Base Invader teams struggle to knock in runs against Clarksburg and Lewis County teams

The 12U base Invaders gather near center field for a team talk.

GRAFTON—The girls softball Base Invaders summer program was dealt a series of losses this past week, as the summer season is now in full swing.    

The 12U would play a double header against Clarksburg at home this week.

The Base Invaders would come up short against a formidable Clarksburg program, as the Invaders could not generate any offense against the overwhelming pitching of a superior Clarksburg team.

The first game would see the Base Invaders struggle at the plate, only scoring one run in the game, with Clarksburg crossing home plate 17 times to end the first game early with a final of 17-1.

The 12U second game would not be much better, as the same issues plagued the Base Invaders in the second game as they did in the first.

The Base Invaders would manage to put up seven runs but it would not be enough to overcome the momentum the Clarksburg squad had built, as the Clarksburg team was able to put up fifteen runs and secure the victory and the day as the final score would be 15-7.

“We are just not hitting the ball the way I know we can,” voiced 12U coach Jay Taylor. “Some of the teams we are facing have played together for a while and we are just getting started. We had a better showing in the second game and I think we showed what we could do.”

The 16U game would see a similar fate as they faced Lewis County at home this week.

The Base Invaders would not be able to manufacture any runs against a solid pitching performance by the Lewis County team.

The Invaders also struggled defensively, allowing twenty-three total runs in just four innings of play.

The Grafton squad made a last stitch effort in the final inning of play and came up two runs late in the fourth. However, it wouldn’t be enough to overcome such a large deficit as the game came to a close with a final of 23-2.

“We are playing in the 16U category with a squad of mostly fourteen-year-old girls. That extra two years is a major advantage when playing at this level. This Lewis team only had one fourteen-year-old and the rest were sixteen. In a couple of years, I know that this outcome will be much different, as we have a solid team that is just a little young,” stated Head Coach Joe Mauller.

Both teams will be back in action this week. 

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