Sierra’s Lindsey Walljasper was dominating from the circle Friday, not giving up a hit to host Manteca until the sixth inning and knocking one out of the park herself on the way to a 6-2 Valley Oak League win.
Rhiannon Genilla broke up Walljasper’s no-no bid with a leadoff double in the sixth and was followed by a home run by Koryn Menasco. Walljasper finished with nine strikeouts, giving up three hits while walking two and hitting two.
“That one inning was frustrating,” Walljasper said. “I just had to hit my spots a little bit better and keep working through what I caused.
“I have been seeing the ball pretty good lately. My dad always taught me to see the ball, hit the ball, and that’s what I have been doing. It’s been working for me.”
Menasco was initially unaware that she hit it out of the park.
“That was my first home run this year,” Menasco said. “It felt good.
“I was 0-2 in the count and had got out earlier, so I just wanted to put something in play and help my team. All I tried to do was make contact — I sprinted to second before I heard someone say it was a home run.”
Mia Guevara set the tone for Sierra (11-1 VOL, 13-4 overall) and its 12-hit attack, going 3 for 5 with a run. Walljasper reached base four times, scoring twice going 2 for 2 with a home run, a walk and she was hit by a pitch.
“Every time we play a rival like Manteca it’s going to be a good game,” Timberwolves coach Vic DeAnda said. “Overall, both teams did really well. Defensively we did pretty good, for the most part, but we made a couple of errors. Offensively, once we adjusted we hit the ball well.
“Our leadoff Mia Guevara has been on fire lately. And that brings our big hitters up and Lindsey hit a home run and she pitched a great game today.”
Sierra got two runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings. After Guevara and Walljasper singled to start the third, Guevara came in on a sacrifice fly by Samantha Lorge and Callie Crane (3 for 3, RBI, two runs) bunted for a hit, scoring Walljasper.
Following Walljasper’s home run in the fifth, Crain singled and scored on a single by Elizabeth Kehle and in the sixth Crain beat out a bunt and scored on a double by Nicole Gardner (2 for 4, double, RBI, run). Gardner scored when Lisette Mejias got caught in a rundown between first and second.
Kaylee MacDannald singled in the seventh for the Buffaloes (6-6, 13-11), but was forced out at second to end the game.
“I love the energy,” Manteca coach Josh Farris said. “We bring energy and the girls fight the entire time.
“Their girl in the circle (Walljasper) is a tall task to handle, but I thought our girls battled and battled. Even after Sierra got those two runs back in the sixth, we still fought hard in the seventh.”
The Timberwolves have a lock on second place with two games left to play, one-half a game behind Oakdale. Manteca is tied for the fourth place and the final playoff spot with Kimball of Tracy.
“We are right where we want to be,” DeAndaa said. “We have Kimball and Oakdale to finish league next week.”
The Buffaloes wrap up the season with Weston Ranch and East Union.
East Union 17,
Central Catholic 2 (5)
At Northgate Softball Complex, the Lancers (8-3, 15-6) plated eight runs in the second and did all of their scoring in the first three innings.
Izabella Owen hit a homer and scored three times. Ally Roberts hammered a pair of doubles, while Chloe Agueda, Danielle Ramos, Shelby Cefalu and Ragan Fowzer each drove in two runs.
Hayley Leonard pitched the first three innings for East Union, and Owen hurled the final two and retired all six batters she faced.