TAYLOR COUNTY—This fall, residents of Taylor County will have a new local team to get excited about and cheer on.
The “Base Invaders” are a new softball team assembled by Gary Chambers (the current WV Renegades head coach) and Joe Mauller (the current head coach of “Velocity,” the Taylor County Youth League champions) with assistance from Mark Moats and the Taylor County Youth League. They are a 16U team that will be playing in the NCWVSA which will pair them against teams from surrounding counties.
“We have a good mix of high school and middle school players which will help with their chemistry as they will be playing together for a longer time,” said Mauller, whose daughter Chelsea will also be playing on the team. “We want it to be fun but also a learning and rewarding experience for the girls and hopefully we can continue it into the future.”
Mauller said that the main goal for their team is simply to see improvement each and every day and that moving towards “year-round” competition is a must if they want to make that happen.
“We want the girls learning the game and working on improving their skill sets to get them better prepared overall for Taylor County sports,” Mauller added. “I feel like this is a step in the right direction for softball here. It will help these girls a lot by being able to play competitively almost year-round and learning what they need to work on to get better at their game.”
Practice will start in mid-August in preparation for a six-to-eight-week season which will have the team playing a mix of home and away games. The team received an excellent response from girls in the area who were looking to play softball in the fall as an additional option to what was already available. Chambers and Mauller had approximately 25 girls sign up to become part of their newly constructed team.
The addition of another athletic team with an outstanding response is yet another reason that this is such an exciting time in Taylor County sports.