2014 Softball News


Lady Bucks' Softball Season Ends in First Round

Apr. 29, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks saw their 2014 softball season come to a disappointing end when they dropped a 9-1, 12-11 doubleheader to Columbia State last weekend in the opening round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Columbia.

Motlow (20-34, 14-22) entered the tournament as the No. 8 seed while Columbia St. came in as the third seed. This year's format for the tournament's opening round featured the 6-10 seeds traveling to the 1-5 seeds for a best two-of-three series. The five series winners now head to Gallatin to complete the tournament this weekend.

Friday's opener in Columbia saw the home team come out on fire offensively, scoring two runs in the first inning and five more in the second. Motlow responded with one in the third, but the Lady Chargers came right back with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning and added a final run in the fourth. The game ended in five innings due to the eight-run rule.

Lindsey Knoer suffered the loss on the mound for Motlow, allowing 11 hits and four earned runs with a pair of strikeouts. Lauren Warren, Keli Bruning and Chelsea Howell had Motlow's only hits, with Bruning's third-inning double scoring Warren, who was hit by a pitch.

Game two was a high-scoring affair that saw Motlow lead 11-7 heading into the final inning before Columbia St. scored five runs, including a walk-off home run, to win the game and the series.

The Lady Bucks jumped out front with two runs in the first inning. Warren led off with a single and Bruning doubled her home. Makenzie Hopkins followed with a double of her own, scoring Bruning and giving Motlow an early 2-0 lead.

Columbia responded with five runs in the bottom of the first off starting pitcher Mindy Jo Britt, who allowed 13 hits and 10 earned runs with two strikeouts before being relieved with one out in the seventh.

Motlow's offense exploded for nine hits and nine runs in the third inning, giving the Lady Bucks a commanding 11-5 lead. The inning featured RBI singles from Makayla Campbell and Morgan Frye, a two-run single by Ashley Williams, and a three-run homer by Bruning.

The Lady Bucks couldn't hold the lead though as Columbia St. scored single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to close the gap to 11-7. Columbia's walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh came off reliever Monica Lane, who came in with one out in the inning and struck out a batter before allowing the home run.

The Lady Bucks will lose 10 sophomores from this year's squad and will return five players in 2015 that made significant contributions as freshmen.


Lady Bucks sweep Jackson St. behind power surge

Apr. 14, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks hit five home runs, including two by Makenzie Hopkins, on their way to a four-game sweep of visiting Jackson State last weekend on the Moore County campus. The Lady Bucks then got swept by visiting Wallace State on Sunday.

Motlow (18-30, 12-20) is scheduled to travel to Pulaski for a non-conference doubleheader against the Martin Methodist JV squad on Tuesday, then visit Roane State for the final TCCAA series of the season on Thursday and Friday. The regular season ends Apr. 23, when the Lady Bucks host Gadsden State at 2 p.m.

Friday the Lady Bucks opened the Jackson St. series by pounding the visiting Lady Generals 13-3 in five innings. Hopkins, Makayla Campbell and Morgan Frye all homered. Friday's second game featured a late comeback by Motlow as the home team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 9-8.

On Saturday the Lady Bucks won the first game 9-4, and then completed the series sweep with a thrilling, come-from-behind 11-10 win. Sunday the Wallace State Lady Lions won the opener 16-8 and completed their sweep with a 12-6 win in game two.

Lindsey Knoer got the win on the mound in Friday's opener, allowing only two hits and one earned run in four innings. Gabi Keith pitched the final inning for the Lady Bucks. Motlow scored twice in the first inning, then tacked on seven runs in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth.

Hopkins hit a two-run homer in the first, but Jackson St. bounced back and tied the game with two runs in the second. However, in the bottom of the inning the Lady Bucks' offense exploded as Hopkins hit an RBI single and Campbell hit a two-out grand slam. Frye's three-run homer came in the fourth, driving in Bridgette Wilson and Campbell, who had both singled.

Game two on Friday saw the Lady Bucks overcome an 8-6 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Monica Lane started on the mound for Motlow but was replaced by Knoer with two outs in the second inning. Knoer allowed six hits and no earned runs over the final 5.1 innings to earn the win.

Lauren Warren led off the seventh with a single and Bridgette Wilson walked. Keli Bruning then singled to load the bases. Campbell's one-out sacrifice fly drove in the first run, cutting Jackson's lead to 8-7. An error by the visitors' right fielder allowed Bruning to score the tying run and Wilson to score the game winner.

Saturday, Knoer once again took the mound in game one and was outstanding, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run in seven innings. Motlow overcame a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.

Warren drove in two runs in the fourth with a single and Morgan Moyers doubled to drive in Warren, In the fifth the Lady Bucks didn't have a hit but scored three runs, taking advantage of a Jackson St. error and three walks.

The series finale on Saturday saw Jackson jump out to a 2-1 lead after one inning. The Lady Bucks fought back with three runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead. The visitors scored seven in the fourth to lead 9-4, but the Lady Bucks came back with three in the fourth to trail 9-7. Jackson scored once in the fifth, but the Lady Bucks plated three runs in the sixth to tie the score at 10, and then scored the game winner in the seventh.

Lane pitched the final three innings to get the win, allowing only one hit. Frye drove in the winning run with a single in the seventh after Chelsea Buffington had opened the inning with a double.

Hopkins was 8-15 in the series with two homers, eight runs batted in and four runs scored. Frye was 5-11 with five runs batted in. Campbell went 5-14 with six RBIs. Warren was 6-12 with seven runs batted in and eight runs scored.


Lady Bucks welcome Jackson State this weekend

Apr. 9, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks have an opportunity to finish among the top six teams in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) softball standings, but in order to do that they need to win this weekend's home series against Jackson State.

The Lady Bucks (14-28, 8-20) will welcome the visiting Lady Generals (4-32, 4-24) to the Moore County campus this weekend for a four-game series. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's twin bill will start at noon.

Motlow has dropped 10 games in a row; including a non-conference doubleheader against defending national champion Wallace State 8-4, 10-1 on Tuesday in Hanceville, Ala. TCCAA leaders Chattanooga State and Walters State swept the Lady Bucks in four-game series the previous two weekends.

Wallace State jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning in Tuesday's first contest in Hanceville, and then scored two more in the second and another in the third to lead 7-1. The Lady Bucks fought back with three runs in the fourth, but four costly errors hurt the Motlow attempt at a comeback.

Game two started much the same, with Wallace State scoring four runs in the first inning to lead 4-1, then adding four more in the fifth and two runs in the sixth.

Ashley Williams and Keli Bruning each had two hits for Motlow in game one as part of a 10-hit Lady Bucks' offense, with Bruning's double driving in two runs in Motlow's three-run fourth inning. The Lady Bucks managed only four hits in game two, none for extra bases.


Walters State ends Lady Bucks' winning streak

Apr. 1, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks saw their six-game winning streak come to a crashing halt when nationally-ranked Walters State came to Moore County and swept the Lady Bucks in a four-game TCCAA series.

The series was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday but was pushed back to Sunday and Monday because of inclement weather. The Lady Senators (27-5, 20-4), ranked 19th in the nation by the NJCAA, swept Sunday's games 5-4, 13-2; then repeated the feat on Monday by winning 5-1, 7-2.

Motlow (14-22, 8-16) will jump from the frying pan into the fire this weekend when they travel to Chattanooga to face seventh-ranked Chattanooga State. The Lady Tigers (35-5, 20-4) are tied with Walters State at the top of the TCCAA standings.

Sunday's opener was an exciting, close contest that saw the Lady Bucks score two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within one before stranding the potential tying run at third base. Lindsey Knoer (7-10) took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and five runs with four strikeouts.

Makayla Campbell and Ashley Williams each had two hits for the Lady Bucks, with Campbell hitting a double and Williams driving in two of Motlow's runs. The Lady Senators scored three runs in the fourth and added what turned out to be the winning run in the top of the seventh.

Game two on Sunday featured an awesome offensive performance from the visitors as they scored four runs in the first, three in the second, two in the fourth and four more in the fifth to win by the 10-run rule. Monica Lane (5-4) took the loss on the mound for the Lady Bucks. Motlow managed five hits, including two by Makenzie Hopkins.

Motlow's offense struggled mightily in Monday's first game with only three hits, one each by Lauren Warren, Morgan Moyers and Williams. Mindy Jo Britt (1-7) took the loss despite pitching well, allowing six hits with six strikeouts in five innings. Knoer pitched the final two innings and gave up two hits.

The series finale featured the Lady Bucks jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and holding that lead until the fifth inning, when the Lady Senators took the lead with four runs. Walters State added two more in the sixth and one in the seventh, thanks in large part to five Motlow errors.

Knoer was solid on the mound, scattering nine hits and allowing only two earned runs. Warren, Moyers and Keli Bruning each had two hits for Motlow.

The Lady Bucks will return to their home field on Monday, Apr. 7, when non-conference opponent Gadsden State visits for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. The games were originally scheduled for Mar. 4, but were postponed due to inclement weather.


Lady Bucks on winning streak as Walters State visits

Mar. 26, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks extended their winning streak to six games when they traveled to Gadsden, Ala., and swept Gadsden State 2-1, 3-2 Tuesday afternoon. Motlow will host 19th-ranked Walters State this weekend, with Friday's doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. and Saturday's games beginning at noon.

The Lady Bucks (14-18, 8-12) have now won eight of their last 10 games and will head into the weekend series against the Lady Senators sitting in the sixth position in the TCCAA standings. Motlow's pitching was spectacular against Gadsden State as both Lindsey Knoer and Monica Lane pitched complete games.

Game one featured Knoer (7-8) allowing only two hits with four strikeouts in seven innings in Motlow's 2-1 victory. Gadsden helped the Lady Bucks out by committing five errors in the contest. Motlow scored a run in the second inning as Makenzie Hopkins led off with a single and Bridgette Wilson sacrificed her to second.

Hopkins advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on the passed ball to give Motlow a 1-0 lead. However, the home team took advantage of a Lady Bucks' error and tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the second. The winning run came in the top of the fourth as Wilson reached on an error to lead off the inning and Chelsea Howell moved her to third with a single. Ashley Williams then drove in Howell with a single.

It was Lane (5-3) who brought another outstanding pitching performance to the mound for Motlow in game two, allowing only five hits with five strikeouts in her complete-game effort. After Gadsden scored twice in the first inning, Lane settled down and shut them out the rest of the way. Motlow scored all three of its runs in the third inning.

Morgan Moyers led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second as Williams reached on an error. Both advanced another base when Lauren Warren reached on yet another Gadsden error. With one out and the bases loaded, Keli Bruning drove in two runs with a single. Morgan Frye then grounded out, driving in Warren with the winning run.


Lady Bucks sweep weekend series from Southwest TN

Mar. 24, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks took advantage of the opportunity to get back into contention for the upper half of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) softball standings with a four-game weekend sweep of Southwest Tennessee in Millington.

Motlow (12-18, 8-12) won Friday's doubleheader 10-7, 10-2, then turned around and swept Saturday's contests 11-3, 10-7. The Lady Bucks have now won six of their previous eight TCCAA games, and will step outside the conference when they travel to Gadsden, Ala. to play Gadsden State in a doubleheader on Tuesday. Motlow hosts 19th-ranked Walters State in a four-game series this coming weekend.

The Lady Bucks offense started slowly in Millington in game one, trailing 4-2 before two runs in the fourth tied the score at 4-4. Motlow then exploded for five runs in the fifth and held on to win the opener.

Lindsey Knoer got the win on the mound after relieving Monica Lane in the fifth. Lane allowed seven hits and four earned runs and left the game with the score tied at four. Knoer gave up only three hits and one run in her three innings of work. Lane and Knoer overcame four home runs by Lady Saluqis' batters.

Lauren Warren had three hits and drove in two runs for Motlow from her leadoff position in the batting order. Ashley Williams added a pair of hits as the Lady Bucks took advantage of five Southwest TN errors and overcame leaving eight runners on base.

Friday's second game was a little easier for Motlow as the offense plated four runs in the first, three in the second and three more in the third inning. Mindy Jo Britt (2-7) went the distance for the Lady Bucks, allowing only four hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts.

Warren was again the sparkplug for the offense as both she and Makenzie Hopkins had four hits for Motlow, with two of Hopkins' hits being doubles. Both Warren and Hopkins each had two runs batted in, and Morgan Moyers and Warren each scored three runs. Motlow once again stranded eight runners.

Saturday's opener started a little shaky, with Knoer (6-8) allowing three first inning runs. However, she shut down the Southwest offense after that and the Lady Bucks exploded for six runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth. Knoer ended her five innings by allowing three hits with four strikeouts.

Keli Bruning went 3-4 and drove in two runs and Bridgett Wilson was 2-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Hopkins had two more hits and scored three runs and Williams added two runs batted in.

The series finale on Saturday saw Motlow jump out to a 7-3 lead after four innings, then hang on as the Lady Saluqis scored three in the seventh before Lane (4-3) closed the door on the rally. Britt started in the circle for the Lady Bucks but was replaced by Lane after getting only one out in the first inning. Lane allowed seven hits and four earned runs in 6.2 innings.

Hopkins and Chelsea Howell sparked the Motlow offense as each had three hits and drove in two runs. Motlow had 14 hits in the game, including doubles by Hopkins and Bruning. Hopkins was 10-17 for the weekend with four runs batted in and seven runs scored. Warren was 8-17 with eight runs scored and six RBIs.


Lady Bucks earn much-needed split with Cleveland State

Mar. 17, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks needed something good to happen to their softball team after dropping six consecutive games, including a doubleheader sweep by TCCAA rival Cleveland State at home on Friday 10-1, 9-7.

Saturday, Motlow hosted Cleveland State in the final doubleheader of the four-game series on the Moore County campus. With one out in the sixth inning and the Lady Bucks trailing 5-1, Motlow was able to turn the tables, scoring five runs to beat the Lady Cougars 6-5. Motlow completed the Saturday sweep by winning game two 7-4.

The Lady Bucks (8-16, 4-12) will be back in action on Tuesday at their home field, when they step outside the conference to host defending national champion Wallace State at 2 p.m. The Lady Lions were ranked No. 1 in the nation in the preseason NJCAA poll and have played an extremely difficult schedule. After struggling early, Wallace State has won 13 of its previous 14 contests.

Defense was shaky for the Lady Bucks on Friday when they committed a total of 13 errors in the two games. Cleveland banged out 11 hits off Motlow starting pitcher Mindy Jo Britt in game one, although Britt allowed only three earned runs. Chelsea Buffington led Motlow's offense with two hits.

The second game on Friday saw Motlow commit seven errors, yet the Lady Bucks scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull within two runs of the Lady Cougars before the rally fell short. Lindsey Knoer pitched four innings and scattered 10 hits, allowing five earned runs. Monica Lane tossed the final three innings and didn't allow a hit.

Motlow scored single runs in the first and third innings, added two more in the fourth, and then made their late surge with three in the seventh. Bridgette Wilson had two hits, including a double, and drove in two runs in the seventh. Chelsea Howell also had two hits and Makayla Campbell drove in two runs.

On Saturday, the visiting Lady Cougars led the Lady Bucks 5-1 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Keli Bruning got Motlow started with a double, and with one out Makenzie Hopkins singled Bruning home. Chelsea Howell followed with a single, driving in Wilson to cut the Cleveland lead to 5-3.

Motlow loaded the bases, and with two outs Makayla Campbell singled in Ashley Williams and Morgan Moyers, giving the Lady Bucks their final 6-5 advantage.

Lane (3-3) started on the mound and pitched six innings, allowing only two earned runs. Knoer pitched the final inning to earn the save, her first of the season.

Game two on Saturday saw the Lady Bucks jump out to a lead with two runs in the first inning, one in the second, and two more in the third. Motlow added insurance runs in both the fourth and six innings, and Cleveland scored three in the fifth inning and their final run in the seventh.

Knoer (4-7) picked up the win, scattering six hits and allowing three earned runs in 4.1 innings. Britt notched her second save, allowing just two hits and one run in the final 2.2 innings.

Lauren Warren and Bruning each had three hits for the Lady Bucks, with Morgan Frye, Campbell, Wilson and Howell joining Warren and Bruning with runs batted in for Motlow. The Lady Bucks had 20 hits combined during Saturday's doubleheader.

The Lady Bucks will return to conference play when they travel to Millington this weekend for a four-game series with Southwest Tennessee.


Lady Bucks to host Cleveland State in key conference series this weekend

Mar. 11, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action this coming weekend when they host Cleveland State in a four-game series at the softball complex on the Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (6-12, 2-10) will travel to Decatur, Ala. on Tuesday, Mar. 11 for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College. Wednesday the Lady Bucks were scheduled to play at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, but the doubleheader has been rescheduled for April 15 at 3 p.m.

Last weekend's games in Dyersburg were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday but were postponed and played Sunday and Monday. The Lady Eagles won the opener 4-0, but the Lady Bucks came back and took game two on Sunday 13-12.

The home team earned the sweep on Monday, beating the Lady Bucks 5-4 in game one and then winning the series with a 9-6 victory in game two.

In Sunday's opener in Dyersburg, the Lady Bucks were unable to get any offense generated. Motlow managed only four hits, including two by Morgan Frye. Mindy Jo Britt took the loss on the mound, allowing eight hits and eight walks with five strikeouts in six innings of work.

Motlow's offense got untracked in game two Sunday, scoring two runs in the first inning, one in the second, four in the third and six in the fifth inning. Dyersburg stayed close and scored twice in the bottom of the seventh before coming up just short.

Lauren Warren had four hits for Motlow, with Chelsea Buffington and Chelsea Howell adding three hits each. Buffington and Howell each drove in two runs and Warren scored four times. Lindsey Knoer picked up the win, allowing six runs in four innings of work. Monica Lane pitched the middle two innings and Britt got the final three outs to earn the save.

Monday the Lady Bucks' offense again started fast in game one, scoring three runs in the top of the first. However, the Lady Eagles came back with three of their own in the bottom of the third. With the score tied, Dyersburg took the lead with a run in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lady Bucks tied it with one in the sixth. The home team won it with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Britt (1-4) took the loss, going the distance and allowing five hits and four earned runs with four strikeouts. The Lady Bucks had six hits and got runs batted in from Buffington, Frye and Morgan Moyers.

Motlow jumped out in front in Monday's series finale by scoring four runs in the top of the first inning. After leading 6-2 entering the bottom of the third, the Lady Bucks saw Dyersburg score five in the fourth inning.

Knoer (3-5) gave up eight runs in 3.2 innings, including five walks. Lane pitched the final 2.1 innings and allowed only one hit, but Motlow's offense was unable to generate a rally. Keli Bruning and Bridgette Wilson each had two hits for the Lady Bucks, and Howell drove in three runs with a first-inning double.


Lady Bucks look to get back on track Thursday

Mar. 5, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to get their softball season back on the winning track when they host non-conference opponent Snead State for a doubleheader on Thursday at the softball complex on the Moore County campus. The first pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.

The Lady Bucks (4-8, 1-7) are trying to rebound from a four-game sweep last weekend at the hands of Columbia State. The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Bucks 8-6, 11-2 on Friday, Feb. 28, and 8-7, 13-2 the following Saturday.

Motlow will return to Tennessee Community College Athletic Association action when it travels to Dyersburg State for a four-game series this weekend. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and Saturday's twin bill is scheduled to start at noon.

Friday's opener against Columbia State saw the Lady Chargers jump out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning before the Lady Bucks scored two in the first and two in the second to lead 4-3. Columbia came right back though with two runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth to take the lead for good.

Lindsey Knoer started and took the loss for Motlow, allowing four earned runs on nine hits in four innings. Mindy Jo Britt pitched the final three innings and gave up only two hits and one run. Keli Bruning blasted a home run for Motlow and Bridgett Wilson joined Bruning in driving in two runs each.

Game two on Friday once again featured a three-run first inning by the visitors. Motlow trailed by only one run, 3-2, before Columbia scored a single run in the fifth inning and seven runs in the sixth. Monica Lane started on the mound and took the loss for Motlow, allowing nine hits and six earned runs in 5.2 innings. Morgan Moyers got the final out in the sixth inning.

Lauren Warren had three hits for the Lady Bucks and Tori Taylor and Moyers each had two hits. After stranding 12 runners in game one the Lady Bucks stranded 10 more in game two.

Saturday's first game was especially difficult for Motlow as the Lady Bucks scored five runs in the second inning to lead 5-0. Columbia State came back with three in the fourth, but Motlow added two runs in the fifth and led 7-3. However, the Lady Chargers scored four in the sixth to tie the game and then plated a single run in the seventh for the win.

Britt took the loss on the mound for Motlow after relieving Knoer in the sixth. Knoer allowed five hits and three earned runs and Britt gave up four earned runs on seven hits.

Motlow scattered seven hits, including doubles by Tori Taylor and Morgan Frye. Bruning drove in two of the Lady Bucks' runs, with Frye, Moyers and Lauren Warren also adding RBIs.

The series finale on Saturday was all Lady Chargers as the visitors scored four runs in the first inning and three in the second. Motlow managed single runs in both the third and fifth innings. The Lady Bucks committed three errors, which led to a pair of unearned runs.

Knoer started and took the loss, giving up eight hits and six earned runs in 1.1 innings of work. Lane relieved Knoer in the second and allowed five earned runs and 12 hits in 4.2 innings.

Warren had two hits, including a double that was the only extra-base hit of the game for Motlow. Makayla Campbell also had a pair of hits and Makenzie Hopkins added an RBI for the Lady Bucks.


Lady Bucks welcome Columbia State for TCCAA series

Feb. 26, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action this weekend when they welcome rival Columbia State to the softball complex on the Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (4-4, 1-3) split a doubleheader with visiting Calhoun Community College on Tuesday, dropping the first game 16-2 before rebounding to win game two 3-2. Columbia State (6-5, 4-0) opened its TCCAA schedule with a four-game sweep of Roane State.

The Lady Bucks and Lady Chargers will play a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday, with both days scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge to Motlow College athletic events.

Game one against Calhoun was forgettable for Motlow as the visitors scored four runs in the first inning and never looked back. Monica Lane took the loss on the mound for Motlow, giving up 12 earned runs and 15 hits in 3.2 innings. Lindsey Knoer didn't allow a hit in the final 1.1 innings. Motlow managed six hits, including solo home runs by Keli Bruning and Chelsea Howell.

The second game against Calhoun was much more exciting, with the Lady Bucks scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to get the win. Knoer was outstanding on the mound, scattering six hits and striking out three. Makenzie Hopkins drove in two runs with a double and Makayla Campbell also doubled and had an RBI. Bruning had three hits for Motlow.


Lady Bucks win one in opening conference softball series

Feb. 24, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks opened Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) softball play by winning game two of a four-game series against Volunteer State over the weekend in Gallatin.

The Lady Pioneers won Friday's opener 11-4 before the Lady Bucks rolled to a 14-0 win in five innings in game two. On Saturday, Volunteer swept the Lady Bucks, winning the opener 9-1 and the second game 6-2.

The Lady Bucks (3-3, 1-3) will return home to host non-conference opponent Calhoun on Tuesday. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the softball complex in Moore County. Wednesday the Lady Bucks will travel to Boaz, Ala. to play Snead State in a doubleheader that was postponed on Feb. 11 due to inclement weather.

Motlow returns to TCCAA action this weekend when Columbia State visits for a four-game series. Friday's doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's games start at noon.

Volunteer State scored seven runs in the second inning of game one on Friday to take a 9-0 lead. The Lady Bucks fought back with four runs in the fourth inning but couldn't put any more runs across the plate.

Lindsey Knoer took the loss on the mound for Motlow, allowing nine earned runs. Mindy Jo Britt replaced Knoer in the second inning and gave up only two earned runs in her four innings of work. Keli Bruning drove in two of Motlow's runs with a double.

Friday's second game featured a sparkling pitching performance by Monica Lane and a home run and five runs batted in by Chelsea Howell for the Lady Bucks. Motlow scored three runs in the second inning, eight in the third, and finished off the scoring with three runs in the fifth.

Lane scattered four hits over five innings with three strikeouts and no walks allowed. Howell had two hits, the homer and a double, and scored two runs while Tori Taylor had two hits and drove in four runs. Morgan Frye had three hits for Motlow, with Makenzie Hopkins adding two hits.

Britt started Saturday's first game, allowing seven earned runs in just 1.1 innings of work. Knoer replaced her in the second inning and gave up two earned runs. The Lady Bucks managed only two hits, one each by Bruning and Hopkins.

The series finale on Saturday saw Volunteer State jump out to a 5-0 lead with four runs in the second inning. Motlow closed the gap with two runs in the fourth, but four Motlow errors allowed the Lady Pioneers to win the series with a game-four victory.

Lane suffered her first loss of the season, allowing 11 hits in six innings with two strikeouts. The Lady Bucks managed five hits, with Howell getting two. Hopkins and Howell each drove in a run.


Motlow Lady Bucks open softball season with sweep

Feb. 19, 2014

After having their first four attempts at opening the 2014 softball season postponed by inclement weather, the Motlow Lady Bucks were more than anxious to get a game in.

They finally did on Tuesday when they hosted and swept the Martin Methodist College JV squad 10-0, 8-2 at Lady Cats Field behind East Middle School in Tullahoma. The games were moved from Motlow's softball complex due to a wet, muddy field.

Motlow will next jump straight into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play when it travels to Gallatin this weekend for a pair of doubleheaders against Volunteer State. Friday's action begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's first pitch is scheduled for noon. The next home game is Tuesday, Feb. 25 when non-conference opponent Calhoun visits the Moore County campus for a 1 p.m. start.

Lindsay Knoer (1-0) started on the mound in game one for Motlow and shut down the visitors in her three innings of work, allowing only one hit and one walk with a strikeout. Motlow's offense erased any doubt about the outcome early, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning.

The Lady Bucks sent 12 batters to the plate in the first, with Makenzie Hopkins, Bridgette Wilson, Chelsea Howell and Lauren Warren all getting base hits and either scoring or driving in runs. The Red Hawks helped Motlow's cause by committing two errors and walking three batters, but it could have been worse as the home team stranded three runners.

Tori Taylor slammed the first home run of the season leading off the second inning, while Wilson had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Mindy Jo Britt pitched the final two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts. The game was called after four-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run rule.

Game two was nearly as dominant for Motlow. Monica Lane (1-0) started and got the win, pitching six innings and allowing only four hits, although two of those were solo home runs by the Martin Methodist first baseman. Lane struck out four and didn't walk a single batter. Britt pitched the seventh, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout.

Motlow scored three runs in the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of walks and a Red Hawk error. Keli Bruning, who had three hits on the day, hit a single and scored and Wilson banged out her fourth hit of the afternoon.

Motlow added another run in the second inning after two outs as Warren walked, Morgan Moyers reached on an error, and Bruning drove Warren home with a single. In the third the Lady Bucks increased their lead to 6-1 as Howell singled, Morgan Frye doubled, and Makayla Campbell and Ashley Williams drove runs home with back-to-back singles.

After loading the bases in the fifth, Bruning drove home a run to increase Motlow's lead to 7-2. The final run came in the sixth inning when Frye slammed her second double of the game, driving in Howell who had reached on an error.

The Lady Bucks committed only one error during the afternoon and Motlow pitchers allowed a total of seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts. Moyers, batting second during both games, reached base six times despite only having one hit. She walked three times, reached base twice on errors, stole a base and scored two runs.


Motlow Lady Bucks hope to get Softball Season started this weekend

Feb. 11, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks hope to get the 2014 softball season underway when they travel to Gadsden, Ala. for a doubleheader against Gadsden State Community College on Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Lady Bucks had their first two opportunities to open the season postponed due to inclement weather. They will make one of those doubleheaders up on Sunday when they go to Boaz, Ala. to face Snead State. The other postponed doubleheader, also against Snead State, will be played Thursday, Mar. 6 at Motlow College.

Motlow's first home games are scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18 when the Lady Bucks host the Martin Methodist JV team at 1 p.m. at the softball complex on the Moore County campus.


Experience is Key to Motlow Softball's Hopes for Winning Season in 2014

January 29, 2014

The Motlow Lady Bucks will put their most experienced team in years on the field when they open the 2014 softball season at home Feb. 5 against non-conference opponent Snead State. The Lady Bucks are scheduled to play 58 games in 2014.

2014 Motlow Lady Bucks Softball Team
2014 Motlow Lady Bucks - Members of the 2014 Motlow Lady Bucks softball team in numerical order are: 1-Makenzie Hopkins, 2-Tori Taylor, 3-Morgan Moyers, 4-Gabi Keith, 5-Ashley Williams, 6-Lauren Warren, 7-Mindy Jo Britt, 8-Chelsea Buffington, 9-Keli Bruning, 10-Morgan Frye, 11-Lindsay Knoer, 12-Chelsea Howell, 13-Makayla Campbell, 15-Bridgette Wilson, 16-Heather Tapp, 19-Miranda Whelan, 20-Monica Lane and Head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry. Motlow College Photo.


Head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry begins her third season at the helm with 11 sophomores on her 17-player roster. With that much experience, Raby-Gentry knows that expectations are high for the Lady Bucks to achieve their first winning season in three years.

"We are expecting to utilize the experience we have in our returning sophomores to lead us to the top of the conference," said Raby-Gentry, who is also Motlow's athletic director. "Our focus during the off-season has been our offense. Our sophomores have stepped up and taken on leadership roles and that presence on the field that will lead to greater success in the win column."

Among those headlining the returning sophomore class is Manchester's Tori Taylor. Taylor led the Lady Bucks in most offensive categories last season, including a .361 batting average, seven home runs and 27 runs batted in.

Cornersville product Makenzie Hopkins also returns as one of the team's top offensive players. Hopkins led Motlow with 46 hits, eight doubles and 26 runs scored last season, along with a .343 batting average and 10 runs batted in while batting in the leadoff position much of the time.

On defense, Taylor plays second base and Hopkins is the shortstop, so the two will also be counted on to provide solid defense in the middle of the field.

Jasper's Keli Bruning is the third sophomore returning with impressive offensive numbers. Bruning hit for a .314 average in 2013, including 43 hits, 20 runs scored, two home runs and 18 runs batted in.

Motlow's top returning pitcher is sophomore Lindsay Knoer, who played her prep softball at Huntland. Knoer pitched 76 innings in 2013 and finished with a 3-6 record and a 4.79 earned run average.

Other returning sophomores who are expected to contribute this season are Lauren Warren from Shelbyville, Ashley Williams from Readyville, Miranda Whelan from Ramsey, Ind., Mindy Jo Britt from Flat Rock, Ala., Morgan Frye from McMinnville, Gabi Keith from McMinnville, and Chelsea Howell from Manchester.

Raby-Gentry has recruited a strong class of freshmen to add in the mix to challenge for playing time. Among the newcomers are Morgan Moyers from Lewisburg, Makayla Campbell from Cornersville, Monica Lane from McMinnville, Heather Tapp from Unionville, Bridgette Wilson from Athens, Ala., and Chelsea Buffington from Fyffe, Ala.

The Lady Bucks will open a 36-game Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference slate Feb. 21 and 22, when they travel to Gallatin for a four-game series against Volunteer State. Each conference series consists of back-to-back doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday.

The first conference home series is the following weekend, with Columbia State visiting the softball complex on Motlow's Moore County campus on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1. The regular season ends for Motlow with a trip to Harriman to face Roane State on Apr. 17 and 18.

Last season the TCCAA invited only the top four teams to the conference tournament. The format will change this year, with the top five teams hosting the bottom five teams in a three-game series on Apr. 25-27. The five series winners will advance to the double-elimination conference tournament in Gallatin, scheduled for May 4-6.

Motlow Lady Bucks begin fall softball schedule

Sept. 4, 2013

The Motlow Lady Bucks will begin their fall softball schedule when they travel to Chattanooga to face Tennessee Temple on Friday, Sept. 6. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 2 p.m. central.

Motlow College will play an 18-game fall schedule, primarily against four-year university teams. The games are not official and do not count towards school records or individual records. However, Head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry knows this is a valuable time for her 2014 squad.

"We will utilize this fall schedule to see where we are, and what we need to do, to give us the best opportunity to win a conference title in the spring and make it to the national tournament in Utah," Raby-Gentry said.

"I am looking forward to seeing our returning players and our freshmen come together," she said. "We have a talented team and there is competition at every position, which is only going to make us better."

All fall games are road games, including trips to Trevecca, Martin Methodist, Tennessee Tech, Austin Peay and the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The schedule ends on Oct. 4 with a doubleheader at Belmont University in Nashville.


Softball camp

Motlow College Lady Buck softball player Keli Bruning demonstrates the correct batting stance to Kinsley Miller of Shelbyville during a recent softball camp on Motlow's Moore County campus. During the three-day camp, Tori Raby-Gentry, head softball coach, and members of the softball team helped campers develop fundamental skills in pitching, defense, hitting, bunting, and base running. The camp was for girls age 12 and younger. Motlow College photo.



Softball camp

Sydney Frassrand, right, of Fayetteville, and Bella Tucker of Lynchburg practice base running during a girls' softball camp on the Motlow College Moore County campus. During the camp, which was for girls age 12 and younger, head softball coach Tori Rabi-Gentry and members of the Lady Bucks softball team helped campers develop fundamental skills in pitching, defense, hitting, bunting, and base running. Motlow College photo.


Motlow schedules softball camp for June 17-19

May 23, 2013

Motlow Lady Bucks head softball coach Tori Raby-Gentry has begun accepting registration for the Motlow College softball camp, scheduled for June 17-19 at the Motlow softball complex on the Moore County campus.

The camp is for girls 12 years old and younger and will be held from 9 a.m. until noon on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The cost for each camper is $55, and registration forms are available here - Print registration form.

Raby-Gentry and her team will help campers develop fundamental skills in pitching, defense, hitting, bunting, and base running. All participants will receive a free camp T-shirt.

The registration form can be printed from the web site and returned to Raby-Gentry, along with payment, by mail. For additional information contact Raby-Gentry at 931-393-1617 or trabygentry@mscc.edu.


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Marshall County High School senior Morgan Moyers has committed to continue her education and athletic career at Motlow College. Joining Morgan for the ceremony front row from left, Motlow Head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry, Morgan Moyers, (mother) Betsy Moyers, and (father) Thomas Moyers. Middle row from left, Mariallen Finley, Richard Finley, Marshall County Head Coach Holly Cook, and Assistant Coach Heather Denton. Back row from left, Chris Jacobs, Mark Bruning, Charlie Williams, and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee.

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Cornersville High School senior Makayla Campbell has committed to continue her education and athletic career at Motlow College. Joining Makayla for the ceremony, seated from left: mother Michelle Campbell, Makayla, and father Kenny Campbell. Standing: Cornersville assistant coach Mike Wortham, Motlow head coach Tori Raby-Gentry, and Cornersivlle head coach Eric Crabtree.



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