It may have seemed like just another Valley Oak League game for the Sonora Wildcats, but the Sierra Timberwolves made the trip to Sonora with purpose, mercy ruling the hosts 14-2 and clinching at least a half slice of the league championship.
Sierra (12-1 VOL, 21-1-1 overall) wasted little time jumping out on Sonora (3-11, 9-15), scoring four in the first and five in the third to secure the victory and usher the Timberwolves to the league’s top honor.
“This was a big one for us,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “The win gets us a share of the VOL title for the season with a game to play.”
Sierra will close out league play Tuesday against the East Union Lancers, giving the club an opportunity to win the VOL title outright for the first time in school history with a victory.
Allison Walljasper tossed four innings of solid work for Sierra, striking out seven and scattering three hits in the win. Walljasper also went 2-for-2 at the plate, drving in three and hitting a double.
Sierra’s Sommer Wilson went 3-for-3 driving in three, getting a walk and smashing a homerun to pace the Timberwolves. Iyana Hughes was also 3-for-3 stroking a pair of double and driving in two. Senior Daylynn Penner was 3-for-4 with a game-high five RBI and a double.
The VOL finale will take place Tuesday at Sierra with a 4:30 p.m. The Timberwolves will be supporting breast cancer awareness and would like all in attendance to share in the support by wearing pink.
The Lancers found themselves down a run after one inning of play but changed that in a hurry on their way to a VOL win over the Lathrop Spartans Thursday.
Senior Jillian Goulart handled the duties in the circle, going the distance and scattering five hits in the win. Goulart was also 3-for-5 in the batter’s box, while both Jordan Vinson and Cassie Waggy were 3-for-4 for the Lancers.
Brittany LaMar smashed a three RBI triple, finishing the contest 2-for-3. Salina Tiscareno was 2-for-2 in the win.
“Our girls played well tonight,” East Union head coach Brian Goulart said. “It was our last game before the season finale against Sierra.
“We are excited for that one.”
The Lancers (8-5, 14-10-1) will be the final club to get a shot at adding to Sierra’s one loss season total, needing to upset the Timberwolves to give the Oakdale Mustangs a share of the VOL title.
Lathrop 5, East Union 1
The host Spartans (5-9, 8-11) broke away with four runs in the first inning, and pitcher Marisela Duenas took it from there in the team’s biggest win in the season finale.
Duenas finished with 14 strikeouts and aided her cause with an RBI double. Leadoff hitter Josephine Van Wetter plated two runs, and Marissa Elliot doubled, stole a base and scored.
It was the best all-around effort Lathrop put forth this year, as the defense committed just two errors.
“I’m very proud with how the team ended the season against a top team like East Union,” Lathrop coach Ed Fang said. “It is a very well-deserved accomplishment.”