Contact: Tori Raby-Gentry
Head Softball Coach
April 29, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks finished the 2013 softball regular season on a positive note, sweeping TCCAA rival Roane State 4-2, 11-2 Friday afternoon at the softball complex on the Moore County campus. Saturday's scheduled doubleheader between the two was rained out.
Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2
Motlow (17-26, 12-19) will not play in the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament, which begins May 3 at Volunteer State in Gallatin. Only the top four finishers in the conference standings will participate in this year's tournament.
The Lady Bucks did win seven of their last 10 games though, and the majority of the roster is made up of freshmen. Head Coach Tori Raby-Gentry has already begun signing players for next year's team, when the Lady Bucks will expect to compete for a tournament position.
Friday's opener against the visiting Lady Raiders featured a solid pitching performance by Roxanne Hillman and a 3-hit, 3-RBI game at the plate for Makenzie Hopkins. Motlow scored twice in the first inning and added single runs in the fourth and fifth. Roane plated both of its runs in the sixth.
Hillman went the distance, scattering six hits with a pair of strikeouts. Hopkins drove in Ashley Williams, who had walked, and Keli Bruning, who reached on an error, in the second inning. Hopkins scored Motlow's third run on an RBI single by Shelby Webb in the fourth, then drove in the final run in the fifth when her one-out double scored Bruning.
The nightcap on Friday, which turned out to be the season finale for the Lady Bucks, was tied at 2-2 entering the bottom of the sixth inning when the Lady Bucks exploded for nine runs to end the game on the 10-run rule.
Lindsey Knoer pitched a complete game, allowing only five hits and one earned run. Williams and Webb each had three RBIs for Motlow, while Warren and Tori Taylor had three hits apiece.
Chelsea Howell led off the decisive sixth inning with a double and scored on Webb's single. Miranda Whelan then singled, Warren walked and Williams doubled home all three runners. Bruning reached on an error, scoring Williams, and Taylor then singled to drive home Bruning. After Taylor scored on an error, Webb closed the season with a two-run single, driving in both Howell and Hopkins.
The wins over Roane State came a day after Motlow split a doubleheader with non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College. Motlow won the first game 3-2 on a walk-off two-run homer by Taylor in the bottom of the seventh inning. Calhoun came back to win game two 11-2.
April 23, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks will host their final series of the 2013 softball season this weekend when Roane State visits the softball complex on the Moore County campus. Friday's doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's twin bill is scheduled to start at noon.
Motlow is scheduled to host non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College on Wednesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.
The Lady Bucks (14-25, 10-19) are fresh off a split of last weekend's four-game TCCAA series at Jackson State. On Saturday the Lady Generals won the opener 2-0, but the Lady Bucks responded with a 5-1 win in the nightcap. Sunday, Motlow won the opener 5-1 but Jackson State won game two by an 8-4 count.
Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 2
This weekend's home series with Roane State will complete the season for Motlow. Unlike previous seasons, when all Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) teams competed in the conference postseason tournament, only the top four teams in the final standings will compete in this year's tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin.
Saturday's first game in Jackson was a pitcher's duel, with the Lady Generals scoring twice in the second inning for the only runs of the contest. Motlow's Roxanne Hillman was outstanding on the mound, allowing only four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Both Jackson runs were unearned.
Game two on Saturday featured another fine pitching performance, this time by Motlow freshman Lindsey Knoer, who allowed only two hits with four strikeouts in seven innings. The Lady Bucks' offense took advantage of three Jackson errors in the fourth inning when it scored all five runs. Ashley Williams and Tori Taylor singled, while Makenzie Hopkins tripled during the inning. Taylor, Hopkins and Mindy Jo Britt had RBIs.
On Sunday Motlow's offense pounded out 12 hits in the opener, while Hillman once again pitched a strong game, allowing only three hits. The Lady Bucks overcame a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third inning and three more runs in the seventh.
In the third Williams singled with two outs and scored on a triple by Keli Bruning. Taylor then drove Bruning home with a single. In the seventh Williams and Bruning led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Taylor doubled home Williams and Hopkins drove home Bruning and Taylor with a double.
Sunday's final game saw the Lady Bucks score single runs in the first and second innings before Jackson State scored five in the third and two more in the fourth. Brienna Buckman took the loss, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings. Knoer pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
April 16, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks went to Pulaski and swept the Martin Methodist College JV team 3-2, 5-2 in a pair of non-conference contests Monday afternoon, ending a string of 10 consecutive losses.
Motlow (12-23, 8-17) will travel to Jackson this weekend for a four game series against TCCAA rival Jackson State. It will be the final road trip for the Lady Bucks, who close the regular season with eight consecutive home games.
The Lady Bucks will not participate in the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin. Only the top four teams in both the softball and baseball standings are invited to this year's tournament.
Game one in Pulaski was a pitcher's duel that came down to defense, with the Lady Bucks winning that battle as the Red Hawks committed four errors while the Motlow defense was error free.
Roxanne Hillman got the start and the win, pitching four innings and allowing only three hits and one run. Lindsey Knoer picked up the save with three innings of two-hit, one-run pitching.
Motlow took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Tori Taylor led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Howell. Motlow scored again in the third as two Martin Methodist errors led to Lauren Warren scoring for the Lady Bucks. The eventual winning run came in the sixth when Warren walked with the bases loaded. It could have been much worse as the Lady Bucks stranded 11 runners.
Game two followed much the same script, with Brienna Buckman getting the start and the win on the mound for Motlow by tossing four innings and allowing six hits and one run. Knoer picked up her second save of the day, pitching the final three innings and giving up four hits and a run.
The Lady Bucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Ashley Williams singled to drive home Warren and eventually scored on a Red Hawks' error. Howell drove in Keli Bruning with a sacrifice fly in the third, and in the fifth inning Morgan Frye's sacrifice fly scored Bruning, who had led off the inning with a single.
Williams ended the day with four hits for the Lady Bucks, while Bruning and Hopkins collected three hits each.
April 11, 2013
As if the recent schedule has not been challenging enough, the Motlow Lady Bucks will host the defending national champion junior college softball team this weekend for a four game series at the softball complex in Moore County.
The Lady Bucks (10-19, 8-13) are in the middle of their toughest schedule stretch of the season, facing nationally ranked teams for 10 consecutive games. That stretch will finally conclude when Chattanooga State (26-10, 17-5) visits for Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders. Saturday's action is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Sunday the first pitch is noon.
The TCCAA conference doubleheaders against the Lady Tigers were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but expected severe weather forced the rescheduling to Saturday and Sunday.
Motlow was scheduled to play a pair of games in Fyffe, Ala., on Thursday against the nation's seventh ranked team Wallace State, but impending weather forced the cancellation of those contests. No makeup date has been announced.
The Lady Bucks are currently sixth in the TCCAA standings, while Chattanooga State is third. Only the top four teams qualify for the TCCAA tournament, which begins May 3 at Volunteer State in Gallatin.
April 3, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks have begun the toughest stretch of their 2013 softball schedule - twelve consecutive games against nationally-ranked opponents.
The stretch began Tuesday at the softball complex in Moore County with 7th-ranked Wallace State sweeping the Lady Bucks 4-1, 13-2. The games were originally scheduled for March 12 but were postponed due to inclement weather.
Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2
The Lady Bucks (10-15, 8-9) will travel to Morristown this weekend for a four-game series with TCCAA rival and 16th-ranked Walters State. The Lady Senators (21-5, 14-3) currently stand alone at the top of the conference standings. Originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, the games have been moved back a day in anticipation of bad weather. Saturday's start time is 1 p.m. CST and Sunday's doubleheader begins at 11 a.m. CST.
On Thursday, April 11, the Lady Bucks will make a trip to Fyffe, Ala., where they will once again face Wallace State (26-7) in a regularly-scheduled doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The challenging schedule stretch concludes when traditional powerhouse and defending national champion Chattanooga State (23-9, 14-4) comes to Moore County for a four-game series on April 12 and 13. The Lady Tigers are ranked 23rd in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll.
Tuesday's opening game against Wallace State was a close contest, despite the visitors jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Two of the runs were unearned after the Lady Bucks committed the only error of the game.
Motlow fought back with a run in the fourth when Keli Bruning drove home Ashley Williams, who had opened the inning with a single. However, neither team was able to generate much offense after that, although Wallace State hit a solo home run in the fifth.
Roxanne Hillman took the loss on the mound for the Lady Bucks, allowing only one earned run and seven hits in her three innings of work. Lindsey Knoer pitched outstanding in relief, giving up four hits and one run in the final four innings.
Game two was tight early, with the score tied 2-2 after three innings. After the visitors took a 2-0 lead into the top of the third, Motlow's Tori Taylor slammed a two-run homer, driving in Makenzie Hopkins who had led off the inning with a single and stole second base. It was Taylor's third home run this week and her team-leading sixth of the season.
Wallace then broke loose, scoring two runs in the fourth and fifth innings, one in the sixth, and six in the top of the seventh. Brienna Buckman took the loss for Motlow, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing nine hits and five earned runs with five strikeouts. Knoer pitched the final inning, giving up five hits and five earned runs.
April 1, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks took a giant leap towards an opportunity to play in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament with a four-game sweep of visiting Southwest Tennessee this weekend at the softball complex in Moore County.
Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4
Motlow (10-13, 8-9) has now won six of its previous seven TCCAA games and has moved into fifth place in the conference standings. Only the top four teams will advance to the conference tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin.
The Lady Bucks will host non-conference opponent Wallace State, the nation's 7th-ranked team, on Tuesday at 2 p.m. A trip to Morristown to face Walters State, ranked 16th in the nation, looms this coming weekend with doubleheaders scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.
Motlow combined outstanding pitching with timely hitting both Friday and Saturday against the visiting Lady Saluqis. Four complete-game pitching performances on the mound and a memorable walk-off home run were highlights of the first series sweep of the season for the Lady Bucks.
Friday's series opener saw Roxanne Hillman pitch one of her best games of the season, allowing only four hits and one unearned run with six strikeouts and no walks. Tori Taylor slammed a two-run double to cap off a three run first inning and Chelsea Howell added a solo home run in the fourth.
Game two was a pitcher's duel, with Motlow's Lindsey Knoer and the Lady Saluqis' pitcher tossing shutouts until the final inning. After Southwest scored two in the top of the seventh, Motlow came back with three in the bottom of the inning to win it. Following Lauren Warren and Makenzie Hopkins singles, Taylor stepped to the plate and launched a game winning three-run home run, her fourth of the season.
Saturday's opener featured another outstanding pitching performance from Hillman, who tossed a four-hit shutout. Motlow scored two runs in the first inning when Keli Bruning drove home Taylor and Shelby Webb with a two-out double. The Lady Bucks added three runs in the fifth on a Hopkins homer and a two-run homer by Taylor.
Brienna Buckman pitched a five-hit shutout to complete the series sweep in Saturday's second game. Motlow scored two in the second inning as Bruning and Haley Willingham singled. Mindy Jo Britt drove in one run and the other scored on a Southwest error.
Motlow's final run came in the sixth inning when Britt singled, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored on another Lady Saluqis error. Both Hopkins and Bruning had two hits for the Lady Bucks.
Taylor hit two home runs and drove in seven runs during the weekend, while Hopkins and Bruning each had six hits.
March 26, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks braved freezing temperatures and snow flurries to win two out of three contests against TCCAA rival Cleveland State Sunday and Monday in Cleveland. Motlow won the first game 14-6 and the third 6-1, but dropped game two 9-7. A scheduled fourth contest between the teams was cancelled due to rain Sunday afternoon.
Motlow (6-13, 4-9) was forced to cancel a scheduled trip to Covenant College on Monday in order to complete the series against Cleveland State. The games in Cleveland were originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but were pushed back by impending wet weather.
The Lady Bucks will use the momentum gained from winning the series against Cleveland and attempt to climb further up the conference standings when they host Southwest Tennessee for a four-game series this weekend at the softball complex in Moore County. Friday's doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's at noon.
Game one against Cleveland was played Sunday afternoon, with the Motlow offense exploding for its largest run output of the season. With Cleveland leading 5-4 after three innings, the Lady Bucks scored five in both the fourth and fifth innings to seal the 14-6 victory.
Shelby Webb opened the scoring for Motlow with a first inning two-run homer. Keli Bruning drove in two with a third inning single before Cleveland scored four in the bottom of the inning to take their lead. Lindsey Knoer pitched the first three innings and allowed five runs on six hits.
Brienna Buckman (2-4) took the mound in the fourth and allowed one run in the final two innings to get the win. Makenzie Hopkins, Ashley Williams, Bruning, Morgan Frye and Lauren Warren each had two hits for Motlow, with Hopkins, Bruning and Webb driving in three runs each.
Monday's first game, a 9-7 Cleveland win, went back and forth as Cleveland led 1-0 after one inning and 3-1 after four. The Lady Bucks scored three in the top of the fifth, but the home team came back with three of their own to lead 6-4. Motlow scored three more in the top of the sixth, but Cleveland came right back with three in the bottom of the inning to seal the victory, taking advantage of a pair of Motlow errors.
Knoer started the game on the mound and pitched into the fifth inning, allowing five runs and one walk and taking the loss. Miranda Whelan allowed only one earned run in her 1.2 innings of mound work. Hopkins had three hits and scored two runs, while Williams had a pair of hits and an RBI.
The Lady Bucks roared back in Monday's second game, led by the strong pitching of Buckman, who tossed a complete game in allowing only four hits and the one run with five strikeouts in seven innings. Motlow scored three runs in the top of the first inning and never trailed.
Bruning led the offense with three hits and three runs batted in, all coming on a three-run homer in the first. The Lady Bucks added a run in the second and two more in the fifth.
March 21, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks four-game TCCAA series at Cleveland State, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, has been pushed back to Sunday and Monday, March 24 and 25, due to expected cold and wet weather in East Tennessee. Both doubleheaders are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. central.
The Lady Bucks (4-12, 2-8) are coming off a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Ala. on Wednesday. The Lady Bucks dropped the opener 3-2 and the nightcap 4-1.
Lindsey Knoer (0-2) pitched outstanding for the Lady Bucks in game one, scattering six hits and allowing only one walk. None of Calhoun's three runs were earned. The Lady Bucks managed only five hits, including two by Makenzie Hopkins.
Calhoun scored two runs in the first inning, but the Lady Bucks came back to tie the score with two of their own in the fourth as Shelby Webb slammed a two-run homer, her second of the season, following a Hopkins single. The winning run for Calhoun came in the fifth inning when a double followed a Motlow error.
Game two featured another fine pitching performance by Motlow, this one from Brienna Buckman (1-4). Buckman scattered 10 hits and allowed only one walk, but Calhoun's pitcher held the Lady Bucks to only five hits, although Motlow led 1-0 briefly after scoring first in the top of the second inning.
Calhoun came back with a run in the third and then scored three in the fifth.
March 12, 2013
The start of the 2013 softball season has not been especially kind to the Motlow Lady Bucks. Their opportunity to turn it around comes this weekend when they host Dyersburg State in a four-game series at the softball complex in Moore County. Friday's doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's start time is noon.
Box Scores: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3 | Game 4
Motlow (2-6, 0-6) dropped a four-game series to Columbia State last weekend in Columbia, falling 13-1, 8-0 on Friday and 5-4, 4-0 on Sunday. The Lady Bucks were scheduled to host Wallace State, the nation's 3rd-ranked team, on Tuesday but wet field conditions forced the doubleheader to be postponed until April 2.
Friday's opener at Columbia State saw the Lady Chargers bust out with four runs in the bottom of the first inning and never look back. Gabi Keith (1-2) took the loss, although she allowed only one earned run in her inning of work. Lindsey Knoer then took the mound and gave up four earned runs, with Miranda Whelan pitching the final inning and allowing four runs, although none were earned.
Motlow managed only three hits in the first game, one each by Makenzie Hopkins, Veronica Blackburn and Tori Taylor. As was the case all weekend, defensive lapses were extremely costly to the Lady Bucks.
Game two on Friday was not much different from the opener. Brienna Buckman got the pitching start and allowed six runs in four innings, giving up 11 hits. Whelan got the final out on the mound but allowed the final two runs to score. The Lady Bucks had only two hits, one by Lauren Warren and one by Buckman.
Sunday's opener was the best contest of the weekend. The Lady Chargers jumped out front 2-0 in the first off Motlow's Roxanne Hillman (1-1), who took the loss despite not allowing any earned runs. Errors were extremely costly to Motlow and overshadowed a two-run homer by Lady Bucks' cleanup hitter Keli Bruning.
The Lady Bucks tied the score in the fourth on Bruning's homer, but saw Columbia retake the lead 5-2 in the fifth. Motlow fought back as Warren singled and scored on a Columbia error and Taylor singled and scored on Bruning's ground out after a Shelby Webb double to close the gap to 5-4.
Motlow's bats were shut down in the series finale on Sunday as the Lady Bucks managed only four hits. Columbia scored two in the first inning and two in the sixth off Buckman, who went the entire six innings and scattered six hits overall.
February 25, 2013
The Motlow Lady Bucks opened their second season under head coach Tori Raby-Gentry in grand fashion Sunday afternoon at the softball complex in Moore County, sweeping visiting Jackson, Mich. 7-2, 7-1.
Game 1 Box Score | Game 2 Box Score
The Lady Bucks will host Calhoun Community College from Decatur, Ala. on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, then open TCCAA conference play this weekend by hosting Volunteer State for a four-game series. Friday's games begin at 1 p.m. and Saturday's action starts at noon.
Sophomore Roxanne Hillman opened the season on the mound for the Lady Bucks and was superb, allowing four hits and one walk with four strikeouts in her seven innings of work. The Lady Bucks started strong offensively as well, scoring two runs in each of the first two innings.
Makenzie Hopkins slammed a double to lead off the bottom of the first and Ashley Williams drove her in with a single. Williams then stole second and third before scoring on a Chelsea Howell groundout.
In the second inning Shelby Webb singled for Motlow and Tori Taylor followed that up with a one-out home run. Motlow added single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, including Williams' solo home run the sixth. Both Jackson runs came in the top of the third inning.
Game two saw freshman Gabi Keith pretty well match Hillman's mound performance, allowing only four hits and three walks while striking out five. Like Hillman, only one earned run crossed the plate against Keith.
The Lady Bucks scored three runs in the third inning and four more in the fourth. Taylor slammed her second home run of the day in the third; a two-run shot that drove in Lauren Warren who had singled. With two outs in the fourth, Warren drove in Howell with a single and Webb slammed her first home run of the season. Jackson's lone run came in the top of the seventh inning.
February 19, 2013
Motlow Lady Bucks 2013 softball team: Front row, left-right - Lindsay Knoer, Keli Bruning, Lauren Warren, Chelsea Howell, Tori Taylor, Haley Willingham. Middle row - Veronica Blackburn, Gabi Keith, Makenzie Hopkins, Mindy Jo Britt, Ashley Williams, Roxanne Hillman. Back row - Brienna Buckman, Shelby Webb, Taylor Grissom, Morgan Frye, Miranda Whelan.
The Motlow Lady Bucks softball team will open its second season under head coach Tori Raby-Gentry on Friday, Feb. 22 when they travel to Boaz, Ala., to play a doubleheader against Snead State. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
July 19, 2012
Motlow head softball coach Tori Raby-Gentry and a number of her Lady Bucks team members recently held their annual softball camp on the main Motlow campus in Moore County.
Roxanne Hillman, a pitcher for the Moltow Lady Bucks, prepares the batting tee for Kaytlynn Dingler of Moore County during the recent girls softball camp held at the College. Motlow College photo.