Contact: C. Scott Shasteen
April 17, 2017
The Motlow State Lady Bucks will face one of their biggest challenges of the season this weekend when they travel to Morristown to face TCCAA rival Walters State, currently ranked No. 14 in the nation in the latest NJCAA poll. The series at Walters State is scheduled to begin Friday at 1 p.m. central.
The Lady Bucks (10-29, 6-20) are looking to regain their footing following a weekend four-game sweep at the hands of visiting Volunteer State in the final home series of the 2017 season. Volunteer won Thursday's games 11-0, 13-1, then captured Friday's doubleheader 7-0, 15-2.
Beautiful, sunny weather greeted a sizable crowd both Thursday and Friday at Lady Bucks Field on Motlow's Moore County campus, with a number of visitors making the trip from Gallatin. The Lady Pioneers dominated the action from the beginning as Motlow was only able to get five hits in the opening game and 19 hits for the series.
One bright spot for the Lady Bucks came in the final game of the series Friday, when Shelbyville's Chelbie Gannon blasted a two-run homer over the new 20-foot 'green monster' in left field. Gannon's homer, her second of the season, was the first hit by a Motlow player over the new outfield fence addition.
Prior to Friday's contests, the Lady Bucks recognized six sophomores who will finish their student-athlete careers at Motlow this season. They include Caroline Abernethy from Spring Hill, Taylor Mitchell from Fayetteville, Renee Buldoc from Madison, Ala., Riley O'Neal from Fayetteville, Ashton Watkins from Lewisburg, and Taylor Honea from Tullahoma.
Motlow State paid tribute to six sophomore softball players during a ceremony prior to Friday's doubleheader against Volunteer State. They are from left: Caroline Abernethy from Spring Hill, Taylor Mitchell from Fayetteville, Renee Buldoc from Madison, Ala., Riley O'Neal from Fayetteville, Ashton Watkins from Lewisburg, and Taylor Honea from Tullahoma. The photo collages they hold were created by Jeff Reed Photography, Motlow's official game photographer. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.