TAYLOR COUNTY—Taylor County is home to many athletic teams, but one team has been taking the diamond by storm this fall, with two weeks work of games already under their belts and numerous more matchups in their future.
The Taylor County Base Invaders program kicked off their inaugural season in the autumn of 2019, and since that time, the softball teams have been hitting, running, sliding and scoring their way into the hearts of fans.
“I’m really excited to see the growth of this program over the past two years,” exclaimed Base Invaders 11U Head Coach Julie Dowdy. “Base Invaders 11U has had a strong start once again!”
The 11U league is comprised of two teams, a green team and black team, and both groups of girls have been scoring up a storm this fall.
According to Dowdy, the Base Invaders ended week one of play with a 6-0 record, shutting out their competition and dominating the diamond, with a total of 77 runs scored compared to the nine runs allowed to their opponents.
Week two saw more strong performances by the ladies, as they went on to score an additional 26 runs, only allowing 12 in their contests. The Base Invaders rounded up the second week of action with a record of 3-0-1.
The Base Invaders 11U Green is comprised of Adree Wiles, Brakelle Sturm, Gracelynn Jacobs, Hadlee Price, Hannah Dowdy, Haper Gerkin, Jaydence Garcia, Jaylea Smith, Jenna Smith, Mya Johnson and Olivia Barker.
They are led by Dowdy and Assistant Coaches Rachel Gerkin, Sam Gerkin, Becky Phillips and John Jacobs.
As a team, the ladies have hit the ground running, with a team record of 4-0-1.
To start their season, Green took down Bridgeport at home in a 7-3 victory, followed by another home win where they shut out Clarksburg 10-0.
The team then hit the road playing away for their next three games, where they walked away with a W each time. Those contests included Gilmer (14-3), Shinnston (6-6 tie) and another meeting with Clarksburg (7-2).
The Base Invaders 11U Black has opened their season with a spotless record winning all five of their games, an impressive feat.
The black team, featuring Ambreanna Wyer, Bailey McDaniel, Braelynn Jones, Charleigh Wheeler, Emmy Rush, Hallie Wolfe, Kaizley Carr, Maddison Barbe, Makayla White, and Victoria Drainer has dominated the diamond so far this fall.
Led by Dowdy, Assistants R. Gerkin, S. Gerkin, Matt Holley and Heather Arthur, Base Invaders Black is ready to carry on their winning ways.
During the first two weeks of action, the ladies hit the road to Bridgeport, where they brought home an impressive 16-2 win, followed by a home victory against Clarksburg 14-0.
The girls alternated with away and homes games for the remainder of play, claiming wins against Gilmer (15-1), Shinnston (3-1) and Clarksburg (10-2).
“What a way to start the season off,” exclaimed Dowdy.
With full rosters, the program is bursting at the seams with talent, dedication and drive from the young ball players, who will continue to work on their skill set.
“Coaching 21 girls can be challenging, but they are eager to learn and continue to get better each and every time we play,” Dowdy voiced.
And while she is sad to know that she may lose some of her players this spring, she said that she will work to ensure they are ready to compete for the Lady Knights team.
“We are going to have fun this fall,” Dowdy imparted. “I’m grateful for our coaching staff, without them it would be impossible!”