WESTON RANCH – It seemed as if Sierra was just getting started with its lightning quick twi-run first inning lead against Weston Ranch Thursday, but that would not be the case. Both teams were similarly quiet the rest of the way with the visiting Timberwolves earning the 2-0 Valley Oak League win.
Sierra would not add any additional run support for standout hurler Allison Walljasper. Walljasper did not need it though, twirling a two-hit shutout with 12 strikeouts and a pair of harmless walks.
Weston Ranch was remarkable after the first-inning hiccup, not allowing the Timberwolves another score, yet unable to push across that first run to give itself a chance.
“We battled the entire game and we were able to put the ball in play,” Weston Ranch head coach Janelle Bauer said. “We went into the box and we took our hacks and I was pleased with that.
“She (Walljasper) is just a great pitcher.”
The defending Sac-Joaquin Section Division-IV champions are still fine-tuning things as the young season continues to unfold. Offensively, they got multiple hits from Lexus Barnes (2-for-3), Gabby Olmo (2-for-4) and Katelyn Salsedo (2-for-4), but were unable to get the clutch hit that would have broken the contest open.
“We hit the ball well, we had 11 hits on the day,” Sierra head coach Nick Olmo said. “A win is the outcome we are aiming for and we were able to get the win. It would have been nice to get key hits at key times because we left 11 girls stranded.
“You have to give Weston Ranch credit, their defense was solid today.”
Arianna Hernandez was 1-for-2 for Weston Ranch.
Sierra 27, Weston Ranch 0
Tayler Moss threw a no-hitter and was 2-for-3 with a home run during the Timberwolves’ one-sided victory over the Cougars Thursday.
Kristen Maestretti was 4-for-6 with four RBI, Ariana Cota was 3-for-5 with six RBI and a grand slam and Annabel Adair was 3-for-4 and also hit a homerun.
Sierra will try and keep the momentum going when they meet up with East Union High Tuesday.