many runners stranded on the base path.”
Kissee and Morgan Miramontes managed the only two hits for the Buffaloes.
For the Timberwolves, Desiree Mejias and Madisin Penner both had doubles, Deanda added a single and Coglio finished with two hits.
“All of our kids contributed to the win – it was a team effort,” Olmo said.
Oakdale 24, Lathrop 0
The Mustangs are one of the top teams in the VOL and for good reason.
At Lathrop, they scored 11 runs in the first inning en route to lopsided victory on Tuesday.
Oakdale (4-0 VOL, 8-0) also scored in double digits in the fifth against the Spartans (0-3 VOL, 1-5).
Manteca 6, Sierra 6
The Buffaloes and the Timberwolves finished deadlocked in this VOL clash.
Manteca was paced by Brianna Garcia, who went 4 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a triple.
Camille Aguilar had two hits and Makenna Condit chipped in with a single and two walks for the Buffaloes.