GRAFTON— The 10u Base Invaders started their week with their first road game against the Lewis County Pink Panthers, who are the reigning 10u champions.
While the team worked hard, those first away game jitters got the best of the Base Invaders, with seven baters striking out over the course of four innings.
Although it wasn’t the outcome the team had hoped for, the group held their own, managing to rack up five runs in the first inning. Those runs were achieved by Adree Wiles, Kaizley Carr, Reagan Taylor, Lilly Williams and Braelyn Jones.
Unfortunately, the girls wouldn’t fare as well in the second inning, as all three of their batters struck out.
Another Base Invader Run would come from teammate Brakelle Sturm in the bottom of the third, but when all was said and done, the Invaders remained one run behind the Panthers, falling short in the 6-7 loss.
“Our girls held their own, and we picked back up and pushed forward,” commented head coach Julie Dowdy.
The Base Invaders went on to go 2-0 for the rest of the week, coming out triumphant over two rivalry Bridgeport teams.
In the first matchup, the Base Invaders owned the plate, earning five runs to start the game and matching that number for the second inning, with the score sitting at 10-1 going into the third and final inning of play.
That lone Bridgeport run in the second inning would be their last, as the remainder of the Bridgeport batters would strike out, leaving the Base Invaders to claim the 14-1 victory.
Leading the Invaders in runs against Bridgeport were Taylor, Olivia Barker and Ashley Smith, each with two. Teammates Wiles, Dowdy, Carr, Williams, Harper Gerkin, Mya Johnson and Sturm, all added one.
When facing off against the Bridgeport Dynamite, the task at hand proved to be a little more challenging.
Both teams came out swinging, each earning three runs during the opening inning.
During the second inning, the Invaders found themselves down by two runs, but were able to claim the come-from- behind victory with three runs by Carr, Taylor and Smith in the third inning, while the Dynamite went scoreless for the rest of the game.
Wiles and Makayla White also made runs for the Base Invaders during the game.
“I can see the growth each time we step out on the field,” Dowdy expressed. “We have a great group of girls that wholeheartedly believe they can win every game and encourage each other to be their best.”
“I couldn’t ask for a better positive mentality. These girls are going to be an exciting bunch to watch for years to come,” she added.