Perrydale’s Tompkins Walk-Off Seals 2-0 Start For Salem Aftershock

By Jeremy McDonald

NEWBERG, Ore.–  Even after a successful season with the Perrydale Pirates this past Spring, Jenna Tompkins admits that there’s work to be done with her game following her game-winning hit for the Salem Aftershock 16U squad Thursday afternoon.

Being aggressive at the plate is something that she is still learning to do.  Tompkins singled with the bases-loaded to hand the Aftershock a 4-3 win over the West Salem Titans 14U squad to ice the 2-0 pool play start to the NAFA Summer Tournament at the Darnell Wright Sports Complex.

“At first I didn’t think I was going to swing at it, initially I wanted to ride the ball out and get the walk.  But I knew I would’ve regretted it if I watched it go by,” Tompkins said.  “That’s something I’ve been working on.  Swinging and not being afraid to hit the ball.”

The Aftershock defense allowed three runs in nine innings of pool play Thursday in Newberg (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

Tompkins helped the Pirates to a 4-3 record as the hit capped a strong defensive performance by the Salem-based squad.  Dallas’ Brook Dunkin threw a four-inning, 11-strikeout no-hitter in the Aftershocks 10-0 win in Thursday’s opener. 

West Salem’s Meghan Boyles followed that up with a five-inning nail bitter that led to Tompkins game-winner, the Titans pitcher struck out one as the offensive produced 14 runs on 21 hits in Day 1 of the tournament.

“It was pretty cool…We just got to keep getting better every day, eliminating those little mistakes and one-upping yourself,” said Dunkin of the day’s performance. 

North Salem’s Cierra Hernandez went 5-for-6 with an RBI and Tompkins had a team-high 3RBI’s to lead the offensive chard. Boyles and Bella Elliot each had 2RBI’s for Salem who start bracket play at 9:30am back at Darnell Wright Sports Complex in Newberg.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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