May 14, 2013
Sierra, Hughson big favorites in D-IV and V softball playoffs

Here is a look at the Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV through VII playoff softball fields.

DIVISION IV
FAVORITE

• Sierra (21-2): Six-foot-one junior Allie Walljasper, an LSU verbal commit, does it all for the Valley Oak League champions from Manteca. She's hitting .481 with 20 RBIs and four home runs. She's also 18-2 with an 0.47 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 120.1 innings.

CONTENDERS
• Cosumnes Oaks (15-11): Despite a rollarcoaster season, the Wolfpack have talent, led by .400 or better hitters Julia Morales (.515, 20 RBI), Sabryna Scott (.413, 20 RBIs) and Samantha Kile (.403).

• Kimball (21-6): The young Tracy school, in just its third varsity season, already has won 65 games and is led by junior stars Arianna Hawkins (.622 average, 40 RBIs) and Danielle Lallos (.500, 36 RBIS).

• Union Mine (16-7): The Diamondbacks won the competitive Sierra Valley Conference behind four-year standout Sarah Phillis (.676 avg., 35 RBIs, 19 steals) and freshmen Shyanne Winje (.451) and Laura Dager (.450).

DIVISION V
FAVORITE

• Hughson (20-4-1): Senior Katelyn Harden (.443 avg. 31 RBIs; 18-3, 0.47 ERA) and sophomore Jessica Garcia (.526, 36 RBIs) lead the two-time defending D-V section champs.

CONTENDERS
• Calaveras (18-9): Pitcher Megan Walters (16-7, 1.31 ERA) and Jennifer Scantlen (.487 avg., 25 RBIs) helped the Redskins win the Mother Lode League title.
• Marysville (21-4-1): With Morgan Welch (.478 avg., 43 RBI and seven home runs) and Tressa Arostegui (16-3, 1.00 ERA) leading the way, the Indians hope to win the school's second section softball banner.

• Ripon (19-7): Behind Tiana Chacon, Taylor Vernon and Nicole Kaiser (a combined 82 RBIs) the Indians finished second to Hughson in the tough Trans Valley League.

DIVISION VI
FAVORITE

• LeGrand (16-10-1): The Southern League co-champion Bulldogs have been the dominant team in this division with four section titles in six seasons and a runner-up finish last season.

CONTENDERS
• Golden Sierra (16-8): Savannah Stephens' power (.500 avg., 36 RBIs, 8 home runs) and Hollie Johnson's all-around game (.486 avg., 32 RBIs 12-1, 1.47 ERA) lead a Grizzlies team looking for the school's first section softball banner.

• Waterford (17-5-1): The Southern League co-champions with LeGrand after a formidable one-two punch with Kylie Ragsdale (.515 avg., 37 RBIs; 16-5, 0.96 ERA) and Londen Miller (.679 avg., 35 RBI and 25 stolen bases).

DIVISION VII
FAVORITE

• Millennium (15-6) The Falcons from Tracy look to win it all after finishing as runners-up the last two seasons.

CONTENDERS
• Elliot Christian (12-8): Though runners-up to Millennium in league the Lodi school has won five consecutive D-VII titles and has slugger Bradi Kooyman (.778 avg., 46 RBIs), the section's batting average leader.

• Holt Academy (13-7): The Bobcats from Stockton are hitting .444 as a team.



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