Baseball 2010-2011 Season News
Bucks Eliminated From Region VII Tournament
The Motlow Bucks were eliminated from the NJCAA Region VII Tournament on Sunday, May 8 when they dropped a 12-9 decision to Southwest Tennessee in the opening round. The tournament is being played at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, TN.
The Bucks end the 2011 season with a 20-26-1 overall record and a 12-14 conference mark.
Bucks Open Region VII Tournament on Sunday
The Motlow Bucks will open the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII Tournament on Sunday, May 8 when they face Southwest Tennessee at 12pm.
The tournament, being held at Volunteer State in Gallatin, will conclude on Thursday, May 12, with the championship game scheduled for 2pm.
Motlow is one of four teams involved in play-in games, which means a loss sends the loser home. Beginning Monday the tournament becomes a double-elimination, eight-team tournament, with the winner advancing to the district finals.
The Bucks will face Southwest Tennessee at noon on Sunday, with the winner advancing to play second seeded Chattanooga State at 10am on Monday. Motlow swept Southwest Tennessee in Memphis in a three-game series in mid-April.
The other play-in game features Dyersburg State and Roane State at 3pm on Sunday. The winner advances to play top-seeded Walters State at 4pm on Monday. Other first-round games are Cleveland State and Volunteer State at 1pm on Monday, and Columbia State and Jackson State at 7pm.
Bucks Get Win Over Fourth-Ranked Senators
The Motlow Bucks scratched out a 4-3 win on Friday before dropping both games of a Saturday doubleheader against the Walters State Senators last weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex. Walters State entered the weekend ranked fourth in the nation by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The three-game series between Motlow (20-25-1, 12-14) and the Senators (40-11, 20-6) ended the regular season for both teams, and each will now join the rest of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association at the Region VII Tournament, scheduled for this weekend at Volunteer State in Gallatin.
Motlow head coach Dan McShea was pleased with his team's performance in Friday's win, but the 15-4, 13-0 sweep by Walters on Saturday didn't
"Friday's contest was a great college baseball game," said McShea. "BJ (Walker) did another fabulous job on the hill for us. This was one of his best outings this year. We executed well in our situational hitting and had some big hits at the right time. Saturday was a different story as we simply did not compete very well."
The Bucks will be one of four teams playing on Sunday for a chance to join the full tournament beginning Monday. Motlow is scheduled to take on Southwest Tennessee at noon, with Dyersburg State and Roane State to follow at 3pm.
The Motlow/Southwest winner will face the tournament's second seed Chattanooga State at 10am on Monday. The Dyersburg/Roane winner takes on Walters State, the top seed, Monday at 4pm.
On Friday, Walker (4-4) pitched eight innings, scattering eight hits with nine strikeouts to pick up the win. Joey Falleta pitched a hitless ninth to notch his first save.
Each team scored a run in the first inning, with Walters taking a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh. The Bucks came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning to lead 3-2, but the visitors came right back and tied it in the eighth. The Bucks then scored the game winner in the bottom of the inning and Falleta sealed the win in the ninth.
Kenneth Perkey went 4-4 at the plate with a double and an RBI, Aaron Pearson was 2-4 with a pair of RBIs, and Cameron Jones drove in the final Motlow run.
Saturday the Senators jumped on Motlow pitching early in game one, scoring three runs in the first, six in the second, and five in the third. Jeremy Estill (3-3) took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs in only two innings of work. Pearson had a solo home run and Seth Brothers went 2-3.
Game two featured Michael Watkins on the mound for Motlow, but the Bucks were unable to get even one hit against Walters' pitcher Poarch. Watkins (5-5) allowed 10 earned runs in his 2.2 innings, including eight hits and six walks.
Bucks Host Another Weekend Powerhouse
For the second consecutive weekend the Motlow Bucks baseball team will host one of the top teams in the nation when Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Walters State, ranked fourth nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association, visits the Driver Baseball Complex.
The Bucks (19-23-1, 11-12) and the Senators (38-10, 18-5) open the three-game series on Friday, with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm. Saturday's doubleheader will conclude the regular season, with the start time scheduled for 12pm.
The Senators are the perennial powerhouse in TCCAA baseball, winning nine of the last 11 regular season titles. This year's squad has won 22 of its last 25 games, including a 2-1 series win over Chattanooga State.
Motlow has been playing much better in recent weeks, having also beaten Chattanooga State two out of three games last weekend. The Tigers from Chattanooga were ranked second in the nation before dropping those two series to Motlow and Walters.
The Bucks have had a number of games postponed and cancelled during the season, and potentially could make those up during the next week. The TCCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin May 6 in Gallatin, TN at Volunteer State.
Bucks Win Series Over Powerful Chattanooga State
The Motlow Bucks have now won six out of seven games overall, and five our of six TCCAA conference games, after beating nationally-ranked Chattanooga State two out of three this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex.
Motlow (19-23-1, 11-12) overcame a shaky Friday night, when the Bucks committed six errors and lost 13-7, to sweep the visiting Tigers 10-9, 4-2 on Saturday. The Bucks' scheduled Tuesday contest against Gadsden State has been cancelled. Motlow will host nationally-ranked Walters State for the final three games of the regular season this weekend.
"It's always good to win a conference series," said Bucks head coach Dan McShea. "To do it in the way we did it Saturday, coming from behind in game one and then getting the great pitching performance we got in game two is really big."
The weekend against the visiting Tigers from Chattanooga, who began the week ranked second in the nation in the NJCAA poll, certainly didn't begin on a positive note as the Bucks committed six errors in Friday's opening game.
"We cannot make six errors against a team like Chattanooga State," continued McShea. "They are a very good team and do an excellent job of putting pressure on their opponents. We made too many mistakes and they took advantage of them."
Starting pitcher BJ Walker (3-4) didn't pitch bad for the Bucks, scattering 10 hits over six innings and allowing only two earned runs.
The errors cost the Bucks any chance at a victory, despite a 4-5 performance at the plate by freshman Kenneth Perkey. Seth Brothers had two hits and Blake Allen drove in two runs.
Saturday's opening game was a back and forth affair that saw the Bucks lead 5-0 after two innings, then Chattanooga come back and take a 6-5 lead after five. The Bucks scored three in the sixth inning to regain the lead at 8-6 before Chattanooga scored three in the top of the seventh to lead 9-8. Motlow responded with two runs in the bottom of the seventh to escape with the win.
"This was a big win for us," added McShea. "We had the lead early and Chattanooga kept chipping away and took the lead. When they went ahead in the last inning we were on an emotional roller coaster as a team. Our players showed a lot of heart to come back to win in this fashion."
Jeremy Estill, who was named the Player of the Week in the TCCAA last week, pitched into the seventh before being relieved by Joey Falleta (2-0), who got the final two outs for the win.
Among the stars at the plate for Motlow were Brandon Johnston, who was 3-4 with a double and an RBI, Perkey who had three hits and two doubles and an RBI, and Ryan Huber, who was 1-3 with a double and two RBI.
Game two was by far the cleanest game of the weekend, at least for the Bucks. Michael Watkins (5-4) had another outstanding pitching effort, allowing only six hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts while going the full seven innings.
Motlow out-hit Chattanooga 7-6, but the visiting Tigers committed three errors while the Bucks had only one miscue. Chattanooga scored two runs in the top of the seventh to ruin Watkins' shutout effort, but McShea and his team will gladly take the win.
"Both starting pitchers threw well and pitched out of jams early on," he concluded. "Watkins was tremendous on the hill for us."
Aaron Pearson, Johnston, Perkey, and Huber each had RBI in the win for the Bucks.
Bucks Host Nationally-Ranked Chattanooga This Weekend
The Motlow Bucks will put their longest winning streak of the season on the line this weekend when they host Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Chattanooga State for a three-game series at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.
Motlow (17-22-1, 9-11) extended its consecutive victory string to four with a hard-fought, come from behind 4-3 win over visiting non-conference foe Wallace State on Tuesday. That followed a three-game sweep of Southwest Tennessee last weekend in Memphis, Motlow's first conference series sweep of the season.
"This was a good win for us against a tough Wallace State team," said Motlow head coach Dan McShea. "We really pitched well as a team and we were finally able to push some runs across in the late innings."
Chattanooga State is currently ranked 8th in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, and the Tigers stand alone at the top of the TCCAA standings with 10 days remaining in the regular season.
Friday's single game with Chattanooga is scheduled to begin at 1pm, while Saturday's doubleheader will start at 12pm.
Wallace State jumped on Bucks' starter Taylor Callis for a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and a single run in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. From there Motlow's relief pitching shut the visitors' offensive door.
The Bucks' offense finally got untracked with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and two more, including the game winner, in the eighth.
Miles Canady relieved Callis and pitched three innings of two-hit shutout ball. Curtis Bland (1-0) pitched the eighth and got one out in the ninth
to pick up his first victory of the season, while Tyler Harris recorded the final two outs for his first save.
Motlow only got four hits during the game, but the Bucks were the beneficiaries of three Wallace State errors. Jeremy Estill went 2-5 for Motlow with a double and an RBI, while Blake Allen had the other two hits for the Bucks.
The sweep of Southwest Tennessee was by far the best weekend of the season for Motlow. On Friday, BJ Walker (3-3) pitched a nine inning complete game with six strikeouts while scattering seven hits. Estill provided the big bat with a double and triple and four RBI in Motlow's 5-3 win.
Saturday's first game saw Estill (3-2) turn in yet another fine performance on the pitcher's mound, scattering eight hits while recording six strikeouts in a 4-0 Bucks win. Motlow scored all four of its runs
in the fifth inning, with RBI from Brandon Johnston, Aaron Pearson, Kenneth Perkey, and Will Trice.
Motlow completed its shutout Saturday with an 11-0 romp in game two, a game that was stopped after six innings due to the 10-run rule. Michael Watkins (4-4) was the pitching star, allowing only one hit while striking out eight Southwest Tennessee batters.
Perkey had three RBI, with Johnston and Cameron Jones adding a pair of runs batted in each.
Bucks Get First Conference Sweep
The Motlow Bucks helped themselves climb the TCCAA standings with a three-game sweep of Southwest Tennessee over the weekend in Memphis. The Bucks host Wallace State today in a single game at 1pm, then welcome nationally-ranked Chattanooga State for a three-game series this weekend.
After dropping a doubleheader to Calhoun 9-4, 11-0 on Apr. 12, Motlow (18-21, 9-11) went to Memphis and won Friday's opening game 5-3.
Motlow's pitching was outstanding on Saturday as the Bucks shut out the Saluqis 4-0, 11-0. Details are not yet available.
Bucks Avoid Sweep Behind Estill Pitching Effort
The Motlow Bucks salvaged one win during a three-game series against Volunteer State this past weekend, capturing Saturday's doubleheader opener 4-3 behind an outstanding pitching effort by sophomore Jeremy Estill.
The Bucks (13-20, 6-11) dropped Friday's series opener 13-6, then fell 9-2 in Saturday's second contest. Motlow will host John C. Calhoun for a doubleheader on Tuesday, Apr. 12 at 12 noon, then travel to Memphis this weekend for a critical three game series against TCCAA foe Southwest Tennessee.
Friday's opener saw the Pioneers from Volunteer State score three quick runs in the top of the first inning off Motlow starter BJ Walker (2-3). Walker then settled down and pitched four scoreless innings, while the offense tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Motlow took the lead with two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, only to see the visitors score four runs in the top of the sixth to take a lead they would never surrender.
Walker scattered 10 hits and struck out four, but walked five and allowed seven earned runs in his six innings of work. Three Motlow relievers combined to allow six runs over the final three innings, and Motlow's defense didn't help the cause by committing four errors.
Saturday's opener featured everything Bucks' head coach Dan McShea expects from his team - solid pitching, error-free defense, and timely hitting. Estill (2-2) scattered 10 hits but walked only two and struck out six. Aaron Pearson provided the big hit, a two-run homer, while Cameron Jones and Michael Watkins each had a double and drove in a run.
Game two on Saturday saw the Bucks run into an outstanding pitching performance by Volunteer's starter while Motlow could just never get untracked offensively.
Bucks' starter Watkins (3-4) allowed seven hits and six earned runs in his four innings of work.
Tyler Harris was a bright spot for Motlow, pitching the final three innings and allowing only one hit while striking out four.
Pearson had a double and an RBI, one of only three hits for the Bucks over the final seven innings.
Bucks Open Home Stand With Victory
The Motlow Bucks opened an eight-game home stand with an 11-3 win over TCCAA foe Roane State on Saturday, Apr. 2 at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus. The three-game series was postponed one day due to inclement weather on Friday.
The win helped Motlow (12-18, 5-9) avoid a sweep as the visiting Raiders stormed back to win both games of Sunday's doubleheader, taking the opener 12-9 and the nightcap 17-10 to win the series two games to one.
The Bucks scheduled contest against Bryan College on Monday was postponed due to inclement weather. Conference play resumes when Volunteer State rolls into Moore County for a three game series this weekend, with the opener scheduled for Friday at 1pm and the Saturday doubleheader set to begin at 12pm.
Saturday's series opener against Roane State saw the Bucks fall behind 2-0 in the first inning, with both runs being unearned, before starting pitcher B.J. Walker
(2-2) settled down and pitched the full nine innings, allowing only five hits and no earned runs while striking out five.
"We had a good day at the plate on Saturday with several guys having multiple hits and big hits," said Bucks head coach Dan McShea. "B.J. Walker was outstanding. When you have a guy go the distance in game one it really helps your pitching staff for the weekend."
Motlow scored three runs in the second inning to take the lead, then added three more in the fourth, four runs in the sixth, and one more in the seventh. Walker's excellent work on the mound and the Bucks' timely hitting helped overcome five Motlow errors.
Freshman Kenneth Perkey went 4-5 at the plate, while Jake Smiley went 2-5 with a home run and two RBI. Clint Ambrosch and Blake Allen also had two hits and drove in two runs each. Brandon Johnson also added two RBI.
However, McShea's hopes for the weekend turned sour on Sunday as Roane State battered Motlow's pitching staff for 29 runs and 29 hits. Although the Bucks didn't commit an error in game one, game two saw Motlow's defense commit six errors.
Cameron Jones took the loss in game one as Motlow led 8-1 entering the fifth inning before things began to unravel. Roane scored five runs in the fifth, two in the sixth, and one in the seventh to lead 9-8. The Bucks came back and tied the score in the bottom of the seventh, forcing extra innings where Roane scored three in the eighth to get the win.
Allen went 3-4 with a home run and drove in three runs, while Jeremy Estill had two hits and an RBI and Jones added a pair of RBI. Estill started the game on the mound, going five innings and allowing seven hits and six runs with nine strikeouts.
Game two was a run-scoring festival. Motlow led 4-2 after one inning, 6-3 after two, 7-5 after three, and 10-8 after five. From there the Bucks' offense shut down, while Roane State exploded for three runs the sixth inning and six more in the seventh.
Andre Solomon (0-1) took the loss for Motlow, allowing seven runs although only three were earned.
Miles Canady started the game but lasted only two innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs.
Ambrosch went 2-4 with three RBI and Aaron Pearson had two hits and drove in two runs. Smiley also had a pair of RBI.
Bucks Set to Begin 'Home' Stretch of 2011 Season
The Motlow Bucks have endured a lot of road games during the first half of the 2011 baseball season. Now, with only three road games remaining in the regular season, the team is positioned to mount a surge towards the top of the TCCAA standings.
Motlow (11-16, 4-7) dropped a doubleheader to Columbia State 3-0, 7-3 last Friday in Columbia. The third game of the three-game series was postponed on Saturday due to wet field conditions.
The makeup date for game three has not yet been announced.
The Bucks begin their home stretch when they host Roane State for a three-game series this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus. Friday's single game is scheduled to begin at 1pm, with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for a noon start.
Bucks Forced Into Tie Due to Descending Darkness
The Motlow Bucks avoided a sweep on their home field by a non-conference opponent, sort of, as darkness forced the second game of a doubleheader against Shorter College to end in a 5-5 tie.
Motlow (11-14-1, 4-5) dropped the opening contest against the Rome, GA opponent 8-4, and although neither school wanted to end play tied in game two, they were forced to do so as darkness quickly approached.
The Bucks will now turn their attention back to TCCAA play when they travel to Columbia State this weekend. Friday's doubleheader against the Chargers begins at 1pm, while Saturday's single game is scheduled to start at 12pm.
Following the weekend in Columbia, the Bucks are scheduled to play 16 of their remaining 19 regular season contests at home, beginning with a three-game series against Roane State on April 1 & 2.
Bucks Show "A lot of heart" in Conference Series Win
The Motlow Bucks pitching staff showed up in a big way this past weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex, shutting out Cleveland State 1-0 in both games of a Saturday doubleheader to give the Bucks their first conference series win of the season.
Motlow (11-13, 4-5) dropped Friday's opener 10-7 to Cleveland after leading 7-2 entering the ninth inning before rebounding behind one-hit pitching performances by Michael Watkins and Jeremy Estill.
The Bucks will host Shorter College from Rome, GA in a non-conference contest on Tuesday, Mar. 22 at 1pm. Motlow steps back into conference play this coming weekend with a three game series at Columbia State.
Following Friday's tough loss to Cleveland, Bucks head coach Dan McShea knew his team needed to rebuild some confidence on Saturday. The back-to-back one-hit shutouts helped put Friday's loss in perspective.
"Friday was a very disappointing loss for us," said McShea. "We played extremely well until the ninth inning. To have three of our best pitchers on the mound and give up eight runs in the inning was very frustrating."
The Bucks' frustration didn't carry over to Saturday, which was unfortunate for Cleveland State as the Cougars had two outstanding pitching performances of their own go to waste. For Motlow, with offense so hard to generate, the shutouts couldn't have come at a better time.
Game one featured Manchester freshman Jeremy Estill (1-1) on the mound for Motlow. Estill struck out four and didn't allow a walk in his seven inning complete game shutout. Motlow scored its only run in the first inning and had only five hits for the game.
"Jeremy Estill was fantastic on the hill for us," continued McShea. "This was a great college baseball game. Their pitcher did a great job as well, and there were several diving defensive plays on both sides."
Watkins (3-2), a sophomore from Shelbyville, matched Estill's performance in game two on Saturday, allowing only three hits despite walking a pair and striking out five Cleveland hitters. Motlow's only run came in the second inning. It was Watkins' second consecutive one-hit pitching performance.
"This was another great pitching performance by both teams," added McShea. "The weekend as a whole was big for us. After losing the way we did on Friday, we showed a lot of heart to come out on Saturday and get the series win."
Bucks Shut Out at Calhoun, Travel to Dyersburg This Weekend
The Motlow Bucks will step back into TCCAA play this weekend when they travel to Dyersburg St. for a three game series, including a single game on Friday at 1pm and a doubleheader on Saturday, with the first pitch scheduled for 12pm.
Motlow (8-10, 1-2) traveled to Decatur, AL and dropped a 10-0 decision to non-conference foe Calhoun Community College on Tuesday, Mar. 8.
"We had the bases loaded or two runners on almost every inning but could just not push across any runs," said Bucks head coach Dan McShea. "They hit the ball extremely well against us and we were unable to respond when we had an opportunity."
Colton Robertson took the loss on the mound for the Bucks, pitching two innings and allowing five earned runs on six hits. Aaron Pearson allowed the final five runs as Calhoun won on the 10-run rule with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Calhoun out-hit the Bucks 14-4, with Clint Ambrosch, Seth Brothers, Cameron Jones, and Will Trice getting Motlow's hits, all of which were singles.
Bucks Avoid Sweep With Game Three Win
The Motlow Bucks captured the third and final game to avoid a sweep in their first TCCAA conference series of the young 2011 season last weekend over Jackson State in Jackson, TN.
Motlow (8-9, 1-2) lost Friday's opening game 6-5 and Saturday's first contest 6-1 before rebounding in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader for a 9-5 victory.
The Bucks will continue their longest road trip of the season when they step outside the conference to face Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL on Tuesday, Mar. 8.
The Bucks will finish the road trip with another three game conference series at Dyersburg, St. this weekend, with a single game scheduled for Friday, Mar. 11 at 1pm and a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 12, with the first pitch at 12pm.
Motlow will return home to the Driver Baseball Complex to host non-conference foe Lawson St. on Tuesday, Mar. 15, with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm.
Complete details of the series win at Jackson St. will be posted when available.
Bucks Open Conference Play on the Road
The Motlow Bucks will begin TCCAA conference play this weekend with a three-game series against the Jackson State Generals in Jackson, TN. The two teams will play a single, nine inning contest on Friday, Mar. 4 at 1pm.
On Saturday the conference foes will match up for a doubleheader, with the first pitch scheduled for 12pm. Doubleheader games are seven innings each.
The series is part of Motlow's longest road trip of the season. The Bucks will not return home until Tuesday, Mar. 15, when Lawson State travels from Birmingham, AL for a 1pm contest at the Driver Baseball Complex
Surging Bucks Win Five Out of Previous Six
The Motlow Bucks have rebounded nicely from a stumble out of the gate to begin the season, winning five of their previous six games including a doubleheader split in Rome, GA against Shorter College on Sunday, Feb. 27.
Motlow (7-7, 0-0) will begin its longest road trip of the season on Thursday, Mar. 4 when it opens TCCAA play with a three game series at Jackson State.
The trip ends next weekend with a three game series against TCCAA foe Dyersburg State. The Bucks will then return home where they will play 16 of their final 20 opponents.
The Bucks took a five-game winning streak into Sunday's opener in Rome, but fell 8-2 in the opener after the home team exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, aided in part by Motlow pitchers allowing four bases on balls in the inning. The Bucks responded in the nightcap though, gaining a split with a 4-3 win.
"We pitched very well in game two," said Bucks head coach Dan McShea. "We didn't hit the ball today though. We need to have better at bats and we need to capitalize on offense when we have opportunities."
Michael Watkins was outstanding on the hill in the second game, getting the win by allowing only five hits in five innings and striking out 10. Cameron Jones picked up the save by pitching two scoreless innings.
The two teams each scored two runs in the first inning, with Motlow coming back and scoring two more in the third. Will Trice had the big hit of the game, a two-run double. In game one Jeremy Estill had the only mulit-hit game of the day as he went 2-2 and drove in a run.
The doubleheader split in Rome on Sunday followed a Motlow sweep of Jackson, MI on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Driver Baseball Complex in Moore County. The Bucks won the opener 7-4, then rode excellent pitching to a 4-1 win in the nightcap.
"This is a good Jackson team," added McShea. "We did a good job of coming from behind in game one after a complete defensive collapse in the second inning, I was glad to see us hang in there though. In game two we pitched very well and were able to scratch some runs across even though we only had five hits."
Joey Falleta got the win in game one, allowing no earned runs in five innings while striking out six. while Jesse Townsell picked up the save.
In game two Colton Robertson got the win with three scoreless innings. BJ Walker pitched three innings of one-hit ball, with Caleb Bowen notching the save by striking out two in the final inning.
Jeremy Estill drove in three runs in the nightcap, while Kenneth Perkey had a home run and a double and drove in three in the opener.
Bucks Split Home Twinbill
The Motlow Bucks opened the home portion of their 2011 baseball season by splitting a doubleheader with Vincennes University on Tuesday. The visitors took the opener 7-4 before the Bucks rallied to caputre the second game 5-4.
Motlow (2-6, 0-0) will take advantage of spring weather to log some time on the practice field before returning to game action on Tuesday, Feb. 22 with a trip to Dayton, TN to take on the Bryan College JV.
The Bucks will return home to host Jackson, MI on Saturday, Feb. 26 for a doubleheader, with the first pitch scheduled for 12pm. Details of the split with Vincennes will be posted when they become available.
Bucks Grab Season's First Win in Gadsden
The Motlow Bucks caputred their first victory of the season in the first game of a doubleheader, beating Gadsden State 7-6 on Saturday, Feb. 12 in Gadsden, AL. The home team turned the tables in game two, winning 8-6.
Motlow (1-5, 0-0) will open its home schedule on Tuesday, Feb. 15, when Vincennes visits for a 12pm doubleheader at the Driver Baseball Complex.
Details of the weekend split at Gadsden St. will be posted when available.
Bucks Look to Break Into Win Column
The Motlow Bucks (0-4, 0-0) have made a correction on their schedule, changing the previously-listed Feb. 8 trip to Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL, to a Mar. 8 date.
The Bucks opened the season last week, dropping doubleheaders to Wallace St. and Lawson St. Motlow will play again when they visit Gadsden St. for a twinbill on Saturday, Feb. 12.
The Bucks will finally play on their home field, the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus, when Vincennes visits on Tuesday, Feb. 15 for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at noon.
Bucks Drop Openers to Wallace St.
The Motlow Bucks (0-4, 0-0) baseball team opened the 2011 season with a pair of losses to powerful Wallace St. on Friday, Jan. 28 in Hanceville, AL.
Wallace St. head coach Randy Putman reached a historic milestone with the 4-1, 5-3 doubleheader sweep, with game two's victory his 800th win at Wallace St. in 22 seasons.
Motlow head coach Dan McShea saw some positives from his squad despite the losses in Hanceville.
"For being our first time on the field since October I thought we pitched well and played good defense against a very good Wallace State team," said McShea. "We
had opportunities, we just couldn’t get the big hit we needed."
The Bucks followed their openers with another pair of losses on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Lawson St. in Birmingham, AL. Motlow dropped the first game 13-10 before falling in the nightcap 6-2.
"As well as we pitched and fielded on Friday, we did equally the opposite on Saturday," continued McShea." You can’t expect to win when the other team scores in every single inning. In game one if we had just held the opponent to one run per inning we would still have won. Lawson St. deserves credit for taking advantage of our mishaps on the mound and errors in the field. We gave them 12 free bases through walks and hit batters, along with three errors in game one. We had our chances because they made mistakes too, but we did not capitalize the way they did."
"In game two we came out flat," McShea concluded. "Michael Watkins pitched well for the most part but we didn’t play good defense and we didn’t hit well. Their pitcher did a good job of keeping us off balance and they had a lot more energy than we did in the end."
Motlow will next play on Feb. 8 when it travels to Decatur, AL to face Calhoun in a doubleheader, followed by a twinbill at Gadsden St. on Feb. 12.
Bucks Open 2011 Baseball Season in Alabama
The Motlow Bucks will open the 2011 baseball season this weekend with a trip to Hanceville, AL to face perennial powerhouse Wallace State in a doubleheader on Friday, Jan. 28, with the first pitch scheduled for 12pm noon.
Motlow, coming off a 30-20 season in 2010, will then travel to Birmingham on Saturday, Jan. 29, with a doubleheader scheduled for 12pm noon against Lawson State.
The first home games are scheduled for Feb. 15, with Vincennes scheduled to visit the Driver Baseball Complex for a 12pm noon doubleheader. Conference play begins Mar. 4 and 5 as Motlow travels to Jackson, TN to face Jackson St. for a three-game series.
Head Coach Dan McShea begins his fifth season with what he believes is his most talented roster. He will look to a group of talented sophomores to lead the Bucks in their quest for a TCCAA championship as well as several newcomers.
"Our guys this season have put in a lot of hard work in the weight room," said McShea. " We have some young men that look totally different from the kid that showed up in August and out of shape. They really bought into that aspect of the program and will see long term positive results on and off the field from that hard work."
McShea is also excited about the recent improvements in Motlow's Driver Baseball Complex.
"We have made a lot of updates to our facilities over the last few seasons including installing a new scoreboard, completely renovating the infield and installing irrigation, replacing the backstop area , and updating our locker room," said McShea.
"The community and players and family have all started getting involved in the transformation of our facilities. There are still a lot projects for the future but we are hoping that this investment will pay off on the recruiting trail. Our players and coaches and volunteers have put in a lot of work over the past 4 years and we have seen the interest from the community increase with every new project. Our goal is to make this facility competitive with the top junior college facilities in the nation."
Shelbyville sophomore Michael Watkins is the top returning offensive producer. Watkins hit .351, scoring 43 runs with 11 doubles and 40 RBI. Watkins also appeared in four games on the pitchers mound, posting a .273 ERA in four relief appearances. Watkins also stole 14 bases in 15 attempts.
Clarksville native Clint Ambrosch returns to anchor the Bucks behind the plate. Ambrosch hit .331 in 2010, including six doubles and a pair of home runs. Ambrosch also brings good speed to the Bucks' lineup with nine steals in 11 attempts.He is one of the top defensive catchers in the league according to Coach McShea.
Coffee County native, Aaron Pearson, will play OF and pitch again for the Bucks. Pearson played a pivotal role in the success of last year’s team on the mound but was kept from hitting by an early season hand injury. Pearson led all Motlow hitters offensively in the last two games of the season having 3 hits in a loss during the state tournament. First baseman Cameron Jones will be a big presence in the lineup for the Bucks this year after missing several games due to injury last season.
Outfielder Seth Brothers from Unionville is the top returning power source after slamming five home runs and seven doubles and driving in 27 runs in 2010.
Pitching is the area that McShea will seek the most improvement in this season. Headlining the returners is Franklin, TN native Colton Robertson. The righthander posted a 5-3 record in 2010 and had the lowest ERA among starters at 4.06.
Other sophomores will look to have an immediate impact on the mound as well including Curtis Bland, who returns following a medical redshirt last season after posting a 5-2 record for the Bucks in the 2009 campaign. Right handed pitchers Miles Canady and BJ Walker will also be in the mix to be in the starting rotation after having a very good fall.
A number of redshirt freshman will move into varsity action this year, including Madison, AL infielder Nick Acosta, Murfreesboro pitcher Barry Bartlett, and Madison, AL outfielder Selex Green.
"We have the largest roster in five years and have a lot of hard working young men that all have the potential to contribute this season. Our red-shirt guys from the past put in a lot of work in their redshirt year and definitely benefitted from that effort increasing their abilities in all aspects. We will have some red-shirt guys again this year and I am sure they will put forth the same effort and get equal or better results. The problem with carrying 36 guys is that not everyone will get to play. However, one of the reasons why I chose this level of baseball to coach is because of the wide variety you have each year from draft prospects to guys that need a lot of work before they are ready. I enjoy seeing these young men that come here, red shirt for a season to greatly improve their ability, play for one season, and then graduate and go on to help another four year school for three more seasons. There is a lot of reward in seeing those accomplishments as well as seeing a young man go to junior college for a year and then get drafted or sign at a major Division 1 program."
The freshman class is littered with a number of area players, including Tullahoma's Jadob Honea, Shelbyville's Will Trice, Manchester’s Jeremy Estill and Lawrenceburg's Zach White. Several freshmen will play key roles early on this season according to Coach McShea.
Bucks Release 2011 Schedule, Open in January
Motlow Bucks head baseball coach Dan McShea has released the schedule for his 2011 squad, with the opener scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28 against Wallace St. in Hanceville, AL.
The schedule is heavily loaded on the front end with away games, with 10 of the first 12 dates scheduled on the road.
However, that leads to a very favorable schedule for Motlow in the final six weeks of the season, with 16 of the remaining 20 dates scheduled for the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.
The Bucks finished the 2010 season with a 28-20 overall record and an 11-11 mark in the TCCAA. Coach McShea expects to release his official roster during the next few days.
Multiple Bucks Achieve Academic Excellence
Motlow Bucks Head Coach Dan McShea has announced that several members of the 2011 baseball team were named to the Dean's List and the Honor Roll for the Fall 2010 semester.
Those named to the Dean's List include Johnny Newsom, Brandon Johnston, Dalton Bain, and Miles Canady. Baseball players named to the Honor Roll include Caleb Bowen, Michael Watkins, Jacob Honea, Shaw Dickerson, Zach White, and Tyler Wilson.
The Bucks will soon release their official roster and schedule for the 2011 season, which will begin in mid-to-late February. Continue to watch this page for news and information on the Motlow Bucks baseball squad.
Former Buck Star Weathers Honored by Hometown
Former Motlow Bucks pitcher David Weathers has had a distinquished major league career. Weathers will be the special guest at the upcoming Motlow Baseball Alumni Weekend on Oct. 29 & 30.
Motlow's upcoming event is not the only place that Weathers is receiving thanks and appreciation for his contributions to middle Tennessee. He was recently honored by his hometown of Lawrenceburg.
In an evening that was part roast, part “This is your life…,” friends, family, neighbors and fellow baseball players of David Weathers helped officials of First Farmers and Merchants Bank award the accomplished 19-year Major League Baseball relief pitcher the bank’s second annual Achievement Award.
Motlow Pair Commits to Maryville College
Motlow Bucks slugger Cody Midgett and pitcher Austin Patton have agreed to continue their baseball careers at Maryville College in East Tennessee. Cody, who hit 21 home runs during his two-year career at Motlow, and Patton, who had a sparkling .270 ERA as a pitcher last season, join a Scots squad that went 24-15 in 2010 and fell one win shy of winning a conference championship.
Three Bucks Sign to Continue Careers
Following the successful 2010 baseball season that saw the Motlow Bucks finish 30-20, head coach Dan McShea has announced that three sophomores have signed to continue their baseball careers at four-year institutions. The signings continue a long tradition of Motlow baseball players having opportunities to play at the next level.
Zac Mitchell, who led the Bucks in numerous offensive categories and was named first-team All-TCCAA and All-Region VII, will continue his career at Belmont. Meanwhile, Andy Southard and Kirkland Wheeler will both play for Freed-Hardeman next season.
Mitchell placed himself in multiple categories in the Motlow all-time record book, both for single season performance and for his career.
Bucks Eliminated From Tournament
The Motlow Bucks (28-20, 11-11) suffered two consecutive losses and were eliminated from the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament being held at Dyersburg St. in Dyersburg, TN.
Motlow lost a heartbreaking 7-6 decision to Cleveland St. in its opening tournament game on Saturday, May 8. The Bucks then fell 16-8 to Volunteer St. on Sunday, May 9.