2016 Baseball News

Bucks' Region VII Tournament run ends at hands of Jackson State

May 12, 2016

The Motlow Bucks made a strong showing at the TCCAA/Region VII baseball tournament this week, advancing from the play-in game to the third round before falling to Jackson State 9-1 Wednesday morning at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

The Bucks finished the season with a 20-37 record, the seventh time they have won 20 or more games in the previous eight seasons. Despite the loss to Jackson State, which leads the nation in runs scored this season, the Bucks played their best baseball of the year at the tournament.

After entering the tournament as the No. 10 seed and forced into Sunday's play-in game, the Bucks took care of business when they out-slugged Volunteer State 15-13 Sunday. Motlow built a 10-2 lead, then held off a furious charge by the desperate Pioneers.

The win propelled the Bucks into Monday's opening round, where they fell to No. 2 Dyersburg State 9-5, forcing Motlow into the elimination bracket, where they faced a difficult task against No. 3 Cleveland State.

The Bucks were up to the challenge though, beating the Cougars 7-4 behind the pitching of RJ Moore, JR Gilmer, Bryce Bub and Connor Boyd. The win advanced the Bucks to day three, where the Generals ended Motlow's season by scoring six runs in the second inning.

Head Coach Dan McShea completed his tenth year at the helm of the Bucks' program with an overall record of 229-280-1. Recruiting for the 2017 season is already in full swing, and McShea has signed a number of impressive prospects that should help lead the Bucks back into conference title contention in 2017.

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Motlow State freshman Camron Harper lines a base hit during a contest earlier this season at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. Harper played his prep baseball at Smyrna High School and is one of over a dozen freshman that could return in 2017 to form the nucleus of next season's baseball squad. Motlow's 2016 season ended in the third round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Columbia. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks to open TCCAA/Region VII Tournament against Volunteer State Sunday

May 2, 2016

The Motlow Bucks will face Volunteer State on Sunday at noon in the first game of the 2016 TCCAA/Region VII Baseball Tournament at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

TCCAA/Region VII Baseball Tournament Bracket

The Bucks (18-35, 5-22) completed their regular season with a 7-6 loss to Walters State Friday afternoon in the final game of a three-game series. Walters won Thursday's opening game 16-4, then won the first game of Friday's doubleheader 9-5.

The Bucks are the No. 10 seed in the tournament, while Volunteer State is the No. 7 seed. The winner of Sunday's game will face No. 2 Dyersburg State at 10 a.m. Monday. Sunday's other contest features Roane State against Southwest Tennessee at 3 p.m., with the winner facing No. 1 Walters State Monday at 4 p.m.

Motlow hosted Volunteer State for a three-game series the first weekend in April. The Pioneers won the first two games 14-3, 10-2, before the Bucks took the series finale 6-5.

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The Motlow Bucks closed the 2016 baseball regular season when they hosted TCCAA rival Walters State late last week at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus. The Bucks welcomed students from the Grow in Grace Preschool in Tullahoma as special guests, and featured Tullahoma High School student Katie Beth McGehee singing the national anthem. Motlow State Photo.

Bucks host No. 9 Walters State in final regular season series

Apr. 25, 2016

The Motlow Bucks have one more opportunity to improve their position in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they host their final series of the regular season this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (18-32, 5-19) did not help themselves this past weekend when they traveled to Chattanooga State and dropped all three games of the series. The Tigers swept Saturday's doubleheader 15-9, 10-0, and then held off a Motlow rally to win Sunday's single game 4-2.

This weekend the competition only gets better with Walters State sitting at the top of the TCCAA standings and ranked No. 9 in the nation. The Senators and Bucks will play their single game Thursday at 2 p.m. and the doubleheader on Friday is scheduled for a noon start.

Chattanooga State jumped on Motlow starter RJ Moore for eight runs in the first inning in Saturday's opener, but to the Bucks' credit they battled back and closed the gap to 10-8 in the fourth inning. The Tigers then took advantage of Motlow miscues to plate five runs in the bottom of the sixth and secure the win.

Moore (1-4) took the loss, allowing five earned runs in 2.2 innings with three strikeouts. Connor Boyd pitched the final 3.1 innings and also gave up five earned runs. Hunter Nance had three hits for the Bucks while Peyton Meeker went 2-3 with three RBI.

The Bucks could not get their bats going in Saturday's second game as Chattanooga State pitching kept them at bay. Nate Newman (3-9) started the game on the mound for Motlow, allowing seven hits and four earned runs in 4.2 innings. JR Gilmer and Zach Hopkins closed out the five-inning affair which ended when the Tigers invoked the 10-run rule in the sixth inning. Motlow managed six hits, including two each by Brody Thomasson and Aaron Hobbs.

Sunday's nine-inning contest was highly contested, with Chattanooga State jumping ahead with two runs in the first. Motlow held its ground though and cut the lead in half with a run in the sixth. The Tigers responded with two more in their half of the sixth to lead 4-1. The Bucks added a run in the eighth but couldn't sustain the rally.

Camron Harper (1-8) took the loss on the mound for the Bucks although he pitched well enough to win, allowing only three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts. His defense let me down with three errors. Gilmer was spotless in relief, allowing only two hits in 2.1 innings.

Spencer Mossburg drove in both runs for the Bucks, with the first coming in the sixth when his single scored Dylan Stark who had opened the inning with a single. The second came on a sacrifice fly in the eighth that scored Hobbs.

Following this weekend's final series, all TCCAA teams will await seeding for the conference tournament, which begins May 8 in Columbia.

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Aaron Hobbs
Sophomore Aaron Hobbs from Lewisburg, shown during an earlier game this season, has been one of the Motlow Bucks' most consistent players during the 2016 season. Hobbs had five hits during last weekend's series against Chattanooga State to raise his team-high batting average to .360. The Bucks will host Walters State Thursday and Friday at the Driver Baseball Complex to close out the regular season. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow's Meeker, Mossburg sign with Lee University

Meeker, Mossburg sign with Lee University
Motlow State Community College sophomore baseball players Peyton Meeker, left, and Spencer Mossburg recently signed scholarships to continue their student-athlete careers at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. Meeker played his prep baseball for Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, while Mossburg attended Silverdale Academy in Ooltewah. Both have been significant contributors to the Bucks during their careers at Motlow. Photo provided.

Bucks notch third straight win; host Southwest Tennessee this weekend

April 14, 2016

The Motlow Bucks overcame an eight-run deficit and notched their third consecutive victory when they beat visiting Calhoun Community College 14-13 Tuesday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (17-27, 4-14) swept the visiting Cumberland University JV 9-7, 15-4 on Sunday. Motlow will continue its home stand when Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Southwest Tennessee visits this weekend. The Bucks and Saluqis will play a nine-inning contest Friday at 2 p.m. and a pair of seven-inning games Saturday beginning at noon.

Calhoun jumped out of the gate Tuesday, scoring three in the first, one in the second and four in the third. Bucks starter Drew Jarrett lasted 2.1 innings and allowed eight runs, although only one was earned. Shaq Thompson relieved Jarrett, pitching 1.2 innings and giving up four runs.

Down 8-0 heading to the bottom of the third, the Bucks stormed back with seven runs in the inning. Aaron Hobbs opened with a single, Josh Bankston, J.D. Robertson and Spencer Mossburg all drew walks, scoring Hobbs. Dylan Stark then singled in Robertson and Bankston. Hunter Nance drove in Mossburg with a single, Peyton Meeker singled to drive in Stark, and Brody Thomasson's sacrifice fly scored Nance. After Meeker advanced to second on a passed ball, Camron Harper drove him in with a single. After three innings the Bucks trailed 8-7.

Calhoun came right back with four more runs off Thompson in the top of the fourth, but the Bucks matched them with four in the bottom of the inning. Nance and Harper both singled in runs and Meeker drove in Nance with a double. After four innings of play the Bucks trailed 12-11.

Cameron Isley (1-0) then took the mound for Motlow and shut the door on the Calhoun offensive onslaught to get the win. In his four innings of work he allowed only six hits and one run with two strikeouts. JR Gilmer secured his second save of the season by pitching a perfect ninth inning.

Down 13-11 in the bottom of the sixth, the Bucks tied the game when Meeker reached on an error and advanced to second. He scored as Thomasson also reached on an error and he eventually scored on Hobbs' RBI single. Mossburg drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning after Camron Harper was hit by a pitch, Hobbs singled and Carl Parker singled to load the bases for Mossburg.

The Bucks slammed five home runs during their doubleheader sweep of Cumberland. Meeker hit one to raise his team-leading homer total to 10 and his RBI count to 43. Mossburg, Thomasson, Stark and Parker each hit round trippers during the victories.


Bucks salvage series finale with walk-off double by Smyrna's J.D. Robertson

April 4, 2016

J.D. Robertson lined a double down the first base line in the bottom of the ninth inning, scoring Josh Bankston who opened the inning being hit by a pitch, and the Motlow Bucks beat the Volunteer State Pioneers 6-5 Sunday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (14-24, 4-11) needed the win to salvage the final game of the three-game series against their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rivals. Volunteer State swept Saturday's doubleheader 14-3 and 11-3.

Motlow will go on the road this coming weekend when they travel to Cleveland for a three-game series against TCCAA opponent Cleveland State.

Sunday's win was even more impressive for Motlow considering the Bucks took a 5-2 lead into the ninth inning before the visitors rallied for three runs to tie the score. A hit batter and three errors almost cost the Bucks, but Robertson's heroics saved the day.

J.R. Gilmer (1-1) got the win for Motlow by getting the final two outs in the eighth and pitching through the ninth. Connor Boyd got the start for the Bucks and was impressive, allowing only six hits and two runs with five strikeouts through seven innings. R.J. Moore and Bryce Bub pitched in the eighth before Gilmer came in to complete the win.

Peyton Meeker and Robertson each had two hits for the Bucks, who broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the sixth. Hunter Nance led off with a long double and Meeker singled him home, increasing his team-leading RBI total to 38. Motlow added two more runs in the bottom of the eighth as Nance walked, Meeker singled, Casey Wehrhahn doubled to drive in Nance and Cameron Isley added a double which drove in Meeker.

Saturday's doubleheader was a different story as the Pioneers rolled into the Driver Baseball Complex with their bats swinging. Defense continued to be an issue for the Bucks as they committed 10 errors during Saturday's 12 innings of action.

Motlow managed only five hits in game one while Volunteer State was slamming three home runs. Meeker went 3-4 in game two and had a double. The sophomore first baseman from Manchester is hitting .350 on the year with seven doubles, nine home runs and 38 RBI.

Spencer Mossburg had a double in each game and continues to lead the Bucks in hitting with a .383 average. Motlow's next home contest will be Monday, Apr. 11, when the Cumberland University JV visit for a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

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JD Robertson
J.D. Robertson, a freshman infielder from Smyrna, hit the game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday afternoon to give the Motlow Bucks a 6-5 win over Volunteer State in TCCAA baseball action. Robertson raised his season batting average to .321. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow Bucks host Volunteer State in TCCAA conference series

Mar. 30, 2016

The Motlow Bucks hope to climb their way back up in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings when they host rival Volunteer State this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.

Friday's single nine-inning game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader, featuring two seven-inning contests, will begin at noon. Admission is free to all Motlow State athletic events.

The Bucks (13-22, 3-9) are coming off a series at Roane State last weekend where they won the first game, a nine-inning affair on Friday 17-8, before dropping both games of Saturday's doubleheader 11-5, 6-2.

The home series with the Pioneers begins a busy April for the Bucks, including five conference series. Motlow will end its regular season on Apr. 29 when it hosts Walters State for a noon doubleheader. The TCCAA tournament begins May 8 at Columbia State.


Motlow Bucks get back on track with sweep, head to Roane State this weekend

Mar. 23, 2016

The Motlow Bucks got themselves back on the winning track Monday when they traveled to Pulaski and swept the Martin Methodist College JV 6-3, 4-0 in a non-conference doubleheader.

Motlow (12-20, 2-7) will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play this weekend when they travel to Harriman for a three-game series against Roane State. Due to potential inclement weather the series has been moved back one day. Friday's single game will begin at 1 p.m. CST, with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for an 11 a.m. CST start.

The Bucks will be back home next weekend when TCCAA rival Volunteer State visits the Driver Baseball Complex for a three-game series. A single, nine-inning game will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 1, and the doubleheader will be the next day at noon.

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Spencer Mossburg
Motlow State sophomore Spencer Mossburg has been one of the Bucks' top offensive performers this season. Mossburg, shown here connecting with the ball from last weekend's series against Dyersburg State, will lead the Bucks as they travel to Roane State for a three-game conference series. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks beat Columbia St., host TCCAA rival Dyersburg St. this weekend

Mar. 9, 2016

Sophomore Spencer Mossburg went 5-6 at the plate and Casey Wehrhahn hit a double and a home run and drove in three as the Motlow Bucks beat Columbia St. 13-3 Saturday to win the final game of a three-game Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) series played at Dave Hall Field in Columbia last weekend. The Chargers swept Friday's doubleheader 5-4, 8-6.

The Bucks (10-17, 2-4) dropped a 12-5 decision to visiting Wallace St. on Tuesday. Motlow will host conference rival Dyersburg St. this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex, with Friday's single game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader beginning at noon.

Friday's opening game in Columbia saw Tullahoma freshman R.J. Moore take a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Moore left with two outs in the sixth, having allowed two hits and one earned run with four walks and four strikeouts. J.R. Gilmer relieved Moore and took the loss, although he didn't allow an earned run.

Mossburg had another hot day from his leadoff spot in the batting order, going 3-3 with a triple and a run scored. Wehrhahn was 2-4 with a double and drove in two runs.

Motlow was in positon to win the second game of Friday's doubleheader as well, but once again the defense was shaky in the final innings. Gilmer took the loss again, pitching the final 1.1 innings and allowing only one hit along with three walks. Mossburg started on the hill, going three innings and allowing five hits and two runs with four strikeouts. Bryce Bub pitched 1.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run.

J.D. Robertson led Motlow's offensive attack with a pair of hits, while Dylan Stark, Hunter Nance and Peyton Meeker each hit doubles. Josh Bankston and Nance drove in runs for the Bucks.

Saturday's single nine-inning game showed how good the Bucks can be when they don't commit any errors in the field. Nate Newman got the win on the mound, scattering six hits in 5.1 innings with two runs allowed and six strikeouts. Cameron Harper pitched 1.2 innings and gave up three hits and a run, and Connor Boyd closed the door in the final two innings without allowing a hit.

Along with Mossburg and Wehrhahn, Nance had a pair of hits, including a double, and drove in three runs, Brody Thomasson was 3-6 and scored twice, Robertson went 2-5 and scored two and drove in two, Weston Burris was 2-4 with two runs scored, and Cameron Isley went 2-4 and drove in a run.


Motlow State Bucks continue road swing at TCCAA rival Columbia State

Mar. 9, 2016

The Motlow Bucks have played eight of their first 13 dates on the road during the first half of the baseball season and will continue that trend this weekend when they travel to Columbia to face Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) rival Columbia State.

The Bucks (9-14, 1-2) will take on the Chargers (8-8, 1-2) after winning one of three games in their opening TCCAA series against Jackson State last weekend. After losing the nine-inning opener 16-15 and dropping the first game of Sunday's doubleheader 9-3, the Bucks stormed back and won the series finale 11-2.

Historically, Columbia is Motlow's most intense baseball rival. The Chargers were ranked among the top 25 teams in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) preseason poll.

Motlow followed its conference openers at Jackson with a non-conference trip to Dayton to take on Bryan College JV on Monday, where they dropped a doubleheader 7-6, 5-1. The Bucks finally return home Monday when they host non-conference opponent Wallace State for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The first home conference series begins Friday, Mar. 18, when Dyersburg State comes to the Driver Baseball Complex for a three-game series.


Motlow Bucks baseball on winning streak heading into TCCAA conference play

Mar. 1, 2016

The Motlow Bucks swept a pair of doubleheaders this past weekend, setting them up to enter Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on a four-game winning streak.

The Bucks (8-10, 0-0) beat visiting Morton College 13-5, 7-5 on Sunday, Feb. 28, then turned around and swept Bryan College JV 8-3, 12-2 on Monday. The Bucks will open TCCAA action when they travel to Jackson St. (12-5, 0-0) this weekend for a three-game series. Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start.

Motlow jumped out in front of game one against Morton with a run in the first inning and five more in the second. The visitors pulled within 6-5 in the top of the fifth, but the Bucks responded with two more runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

Charter Helton (2-2) got the win, going six innings and allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six. Only two of the five runs he allowed were earned. Connor Boyd pitched the final inning and allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.

Peyton Meeker, who leads the Bucks with five home runs and 16 runs batted in on the season, drove in the first run for Motlow when he grounded out in the first inning and Spencer Mossburg, who had opened the inning with a single, scored.

Aaron Hobbs, who is batting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI, homered in the second inning after Connor Greene had opened the inning with a single. Dylan Stark drove in two runs with a single, and Casey Wehrhahn drove in the final run of the inning with a two-out single. Hobbs was 4-4 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI.

Game two against Morton was a bit closer as the lead swapped back and forth in the early innings. Motlow regained the lead for the final time at 5-4 with two runs in the third, then added single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Meeker had a memorable day at the plate for the Bucks, slamming three home runs and driving in five. Meeker, who played his prep baseball at Coffee County, hit a three-run blast in the first inning and solo shots in the third and fifth innings. Hunter Nance also hit a solo homer in the third inning for the Bucks.

Nate Newman (1-3) got the win on the mound in relief of starter Jeremy Thurman, who pitched the first three innings and allowed only three hits and one run. Newman went the final four, giving up only one hit and striking out seven.

Motlow took control early in game one against visiting Bryan College JV Monday, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding four more in the second. That was plenty of support for Matt Westberry (3-0), who went the full seven innings and allowed six hits with 11 strikeouts.

Nance, who leads the Bucks with a .392 batting average, slammed a two-run homer in the second inning and drove in three runs. Meeker was 2-3 and Stark drove in two runs and had two stolen bases.

The Bucks continued their hot hitting in the nightcap against Bryan, ending the game in five innings after scoring three in the second, four in the third, and five in the fourth inning. Mossburg was the first of four pitchers and got the win. Shaq Thompson, J.R. Reese and Zach Hopkins all took their turn on the hill for the Bucks and combined to allow only five hits, five walks and two earned runs.

Mossburg, Stark, Nance and Hobbs combined for 10 hits and nine RBI. Motlow achieved a rare feat with two triples in the third inning, one by Camron Harper and the other by Hobbs, who added his fourth homer of the season in the fourth inning.

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Peyton Meeker
Motlow first baseman Peyton Meeker holds a runner close during a recent game at the Driver Baseball Complex. Meeker has had an explosive start to the season at the plate for the Bucks, including hitting three home runs in one game last weekend. Motlow opens conference play this weekend at Jackson State. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks host Bryan College JV after Sunday sweep

Feb. 29, 2016

The Motlow Bucks will try to keep their winning momentum alive when they welcome the Bryan College JV to the Driver Baseball Complex on Monday, Feb. 29 for a doubleheader. The first pitch is scheduled for noon.

The Bucks (6-10, 0-0) are fresh off a sweep of visiting Morton College on Sunday, winning the opener 12-5 and the nightcap 7-5.

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association play begins this weekend for Motlow will a three-game series against Jackson State in Jackson. Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a noon state.


Bucks ready for first home weekend

Feb. 18, 2016

The Motlow Bucks are ready to play before their home crowd once again after a difficult four-game stretch in Mississippi this past weekend.

After opening the season winning four of their first five, Motlow headed south and dropped a pair of doubleheaders. On Friday they fell to Jones County Community College 11-4 and 17-0. The next day they dropped a pair of games to Itawamba 17-9, 13-0.

The Bucks (4-5, 0-0) return to the Driver Complex on Friday, Feb. 19, for a 1 p.m. single game with Vincennes. The following day they host Chattanooga State for a non-conference doubleheader at 12 p.m.


Bucks start season 4-1, head to Mississippi

Feb. 10, 2016

The Motlow Bucks raised their record to 4-1 on the young baseball season with an 11-1, 12-6 sweep over visiting Martin Methodist College JV on Feb. 8 at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The sweep in Motlow's home opener came on the heels of their first road trip. The Bucks beat Wallace State 4-2 in their season opener on Feb. 5 in Hanceville, Ala., then traveled to Birmingham where they split a doubleheader with Birmingham Southern's JV, dropping the opener 9-3 before winning the nightcap 5-4.

Motlow will head to Ellisville, Miss. for a doubleheader with Jones County on Friday, Feb. 12, then travel to Fulton and play Itawamba in a twinbill on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The Bucks return to the Driver Complex on Friday, Feb. 19, for a 1 p.m. single game with Vincennes. The following day they host Chattanooga State for a non-conference single game at 12 p.m.


Bucks open baseball season in Alabama

Feb. 1, 2016

The Motlow Bucks will open the 2016 baseball season with a weekend road trip to the state of Alabama. The Bucks play a single game against Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala., on Friday, Feb. 5; then head to Birmingham for a doubleheader against Birmingham Southern on Saturday, Feb. 6.

Motlow will open its home schedule on Monday, Feb. 8, when the Martin Methodist JV team comes to the Driver Baseball Complex. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12pm.

The Bucks will then travel to Mississippi for dates against Jones County and Itawamaba before returning home to host Vincennes on Friday, Feb. 19 at 1pm.


New Irrigation and Drainage Systems coming to Motlow College Softball, Baseball fields

July 10, 2015

With spring weather becoming increasingly unpredictable and more games every year seemingly being postponed or relocated due to poor field conditions, Motlow College is undergoing significant improvements to its baseball and softball fields in preparation for the 2016 season.

"We are excited to be getting upgrades to both our baseball and softball facilities," said Tori Raby-Gentry, athletic director at Motlow and head softball coach. "Work on the fields began the final week of June and should be completed by early fall. The upgrades should visually enhance both fields and also allow the softball program more home games."

Included in the scope of work for both facilities is the installation of new irrigation and drainage systems, new outfield fencing, new fencing from dugouts to the outfield, new foul poles, and improvements to dugouts.

The baseball program began at Motlow in 1970 and played its first two seasons at Tullahoma's Municipal Stadium, now known as Grider Stadium, before moving into its new facility in 1972. The press box and concession area was built in 1992 and the facility was renamed the Driver Baseball Complex in honor of Judy and Eugene Driver of Manchester, who were major financial supporters of the project.

The softball program was created in the summer of 1993 and began playing on its home field during its first season in 1994. The press box and concession stand were included in the original construction, and new bleachers were installed two years ago.


Motlow Bucks baseball season ends with TCCAA Tournament loss

April 30, 2015

The Motlow Bucks ended the 2015 baseball season with a 6-4 loss to Cleveland State Wednesday in the 'play-in' round of the TCCAA/Region VII Baseball Tournament in Chattanooga.

Motlow (11-32, 7-20) won 40 games last year.

Head Coach Dan McShea will lose eight sophomores from his young 2015 squad and should have a solid nucleus of returning players for the 2016 season, which will be McShea's 10th year as head coach in Lynchburg.

Among those expected to return for their sophomore campaigns are leading hitter Aaron Hobbs from Lewisburg, who hit .300 and led the Bucks with 10 doubles and six stolen bases. Spencer Mossburg from Ooltewah, a redshirt freshman this season, could also return as Motlow's top power hitter. Mossburg led the team with four home runs and 22 RBI.


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