ON THE DIAMOND: Allie Walljasper batted .482 one hit shy of .500 with 20 RBIs, a .557 on-base percentage, an .815 slugging percentage and struck out just four times in 72 regular-season plate appearances. Those numbers alone compiled in the rugged Valley Oak League probably were good enough to earn her Player of the Year honors. But the 6-foot-1 junior didn't make her name with her bat. Walljasper is a pitcher.
A power pitcher, pure and simple. She was 18-2 during the regular season her only losses coming to city rival East Union and playoff qualifier Oakdale with a 0.47 ERA. Opponents batted .088 against her and had an on-base percentage of just .149. In 120ª innings, she struck out 227 and walked just 24 nearly a 10/1 ratio.
And if cake and icing aren't enough for you, here's the cherry: With four more victories in the Sac-Joaquin Section tournament, she led the Timberwolves to the Division 4 championship and the No. 1 ranking in Cal-Hi Sports' statewide Division 3 poll.
"Our goal coming into the year was to win the VOL and section," says Walljasper, whose team tumbled in the polls after the losses to EU and Oakdale. "For sure, that was extra motivation for us. We all worked hard to get back there."
OFF THE DIAMOND: Graduation will be unkind to Sierra's championship team, taking five senior starters. Nevertheless, Walljasper sees it as an opportunity.
"Next year, I'm going to try to push the incoming players hard to win the VOL so they can see what it feels like to win," she says. "It'll be interesting to see what next year holds for us."
LOOKING AHEAD: Walljasper's fastball has been clocked in the mid-60s as high as 66 mph. That's akin to a 99 mph fastball in baseball when you consider softballs are delivered 43 feet away from home plate, as opposed to 60 feet, 6 inches.
Combine that kind of hot sauce with a change-up, a screwball, a curve, a slow curve, a riseball, a screw-rise and a dropball, and you can see why Louisiana State offered a scholarship when Walljasper was a sophomore. She verbally committed and says she'll honor that commitment, beginning in the fall of 2014. She plans to major in sports medicine.
QUOTABLE: "I'm beyond excited, knowing I only have one more year before I go to LSU. It's crazy to think I'll be gone so far away.
"I love the food down there, the athletic events are amazing and everyone is really nice."