12U and 16U Base Invaders see progress despite losses


GRAFTON—The girls softball Base Invaders 10U and 16U programs are struggling to find their footing as this season begins to take hold.    

The 12U would visit Buckhannon this week for a double header.

The 12 U Base Invaders are fielding a lot of first-time players and would not be able to fully generate the runs needed to secure the victory.

The first game would see the Base Invaders struggle at the plate, and face a three up and three down scenario for the entirety of the game, with the Buckhannon team easily taking the first game with a final score of 16-0.

The second 12U game would start to see the bats of the Base Invaders come alive, as they were able to score two runs quickly in the top of the second inning, and add another two more in the top of the third.

The Buckhannon squad would rally to tack on five runs per inning for the rest of the game to finish the contest with a final of 20-4, dashing the hopes of split on the day.

“We did a double header at Buckhannon to get a jump on the upcoming rain that was moving into the area. This was good experience for the girls though. We continue to learn more and get the much-needed experience with each game we play,” coach Jay Taylor shared.

“We have also been getting in more first-time pitchers, and that can certainly be more nerve racking, but the girls are taking it all in stride. The Buckhannon coach told the girls he was really impressed with how they kept upbeat and always tried to cheer and keep their team upbeat. We might not be winning, but they are learning and having fun,” added Taylor.

The 16U Base Invaders would not fare much better, as they faced Barbour County at home this week.

The Base Invaders just couldn’t seem to generate any runs as the defense of the Barbour County team stopped everything that was hit.

The Invaders also put up a strong defense, but the Barbour County squad just seemed to hit the ball to places where defenders were not present.

The Barbour County team would keep up the pace of scoring until the dust settled and the final score was tallied at 18-0.

“We wanted to win this game. It’s just one of those games that nothing you do seems to go the right way. They just kept hitting the ball in the gaps and making the big plays on defense,” commented coach Joe Mualler.

“These girls are progressively getting better with each game and in the coming years we will have a great team. They are learning and keeping their spirits up as they learn to navigate this league,” he voiced.

The 12U team will be at home this week at they will face Shinnston.

The 16U team will travel to Bridgeport to face the Lady Braves. 

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