GRAFTON— The girls softball Base Invaders summer program got underway this past week with a slew of games to start the summer season.
This summer’s program is as extensive as the spring program that just wrapped up. The Base Invaders are fielding a 12U and a 16U team this summer with games scheduled throughout the month of June and into the month of July.
The same core of coaches will also be leading the teams this summer. Both teams recently had their opening games with the 12U facing off against Bridgeport away and the 16U challenging Clarksburg at home.
The 12U game would be a pitcher’s dual as the Bridgeport girls would squeak out a victory over the Base Invaders with a final score of 3-1.
“This team is a little different from the spring team as we have some girls who maybe played different sports in the spring and are coming in to play softball, so it will take a little time for everyone to catch up. We have a awesome group of young girls and they are getting better with each practice and game. So, we are confident moving forward that we can win some games and learn the game of softball,” voiced 12U coach Jay Taylor.
The 16U game would see an almost mirrored roster as the TCMS Lady Knights Middle School team albeit with a couple of new faces.
They would face off in an opening double header played at home against a formidable Clarksburg team.
The 16U Team was unable to generate any offense during both games as they dropped both games with finals of 10-2 and 16-6.
“It will take us a couple of weeks to fully get cranking. The girls are more distracted during the summer as vacations start and summer plans pull them away from the game mentally. I know how they are capable of playing and I know once we get things dialed in we will be a force in the summer league,” stated head coach Joe Mauller.
The 12U team will play Clarksburg next week at home, as the 16U will travel to Lewis County also next week.