By Jeremy McDonald
SALEM, Ore.– The Salem Aftershock 16U squad had needed some help settling in during the Gold Bracket Championship bout with the Lake Oswego Renegades 16U squad Sunday afternoon at Wallace Marine Park.
They entered the second inning with a 3-1, two-run lead thanks to a three-run home run from Putnam’s Alisha Sharp in the bottom half of the inning. The Renegades answered with a six-run inning in the second inning, the Aftershock turned to Meghan Boyles in the circle.
The incoming West Salem-Junior reset the Aftershock to their first game and first inning success defensively. Hanging up three-straight zero’s and giving their offense an opportunity to try to mount a comeback.
“I felt pretty confident coming in the middle of an inning because I know they haven’t seen me yet, so I try to do whatever I can to get outs,” Boyles said, who struck out five in three-and-two-third-innings of work.
The Aftershock offense had produced three long-balls in their four games in West Salem to help them to their second-place finish Saturday in the Gold Bracket, could only produced one run over the course of the final four innings of the game despite collecting six hits in the final game of the tournament in preparation for the 16A/B State this upcoming weekend up in Portland.
“I think it was on fire, we haven’t hit like that. This weekend we popped off, it was really nice. It was great to have a few great hits with the bats, everyone did well,” South Salem’s Lilly Mills said. “I think we need to focus on fundamentals and get back into the groove again. Work hard in practice and go the extra mile at home. I think we’re all prepared for our next tournament, I think we’ll do even better.”
Mills hit one of the four long balls Sunday morning against the Eugene Lightning 16U and was 3-for-9 on the weekend with 3RBI’s. Boyles closed out the weekend with 10 strikeouts in 12and-two-third-innings of work in pitching, including her performance in Sunday’s finale with the Salem Aftershock looking to build from their strong weekend going into this upcoming weekend’s tournament at Sunset.
Dunkin went seven-a-third with 15 strikeouts.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald