Athlete of the Week

Athlete of the Week: Alyssa Waltman, Los Banos softball

Aly Waltman, Los Banos High softball.
Aly Waltman, Los Banos High softball.

Alyssa Waltman has delivered a number of big hits for the Los Banos High softball team during a four-year varsity career.

However, none were as important as her ninth-inning home run to beat rival Pacheco last week, 4-2. The two teams finished the Western Athletic Conference regular season tied in the standings, so a winner-take-all playoff game was required to settle the No. 3 seed.

The Tigers were alive to start this week because of Waltman, whose walk-off three-run home run bounced off the top of the fence in left field.

“The home run was definitely one of the biggest hits of my career,” she said. “It meant everything to come through for my team. It was the perfect ending to our regular season.”

The blast came with two outs in the ninth.

“I was going up bat just trying to get a base hit and bring in a run,” said Waltman, a Dominican University of California commit. “I knew that if I didn’t then our season was over, so I just wanted to keep it going.”

Age: 18

Class: Senior

Parents: Sheila and David Waltman

Place of birth: Los Banos

Favorite class: Chemistry

Favorite teacher: Mrs. Bhaskar (calculus)

Favorite athlete: Jennie Finch

Favorite meal: Spaghetti

Favorite movie: Stand by Me

Favorite app: Twitter

Favorite emoji: “Laughing with tears” face

Can’t stop listening to: Blake Shelton

Three things you’d want on a desert island: A glove, ball, and chocolate

Finish this sentence: I want to be “successful”