2015 Softball News

Lady Bucks' softball season ends at midnight in Region VII Tournament

May 13, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks overcame a first round loss and advanced to the third round of the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament before falling 8-0 to Chattanooga State Tuesday night at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

The Lady Bucks finished the 2016 season, their first under Head Coach Janice Morey, with a 28-24 record. After struggling in the early season with a 5-13 record, the Lady Bucks got better as the year progressed and went 23-11 in the final two months of the campaign, including 2-2 in the tournament. Aubrey Crowell was named first team all-conference while Caroline Abernethy was named to the second team.

Motlow opened the tournament Monday morning with a hard fought 4-3 loss to Jackson State. The Lady Bucks fought back Monday evening though as freshman Ashton Watkins hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and carry the Lady Bucks past Roane State 4-2.

The win set the Lady Bucks up for a Tuesday afternoon must-win contest against Volunteer State. Motlow responded with perhaps its best outing of the year, slamming three home runs in a 12-1 victory over the Lady Pioneers.

The win over Volunteer set Motlow up for a scheduled 8 p.m. contest against Chattanooga State. Due to multiple extra-inning contests throughout the day, the game didn't start until almost 11 p.m. and ended after midnight as the Lady Tigers ended Motlow's season.

Riley Long was the pitching star in the Lady Bucks' win over Roane State, allowing only five hits in seven innings with four strikeouts. Motlow managed only six hits, including RBI from both Riley O'Neal and Crowell before Watkins' dramatic blast in the final inning.

The Lady Bucks were most dominant in the rout of Volunteer State. O'Neal had a pair of home runs and went 4-4 with six runs batted in. Watkins was 3-4 and added a solo home run while scoring three runs. Taylor Wolaver, Cameron Pearson and Rachel Gamble each had two hits as the Lady Bucks racked up 16 total hits against the Lady Pioneers. Pearson was splendid in the circle, scattering five hits to get the win.

Coach Morey saw a strong group of seven sophomores graduate from Motlow on Saturday, but the Lady Bucks return eight freshmen to next year's squad, including Abernethy, O'Neal and Watkins.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Motlow softball sophomores
Lady Bucks' freshman Riley O'Neal, shown from a game earlier this season, hit a pair of home runs during Motlow's 12-1 victory over Volunteer State Tuesday at the Region VII Tournament in Columbia. O'Neal, who played her prep softball at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, went 6-12 during the tournament with two home runs and nine runs batted in. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Anderson walk-offs propel Lady Bucks to split with Walters State

May 2, 2016

Freshman Kenzie Jo Anderson drove in the winning run with walk-off singles in both games Friday as the Motlow Lady Bucks closed the softball regular season by splitting a four-game series with nationally-ranked Walters State at Lady Bucks Field.

TCCAA/Region VII Softball Tournament Bracket

The Lady Bucks (26-22, 19-17) battled the visiting Lady Senators, who entered the series ranked No. 13 in the nation, down to the wire in all four games. Walters won Thursday's opener 1-0 in nine innings and captured game two 2-1. Motlow won both games on Friday by 2-1 scores. Both teams now await seeding in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins Sunday at Columbia State in Columbia.

Motlow's pitching was nothing short of spectacular during the series, as both Cameron Pearson and Riley Long held the visitors at bay. Pearson (14-8) pitched 17 total innings and allowed just 12 hits and two earned runs. Long (9-12) went 14 innings and scattered 14 hits while allowing only two earned runs.

Anderson came up big when her team needed her the most, as she has multiple times this season.

In Friday's first game with the score tied 1-1 and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Pearson slammed a triple down the right field line and Anderson followed with the first of her game winners. In game two, Lauren Hasty reached base with a single, advanced to second on Rachel Gamble's sacrifice bunt and scored as Anderson sent the home crowd into a wild celebration.

First-year Lady Bucks' head coach Janice Morey has done a masterful job of leading her team, which spent the fall season without a head coach and not being able to play a fall schedule. After opening the year dropping their first eight TCCAA games and sporting a 5-13 overall record on Apr. 12, the Lady Bucks have gone 21-9 since then, including 19-9 in the conference.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Motlow softball sophomores
Seven Motlow State sophomore softball players made their final home appearance memorable as they swept visiting Walters St. Friday afternoon in a doubleheader, winning both games 2-1. The Lady Bucks will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament beginning Sunday in Columbia. From left: Taylor Wolaver, Traci Shelton, Aubrey Crowell, Cameron Pearson, Lauren Hasty, Rachel Gamble, and Riley Long. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks host No. 13 Walters State this weekend to close regular season

Apr. 25, 2016

Freshman catcher Riley O'Neal drove in classmate Caroline Abernethy with a single in the seventh inning Saturday afternoon as the Motlow Lady Bucks beat Chattanooga State 4-3 in the first game of a four-game series in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks (24-20, 17-15) were not able to secure another win as the Lady Tigers won Saturday's finale 8-7 on a seventh inning walk-off home run, then swept Sunday's games 7-3, 7-1.

Motlow will close its regular season when Walters State, ranked No. 13 in the nation, visits the Moore County campus beginning Thursday. The Lady Bucks and Lady Senators will play a doubleheader Thursday at 1 p.m., then close the regular season with a noon doubleheader on Friday. The conference tournament begins May 8 at Columbia State in Columbia.

Cameron Pearson (13-7) got the win by going the distance, scattering 10 hits and allowing only one earned run with three strikeouts. O'Neal's game-winner came after Chattanooga State tied the game with a run in the sixth inning after Motlow had taken a short-lived lead with a run in the top of the sixth. Abernathy opened the seventh with a single, advanced to second on Ashton Watkins' single and moved to third when Taylor Wolaver walked.

Saturday's second game was a heartbreaker for Motlow as they took a 7-5 lead into the bottom of the seventh before Chattanooga State ended the day with the walk-off. Riley Long (9-10) took the loss in the circle, while Wolaver and Lauren Hasty each had three hits, with Hasty adding her first home run of the season along with a double.

Pearson started in the circle in Sunday's opener, lasting 3.2 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits, before Long took over and finished the contest without allowing an earned run. Motlow's defense was shaky with four errors, and the offense only managed three hits.

The Lady Bucks were better in the series finale and led 1-0 after scoring in the top of the first, but Chattanooga State banged out 14 hits and scored seven earned runs off Long to win the series 3-1. Wolaver had two hits in the game, including her 11th double of the season.

Lady Bucks extend streak with sweep of Southwest TN

Apr. 18, 2016

Sophomore Riley Long threw 13 shutout innings and the Motlow Lady Bucks extended their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) winning streak to eight games with a sweep over visiting Southwest Tennessee this past weekend at Lady Bucks Field on the Moore County campus.

Motlow won Friday's doubleheader 8-5, 2-0. On Saturday the Lady Bucks came from behind to win the opener 10-5, then dominated the finale 12-0.

The Lady Bucks (23-17, 16-12) have now won 18 of their previous 22 contests. Motlow will face the top two teams in the conference in their final two series of the season, beginning with a trip to Chattanooga State this weekend. The Lady Bucks will host league leading Walters State the following weekend to close the regular season. Motlow is currently in the No. 4 position in the TCCAA standings.

Long was sensational in the circle, tossing a seven-inning, six-hit shutout in game two; pitching the final scoreless inning of game three, and closing the door with a five-inning, four-hit, seven-strikeout masterpiece in the finale.

Motlow featured multiple offensive stars throughout the weekend. In the opener Taylor Wolaver went 4-4, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Caroline Abernethy was 3-4 at the top of the order and scored twice. Lauren Hasty, Cameron Pearson and Kenzie Jo Anderson each had two hits. Pearson went the distance in the circle, scattering nine hits and striking out four.

In game two, Ashton Watkins and Riley O'Neal each had two hits, with Watkins' triple driving in a run that would be all Long would need as she allowed six hits and had six strikeouts while not giving up a walk.

The Lady Bucks had to come from behind in Saturday's first game after trailing 3-2 heading into the fourth inning. Crowell slammed a three-run double in the fourth to give Motlow a 6-3 lead, then Wolaver cleared the bases with another double in the sixth. Watkins added a home run and scored three runs.

Southwest didn't put up much resistance in the finale as the Lady Saluqis committed seven errors. Abernethy and O'Neal each had two hits, but Long stole the show in the circle, allowing only four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Chattanooga State and Walters State join Columbia State as the top three teams in the TCCAA standings. The Lady Senators lead the pack and are the state's only ranked team, logging in the national poll this week at No. 12.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Riley Long
Riley Long, sophomore pitcher from Whitwell, didn't allow a run in three appearances over the weekend as the Lady Bucks swept Southwest Tennessee in a four-game series. Long won two of the four games and pitched 13 shutout innings, allowing only 11 hits with 12 strikeouts. The Lady Bucks will travel to Chattanooga State this coming weekend for a four-game series. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks climb above .500 with road sweep at Cleveland State

Apr. 11, 2016

Cornersville sophomore Taylor Wolaver slammed three home runs and drove in 10 to help the Motlow Lady Bucks complete a four-game sweep of Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Cleveland State this past weekend in Cleveland.

The Lady Bucks (19-17, 12-12) climbed above the .500 mark for the first time since early in the season and evened their conference mark after starting the year 0-8. The Lady Bucks have now won 14 of their previous 18 contests. Motlow will host the Tennessee Wesleyan JV Monday at 2 p.m., then welcome TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee April 15-16.

Motlow scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning in Friday's opener to win 7-5, then scored two in the top of the 10th to win game two 5-4. Saturday the Lady Bucks were dominant, especially in the circle behind Cameron Pearson and Riley Long, winning 10-2 and 8-1.

Wolaver was just one of many Motlow players who had strong weekends, but hers was certainly spectacular as she raised her season batting average to .305 and took over the team lead with five home runs.

Fayetteville freshman Riley O'Neal was equally productive as she went 9-15 for the weekend with a home run and nine RBI, including five in one game. Aubrey Crowell was 10-17 and had two doubles, raising her team-leading batting average to .517, and Ashton Watkins was 5-13 with three doubles.

Long and Pearson combined for four wins and four complete games and were in complete control, especially on Saturday. Long's 10-inning performance in Friday's second game was impressive as she threw 164 pitches, then came back Saturday and threw 90 more.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Taylor Wolaver
Sophomore Taylor Wolaver, shown during a contest earlier this season, slammed three home runs and drove in 10 to help lead the Motlow Lady Bucks to a four-game sweep of Cleveland State last weekend in Cleveland. The Lady Bucks will host Southwest Tennessee this weekend, with Friday's doubleheader set for a 2 p.m. start and Saturday's action beginning at noon. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks prepare for road trip after dropping series to Volunteer State

Apr. 5, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will look to regain the momentum that helped them win nine out of 10 games when they travel to Cleveland this weekend for a four-game series against Cleveland State. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. CST, with Saturday's twin bill scheduled for an 11 a.m. start.

The Lady Bucks (15-17, 8-12) saw their string of success come to an abrupt halt this past weekend when they dropped three out of four games to visiting Volunteer State. The Lady Pioneers won Saturday's opening game 12-4 before Motlow won the nightcap 3-1. Volunteer then swept Sunday's doubleheader, winning 11-3 and 7-1.

Motlow's lone win against the Lady Pioneers featured a pitching gem by sophomore Cameron Pearson, who went the full seven innings and allowed only four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts. Aubrey Crowell went 3-3 at the plate and drove in a run.

In Saturday's opening game loss, Crowell drove in a pair of runs and Lauren Hasty had two hits for the Lady Bucks. Motlow led 4-3 after four innings, but the visitors scored five runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to invoke the run rule. Riley Long pitched the first four innings and allowed seven hits and four runs, while Pearson got rocked for eight runs over the final two innings.

Sunday it was all Volunteer State as they scored three runs in the first inning of the opening game and never looked back. Caroline Abernethy, Crowell and Taylor Wolaver had two hits apiece in the opening game for the Lady Bucks, while Long and Pearson again split the pitching duties.

The Lady Bucks led the series finale 1-0 after three innings, but the visitors scored two in both the fourth and fifth innings and added three more in the top of the seventh. Motlow managed only four hits with Crowell knocking in the only run. Pearson pitched a complete game, allowing 12 hits and six earned runs with three strikeouts and four walks.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Traci Shelton
Motlow State sophomore Traci Shelton puts the bat on the ball during the Lady Bucks' weekend series against Volunteer State. Shelton, who played her prep softball at Lincoln County High School, had a base hit in Motlow's 3-1 win over the Lady Pioneers. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks win road series, host Volunteer State this weekend

Mar. 28, 2016

Sophomore Riley Long pitched a complete-game shutout and Aubrey Crowell and McKenzie Jo Anderson hit home runs as the Motlow Lady Bucks beat Roane State 10-0 Saturday afternoon to win three out of four games over the weekend against their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival.

The Lady Bucks (14-14, 7-9) have won nine of their previous 10 games heading into this weekend's home series against TCCAA opponent Volunteer State. The Lady Bucks and Lady Pioneers will begin their four-game series Friday at 1 p.m. and conclude it Saturday at noon. Admission is free to all Motlow athletic events.

Motlow beat Roane State 1-0 in Friday's opening game before dropping the second game 9-6. The Lady Bucks came back strong on Saturday, winning the opener 4-3 before clinching the series with their final-game shutout.

Long combined with Cameron Pearson in the circle during Friday's opener to allow only five hits while striking out eight Lady Raider batters. Motlow managed seven hits but could only plate one run when Ashton Watkins drove in Caroline Abernethy with a fifth inning triple.

Game two featured a pair of controversial calls, neither of which went Motlow's way. The Lady Bucks led 6-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh before the home team scored twice and sent the game into extra innings. Long took the loss after relieving Pearson in the third inning. Summer Carter led Motlow's offense with three hits, while Abernethy drove in a pair of runs.

The Lady Bucks had a two-run homer wiped off the scoreboard in the eighth after Lauren Hasty drove one over the fence. Umpires ruled the Lady Bucks celebrated illegally by stepping onto the field of play before Hasty crossed home plate.

Saturday's first game was a tight battle that Motlow won 4-3. Pearson went the first five innings in the circle with Long pitching the final two. They combined to scatter eight hits and allow only two earned runs. Abernethy and Watkins each had two hits and Taylor Wolaver hit her second home run of the season.

The series finale went all Motlow's way, led by Long who was spectacular in the circle by striking out two and not allowing a walk. Crowell and Anderson each had three RBI, with Crowell hitting her second homer of the season and Anderson her first.

Lady Bucks sweep Dyersburg State with three dramatic game-winning walk-offs

Mar. 21, 2016

Sophomore Cameron Pearson hit a two-out, three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Motlow Lady Bucks a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon and complete a four-game softball sweep over visiting Dyersburg State.

The Lady Bucks (9-13, 4-8) won three of the four games in their final at bat. Motlow won Friday's opener 7-6 after entering the final inning trailing 6-3. Pearson pitched a shutout in game two, leading the Lady Bucks at a 3-0 win. In Saturday's opener the two teams played 10 innings before Riley O'Neal gave Motlow a 4-3 win with a run scoring single, setting up Pearson's heroics in Saturday's finale.

Motlow will host non-conference visitor Georgia Highlands on Tuesday at Lady Bucks Field for a 2 p.m. doubleheader, then jump back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this coming weekend with a trip to Harriman and a four-game series with Roane State.

Dyersburg State controlled much of Friday's opening game after each team scored a pair of runs in the first inning. Riley Long started in the circle for Motlow, but gave up seven hits and six runs in 3.1 innings. Pearson got the win, allowing only two hits in the final 3.2 innings.

Anderson was the hero for Motlow when her two-run double drove in Ashton Watkins and Aubrey Crowell with the winning runs in the seventh. Crowell was 3-4 with two runs batted in and Watkins and Anderson each had two hits.

Pearson (6-5) was virtually untouchable in the circle in Friday's second game, allowing only two hits and three walks in seven innings. Motlow scored all three runs in the third inning on RBI by Crowell, Anderson and Summer Carter. Caroline Abernethy, Crowell and Carter each had two hits for the Lady Bucks.

Saturday's action was dramatic from start to finish. The visitors led 2-0 when Watkins slammed a solo home run in the fifth. After Dyersburg State increased its lead to 3-1, Watkins stepped up and hit another homer in the bottom of the seventh, tying the game 3-3 and sending it into extra innings. Riley O'Neal provided the big hit with a walk-off single in the 10th inning, scoring Crowell. Pearson got the win, scattering 10 hits with three walks.

After scoring twice in the first inning in Saturday's finale, the Lady Bucks allowed the Lady Eagles to climb back in it with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth. Long (3-5) shut them down after that though, setting the stage for Pearson's dramatic game winner, which came with two outs and Watkins on third and Crowell on first. Pearson was 3-4 with all five runs batted in.

Crowell leads the Lady Bucks with a .527 batting average and 23 runs batted in. Her average ranks her No. 16 in the nation. Watkins leads the team with three home runs and with 19 runs scored.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Kenzie Jo Anderson
Riley O'Neal, a freshman from Fayetteville, had a walk-off game winning hit this past weekend as the Motlow State Lady Bucks swept visiting Dyersburg State in a four-game series. Anderson, shown from a game earlier this season, has battled her way back from an injury to help the Lady Bucks get back into the TCCAA conference race. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks host Dyersburg State this weekend in first home conference series

Mar. 14, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will host their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference softball series this weekend when Dyersburg State visits Lady Bucks Field on the Moore County campus. Friday's games are scheduled to begin a 1 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader starts at noon.

Motlow (5-13, 0-8) was scheduled to travel to Carrollton, Ga. on Wednesday for a doubleheader against West Georgia Tech but the trip has been cancelled. No makeup date has been announced.

The Lady Bucks were swept in a four-game series at Columbia State over the weekend, dropping Friday's games 7-0, 10-2 and Saturday's contests 7-0, 14-1.

Motlow has had only three home dates this season, but is scheduled to play eight of its next 12 dates at home, including TCCAA series against Dyersburg State, Volunteer State and Southwest Tennessee.

Lady Bucks back on the road after home softball split with Snead State

Mar. 10, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks will go back on the road for their second Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) series following a split with non-conference opponent Snead State Tuesday afternoon at Lady Bucks Field on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Lady Bucks (5-9, 0-4) won the opener against Snead 5-1 before dropping the nightcap 3-1. The split came on the heels of Motlow's opening TCCAA series, played at Jackson State last weekend. The Lady Generals earned a sweep, winning both games Saturday and both Sunday.

After weather conditions forced the series at Jackson to be moved back one day, the teams finally took the field on Saturday, where Jackson St. won the opener 5-1 and the second game 5-4. The home team broke a tie by scoring the winning run in their final at-bat in both games. Caroline Abernethy and Aubrey Crowell each had three hits on the day for Motlow.

Sunday's games in Jackson featured more offense, but unfortunately most of it came from the Lady Generals as they won the opener 10-7 and the second game 7-3. Crowell continues to be Motlow's primary offense weapon as she went 4-8 on the day with a double, triple, home run and three runs batted in.

The Lady Bucks got back in the win column in Tuesday's opening contest against visiting Snead St. Motlow scored single runs in the first and fifth innings, then added three in the sixth. Cameron Pearson (3-4) got the win, scattering five hits in 6.1 innings. Riley Long got the final two outs in the circle. Abernethy, Lauren Hasty and Taylor Honea each had two hits for Motlow, and Crowell and Abernethy each drove in two runs.

Game two was a heartbreaker for Motlow as they carried a 1-0 lead into the seventh inning before the visitors plated three runs to steal the win. Long (2-3) was splendid in the circle until the final stanza and ended up allowing three runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Pearson recorded the final out for Motlow. Taylor Wolaver had a pair of hits and Honea drove in Motlow's only run.

The Lady Bucks are scheduled to play a doubleheader both Friday and Saturday in against Columbia St. in Columbia. Friday's games begin at 4 p.m. and Saturday the first pitch is scheduled for noon.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Aubrey Crowell
Motlow infielder Aubrey Crowell, a sophomore from Murfreesboro, continues to set the pace for the Lady Bucks at the plate. Crowell is currently No. 12 in the nation in batting with an average of .592. She leads the Lady Bucks with 10 doubles, three triples and 18 runs batted in. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Lady Bucks sweep Calhoun; open TCCAA play this weekend at Jackson State

Feb. 29, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks traveled to Decatur, Ala. and earned a 6-0, 5-3 sweep over non-conference opponent Calhoun Community College Friday, Feb. 26. The games were rescheduled after inclement weather forced their postponement last Tuesday.

Motlow (4-2, 0-0) was originally scheduled to host Gadsden State on Tuesday, Mar. 1, but expected rain forced the games to be moved up to Monday, Feb. 29. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1pm at Lady Bucks Field on Motlow's Moore County campus.

After a sporadic preseason due to poor weather, the Lady Bucks are scheduled to open Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) competition when they travel to Jackson this weekend for a four-game series with Jackson State. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m. and Saturday's twin bill is scheduled for a noon start.

The Lady Bucks jumped on Calhoun for two runs in the first inning and added three more in the fourth and the final run in the seventh. Cameron Pearson (2-2) scattered eight hits and allowed two walks as she went the distance in the circle. Pearson has pitched two shutouts this season and has a sparkling earned run average of 1.88.

Aubrey Crowell continued her torrid start, going 3-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs batted in. Crowell is now hitting .571 and has seven doubles on the year. Ashton Watkins, Caroline Abernethy and Taylor Mitchell each added two hits, and Mitchell, Abernethy and Traci Shelton each drove in a run.

Game two was considerably closer as the two teams swapped the lead four times before the Lady Bucks scored three runs in the fourth inning, the final two on a single by Taylor Wolaver that scored Riley O'Neal and Mitchell. Calhoun had jumped out front 2-0 in the first, then regained the lead 3-2 after three innings.

Riley Long (2-0) got the win for Motlow, allowing six hits in seven innings with a pair of strikeouts. Abernethy had a pair of RBI, including a triple in the two-run third inning. Wolaver raised her season average to .455 with a pair of hits and two RBI. The Lady Bucks are hitting .404 as a team and have seven players batting over .400.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Taylor Wolaver
Motlow sophomore Taylor Wolaver puts the ball in play during a recent game at Lady Bucks Field. Wolaver collected three hits on Friday at the Lady Bucks went to Decatur, Ala. and swept Calhoun Community College. Motlow opens conference play this weekend with a four-game series at Jackson State. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Cameron Pearson tosses shutout as Lady Bucks open softball season

Feb. 15, 2016

Sophomore Cameron Pearson tossed a five-inning, six-hit shutout and the Motlow Lady Bucks beat visiting Calhoun Community College 8-0 Friday in the first game of a doubleheader at the softball complex on Motlow State's Moore County campus. Calhoun won the second game 12-7.

The Lady Bucks (2-2) were scheduled to host Calhoun last Monday to open the season but the games were postponed due to inclement weather. Motlow opened the season Tuesday on the road at Gadsden State, where they lost the opener 4-3 before storming back to win game two 14-1. The Lady Bucks travel to Boaz, Ala., for a doubleheader with Snead State on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Pearson was dominant in Friday's opening game, scattering six hits without allowing a walk. She received solid offensive support as the Lady Bucks scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning and three more in the second. Taylor Wolaver's RBI single and an RBI double by Lauren Hasty provided the first-inning runs, while Ashton Watkins' two-run triple and Aubrey Crowell's RBI single gave the Lady Bucks and Pearson a 5-0 lead after two innings.

Caroline Abernethy and Rachel Gamble joined Crowell and Watkins with two hits apiece. Crowell had three runs batted in and Abernethy had a pair of stolen bases from her leadoff position.

Riley Long started in the circle in game two, but lasted only 2.2 innings while allowing eight runs, although only three were earned as the Lady Bucks committed three errors during the contest. After trailing 8-0 in the fourth inning the Lady Bucks closed the gap to 8-4 in the fifth, but could get no closer as Calhoun scored two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Crowell went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI and Abernethy and Pearson each drove in two runs. Wolaver had a triple and Gamble, Pearson, Hasty, Abernethy and Summer Carter each had doubles for the Lady Bucks.

Pearson suffered the loss in the season opener at Gadsden State, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in her six innings of work. Abernethy, Wolaver and Pearson each had two hits, with Pearson and Wolaver slamming home runs.

The second game in Gadsden was all Motlow as Long was dominant on the mound and the Lady Bucks' offense was rolling. Long went the full five innings, scattering five hits and one walk. Watkins hit a third inning grand slam and Carter also added a home run. Crowell hit three doubles, joining Carter in driving in three runs each. The Lady Bucks had 20 hits during the game and 27 hits during the doubleheader.

Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Cameron Pearson
Sophomore pitcher Cameron Pearson, from Winchester, enjoyed every minute of Motlow's five-inning 8-0 shutout win over Calhoun Friday afternoon in the Lady Bucks' home opener. Pearson scattered six hits over five innings. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State Lady Bucks set to begin new softball era under Head Coach Janice Morey

Jan. 27, 2016

A new era in Motlow State Community College softball is set to begin when recently-named head coach Janice Morey and her Lady Bucks host visiting Calhoun Community College Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the softball complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Printable (PDF) Schedule

"I am very excited to return to the community I was raised in and to have an opportunity to make a positive impact," said Morey, a former Lady Bucks' player and native of Lynchburg. "I cannot imagine wanting to take this step forward in my career anywhere other than Motlow."

The doubleheader against Calhoun is the first of 26 scheduled twin bills (52 games) for the Lady Bucks, including 36 contests against Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents. Each meeting with conference opponents includes doubleheaders on consecutive days. The first TCCAA meeting on Motlow's schedule is Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, with the Lady Bucks traveling to Jackson to face Jackson State.

The 2016 softball slate includes home-and-home doubleheaders with Calhoun, Gadsden State and Snead State; each located in Alabama. Motlow will also host and travel to West Georgia Tech, located in Carrollton, Ga., and will host a doubleheader against the Tennessee Wesleyan JV squad on April 11.

Motlow is scheduled to play 13 doubleheaders at home and 14 on the road. The most difficult stretch of games comes the final two weeks of the regular season. The Lady Bucks will travel to perennial national power Chattanooga State April 22-23, then end the season hosting Walters State the following weekend. Both the Lady Tigers and Lady Senators finished the 2015 regular season ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation.

Morey is the sixth head coach the Motlow softball program has had since it began play in 1995 with co-head coaches Jackie Reavis and Mike Holt. Angela Tulley then took over the reins for two seasons, followed by Gary Barfield who led the program to 526 wins and its only state championship during his 14 seasons. Former Lady Bucks' player Tori Raby returned to Motlow in 2012 and guided the program the past four seasons.

Morey was named head coach in November after serving as an assistant coach at Stewarts Creek High School in Murfreesboro. Prior to that she was the head coach at Oakland High School for 10 years, winning the district championship in her final season.

Motlow softball team posts strong academic numbers

Dec. 23, 2015

With their season set to begin in early February, the Motlow Lady Bucks softball team turned in an outstanding performance in the classroom during the fall 2015 semester.

The Lady Bucks posted a team grade point average of 2.91 and placed four members on the Dean's List and another five on the Honor Roll. Students earn Dean's List distinction with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and are named to the Honor Roll with a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49.

Leading the way were sophomores Riley Long and Cameron Pearson, who each earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. Joining them on the Dean's List were fellow sophomore Traci Shelton and freshman Caroline Abernethy.

Softball team members named to the Honor Roll for fall 2015 were sophomores Aubrey Crowell and Taylor Wolaver, along with freshmen Taylor Honea, Riley O'Neal and Ashton Watkins.

Lynchburg's Janice Morey named new head softball coach at Motlow College

Nov. 4, 2015

Lynchburg native and former Motlow College softball player Janice Morey has seen her life and career come full circle after being named the new head softball coach at Motlow, according to Athletic Director Laura Monks.

Former Lady Bucks player Janice Morey from Lynchburg is Motlow's new softball coach. Motlow College photo.
Morey comes back home to Lynchburg and Motlow after serving most recently as an assistant softball coach at Stewarts Creek High School after 10 years as head softball coach at Oakland, where she led her team to the District 7-AAA championship in 2014.

"I am looking forward to the challenge coaching at the next level will bring," said Morey. "Although coaching in District 7-AAA seemed pretty intense at times, coaching at the college level will bring new opportunities to make an impact on young adult's lives. I cannot image wanting to take this step forward in my career anywhere other than Motlow."

Monks, the former director of the Motlow Fayetteville Center, was recently named Motlow's new athletic director as well as dean of students. She joined Morey in starting her new position effective Nov. 1.

"Janice's passion for softball and for student achievement will be a great asset to the success of the Motlow athletic program," said Monks. "Her talents as a coach will be felt on the field and in the classroom."

Morey graduated from Moore County High School and continued her athletic career playing both basketball and softball at Motlow in the mid-1990s. She continued as a student-athlete at Cumberland University in Lebanon where she earned her bachelor's degree. During the 1999 and 2000 seasons she served as a graduate assistant for the Cumberland softball program while earning her master's degree.
Fayetteville native Laura Monks is the new Athletic Director at Motlow College. Motlow College photo.
She officially began her coaching career at Shelbyville in the fall of 2000 and coached the Eaglettes' softball program for five successful seasons before moving to Murfreesboro and taking over as head coach at Oakland.

"I am very excited to return home to the community I was raised in and to have an opportunity to make a positive impact," continued Morey. "Motlow has a strong foundation we plan to build upon. I look forward to building relationships with the local schools, outreach programs, and others to allow the girls to get involved and give back to the community. They have a chance to live out their dream of playing college ball, and with that chance comes the responsibility to give back."

Morey becomes the College's sixth softball head coach in the program's 22 years of existence. She replaces Tori Raby-Gentry, another former Motlow player who served as head coach for the past four seasons and as athletic director for the previous 18 months. Raby-Gentry, who resigned in July, led the Lady Bucks to a 27-19-2 record in 2015 and an overall record of 84-107-2.

Monks is a native of Fayetteville and has been the director of Motlow's Fayetteville campus for almost 10 years. She has held multiple positions at the College since her arrival in 1994, including assistant director of student services, programmer/analyst, and financial aid technician.

"Motlow's athletic program is highly respected across the state of Tennessee, and I am excited to be part of its future success," added Monks. "I am looking forward to working with our student athletes and the esteemed coaching staff."

Motlow College Softball Roster is True Representation of Southern Middle Tennessee

July 20, 2015

Although it will be another month before school begins and the fall softball schedule is released, the Motlow Lady Bucks have announced their expected roster for the 2016 season.

Cameron Pearson
Motlow College rising sophomore Cameron Pearson is expected to lead the Lady Bucks' pitching staff when fall softball action begins. Pearson played her prep softball at Franklin County. Motlow College photo.
With the knowledge that life events and decisions can sometimes change unexpectedly and that this list of signees and returnees is not official or final, mid-summer is a great time to take a glance at those expected to represent the coming season's softball team at Motlow College. The following student-athletes, along with their hometowns and high schools, have signed with Motlow:

Returning Sophomores
Aubrey Crowell, Murfreesboro - Oakland High School
Rachel Gamble, Chattanooga - East Hamilton
Lauren Hasty, Tullahoma - Tullahoma
Riley Long, Whitwell - Whitwell
Cameron Pearson, Winchester - Franklin County
Traci Shelton, Fayetteville - Lincoln County
Taylor Wolaver, Cornersville - Cornersville
Shania Taylor, Tullahoma - Tullahoma

First-Year Signees
Caroline Abernathy, Thompson Station - Summit High School
McKenzie Anderson, Lewisburg - Marshall County
Summer Carter, Shelbyville - Cascade
Heather Hart, Shelbyville - Cascade
Taylor Honea, Tullahoma - Tullahoma
Jamaica Johnson, Shelbyville - Shelbyville Central
Taylor Mitchell, Delrose - Lincoln County
Riley O'Neal, Fayetteville - Lincoln County
Laura Sledge, Whitwell - Whitwell
Ashton Watkins, Lewisburg - Marshall County
Maggie Woods, Chattanooga - East Hamilton

The Lady Bucks are coming off their best season in four years, posting a 27-19-2 record in 2015 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament. Despite a rash of injuries and finishing the season with only 10 available players, Motlow's late-season run included an upset of nationally-ranked Columbia State.

Long and Pearson combined for almost 200 innings pitched last year and allowed less than three runs per game. Crowell was Motlow's top power hitter before an injury ended her season prematurely, and Wolaver led the Lady Bucks in home runs. Taylor is coming off a redshirt season and should bring great speed to the lineup.

Motlow's softball facility on the Moore County campus is currently undergoing significant renovations but will be ready for play when the Lady Bucks open the 2016 season.

Marshall County's Ashton Watkins Signs with Motlow College

June 1, 2015
by Anthony S. Puca, Marshall County Times

After thoughtful deliberation, Marshall County High School shortstop Ashton Watkins has decided to prolong her softball career by signing with Motlow State College in Lynchburg.

Ashton Watkins
"It was a long, hard decision, but after playing for so long, I felt like it was the smart decision to keep it going for as long as I could, and I'm glad I did," said Watkins.

"Growing up playing ball all my life is something that grows a part of you, and it is hard to give it up, so I want to go out with a bang these last two years."

Watkins, a four-starter for the Tigerettes, played second base in her freshman year before settling into her natural position at shortstop as a sophomore.

If Watkins were a Major League Baseball player, she would easily be a perennial gold-glover because she makes all the routine plays and can turn heads with the remarkable plays as well.

"I'm very proud of her and her accomplishments. She has been an asset for Marshall County defensively at shortstop and when she started off at second base," said MCHS coach Heather Denton.

"We are going to miss her so much out there in the field."

Watkins was the Offensive MVP last season in District 12-AA and came back with another big year at the plate for the Tigerettes, batting .386 with 30 RBI, 23 runs scored, 11 doubles, two triples, seven base on balls and 10 stolen bases.

"Offensively, she put us in a lot of games when we were behind, coming up big as a leader for us," said Denton.

Two of Watkins' biggest moments on offense came when she slammed a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning at Giles County, leading to a win that put Marshall County in this season's district tournament title game, and last year when Watkins hit a walk-off, grand slam home run versus Cascade.

"It's been unbelievable my whole career here, coming in as a freshman and having a good season, and now with our team this year that had eight freshman and five seniors," said Watkins.

"Overall we had a great year. We didn't finish how we would have liked, but I have nothing to complain about."

Watkins decision to attend Motlow State was made easier by the fact that she will be re-united with many of the girls she has played with or against at one time or another in travel ball, including current teammate McKenzie Jo Anderson.

"A lot of these kids on the team are excited, too, because they have played with her," said Motlow coach Tori Raby-Gentry.

"It's important to us to recruit locally because it gets us better support and it makes the kids happy because they get to play in front of their fans."

The Lady Bucs finished the 2014-2015 campaign with a (27-19-2) overall record, posting its first winning record since 2011, and Motlow coach Tori Raby-Gentry was very excited about signing Watkins into the fold.

"Ashton is a hard worker that shows on the field and is a leader from all I have seen," said Raby-Gentry.

"To be honest, with her versatile athletic ability, we think she can play multiple defensive positions and help us in the lineup."

Asked if Watkins would come in and play right away, Raby-Gentry said, "I don't think she will have any problems and will adjust very quickly."

Watkins sports a 3.8 GPA and wants to become a pharmacist.

Cascade pitcher Carter will join Hart at Motlow

June 1, 2015
by Chris Siers, Shelbyville Times-Gazette

Cascade pitcher Summer Carter spent the first two years of her career as a Lady Champion pitching to catcher Heather Hart. Despite Hart having her career cut short due to back-to-back season-ending knee injuries, Carter will be joining Hart on the Motlow Lady Bucks' roster next season.

Summer Carter
When it came to searching out new recruits, Lady Bucks coach Tori Raby-Gentry immediately was drawn to the pitcher-catcher combination of Carter and Hart at Cascade.

"It always helps because that relationship is hard to build and you only have two years to do it at a JUCO (junior college). To have two coming in that already know each other make it easier on both sides," she said.

For Cascade coach Willie Carter, he's just happy to get to see two of his seniors continue playing after the tandem was cut short due to injury.

"Summer had a couple of different choices. In my heart, that's what I want to see. I want to see those two on the field together. Now we'll hopefully get to see them play together," he said.

Carter spent the past four years as the Lady Champion pitcher, but also the better part of her career swapping between third and clean up in the batting order.

While she has a steady arm and power in her bat, Carter says Summer's leadership was another invaluable trait in the recent graduate.

"She's a workhorse for the team. She's sort of our spark plug. A lot of the girls look up to her too. She doesn't mind talking to the other girls and that means a lot to the team chemistry," he said.

Gentry was also impressed with Carter's dual threat from the pitcher's circle and at the plate.

"Pitching is always critical. To have someone that can come in and immediately make an impact. Also it doesn't hurt that she has a good bat. That always helps make things better," she said.

Initially, Carter says her attention was drawn to a bigger school, but soon realized Motlow would be her home for the next two years.

"It's exciting--very exciting. I liked the school. At first I thought I wanted to go to a big school, but I wanted to go for the education too. I want to be an orthodontist or a dentist," Carter said.

The thought of playing once again Hart also weighed on Carter's decision.

"We're going to bring the dynamic duo back. It warms my heart. She's like my best friend," she said.

Though she has a vast collection of fond memories in a Lady Champion uniform, Carter says her favorite memory came in the final weeks of her senior year.

Last season, the Lady Champions moved up to Class 2A and faced one of the top pitchers in the midstate--Mary Beth Brumit from Giles County.

Brumit dominated the Lady Champions in their first meeting a year ago, striking out 20 of 21 potential batters.

This season, the Lady Champions weren't shut down so effectively, but still trailed the Lady Bobcats in the final meeting of the season.

Carter says her favorite memory came when she launched a three-run homer off Brumit on April 22.

Carter will report to Motlow for workouts later this summer and will begin her college career in the fall.

Lady Bucks advance to semifinals of TCCAA Tournament

May 1, 2015

After dropping their opening game in the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament in Chattanooga, the Motlow Lady Bucks made a run through the elimination bracket to the semifinals before falling 8-2 to Volunteer State Saturday to end the 2015 season.

Riley Long
Riley Long, a freshman from Whitwell shown during a game earlier this season, pitched all four games as the Motlow Lady Bucks went 2-2 in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament last week in Chattanooga. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow (27-19-2) completed its first winning campaign since 2011, despite losing multiple players to injury and finishing the tournament with only 10 players available.

After falling 3-0 to Volunteer State on Friday, the Lady Bucks came back strong later that evening with an 11-8 win over Southwest Tennessee. Motlow then upset nationally-ranked Columbia State 2-1 Saturday morning before dropping their final contest in a rematch with Volunteer late Saturday night.

Freshman Riley Long pitched all four games for the Lady Bucks, allowing 11 earned runs in her 28 innings in the circle. However, seven of the earned runs came against Southwest Tennessee in Motlow's victory over the Lady Saluqis.

The Lady Bucks couldn't generate much offense in the tournament-opening loss to Volunteer State, managing only three hits. Long scattered eight hits and allowed only one earned run, but her defense committed three errors. Morgan Moyers, Taylor Wolaver and Chelsea Buffington had hits for Motlow.

Friday night's win over Southwest featured a dramatic comeback by the Lady Bucks after the Lady Saluqis took a 6-0 lead after three innings. Motlow scored five runs in the fifth to pull within 6-5, but Southwest plated two more in the bottom of the inning. The Lady Bucks stormed right back with five more runs in the sixth and added a single run in the seventh.

Long allowed 16 hits, but her offense cranked out 13 hits of its own. Bridgette Wilson had two of them and drove in four runs, while Lauren Hasty and Miranda Whelan each drove in a pair. Wolaver, Hasty, Makayla Campbell, Traci Shelton, and Rachel Gamble each had two hits for the Lady Bucks.

Saturday morning's upset of Columbia State saw Long scatter five hits with two strikeouts. The Lady Charger's only run came in the fourth and was unearned due to Motlow's only error of the game.

The Lady Bucks tied the score in the bottom of the fourth as Hasty singled with one out and scored on Shelton's RBI single. The winning run came in the fifth when Buffington reached on an error and scored on Wilson's RBI single with two outs.

Motlow opened Saturday night's rematch with Volunteer by scoring twice in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Pioneers responded with four runs in the first and three more in the second. The Lady Bucks struggled defensively with six errors, while Long allowed 10 hits but only three earned runs.

Campbell had a pair of hits for Motlow, including an RBI single that drove in Hasty in the first, but the Lady Bucks could not generate significant offense after that first inning.

Motlow head coach Tori Raby-Gentry will have a significant group of returning players to build her 2016 squad around, as only five Lady Bucks completed their careers including Campbell, Moyers, Buffington, Wilson and Wheelan.
Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

2015 Softball News Archives
2014 Softball News Archives
2013 Softball News Archives
2012 Softball News Archives
2011 Softball News Archives