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Softball 2010-2011 Season News
Allison-Elswick, Davis Named to NJCAA South All-Region Team
Motlow Lady Bucks softball players continue to claim postseason honors with the announcement that sophomore Shelby Davis and freshman Kayla Allison-Elswick have been named to the 2011 Louisville Slugger/NFCA NJCAA Division I All-Region Team.
The two, along with sophomore Leevie Greenwood, were previously named to the All-Region VII first team. Sophomores Suzi Jenkins and Shelby Barrett, along with freshman Katy Ayers, were named to the All-Region VII second team.
Davis, who played her prep softball at Coffee County high school in Manchester, led the Lady Bucks with a .455 batting average in 2011, the sixth best single season mark in school history. Her career .384 batting average is tied for 12th all time. She led the Lady Bucks in stolen bases with 14, in doubles with 13, and in hits with 51.
Allison-Elswick came to Motlow from Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe
high school in Rossville, GA, and had a great rookie season. Her .449 batting average is the eighth best single season mark in Motlow history, and she will be counted on to help lead the Lady Bucks in 2012.
Greenwood is a sophomore transfer who played her high school softball at Wilson Central in Lebanon. She led Motlow with 38 RBIs and was 12-4 as a pitcher with a sparkling 1.47 earned run average.
Jenkins was a member of Motlow's 2009 Region VII championship team before suffering an injury and missing the 2010 season. She returned in 2011 and continued her offensive prowess, hitting .378 with 30 RBIs and a team-high 30 runs scored. Her .410 career batting average is tied for fifth all-time and her 133 hits is the eighth best in school history.
Barrett, from Mt. Juliet, batted .320 in 2011 with 12 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Ayers, who came to Motlow from Father Ryan in Nashville, hit .317 at the plate and won 13 games on the mound, leading the Lady Bucks in wins and strikeouts with 92.
Motlow finished the 2011 season with a 30-10 overall record.
Lady Bucks Eliminated From Region VII Tournament
The Motlow Lady Bucks saw their season come to a close with a 6-0 loss to Jackson State on Tuesday, May 10 at the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Gallatin.
Walters State and Volunteer State will play at noon on Wednesday for the chance to battle defending champion Chattanooga State for a berth in the national tournament in St. Georges, UT.
The Lady Bucks finish the season, their 14th and last under head coach Gary Barfield, with a 30-10 overall mark and a 13-5 conference record. Barfield compiled a sparkling 526-233
record as head coach of the Lady Bucks.
Lady Bucks Beat SWTN, Advance to Second Round
The Motlow Lady Bucks advanced to the second round of the NJCAA Region VII Tournament with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southwest Tennessee on Monday in Gallatin.
Motlow (30-8, 13-5) will now face the host team, Volunteer State, at 12 noon on Tuesday, May 10. The Lady Pioneers advanced with a relatively easy 9-2 rout of Cleveland State.
Other opening round games saw the defending champion and top-seeded Chattanooga State Lady Tigers beat Jackson State 5-3 and Walters State edge Columbia State 4-1.
Walters and Chattanooga, both of which have been nationally ranked throughout most of the season, will square off at 10am on Tuesday, followed by Motlow and Volunteer at noon.
The two winners will play Tuesday night at 6pm for a birth in the finals. The two losers in today's first two games will drop into the elimination bracket and could potentially play three games today in order to get to the finals.
Katy Ayers (13-5) started and got the win for the Lady Bucks Monday, allowing only four hits over the seven innings. Shelby Davis provided the big bat and the winning runs with a big two-run home run among her three hits. Suzi Jenkins was 2-3 with a double, while Shelby Barrett and Kristin Swan also had one hit each.
Shelby Davis, Leevie Greenwood, and Kayla Allison were named 1st Team All-TCCAA. Suzi Jenkins, Shelby Barrett, and Katy Ayers were named 2nd team all-conference.
Lady Bucks Enter Region VII Tournament as Second Seed
The Motlow Lady Bucks will begin the 2011 National Junior College Athletic Association Region VII Tournament in a familiar position - the second seed.
This year's tournament got underway with opening round contests on Sunday, May 8, and is being held at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin. The winner advances to the National Tournament in St. George's, UT beginning May 19.
Chattanooga State once again is the No. 1 seed. The Lady Tigers have won 16 championships in the 17 years that softball has been an official Tennessee Community College Athletic Association sport. Motlow won its lone title in 2009.
The Lady Bucks play their first game at 4pm on Monday, hosting Southwest Tennessee. The Lady Saluqis beat Dyersburg State 9-1 in Sunday's play-in contest. Motlow beat Southwest 5-2, 5-3 onApril 17 at the softball field in Moore County.
Monday's action begins at 10am with Walters State playing Columbia State. After the Chattanooga State game at 12, the host team Volunteer State will battle Cleveland State at 2pm, followed by the Lady Bucks' first contest.
The championship will be decided on Wednesday, May 11 at 2pm. The tournament is double-elimination, which means if necessary a second championship game will be played at 4pm.
Lady Bucks Sweep Roane State
The Motlow Lady Bucks swept their final Tennessee Community College Athletic Association doubleheader when they traveled to Harriman and beat Roane State 13-2, 8-5 on Friday.
Motlow (29-8, 13-5) will now wait with the rest of the conference teams for official opening matchups for the upcoming conference tournament, scheduled to begin Sunday at Volunteer State in Gallatin. The Lady Bucks are the tournament's second seed, with defending champion Chattanooga State once again the top seed.
Katy Ayers (11-5) took the mound in game one and went the distance, allowing five hits and five walks while striking out eight. Motlow led only 6-2 before scoring seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Meghan Brayton went 2-5 with a double, a home run, and four RBIs. Suzi Jenkins was 4-5 with three RBIs, Shelby Davis had two hits, Shelby Barrett was 2-4 with an RBI, and Renea Shirley was 2-5 with a run batted in. Kristin Swan went 2-4, while Ayers helped herself with two hits and an RBI.
Game two saw Motlow jump out front 4-0 in the second inning, only to have the home team come back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh to tie the score and force an extra inning. The Lady Bucks responded through, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth.
Kristin Swan started the game, going six innings and allowing four hits and one walk. She left with the score tied and Ayers came on and pitched the final two innings to pick up her 12th win of the season.
Kayla Allison was 3-5 with a home run and three RBIs, while Jenkins also drove home three runs. Danielle Davis went 2-4 and drove home a run.
Lady Bucks Split With 8th-Ranked Lady Tigers
The Motlow Lady Bucks split a doubleheader at one of the toughest ballparks in the south on Good Friday, winning game two 2-0 following a game one 3-2 loss at Chattanooga State against the nation's 8th-ranked softball team.
Motlow (27-8, 11-5) continues its regular season ending road trip when the Lady Bucks visit Roane State on Friday, Apr. 29, then end the regular season at Hiwassee on Saturday, Apr. 30. Tuesday's scheduled contests at Jackson St. were postponed due to rain.
The Lady Bucks pitched well enough to sweep the defending state champions in Chattanooga, but a pair of errors led to unearned runs in game one and cost Motlow a chance at the sweep.
Katy Ayers (10-5) was outstanding on the pitcher's mound, allowing only four hits in her six innings with three walks and a pair of strikeouts. All three Chattanooga runs, which came in the fourth inning, were unearned.
The Lady Bucks took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Shelby Barrett and Leevie Greenwood, who each had two hits in the game, both scored on a big two-run double by Kayla Allison. However, the Lady Bucks cound not get another run across the plate, and the Lady Tigers took advantage of the shaky defense to steal the win.
Game two had a different outcome despite three more errors from the Lady Bucks. Motlow scored single runs in the second and fifth innings, while Chattanooga State was unable to mount any offense against Motlow starter Leevie Greenwood.
Greenwood (12-3) allowed only three hits and one walk to go along with her four strikeouts. Offensively the Lady Bucks only had five hits, but got RBI from Shelby Davis and Heather Krantz. Davis, Suzi Jenkins, Renea Shirley, Meghan Brayton, and Allison had hits, with Brayton stealing a base and scoring a run.
Lady Bucks to Visit the 'Beast in the East'
The Motlow Lady Bucks split their final home games of the regular season, falling 3-2 in the opener before rebounding to win the second game 7-4 against Cleveland State on Tuesday at the softball field in Moore County.
Motlow (26-7, 10-4) will now finish the season playing its final 10 scheduled games on the road, beginning with a Wednesday, Apr. 20 trip to Athens, TN to face non-conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan. Motlow travels to 8th-ranked Chattanooga State, the defending TCCAA champion, on Friday, Apr. 22.
The Lady Bucks couldn't mount much offense in Tuesday's opener against Cleveland, especially early when they fell behind 3-0 after five innings. Two runs in the bottom of the seventh almost pulled the game out for Motlow, but the visitors got the final out before Motlow could force extra innings.
Katy Ayers (10-4) took the loss on the mound despite a good performance, allowing only six hits and three walks in her seven innings of work. Renea Shirley had one of the Lady Bucks' five hits and an RBI. Shelby Davis, Leevie Greenwood, Kayla Allison, and Ayers also had one hit each.
In game two Cleveland jumped out front with a run in the top of the first, but Motlow responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning and never trailed. The lead reached 7-2 before Cleveland scored two runs in the top of the seventh.
Greenwood (11-3) didn't have her best stuff but still got the win, scattering seven hits without a walk. Only two of the four runs she allowed were earned.
Suzi Jenkins went 3-4 and slammed a home run, her third of the season. Davis also had three hits at the top of the order. Shelby Barrett drove in two runs with a double, while Allison had two hits and drove in three runs.
Lady Bucks Survive 10-Inning Marathon
The Motlow Lady Bucks survived their second 10-inning marathon game in the last week when former Tullahoma Lady Wildcat Renea Shirley singled home fellow Tullahoma teammate Meghan Brayton with two outs to lead the Lady Bucks past Columbia State 1-0 on Monday, Apr. 18 in Columbia.
The contest completed a TCCAA conference doubleheader which began on Mar. 18 but was stopped after game one because of rain, and although the game was played in Columbia, the Lady Bucks were the home team. Motlow won game one in March 6-2.
Leevie Greenwood (10-3) was spectacular on the mound for Motlow (25-6, 9-3). Greenwood went the distance, allowing three hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Shirley's game-winning hit in the 10th was one of only three hits for the Lady Bucks, with Danielle Davis and Shelby Davis also slapping singles. Brayton was a pinch runner on third with two outs when Shirley drove her home with the winning run.
Motlow is scheduled to host Cleveland State in a TCCAA doubleheader today in the final home game of the 2011 regular season.
Lady Bucks Sweep Weekend in West Tennessee
The Motlow Lady Bucks endured weekend storms and extra innings to sweep a pair of TCCAA conference doubleheaders during their annual West Tennessee road trip over the weekend. The Lady Bucks travel to Columbia St. today to make up a single conference game that has been postponed twice because of inclement weather.
Motlow (24-6, 8-3) had its scheduled Friday contests in Memphis against Southwest Tennessee postponed until Sunday, so the Lady Bucks headed to Dyersburg for a Saturday twinbill played in extremely cold, windy conditions. The Lady Bucks were unfazed, rolling over the Lady Eagles 14-1, 7-0.
On Sunday in Memphis the Lady Bucks scored three runs in the top of the 10th inning to win the opener 5-2 and two runs in the top of the seventh to capture the nightcap 5-3.
Motlow will play its final home game of the 2011 regular season when it hosts Cleveland State for a conference doubleheader on Tuesday, April 19, with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm at the softball field in Moore County.
Saturday's 14-0 shutout of Dyersburg featured Leevie Greenwood (9-3) at her best on the pitcher's mound, although going only five innings because of the 10-run rule. Greenwood allowed only one hit and one walk and struck out seven.
Shelby Davis, Greenwood, Kayla Allison, and Renea Shirley each had three hits, with the latter three knocking in three runs each and Davis and Kristin Swan notching a pair of RBI each. Motlow scored three runs in the first inning, seven in the second, and two in both the third and fourth innings.
In game two once again the Lady Eagles could hardly touch Motlow pitching. Katy Ayers (10-3) got the win, going five innings and allowing one hit with four strikeouts. Swan tossed the final two innings and didn't allow a hit.
Shirley provided the biggest stick, going 2-3 and knocking in four runs. Meghan Brayton, Suzi Jenkins, and Allison each had two hits, while Ayers helped her cause by going 3-3 at the plate.
Sunday's first game was a 10-inning marathon that saw Southwest Tennessee jump out front 1-0 in the first inning before Motlow pulled even with a run in the top of the sixth. Both teams scored single runs in the ninth before the Lady Bucks put their three spot on the board in the 10th to grab the win.
Ayers was spectacular, pitching the full 10 innings and allowing only three hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts. Ayers had a great game at the plate, going 4-4 with three doubles. Davis knocked in a pair of runs and Shirley had two more hits and a pair of RBI.
Sunday's second game in Memphis was another close one, with Motlow overcoming a 3-1 Southwest lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth inning before scoring the pair of runs in the seventh to steal the sweep.
Greenwood went the distance, allowing three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Allison had three hits and an RBI, with Jenkins and Brayton adding a pair of hits each and driving in a run. Shelby Barrett also had an RBI for Motlow.
Lady Bucks Face West Tennessee Challenge
The Motlow Lady Bucks prepared for their annual swing through West Tennessee with a 9-2, 1-0 sweep of the visiting Lindsey Wilson JV squad on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at the softball field on the Moore County campus.
Motlow (20-6, 4-3) will step back into TCCAA conference play this weekend when it travels to Memphis and Dyersburg.
Friday the Lady Bucks face Southwest Tennessee in a doubleheader at 1pm, then visit Dyersburg State on Saturday for another 1pm twinbill.
The game one 1-0 win over Lindsey Wilson was a great pitching dual that Lady Bucks' starter Katy Ayers (8-3) was fortunate to win. Motlow's Suzi Jenkins was the hero at the plate as her first inning solo home run proved to be the difference. Ayers allowed only one hit and struck out six.
In game two, Leevie Greenwood was as dominating as Ayers, allowing only two hits with seven strikeouts. Both Linsey Wilson runs were unearned and scored on passed balls. Motlow had seven hits, includinga home runs from Kayla Allison and a triple by Meghan Brayton. Both Greenwood and Allison had two RBI each.
The final home games of the regular season will be on Tuesday, Apr. 19 against Cleveland State. Motlow's final 10 regular season games will be on the road.
Lady Bucks Drop Conference Twinbill
The Motlow Lady Bucks could not get their bats going against outstanding pitching and dropped a 3-1, 1-0 doubleheader to TCCAA foe Volunteer State on Friday, Apr. 8 in Gallatin.
Motlow (18-6, 4-3) had plenty of offense the day before, rolling over non-conference opponent Tennessee Wesleyan 22-2, 9-2.
The Lady Bucks are scheduled for another non-conference twinbill on Wednesday, Apr. 13, when the Lindsey Wilson JV rolls into the softball field on the Moore County campus. The first pitch is scheduled for 1pm.
Motlow will take to the road and return to conference play in Memphis against Southwest Tennessee on Friday, Apr. 15, then make a stop in Dyersburg on Saturday for a doubleheader against Dyersburg State.
Katy Ayers (7-2) picked up the easy win in game one against Tennessee Wesleyan, allowing one earned run in three innings. Kristin Swan pitched the final two innings and didn't allow a run.
Shelby Davis led the offensive attack with a perfect 5-5 effort and a pair of RBI. Swan was also proficient, going 3-3 with seven RBI. Shelby Barrett, Suzi Jenkins, Meghan Brayton, Danielle Davis, and Ayers each had multi-hit games, and all except Danielle Davis had multiple RBI.
Leevie Greenwood (6-2) got the win in game two, allowing only two hits in six strong innings, with Swan tossing the final inning.
Once again it was Shelby Davis leading the offensive charge with four hits and four RBI. Brayton, Kayla Allison, and Heather Krantz each had multiple hits.
Defense cost the Lady Bucks a chance to win game one against Volunteer State, with the team committing four errors. Greenwood (6-3) pitched outstanding, allowing only five hits and one earned run, but didn't help herself with four walks.
Volunteer scored single runs in each of the first three innings, while the Lady Bucks were held scoreless until the top of the seventh when Jenkins knocked in the only run. Davis led the way with a pair of hits.
Motlow's offense was shut down in game two by outstanding Lady Pioneers' pitching, wasting an equally outstanding effort by Ayers, who allowed only three hits and struck out six. Jenkins, Greenwood, and Shelby Davis had the only hits for the Lady Bucks, with Volunteer scoring the games' only run in the third inning.
Late Comeback Helps Lady Bucks Avoid Sweep
The Motlow Lady Bucks came from behind to win game one 4-2, but didn't quite have a comeback left in them in a 3-2 game two loss in a doubleheader split with Cleveland State on Tuesday, Mar. 29 in Cleveland, TN. Although Cleveland State is a TCCAA team, the games did not count as conference games.
Motlow (16-4, 4-1) travels to Columbia State on Thursday, Mar. 31 for another doubleheader against a conference foe that doesn't count in the conference standings. The games in Columbia against Columbia State are scheduled to begin at 4pm.
The Lady Bucks are scheduled to continue their road trip in Harriman, TN on Saturday, Apr. 2 when they face Roane State in a doubleheader that was postponed from March 26. The twinbill, scheduled to start at 2pm CDT, does count in the TCCAA standings.
In game one against Cleveland Tuesday, Katy Ayers started on the mound for the Lady Bucks and allowed only three hits in three innings. However, the Lady Bucks trailed 2-1 after three innings and Kristin Swan relieved Ayers to begin the fourth.
Swan (4-0) was spectacular, pitching the final four innings allowing only one hit, one walk, and striking out three. Motlow out-hit the home team 10-4 and scored two runs in the sixth inning and one more in the seventh to secure the win.
Freshman Meghan Brayton had the big hit for Motlow, a two-run double, while Kayla Allison and Renea Shirley each had a pair of hits and an RBI.
Game two saw Cleveland jump on Lady Bucks' starting pitcher Leevie Greenwood (5-2) for two runs in the first inning. The Lady Bucks came from behind with single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to tie the score, but the home team scored the game winner in the bottom of the sixth.
Greenwood pitched very well, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out a pair of Cleveland batters. Danielle Davis, Suzi Jenkins, and Shelby Barrett each had two hits, while Shelby Davis and Heather Krantz each had doubles.
Tough Road Week Awaits Lady Bucks
The Motlow Lady Bucks will attempt to dodge an expected wet, cool spring weather week to play a trio of road doubleheaders against TCCAA foes, even though two of the three twinbills won't count as conference games.
Motlow (15-3, 4-1) has now won 15 of its previous 16 contests following a 4-1, 10-2 sweep of the Lindsey Wilson JV squad on Mar. 24 in Columbia, KY.
The Lady Bucks visit Cleveland State on Tuesday, Mar. 29, then travel to Columbia State on Thursday, Mar. 31, before finishing the trip in Harriman, TN against Roane State on Saturday, Apr. 2. The contests in Harriman were originally scheduled for Mar. 26 but were postponed due to rain.
TCCAA teams are allowed to play each other during the regular season on multiple dates, but only one doubleheader between teams counts as conference games. The games in Harriman against Roane State are the only conference games scheduled for this week.
Kristin Swan (3-0) picked up the win on the mound in game one against Lindsey Wilson, allowing only three hits and striking out four in three innings of the five-inning contest. Leevie Greenwood tossed the final two innings without allowing a run.
Shelby Davis and Shelby Barrett each homored. Davis' solo blast came in the first inning, while Barrett's three-run shot gave Motlow the lead for good in the fourth.
Game two was tied at two until the Lady Bucks exploded in the top of the third and put eight runs on the board to win what became a three-inning contest. Kim Hall got her first win of the season on the mound, pitching the first two innings and allowing only one earned run with three strikeouts.
Katy Ayers pitched the final inning for Motlow, while offensively Davis, Suzi Jenkins, Greenwood, Swan, and Hall each had two RBI for Motlow.
Solid Pitching, Timely Homer Earns Lady Bucks Split
The Motlow Lady Bucks saw their 12-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 extra inning loss to visiting Walters State on Tuesday, then recovered and beat the Lady Senators 3-1 in the second game of a TCCAA doubleheader played at Motlow's softball field on the Moore County campus.
Motlow's (13-3, 4-1) scheduled TCCAA doubleheader against Roane State on Saturday, Mar. 26 has been rescheduled for Apr. 2 due to scheduled rain in Harriman.
The opener against Walters was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation before the visitors scored two runs in the top of the eighth to seal the victory. Motlow starter Katy Ayers (6-2) pitched well, scattering eight hits and striking out four.
Offensively the Lady Bucks could not get untracked, managing only four hits. Shelby Davis had two of those hits, including a double, and knocked in the only Motlow run. Suzi Jenkins and Kayla Allison had one hit each.
Game two featured all the offense and runs scored in the first inning, with Walters jumping on top 1-0 against Motlow starter Leevie Greenwood (5-1).
In the bottom of the first Motlow took a lead it would never relinquish as Allison slammed a three-run home run, one of her two hits. Greenwood then settled down and shut down the Lady Senators for the final six innings, allowing only four hits and one walk with two strikeouts.
Greenwood, Shelby Barrett, and Kristin Swan each had singles for the Lady Bucks in game two.
The upcoming road trip begins at non-conference opponent Lindsey Wilson in Columbia, KY, where the Lady Bucks will face the JV squad on Thursday, Mar. 24 in a 1pm start. Motlow's next home contest is scheduled for April 7 against non-conference foe Tennessee Wesleyan.
Lady Bucks Win Streak at Even Dozen
The Motlow Lady Bucks opened TCCAA conference play with three wins over the weekend and have now won 12 consecutive games following an 8-2, 8-7 sweep of visiting Jackson State on Saturday, Mar. 19, at the Moore County campus softball field.
The doubleheader sweep came a day after the Lady Bucks (12-2, 3-0) opened their conference season with a 6-2 victory over Columbia State. The second game of that doubleheader was postponed due to a medical emergency involving the Columbia head coach's family.
Motlow will host conference rival Walters State on Tuesday, Mar. 22, with the first pitch scheduled for 1pm at the softball field. The doubleheader will be the last home games for the Lady Bucks until Apr. 7, when they host the Tennessee Wesleyan JV squad at 1pm. Motlow travels to Columbia, KY to face non-conference foe Lindsey Wilson on Thursday, Mar. 24.
Danielle Davis was the hero for the Lady Bucks in game two against the Lady Generals from Jackson State, lofting a sacrifice fly that scored pinch runner Morgan Hemmingsen in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 7-7 tie and give Motlow the sweep.
In game one the visitors from Jackson scored their only two runs in the first inning before Lady Bucks pitcher Leevie Greenwood (4-1) shut the door on their offense, allowing only five hits and striking out seven in her seven innings of work.
Motlow responded with a run in the second inning, four more in the fourth, and their final three runs in the sixth inning. Shelby Davis slammed a solo home run and had three hits. Shelby Barrett and Kristin Swan each had two hits, and each drove in two runs along with Suzi Jenkins.
Game two was a back and forth contest. The two teams were tied after four innings before the Lady Bucks scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a seemingly-commanding 6-2 lead.
However, the Lady Generals took advantage of seven walks by Motlow starter Katy Ayers (6-1), along with 10 hits, to put five runs on the board in the top of the seventh and tie the score at seven, setting up Davis' game-winning sacrifice fly.
Ayers got the win despite not having her best stuff on the mound, although she did strike out eight Jackson State batters.
Suzi Jenkins blasted a home run and drove in three runs, while Kayla Allison went 4-4 with four singles. Jenkins, Greenwood, and Ayers each had two hits, with Ayers adding two RBI.
Lady Bucks Postpone Mar. 9 Games Due to Rain
The Motlow Lady Bucks softball team will face Kaskaskia on Thursday, Mar. 10 in Gallatin in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1pm.
The Lady Bucks (3-2, 0-0) beat Louisburg, NC 10-2 on Tuesday, Mar. 8 at Coffee County High School in Manchester. The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was cancelled due to rain.
The win moves Motlow head coach Gary Barfield within one victory of his 500th career win. Barfield's record in his 14th season as Lady Bucks coach is now 499-225.
Katy Ayers (2-1) pitched an outstanding complete game for the
Lady Bucks, going six innings and allowing only two hits and two runs, neither of which was earned. Ayers struck out six and allowed five walks.
Motlow jumped out front 3-0 in the first inning and closed with four runs in the sixth. Both Louisburg runs came in the sixth inning. Motlow had eight hits but also committed four errors.
Leevie Greenwood and Kayla Allison each had two hits for the Lady Bucks, with Allison slamming a home run and driving in three. Greenwood also had three RBI and her two hits were a double and a triple. Kelsey Coombs added a two-run single.
The Lady Bucks will open their longest home stand of the season on Monday, Mar. 14 when they host Joliet, IL for a 1pm doubleheader. Motlow has 12 games scheduled over an eight day period, including six TCCAA contests, ending with a visit from Walters St. on Tuesday, Mar. 22.
Lady Bucks Even Record With Sweep
The Motlow Lady Bucks softball team evened its record on the young season at 2-2 with a 3-2, 6-3 sweep of Jackson, MI on Friday, Mar. 4 at the softball field on the Moore County campus.
Motlow will host Louisburg, NC on Tuesday, Mar. 8, with the first pitch of the doubleheader scheduled for 1pm. The doubleheader will be played at Coffee County High School in Manchester.
Head coach Gary Barfield could reach 500 career wins with a Lady Bucks sweep today. Barfield's record in his 14th season now stands at 498-225.
The Lady Bucks will play a handful of contests at Volunteer St. in Gallatin before returning home for their longest home stand of the season. The home stand begins Mar. 14 and continues through a pair of conference games against Walters St. on Mar. 22.
This week Motlow faces Kaskaskia, IL on both Wednesday, Mar. 9 and Thursday, Mar. 10. In addition the Lady Bucks will also take on Louisburg, NC on Mar. 10.
Each of those contests will be held in Gallatin.
Leadership, Experience Key to Lady Bucks' Season
Motlow Lady Bucks softball coach Gary Barfield believes his squad has the talent to compete for the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) championship in 2011, but he also knows that leadership and experience is often the difference between a good season and a championship season.
The Lady Bucks would appear to have those intangible attributes as they prepare to open the season when they host Calhoun Community College on Thursday, March 3 at 1pm at the softball field on the Moore County campus.
Redshirt sophomore third baseman Suzi Jenkins is at the head of a talented group of upperclassmen who will be counted on to provide the needed leadership. Jenkins knows what it takes to be a champion.
“Suzi Jenkins returns from a redshirt year and a wrist injury," said Barfield." She was an All-TCCAA player as a freshman and a very important part of the TCCAA Championship team in 2009 where she hit .432 with 62 RBIs.”
Jenkins' numbers in 2009 were good enough to place her tenth all-time in a single season for batting average (.432), fourth all-time in hits (86), and tied for sixth all-time in RBI (62). She is joined by seven other sophomores, and it is that total team experience that Barfield will be counting on to lead the team in 2011.
“We have eight sophomores that will contribute and I am pleased with their leadership," continued the coach. “We have four pitchers that can get college hitters out (Katy Ayers, Leevie Greenwood, Kim Hall, and Kristin Swan), so the pitching depth will be a key."
Barfield will begin his 14th season at the helm of the Motlow softball program having compiled an impressive 496-223 record, winning 69% of his games as coach. He can reach the 500-win plateau when his team wins its fourth game of the season, which could come Mar. 4 at home against Jackson, MI.
Although pitching is always a key component of success in softball, Barfield knows it takes more than pitching to win a title and he believes his 2011 team has those other ingredients.
“I think we have a chance to be strong offensively. We have a combination of speed and power," he continued. “This team also has a chance to be very solid defensively. Getting transfer Leevie Greenwood from UT-Martin at the break will help this team tremendously. She will spend time on the mound and at second base and will hit in the middle of the lineup."
Offensively Jenkins will be joined by a number of strong contributors back for their sophomore seasons, including Shelby Davis, who hit .329 with three home runs,10 doubles and 29 RBI; and Renea Shirley and her .291 average with four doubles and 11 RBI.
Freshman additions to the Lady Bucks' roster includes Meghan Brayton from Tullahoma and Chelsey Dial from Shelbyville.
Lady Bucks Release 2011 Softball Schedule
Motlow Lady Bucks head coach Gary Barfield has released the team's 2011 softball schedule, with the season opener scheduled for March 3 at home against Calhoun Community College.
The schedule is top heavy with home games in the first half, with nine of the first twelve play dates scheduled for the Motlow softball field in Moore County.
On the flip side the Lady Bucks will be challenged in the final half of the season with six of their last seven doubleheaders on the road, including three conference twinbills.
Once again Chattanooga St. appears to be the preseason favorite to win another TCCAA championship. The Lady Tigers are the only TCCAA team to be ranked in the NJCAA preseason poll, starting the season ranked 9th.
Motlow will travel to Chattanooga St. on April 22. The first conference games are scheduled for March 18 when Columbia St. visits the Moore County campus.