It was business as usual for Sierra High standout Allison Walljasper.
The sophomore continued her dominance in the Valley Oak League Thursday with a complete-game 5-1 victory over the East Union Lancers. Walljasper struck out 13 and got a two-run home run from Lily Gonzales in the sixth inning.
Walljasper sat the Lancers down in order for the first two innings and then got a terrific throw out at the plate from Gonzales in the third to keep the Lancers off the board and spark the Timberwolves’ offense. Sierra would score the next inning on an RBI infield single from Katelyn Salsedo.
East Union would have bunt attempts for nearly each batter the rest of the way, forcing the Sierra infielders to take care of the softball.
“They played the short game on us last time so we prepared for that,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “That is what we were expecting today and that’s what they came at us with. Overall we did a great job.
“Ally was on right off the bat starting out the game with a bunch of strikeouts.”
Walljasper earned 10 of her 14 strikeouts in the game’s first four innings. After striking out the side in the second and the fourth Walljasper placed her trust in a defense that got the job done.
“It’s better than striking out 18 times,” Lancers head coach Brian Goulart said of his team’s approach against Walljasper. “I think their pitcher is throwing better now than she did earlier in the year for sure. “The first two innings we had five strikeouts because we didn’t get the bunts down. We wanted to make them move and make them make a play. She is going to pitch seven innings, so it’s not like you are going to wear her out.
“We just wanted to make them make the outs.”
Sierra (9-2, 12-3-1 overall) scored its first run after a Lexus Barnes base hit to open the fourth and would two more in the sixth and seventh. Sommer Wilson crushed an RBI ground-rule double in the seventh and Gonzales had the big swing in the sixth.
“I don’t hit inside pitches, but she threw me a couple of those and you have to adjust to the pitcher,” Gonzales said. “I like hitting against her. We always set goals before every game and my goal is always to hit a home run.
“I did it and I felt really good about it.”
East Union got a hit from Jessica Campa and Jordan Vinson and also a double from Kelsey Emerson.
The Timberwolves will have an important meeting with Oakdale Monday, likely finalizing the playoff positioning in the VOL.
East Union 12, Sierra 8
Kristen Borst struck out 10 and hit a home run Thursday in the Lancers VOL win over Sierra High.
Shelby Hart was 2 for 3 with a triple and Breanna Perkins was 2 for 4 in the win.