Allie Walljasper didn’t lead her team to a Cal-Hi Sports state championship, as she did in 2013, but she helped a young team make a run deep into the playoffs. For her efforts, Walljasper is The Bee’s Stanislaus District Softball Player of the Year for a second consecutive season.
On the diamond: It’s hard to think of something Allie Walljasper didn’t accomplish in her softball career. She was a four-time MVP of the Valley Oak League, an All-American, a Sac-Joaquin Section champion, a state champion and, now, a two-time Stanislaus District Softball Player of the Year.
The Timberwolves, coming off a state title in 2013, didn’t have the same supporting cast for Walljasper in 2014 but still finished with a 16-8 record in a season that ended with back-to-back playoff losses to eventual Division IV section champ Oakdale and runner-up East Union.
Walljasper, a 6-foot-1 right-hander, was 14-6 with a 1.04 earned-run average. Most impressive was her strikeout-to-walk ratio of nearly 8-1. She fanned 229 batters and walked just 29 in 134 innings.
Want to talk consistency? As a junior, she struck out 227 and walked 24; as a sophomore, it was 226 strikeouts against 21 walks; and as a freshman, she whiffed 213 against 15 free passes.
This season, she posted a career-best .556 batting average with six home runs (the ninth-best total in the section) and 21 RBIs.
Over her four-year career, Walljasper was 63-13 with a 0.61 ERA, 895 strikeouts and 89 walks while batting .488 with 18 homers and 70 RBIs.
Off the diamond: Walljasper is already taking classes – English and a college study skills course – at LSU, where filming for “Pitch Perfect 2” is getting under way. A sleeper hit in 2012, “Pitch Perfect” is a comedy about the exploits of competitive a cappella singing groups at fictitious Barden College. Much of the filming took place on the LSU campus. Walljasper, and other students, will have the chance to be extras in the movie, scheduled for release next spring.
What’s ahead: Softball season doesn’t start until 2015, but Walljapser has jumped into college life with both feet. In addition to taking classes, she’s been working out with trainers. She’s looking forward to football games – and tailgating – and volleyball matches in the fall.
Quotable: “It is so hot here,” said Walljasper, who has experienced temperatures around 90, with elevated humidity, since arriving in Baton Rouge. “Every time I’m done with a workout, I’m soaked.
“I’m really good with the heat in the Central Valley, but these are two different types of heat.”
– Joe Cortez