T’WOLVES GO OUT ON TOP

Wall­jasper named All-VOL MVP, Vic­tor DeAnda is Coach of the Year

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports - By JONAMAR JAC­INTO

Lind­sey Wall­jaser and Vic­tor DeAnda went out as cham­pi­ons and the spoils that come along with it.

The pitcher-coach combo led Sierra to three Sac-Joaquin Section Divi­sion IV cham­pi­onships in four years along with a Val­ley Oak League co-ti­tle this past spring sea­son.

Wall­jasper, head­ing to Ne­braska, was voted MVP of the VOL, while DeAnda is Coach of the Year in his 11th and fi­nal sea­son (fourth as head coach) with the Tim­ber­wolves.

Sierra (13-1 VOL, 19-4 over­all) shares the league crown with Oak­dale, which the Tim­ber­wolves de­feated 1-0 in their fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son con­test. Oak­dale was un­de­feated and highly-ranked in the state at the time, and Wall­jasper out­du­eled Pitcher of the Year Lexie Webb in one of the best ef­forts — a 13-strik­out, one-hit­ter — of her ster­ling ca­reer.

Wall­jasper went 10-1 with a 0.90 ERA in league and amassed 120 strike­outs in 70 in­nings. She also pow­ered the of­fense with a .519 bat­ting av­er­age, six home runs and 15 RBIs.

Wall­jasper is a four-time all-league se­lec­tion who was the 2017 Pitcher of the Year.

“She de­served it a lot,” DeAnda said of Wall­jasper’s MVP honor. “She’s a very com­pet­i­tive young lady, and in the last (league) game against Oak­dale she re­ally showed it. She was pretty dom­i­nant against a great of­fen­sive team.”

For DeAnda, the Coach of the Year award is his first. He com­piled a 69-24 record and led Sierra to its third league ti­tle in his four years. He pre­vi­ously served as an as­sis­tant un­der Nick Olmo.

“It’s a good way to go out,” DeAnda said. “The last four years have been amaz­ing, but to go out the way we did, a coach can’t ask for bet­ter than that.”

Ore­gon State-bound East Union short­stop Iz­abella Owen is Of­fen­sive Player

of the Year after earn­ing the MVP award last sea­son. Oak­dale’s Grace Green and Brit­tany Bye are Co-Defensive Play­ers of the Year.

Owen reg­is­tered as­tro­nom­i­cal num­bers in her fi­nal goaround with third-place East Union (10-4, 19-8), im­prov­ing on her im­pres­sive stats from her MVP sea­son.

She bat­ted .678 over­all from the lead­off spot to go with three homers, 12 dou­bles, three triples, 29 RBIs, 41 runs and 31 steals — all while strik­ing out just three times. Owen also boasted .724 on-base and .988 slug­ging per­cent­ages.

Sierra, East Union and Man­teca (7-7, 14-12) each have two all-league se­lec­tions while last-place Lathrop (0-14, 1-22) has one.

Short­stop Mia Gue­vara (.517, 14 runs) and catcher Sa­man­tha Lorge (.343, five homers, 18 RBIs), both sopho­mores, made all-league for Sierra.

Chap­man- bound cen­ter fielder Al­lie Ta­jii (.470, 20 RBIs) and fresh­man third base­man Alexan­dra Parker (.506, 35 RBIs) rep­re­sent East Union on the list. Man­teca se­nior pitcher/out­fielder Ko­ryn Me­nasco (.424, 22 RBIs; 9-8, 3.44 ERA) and se­nior out­fielder Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla (.315, 23 RBIs) are also on the first team along with Lathrop in­fielder/pitcher Sa­man­tha Sales (.439).

Saint Mary’s Col­lege signee Kayla Ching of Man­teca is among the All-VOL sec­ond-team mem­bers from the area. The short­stop is joined by fel­low Buf­faloes first base­man Kaylee MacDan­nald and catcher Kaileah Jo­hannsen.

Oth­ers on the all-league sec­ond team: East Union catcher Danielle Ramos and pitcher Shelby Ce­falu; Sierra cen­ter fielder Cal­lie Crain and third base­man Ni­cole Gard­ner; and We­ston Ranch pitcher Sheree White, catcher/ short­stop Ju­lianna Lassiter and third base­man Jo­ce­lyn Laminero.

File photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

ABOVE PHOTO: Sierra stand­out Lind­sey Wall­jasper de­liv­ers a pitch in a Val­ley Oak League game against East Union at North­gate Soft­ball Com­plex. BE­LOW PHOTO: Sa­man­tha Lorge gets a high-five from Sierra head coach Vic­tor DeAnda after slug­ging a home run against Man­teca.

File photo by WAYNE THALLANDER

Sierra short­stop Mia Gue­vara, left, ap­plies the tag on Man­teca’s Rhi­an­non Ge­nilla on a steal at­tempt. Both were named to the All-Val­ley Oak League first team.

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