Base Invaders secure close game against Gilmer


GRAFTON— The 10U Grafton Base Invaders girls’ softball team squeaked out a win against a formidable Gilmer County team at home this past Sunday.

Gilmer County has risen to the status of rival for the 10U program, as they have had several close games over the last few weeks. 

The top of the first inning the Gilmer girls would have a hard time getting any offense going against the pitching of Oliva Barber.

The Base Invaders would jump out to an early lead in the bottom first inning with a Adree Wiles double that led to the first run of the night, as Hannah Dowdy brought her home with a single starting the game off with a 1-0 score.

The Base Invaders would be able to hold the Gilmer team scoreless again in the top of the second.

The Base Invaders would start a hitting onslaught in the bottom half of the line up that saw Makayla White, Olivia Barber and Harper Gerkin generating singles that turned into runs to start the third inning up with a score of 4-0

The Gilmer County team would answer back in the top of the third adding three runs in quick succession as they brought the score up to within striking distance at 4-3.

The bottom of the third inning would see the Base Invaders tack on three more insurance runs as the they enter the top of the fourth inning up 6-4.

The Gilmer County girls would start the fourth inning on fire as they struck quickly. 

They were able to manufacture an additional three more runs to tie the game 6-6 going into the bottom of the fourth the final inning of the game.

The top of the Base Invaders lineup was unable to get any offense going.

Reagan Taylor singled with two outs to give the team some hope. The Gilmer pitcher threw two wild pitches in a row that Reagan took advantage of and was quickly standing on third while teammate Ashley Smith stood at the plate with a 2-2 count.

The next pitch would be bobbled by the catcher that cued Reagan Taylor to try and steal home. As she thundered down the base e line and slid home it was enough to secure the win for the Base Invaders with a final score of 7-6.

Head Coach Julie Dowdy elaborated on the team’s win.

“We had a great team effort with hits all throughout the batting order! We stayed aggressive running the bases and had a lot of good defensive plays. All 14 girls have improved this season and that is our main goal at this stage. I love their excitement for the game and their drive to win,” she shared. 

The 10U Base Invaders will be in action again weather permitting this Thursday, May 6 against Shinnston.

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