Motlow State Baseball 2017-18 Season News

Bucks end TCCAA/Region VII Tournament run, finish 2018 baseball season with 38-18 record

May 11, 2018

The Motlow Bucks saw one of the program's best seasons in a decade come to a close Wednesday morning with a 10-2 loss to Cleveland State in the second round of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Bucks (38-18, 18-8) entered the tournament as the No. 2 seed but lost their first game 10-8 to Chattanooga State Monday. Motlow then came from behind with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Columbia State 10-9 Tuesday before being eliminated by Cleveland from the double elimination tournament.

The short tournament run does not diminish the outstanding regular season that the Bucks enjoyed. Their 38 wins is the most since 2014, when the program won 40, and the second most since 2005. In addition, the Bucks swept five of the nine regular season series against conference opponents.

But Wednesday morning, after falling behind 5-0 in the second inning, the Bucks couldn't generate the magic that had carried them to multiple come-from-behind wins during the season and tournament. Motlow pulled within 6-2 in the fourth inning before Cleveland added four runs in the sixth as part of their 16-hit attack.

Tyler Harmon (3-4) started on the mound and took the loss for Motlow, lasting into the second inning and allowing five earned runs and seven hits. Chandler Hardiman pitched 4.1 innings and gave up four runs and six hits, while Justin Parker allowed one run in two innings and Jase Carvell pitched a scoreless frame.

Motlow generated seven hits, including two by Colin Smith, while Patrick Music and Paul Rahman drove in runs for the Bucks. Motlow drew seven walks, but could not string walks and hits together to generate the rally needed to make a comeback.

That was not the case Tuesday as the Bucks overcame a 9-6 deficit with four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Columbia State. Colin Smith drove in the first two runs with a bases-loaded single, then with two outs, Johnny Mangini hit a towering double to right field that drove in the tying and winning run.

Dallas Bryan (6-2) picked up the win after taking the mound with one out in the ninth. Kobe Foster started for Motlow, lasting five innings and allowing 11 hits and eight runs. Carvell pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just one walk with two strikeouts.

Mangini had two hits to lead Motlow's seven hit attack. Nathan Sanders kept the Bucks in the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning, his fifth of the season, and Troy Weatherly, De'Andre Pitts and Tre Bailliez joined Mangini, Smith and Sanders with runs batted in.

In the tournament opener for Motlow, the Bucks fought back after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning, taking a 6-5 lead after seven innings. Chattanooga scored four runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, just enough insurance to offset Motlow's two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Logan Walters (7-3) took the loss, although only two of his eight runs allowed were earned as the Bucks committed five errors in the contest. Dallas Bryan pitched the final two innings for Motlow after entering in the eighth with the bases loaded.

Rahman had three hits for the Bucks, while Music drove in a pair of runs.

Motlow finished the season with 98 team home runs, just five short of the all-time school record set in 2000. Weatherly led the way with 23, second on Motlow's all-time individual list for a season, while Paul McIntosh hit 16, Smith 13 and Pitts 12. Weatherly’s 63 runs batted in is eighth all time. McIntosh set a new school record by drawing 52 walks, two more than Travis Moore drew in 2000, and his 67 runs scored ties him for sixth all time.

Foster finished with an 8-2 record on the mound, pitching 68.2 innings and recording 101 strikeouts, the fourth most in a single season in Motlow history.

All-TCCAA Baseball
Motlow’s 2018 baseball season ended Wednesday with a 10-2 loss to Cleveland State in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament. The Bucks finished the season with a 38-18 record and featured five All-TCCAA players. From left: Logan Walters, Colin Smith, Paul McIntosh, Kobe Foster and Troy Weatherly. Motlow Staff Photo.

Bucks sweep Southwest TN, enter TCCAA/Region VII Tournament as No. 2 seed

April 30, 2018

The Motlow Bucks completed the 2018 regular season with a series sweep over visiting Southwest Tennessee and will enter next week's TCCAA/Region VII baseball tournament as the No. 2 seed.

The Bucks (37-16, 18-8) earned the sweep with a 15-8 win over the Saluqis in nine innings Friday, then turned around Saturday and beat them 11-2 and 5-4, with the finale featuring a come-from-behind win in extra innings.

With the sweep, and Dyersburg State's series win over Columbia State, the Bucks move into the No. 2 spot heading into next week's tournament. Motlow will play its first game Monday at 7 p.m. EST against the winner of the Chattanooga State vs. Roane State play-in game. Walters State is the tournament's top seed, with Columbia State third and Dyersburg State fourth.

The tournament will be held at Chattanooga State in Chattanooga, with play-in games beginning Sunday at noon. The champion, which will be crowned either Thursday or Friday, will have to win at least four games and perhaps as many as six to advance to the East/Central District playoff against the tournament winner from Georgia. The winner of that district series will advance to the JUCO World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Bucks, knowing they needed a sweep of the Saluqis to assure themselves of at least the No. 3 tournament seed, came out firing in Friday's opening game, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. However, Southwest fought back, taking an 8-3 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. Motlow scored twice in the fourth, then added eight runs in the fifth to take control before scoring their final two runs in the seventh.

Troy Weatherly led the fifth inning charge when his three-run homer tied the score at 8-8. Weatherly is tied for first in the nation with 23 home runs and his 62 runs batted in is tied for second in the conference. Patrick Music had a two-run double in the fifth, helping the Bucks take a commanding lead.

Both Music and Weatherly each had three hits, with Paul McIntosh, who has committed to continue his career at West Virginia University, adding a pair of hits as part of Motlow's 12-hit attack. Tyler Harmon started on the mound for the Bucks but lasted only 2.2 innings, giving up two earned runs. Chandler Hardiman (3-0) was outstanding in relief, allowing just one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Darin Keller pitched the ninth and was perfect with two strikeouts.

With Southwest leading Saturday's first game 2-1, the Bucks exploded for three runs in the fourth inning and six more in the fifth. Weatherly again had three hits, as did Jake Chaney, with Chaney, McIntosh, and Paul Rahman each driving in two runs. Logan Walters (7-2) had another quality start for the Bucks, pitching six innings and allowing just four hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts. Jase Carvell pitched the final inning.

The series finale was the most competitive game of the weekend, with both teams scoring two runs in the first inning and one in the fourth. Southwest scored a run in the top of the eighth inning but the Bucks came back with two in the bottom of the inning to win it. Colin Smith tied the score with his 13th home run of the season, then De'Andre Pitts singled, stole second, went to third on the throw, and scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

Smith had three hits and two RBI, while Nathan Sanders and Pitts each had two hits. Kobe Foster pitched well in his seven innings of work, allowing just six hits and three runs with 10 strikeouts. Dallas Bryan (5-2) picked up the win, despite giving up the run in the top of the eighth.

The 37 regular season wins is the most for the Bucks program since 2005. Motlow won 35 games in the regular season in 2014, following that with a runner-up finish in the conference tournament and a trip to the East/Central District playoff. The top two teams from Tennessee and Georgia used to go to the district playoff, but the NJCAA rules recently changed, and now only the tournament winners advance.

Ten Motlow Bucks played their final home game Saturday at the Driver Baseball Complex, beating Southwest Tennessee 5-4 in eight innings. Motlow's sophomores and their hometowns, are, from left: Will Davis (manager), Manchester; Kirby Smith, Fayetteville; Troy Weatherly, Montgomery, Ala.; Colin Smith, Lake Worth, Fla.; Jake Chaney, Priceville, Ala.; Chandler Hardiman, Fayetteville; Paul Rahman, Charlotte, Tenn.; Darin Keller, Tullahoma; Jordan Burdette, Lawrenceburg; Jase Carvell, Lawrenceburg; and De'Andre Pitts, Troy, Ala. Jeff Reed Photography.

Tullahoma's Brandon Burns signs National Letter of Intent with Motlow baseball program

April 30, 2018

Brandon Burns Signing
Tullahoma High School baseball player Brandon Burns recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Brandon for the ceremony are, seated; his parents Andy Burns, left, and Bob Burns. Standing, from left are, John Olive, Tullahoma Athletic Director; Jonathan Woods, Tullahoma assistant coach; Dan McShea, Motlow head coach; Phillip King, Tullahoma head coach; and Scott Hargrove, principal of East Lincoln Elementary in Tullahoma. Photo by Zach Birdsong.

Bucks host Southwest Tennessee this weekend to close regular season

April 23, 2018

The Motlow Bucks will close out the 2018 baseball regular season when they host TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee for a three game series this weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. Friday's nine inning game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is set for a noon start.

The Bucks (34-16, 15-8) won one out of three games this past weekend when the nation's second-ranked team, Walters State, visited the Driver Complex. After the Senators dominated Friday's nine inning contest 10-1, Motlow came back strong and won Saturday's first game 10-0 before Walters State won the series finale 9-6.

Motlow currently sits in third place in the TCCAA standings, with Walters State (46-6, 20-3) having clinched the regular season title. Columbia State (32-16-1, 17-7) is in second place, one game ahead of the Bucks, and Dyersburg State (31-13, 14-9) sits in fourth place, one game behind Motlow. Columbia and Dyersburg will close the regular season this coming weekend against each other.

After this weekend, teams will be seeded according to their conference finish for the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins March 6 in Chattanooga at Chattanooga State. The tournament winner will advance to the East/Central District playoff against the top team from Georgia, with the winner of the that three game series moving on to the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.

The Senators jumped on Motlow starting pitcher Tyler Harmon (3-3) early Friday, scoring three runs in the first inning and five more in the third as Harmon struggled with his control. Harmon allowed six earned runs with seven walks in his three innings of work. Chandler Hardiman pitched well in relief, giving up just three hits and two runs with 10 strikeouts in his six innings. The Bucks managed only five hits, with two coming from Nathan Sanders as the leadoff batter.

Motlow got an outstanding pitching performance from Logan Walters (6-2) in Saturday's opener, allowing only five hits with seven strikeouts as the Bucks invoked the 10-run rule after six innings. Leading just 1-0 after three innings, the Bucks scored six runs in the fourth, two in the fifth, and added the final run in the sixth.

Sanders, Troy Weatherly and Colin Smith each homered. Paul McIntosh had three hits and drove in five runs, while Patrick Music also garnered two hits along with Sanders as part of Motlow's 10-hit performance. The third game of the series featured multiple lead changes as the Senators jumped out front 2-0 in the first inning before the Bucks came back to score four in the bottom of the inning as Smith doubled to drive in two runs and Music doubled in another. Walters added a run the second, then scored five more in third to create an advantage that the Bucks could not overcome.

Kobe Foster (8-2) took the loss on the mound, allowing seven earned runs and eight hits in his four innings of work. Jase Carvell then pitched two perfect innings, striking out four, before Dallas Bryan came on to pitch the final inning, giving up one run on just one hit.

Paul Rahman hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Weatherly added his 22nd homer of the season in the fifth, but the Bucks could not get the rally going that they needed to overcome the Senators' lead. Weatherly leads the nations in homers with 22, and the Bucks as a team continue to lead the country in homers, as they have all season, with 90.

Troy Weatherly
Motlow first baseman Troy Weatherly watches his 22nd home run of the season take flight during the Bucks contest against Walters State Saturday. Weatherly, a sophomore from Montgomery, Ala., hit two home runs over the weekend and leads the nation with his 22 home runs on the season. He is closing in on the all-time Motlow record of 27 home runs during a season, set by Joshua Arteaga in 2000. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks reach 30-win mark with series sweep over Jackson State

April 11, 2018

The Motlow Bucks reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 2014 and took a firm hold on third place in the TCCAA standings with a three-game sweep over Jackson State last weekend in Jackson, Tenn. Motlow followed that up with a 12-2 win over visiting non-conference opponent Calhoun Tuesday afternoon.

The Bucks (30-14, 12-6) beat the Generals 4-3, 5-0 Sunday, then blasted their way to a 16-4 win in the series finale on Monday. Motlow will travel to Gallatin for a three-game series against TCCAA rival Volunteer State (22-13, 9-9) this weekend, with Friday's single game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for a noon start.

Motlow took 'Launchburg' on the road and continues to hit home runs at an amazing pace, slamming five in the series with Jackson and three more Tuesday. The Bucks lead the nation with 80 homers on the season and Motlow first baseman Troy Weatherly has hit 18, more than any individual player in the country. The all-time Motlow team record is 103 and the individual record belongs to Joshua Arteaga with 27. Both records were set in 2000.

The first game of the series in Jackson was tied 3-3 heading into the final inning before Motlow loaded the bases and scored the winning run on a wild pitch. Paul McIntosh had three hits and a solo homer in the game and now has 16 on the season, the fourth most in the nation. Johnny Mangini and De'Andre Pitts each had two hits, with Pitts scoring the winning run.

Logan Walters (4-2) got the win on the mound, pitching six innings and allowing four hits and three earned runs with seven strikeouts. Dallas Bryan pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn his first save.

Sunday's second game saw Motlow's Kobe Foster pitch another complete-game shutout, allowing just two hits and two walks with 12 strikeouts. Foster (7-1) is second in the TCCAA with a 2.85 earned run average and third in the league with 71 strikeouts.

Weatherly hit a solo home run while Paul Rahman hit a two-run homer, his fifth of the season, to cap off the scoring for Motlow in the sixth inning. Jake Chaney had a pair of hits and drove in a run, while Nathan Sanders had two stolen bases.

The series finale on Monday was the De'Andre Pitts show. The sophomore third baseman from Troy, Ala., hit a pair of home runs, including a grand slam and a three-run shot, and drove in eight runs in Motlow's 16-4 rout. Pitts now has 10 homers on the season and has driven in 41 runs.

McIntosh and Weatherly each had two hits in the game, while Chaney and Patrick Music had two runs batted in each. Tyler Harmon (3-2) got the win, allowing seven hits and four runs in five innings. Justin Parker was near perfect in his three innings of work, giving up just two hits with five strikeouts.

Motlow's Colin Smith had himself a day in Tuesday's win over Calhoun, collecting four hits, including two home runs; one a first inning grand slam that gave the Bucks an early 5-0 cushion, and a sixth-inning three-run homer to drive in seven totals runs, plus adding a stolen base. Pitts added a solo homer in the sixth. Johnny Mangini, Kirby Smith and Music each had two hits.

Jase Carvell (1-1) got the win, allowing just two hits with three strikeouts in four innings. Chandler Hardiman gave up just one hit in two innings pitched, and Darin Keller allowed a run pitching the seventh inning.

De'Andre Pitts
Motlow State sophomore De'Andre Pitts uncorks a long home run while teammate Jake Chaney watches during a game earlier this season at the Driver Baseball Complex. Pitts, a sophomore from Troy, Ala., hit two home runs and drove in eight runs during Motlow's 16-4 win over Jackson State Monday in Jackson. He now has 10 homers on the season and 41 RBI. Jeff Reed Photography.

After lost weekend, Bucks look to get back on track at Jackson State

April 3, 2018

The Motlow Bucks saw their 11 game winning streak come to a close this past weekend when Columbia State came into the Driver Baseball Complex and swept the Bucks in a TCCAA conference baseball series.

The Bucks (26-15, 9-6) dropped a 12-10 decision in 10 innings in Friday's contest, then lost both games of Saturday's doubleheader, 10-4 and 9-6. Motlow is now tied for third in the TCCAA standings along with Volunteer State, Chattanooga State and Dyersburg State. Columbia State (24-11, 11-4) moved into sole possession of second place with the weekend victories.

Motlow will have a chance to get back on the winning track this weekend when they travel to Jackson, Tenn., for a three game series against TCCAA rival Jackson State (15-18, 3-12). Friday's nine inning game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with the Saturday doubleheader scheduled for a noon start.

The Bucks and Chargers traded blows on Friday, with Motlow taking a 4-1 lead after four innings, then Columbia scoring five in the fifth, then the Bucks adding six runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Chargers added two runs in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings before winning it with two in the tenth.

Motlow had sufficient offense to win, slapping 14 hits, including home runs by Paul McIntosh and Troy Weatherly. Nathan Sanders had three hits and drove in two runs, and Colin Smith and De'Andre Pitts each added two hits. Tyler Harmon started on the mound for Motlow and lasted four innings, with Kobe Foster (6-1) suffering his first loss of the season in relief. Justin Parker, Jase Carvell and Dallas Bryan each also pitched for the Bucks.

After Motlow scored three runs in the bottom of the first on a three-run homer by Kirby Smith in Saturday's opening game, the Chargers responded with six runs in the second inning and never trailed again. The Bucks only managed seven hits, with Tre Bailliez getting two. Carson Pack (3-1) took the loss on the mound, lasting 3.1 innings and allowing seven runs and 10 hits. Chandler Hardiman, Parker, Jordan Burdette and Chase Dixon also pitched for Motlow.

The series finale saw Columbia State jump out in front with three runs in the first inning, forcing Motlow to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Bucks could not catch the visitors, although Motlow did score three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it interesting.

The Bucks got home runs from Weatherly, Jake Chaney and Paul Rahman, with Rahman's a three-run shot in the seventh. Logan Walters (3-2) got the start and took the loss, allowing eight hits and six earned runs in 4.1 innings. Bryan, Foster and Hardiman also pitched for Motlow.

Weatherly has now hit 17 home runs on the season, more than any junior college player in the country, with McIntosh third in the nation with 15. As a team the Bucks have slammed 72 home runs, leading the country by 11. The single season Motlow record for homers is 27, set by Joshua Arteaga in 2000. The most home runs by a Motlow team in a single season is 103, also set in 2000, when the Bucks went to the JUCO World Series and lost in the national championship game. Motlow played a school record 70 games during the 2000 season.

Tre Bailliez
Motlow baserunner Tre Bailliez studies the Columbia State pitcher's move during the Bucks and Chargers TCCAA series last weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex. Bailliez, a freshman from LaVergne, had two hits in the game and played error-free at shortstop. Motlow will travel to Jackson State this weekend for a three game series against the Generals. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks stretch winning streak to 11, welcome Chargers to Driver Complex for TCCAA series

March 27, 2018

The Motlow Bucks stretched their winning streak to 11 consecutive games when they swept non-conference opponent Martin Methodist College JV 11-9, 8-3 Monday at the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus.

The Bucks (26-11, 9-3) earned that sweep on the heels of a TCCAA conference sweep over visiting Dyersburg State last weekend. Motlow won Friday's opening game of a doubleheader 5-4, then took the nightcap 6-3. Saturday, the Bucks came from behind a won a 10-inning thriller 9-8.

With the wins, the Bucks have moved into sole possession of second place in the TCCAA standings, 2.5 games behind Walters State, currently ranked No. 2 in the nation. Motlow is one game ahead of Columbia State (20-11, 8-4), with the Chargers scheduled to visit the Driver Complex this weekend. Friday's single game is set for a 2 p.m. start, with Saturday's doubleheader beginning at noon.

Monday's opener against Martin Methodist JV saw the Bucks trailing 9-7 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning. With one out, Chase Dixon doubled to left center field, Tre Bailliez singled and Nathan Sanders hit a three-run homer to center. Two batters later, Troy Weatherly added a two-run homer to give the Bucks the lead. Dallas Bryan pitched a perfect seventh inning to earn his first save of the season. Jordan Burdette (2-1) got the win, following Jase Carvell and Carson Pack on the mound.

Game two saw Motlow jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and lead 6-1 after two innings. Colin Smith (3-0) picked up the win, pitching five innings and allowing six hits with five strikeouts. Chandler Hardiman and Darin Keller pitched the final two innings, with Keller not allowing a hit and striking out two of the three batters he faced.

All three games with Dyersburg were close and hard fought. In Friday's opener the Bucks led 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh, but the Eagles fought back with three runs to pull within one. Kobe Foster came on and recorded the final out, notching his fourth save of the season. Logan Walters (3-1) got the win, going six innings and scattering eight hits with five strikeouts.

The Bucks took the lead for good on a three-run homer from Johnny Mangini in the third inning. De'Andre Pitts added a solo homer in the fourth, providing much needed insurance. Mangini now has eight homers and Pitts seven, part of the 'Launchburg' brigade that has Motlow with 66 home runs on the season, more than any team in the nation.

Foster (6-0) was in complete command in game two against the Eagles, tossing his third consecutive complete game and allowing just six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts. The freshman is among the top five pitchers in the TCCAA in wins, saves, strikeouts and earned run average.

Motlow got two hits each from Paul McIntosh, Colin Smith and Paul Rahman, with Rahman slamming a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Saturday's single nine inning game was a wild affair that saw the teams tied 1-1 after one inning. Motlow took a 4-2 lead in the third, then led 8-4 after seven innings. Dyersburg tied the game with four runs in the eighth, but Motlow won it on a walk-off single by Patrick Music in the bottom of the 10th to complete the sweep.

Tyler Harmon started on the mound for the Bucks, lasting 6.1 innings and allowing six hits and three runs. Justin Parker and Carvell each tossed an inning before Bryan came on and closed the door on the Eagles, striking out all six batters he faced in the ninth and tenth innings.

Motlow got home runs from Weatherly, who is tied for the nation's lead with 15, Colin Smith and Jake Chaney. Weatherly drove in three runs and Chaney a pair as the Bucks took advantage of seven walks and three hit batters.

Johnny Mangini
Johnny Mangini, a freshman from Huntsville, and the Dyersburg State catcher and a fan watch the ball Mangini just hit clear the wall for a three-run homer during Motlow's 5-4 win over Dyersburg State Friday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex. Mangini has hit eight home runs on the season and driven in 23 runs. The Bucks as a team lead the nation in home runs with 66. Jeff Reed Photography.

De'Andre Pitts' game-winning homer completes Bucks sweep at Roane State

March 19, 2018

De'Andre Pitts slammed a two-out, two-run game-winning homer in the top of the seventh inning in Saturday's third and final game and the Motlow Bucks completed a three-game sweep over TCCAA rival Roane State over the weekend in Harriman, Tenn.

The Bucks (19-11, 6-3) had all components working effectively against the Raiders, winning Friday's nine inning contest 3-0. On Saturday the Bucks got a pair of complete game pitching performances, first from Logan Walters in a 7-0 win, then from Kobe Foster in the thrilling 5-4 victory. Motlow has now won five of its last six conference games and 13 of its last 17 overall.

Motlow is scheduled to step outside the conference and travel to Lookout Mountain, Ga., on Tuesday, to face the Covenant College JV, although incoming weather threatens that 2 p.m. doubleheader. The Bucks return to TCCAA action this weekend when they welcome defending conference champion Dyersburg State (14-7, 6-3) to the Driver Baseball Complex. Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled to start at noon.

Tyler Harmon and Justin Parker (2-1) combined for nine innings of five-hit pitching in Friday's opener. Harmon got the start and went seven innings, giving up five hits with four strikeouts. Parker got the win, pitching the final two innings and facing the minimum six batters, allowing no hits and striking out two.

Motlow managed only seven hits themselves, with the big one being a two-run single by Pitts in the top of the ninth inning that drove in two runs.

On Saturday it was Walters (2-1) who provided excellent work on the mound, scattering just five hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts. Paul McIntosh slammed a home run, tying him with Troy Weatherly for the team lead, and Kirby Smith hit his first of the year. Nathan Sanders, Smith and Paul Rahman each had two hits, and McIntosh, Colin Smith and Pitts each drove in two runs.

The series finale featured another solid pitching performance by Kobe Foster (5-0) and the game-winning heroics of Pitts. Foster went all seven innings, allowing seven hits with nine strikeouts. McIntosh had another home run, his 13th, with Jake Chaney and Patrick Music also driving in runs.

Heading into this week's action, Weatherly leads the Bucks with a .404 batting average and has 13 home runs, eight doubles and 37 runs batted in. McIntosh is hitting .326 with six doubles and 28 RBI, and Colin Smith is batting .333 with six doubles, six homers and 28 runs batted in. The Bucks have now hit 53 home runs as a team, the most in the nation.

On the mound its Foster leading the way with his five wins and three saves. The freshman has pitched 31 innings, with 14 coming in his last two starts, and sports a 3.19 earned run average with 45 strikeouts. Harmon is 2-2 with a 3.43 ERA and 38 strikeouts, Walters is 2-1 with a 4.11 ERA and 26 strikeouts, and Parker is 2-1 with 1.69 ERA in 10.1 innings and 13 strikeouts.

Logan Walters
Logan Walters, a redshirt-freshman from South Pittsburg, prepares to deliver a pitch during a game earlier this season. Walters had a complete-game, 10-strikeout performance as the Bucks beat Roane State 7-0 Saturday. Motlow swept the series over the Raiders and will welcome TCCAA defending champion Dyersburg State to the Driver Baseball Complex this weekend. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks slam 10 home runs in 'Launchburg', win series over Cleveland State

March 12, 2018

The Motlow Bucks launched 10 home runs, turning their home field in Lynchburg into 'Launchburg', and got a complete-game pitching performance from Huntland's Kobe Foster as the Bucks won two out of three games from visiting TCCAA opponent Cleveland State over the weekend at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (15-10, 3-3) pulled themselves into a fifth-place tie in the TCCAA standings with the series win. Motlow will step outside the conference and host Northeast Mississippi in a noon doubleheader Tuesday. Conference play resumes this weekend when Motlow travels to Harriman to face Roane State.

The visiting Cougars jumped out to a 10-0 lead in Friday's first game before Motlow battled back but lost 11-9. Foster (4-0) was magnificent on the mound in game two, scattering five hits and striking out seven in Motlow's 10-3 win. Saturday's nine-inning finale saw the Bucks slam five home runs and win 13-10.

Motlow continues to lead the nation in home runs, raising its season team total to 46. The Bucks have now scored 187 runs in their 25 games, ranking No. 17 in the nation, and have driven in 163 runs, tied for No. 17 in the NJCAA.

The weekend didn't start well for the Bucks against the Cougars, who came into the series unbeaten in conference play. Defensive miscues played a significant role in digging the early hole, with the Bucks committing six errors in the game, but the Bucks refused to fold despite the deficit.

Michael Bruhin got his first start of the season and lasted four innings, allowing five earned runs and eight hits with three strikeouts. Chandler Hardiman replaced Bruhin in the fifth inning and shut the Cougars down the rest of the way, allowing just one hit with one strikeout.

The Bucks chipped away at the lead, notching five runs in the bottom of the seventh before falling short of completing the comeback. De'Andre Pitts had two solo home runs, while Colin Smith and Jake Chaney also homered. Pitts had three hits and three RBI, while Patrick Music and Troy Weatherly each had two hits.

Foster, who had been used as Motlow's closer early in the year and had garnered three saves and three wins, got his first start and, despite giving up three runs in the second inning, never lost focus while waiting for his offense to come alive. It did, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the Cougars away.

The Bucks got help, with Cleveland's defense committing four errors and its pitchers walking four Bucks, while Motlow only managed four hits in the game. Paul McIntosh hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and Pitts had two hits including a double.

Saturday's series finale started with a bang for the Bucks as McIntosh and Weatherly hit solo home runs in the bottom of the first inning to stake starter Logan Walters with a 2-0 lead. Weatherly leads the nation with 12 home runs, while McIntosh is fourth with 10.

Walters allowed only five hits but walked seven batters in his 6.2 innings pitched. Tyler Harmon relieved him in the seventh, and the Cougars fought their way back to tie the score 7-7. But the Bucks were far from finished as Chaney hit a solo homer, Paul Rahman slammed a two-run shot, and Pitts hit a two-run double to put a six spot on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars didn't fold, scoring three runs in the top of the ninth before Justin Parker came in to get the final two outs and seal the series win for the home team.

Kobe Foster
Motlow freshman Kobe Foster delivers a pitch during the Bucks 10-3 win over TCCAA rival Cleveland State Friday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex. Foster, from Huntland, is now 4-0 on the year with three saves, both near the top of the TCCAA leaderboard. Foster has recorded 36 strikeouts in 24 innings pitched and sports a 2.63 earned run average. Jeff Reed Photography.

Bucks host first conference baseball series after sweeping Martin Methodist College JV

March 8, 2018

The Motlow Bucks will welcome their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference opponent to the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus when Cleveland State visits for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The Bucks (13-9, 1-2) have won eight of their previous 10 contests, including a 9-4, 11-5 doubleheader sweep over the Martin Methodist College JV squad Wednesday afternoon in Pulaski. Last weekend, Motlow opened conference play with a trip to Chattanooga State, where the Bucks won the opener 9-8 in 10 innings, then dropped the last two games 8-4, 6-5.

Each TCCAA conference series is three games, with a nine inning contest on Friday and a pair of seven inning games on Saturday. The Bucks and Cougars are scheduled to begin Friday's single game at 1 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader at noon.

The Cougars have had a successful start to their season, sharing first place in the conference standings with a 3-0 mark and a 13-5 overall record.

Motlow Bucks lead nation in home runs heading into TCCAA conference play

Feb. 28, 2018

The Motlow Bucks, who lead the nation with 30 home runs already this season, put their full power on display Tuesday afternoon when they hosted and swept the Cumberland College JV 24-0, 11-1 at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (10-7, 0-0) have now won five consecutive games, sweeping the Covenant College JV 3-1, 8-2 on Monday and beating Schoolcraft College (Michigan) 9-5 Sunday in Gallatin. The Bucks will open TCCAA conference play this weekend, traveling to Chattanooga State for a three-game series. A single, nine-inning game is scheduled for Friday at noon central, with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. central.

While Motlow's power hitting has taken the spotlight, and rightly so, the Bucks' pitching staff has quietly gone about establishing itself as well. Logan Walters, Tyler Harmon, Carson Pack, Colin Smith and Chandler Hardiman each had quality starts during the winning streak, and the Motlow bullpen has been impressive as well.

The Bucks scored five runs in the final two innings to come from behind and beat Schoolcraft. Dallas Bryan (2-2) got the win, pitching the final three innings of hitless baseball. Paul McIntosh, Johnny Mangini and Colin Smith all homered, with Mangini banging out three of Motlow's 10 hits.

Pack (2-1) was overpowering in game one on Monday, pitching six innings and allowing just two hits with 12 strikeouts. After Pack gave up a double to open the seventh, Kobe Foster got the final three outs to record his third save. Paul Rahman hit his first home run of the season for Motlow, while Nathan Sanders had a pair of runs batted in.

Harmon (1-2) was the winner on the mound in the second game against Covenant, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing just four hits with nine strikeouts. Justin Parker got the final five outs, four by strikeout. Smith and De'Andre Pitts each drove in two runs.

Motlow's offense took advantage of 10 walks in the opener against Cumberland, scoring 14 runs in the first inning on the way to one of the most lopsided wins in school history. Hardiman (1-0) allowed two hits in three innings, and Darin Keller pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Sanders, McIntosh, Troy Weatherly and Tre Bailliez each homered, with Bailliez driving in six runs and McIntosh hitting a grand slam. Weatherly had three hits for the Bucks, who had 15 as a team.

Smith (1-0) got the win in game two on Tuesday, going three innings and allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. Jordan Burdette pitched two solid innings and Chase Dixon tossed a perfect sixth inning for Motlow. Weatherly hit two home runs, while McIntosh, Mangini and Pitts also homered. Weatherly had four hits in the game and drove in three runs.

Motlow's 30 home runs on the season is two more than Central Florida and five more than Midland (Texas). Weatherly has nine, second in the country behind a Central Florida player, and Mangini and McIntosh each have six, tied for sixth in the nation.

Paul McIntosh
Motlow's Paul McIntosh prepares to swing during a recent game at the Driver Complex. McIntosh, a freshman catcher from Miami, has six home runs on the young season, part of a Bucks' power brigade that leads the nation with 30 home runs. Motlow Staff Photo.

Bucks win 10-inning slugfest over Wallace State

Feb. 21, 2018

With the wind blowing out to center field, Motlow and Wallace State combined for eight home runs Tuesday afternoon, but it was a walk-off single by Jake Chaney in the bottom of the 10th inning that provided the winning run as the Bucks beat the Lions 7-6.

Motlow (5-6, 0-0) handed Wallace State its first loss of the season while winning for the fifth time in its last seven games. The Bucks are scheduled to host Marshalltown, Iowa, this weekend, with doubleheaders set for Friday and Saturday at noon. Motlow will then host the Covenant College JV Wednesday for a noon doubleheader before opening TCCAA conference play next weekend at Chattanooga State.

The win over Wallace came on the heels of a three-game series the Bucks played against Northwest Florida State College last weekend in Niceville, Florida. The home team took the first game 11-5, Motlow came back and won game two 5-4, and the Raiders captured the rubber game 10-4.

Troy Weatherly and Kobe Foster were critical during the lone win in Florida. Weatherly slammed two home runs while Chaney also homered, and Foster pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to get the win.

The fireworks started early on a warm, breezy day at the Driver Complex Tuesday afternoon. After starting pitcher Tyler Harmon set the Lions down in order to open the game, Motlow's Colin Smith slammed a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Bucks on the board 2-0. Chaney hit a solo blast in the second, giving Motlow a 3-0 advantage.

Wallace State answered though, with two solo home runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to tie the score at 3-3. Weatherly gave the Bucks the lead back 4-3 in the sixth with a mammoth shot over the right-center field wall. Wallace came back though and tied the score in the top of the seventh.

After Wallace State took a 5-4 lead, Smith put the Bucks back on top in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run blast, his second of the day. But the Lions refused to stand down, scoring in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Motlow loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th, and Chaney provided his clutch hit to secure the win for the home team.

Harmon lasted 6.1 innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts. Foster (2-0) pitched the final 3.2 innings and picked up the win on the mound, allowing three hits and only one earned run with seven strikeouts. The Bucks have already hit 16 home runs this season, with Weatherly leading the team with six homers and 15 runs batted in.

Troy Weatherly
Sophomore Troy Weatherly prepares to uncork a swing that launched a long home run during the Bucks 7-6, 10-inning win over Wallace State at the Driver Baseball Complex Tuesday afternoon. Weatherly, from Montgomery, Ala., is off to a fast start for the Bucks with six home runs and 15 runs batted in. Motlow Staff Photo.

Bucks use long ball to stretch winning streak to three

Feb. 14, 2018

The Motlow Bucks slammed three home runs, including a game-winning grand slam by Troy Weatherly in the bottom of the sixth inning, and won their third consecutive game by beating visiting Lawson State 11-5 Tuesday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Bucks (3-4, 0-0) have rebounded nicely since their season opening trip to Alabama, where they lost 11-6 and 3-2 to Wallace State and 8-2, 1-0 to Birmingham Southern. Motlow played its first home games last weekend, sweeping Vincennes, Ind., 4-3, 9-3. The Bucks will travel to Niceville, Fla., for a three-game series against Northwest Florida State College this weekend, with a single game scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

After falling behind 2-0 against Lawson State, Motlow's Johnny Mangini hit an opposite-field homer in the third inning to give the Bucks a 3-2 lead and Jake Chaney followed that with a two-run blast to give Motlow a 5-2 advantage. After Lawson chipped away at the lead and tied the score at five, Weatherly hit his third homer of the season in the sixth with the bases full to give the Bucks back the lead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish again.

Colin Smith got the start on the mound for the Bucks, allowing four hits and two earned runs in three innings. Chase Dixon pitched the fourth, also allowing two runs to score. Dallas Bryan (1-1) pitched the middle three innings and got the win, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. Kobe Foster notched his second save, pitching the final 1.2 innings of hitless baseball with a pair of strikeouts.

Vincennes was originally scheduled to visit for a three-game series last weekend, but wet field conditions forced the teams to only play a Friday doubleheader.

Game one saw the Bucks stage a comeback, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 4-3. Carson Pack got the win on the mound in relief of Jase Carvell, who started and went 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and striking out six. Foster picked up his first save with a perfect seventh inning where he struck out the side. Chaney had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in, while De'Andre Pitts also drove in a run.

In Friday's second game the Bucks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Logan Walters (1-1) picked up the win, pitching four innings and allowing only two hits and one earned run. Foster struck out six in two innings of work and Michael Bruhin struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

Paul McIntosh had a home run for the Bucks, while Patrick Music, Colin Smith and Kirby Smith each had doubles. Pitts and Nathan Sanders each drove in two runs, with Sanders adding a stolen base.

The Bucks didn't play badly in their first four games in Alabama, they just didn't play well enough to get a win. There were quality pitching performances and good run production, just not together in the same game.

Tyler Harmon (0-1) allowed only one hit and struck out five in 6.1 innings pitched on Feb. 3, but the Bucks managed only three hits themselves and lost 1-0 to Birmingham Southern. Carvell had a quality start against Wallace State the day before, scattering six hits and allowing no earned runs in four innings, but Motlow managed only one hit in their 3-2 loss. In the season opener the Bucks got home runs from McIntosh and Weatherly, but Motlow's defense committed six errors.

Following their trip to Florida, the Bucks will host Wallace State-Hanceville for a single game at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The following weekend, Marshalltown, Iowa will visit for a four-game series, with doubleheaders scheduled both Saturday and Sunday at noon at the Driver Complex.

Transfer-heavy Motlow Bucks open baseball season Feb. 2 in Alabama

Jan. 29, 2018

There will be a lot of new faces on the field when the Motlow Bucks open the 2018 baseball season as veteran Head Coach Dan McShea welcomes back only six players from last year's squad. McShea has brought in a wealth of transfers in hopes of building the Bucks back into a contender in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).

The Bucks will open the season Friday, Feb. 2, with a trip to play Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The following day Motlow goes to Birmingham to face Birmingham Southern in a noon doubleheader. The first home game is Saturday, Feb. 10, when Vincennes, Ind., visits for a noon doubleheader at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. Admission is free for all Motlow home athletic contests.

The Bucks only return four players who saw game action last year. Outfielder Paul Rahman, from Charlotte, Tenn., had 70 at-bats and hit .243 with three doubles and eight runs batted in. Catcher Kirby Smith, from Fayetteville, hit .207 in 58 at-bats with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI.

On the mound the Bucks return Lawrenceburg's Jase Carvell, who started eight games and went 2-2 with a 5.65 earned run average. Chandler Hardiman, from Fayetteville, started seven games and finished with a 3-2 record and a 6.75 ERA.

Also back are a pair of redshirt-freshmen left-handed pitchers in Darin Keller from Tullahoma and Jordan Burdette from Lawrenceburg.

Among the transfers, and the school they previously played at or attended, are sophomores De'Andre Pitts, East Mississippi Community College; Michael Bruhin, Spartanburg Methodist; Dallas Bryan, Lee University; Jake Chaney, Lawson State; Colin Smith, Florida Southwestern; and Troy Weatherly, Chattanooga State.

Also transferring to Motlow to play their freshman seasons are Logan Walters, Tennessee Tech; Kobe Foster, Tennessee Wesleyan; Patrick Music, Lincoln Memorial; Carson Pack, Tennessee Tech; and Micah McClellan, Lee University.

Incoming freshmen, and the high school they attended, are Tre Bailliez, Stewarts Creek; John Mangini and Tyler Harmon, Grissom in Huntsville; Matthew Garmendia, homeschool; Dayton and Nathan Sanders, Smyrna; Brayden Gentry, Marshall County; Paul McIntosh, Dade Christian in Miami; Matt Young, Maryville; Justin Parker, Buckhorn; and Chase Dixon from Tullahoma.

Entering his twelfth season as head coach, McShea's Bucks are coming off a 22-30 season last year that included an early exit in the TCCAA postseason tournament. Motlow's last winning season in baseball was 2014 when they finished 40-24 and advanced to the NJCAA East/Central district tournament.

McShea will be assisted by Cody Gaskill for the third consecutive season.

The Bucks will open conference play the first weekend in March when they travel to Chattanooga State for a three-game series. Each conference series consists of three games, with a single nine-inning contest on Friday and a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday. The first home conference series is the following weekend with Cleveland State as the visitor.

2018 Motlow Baseball Team
Members of the 2018 Motlow Bucks baseball team in alphabetical order by last name, are Tre Bailliez, Dallas Bryan, Michael Bruhin, Jordan Burdette, Jase Carvell, Jake Chaney, Chase Dixon, Kobe Foster, Matthew Garmendia, Brayden Gentry, Chandler Hardiman, Tyler Harmon, Darin Keller, Taylor Lawson, John Mangini, Micah McClellan, Paul McIntosh, Patrick Music, Carson Pack, Justin Parker, De'Andre Pitts, Paul Rahman, Nathan Sanders, Dayton Sanders, Kirby Smith, Colin Smith, Logan Walters, Troy Weatherly, and Matt Young. Motlow Staff Photography.

Motlow Bucks 2018 baseball schedule heavy on home games

Jan. 8, 2018

Motlow State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer the Bucks at home this year, as the program has scheduled 19 of its 36 play dates for the 2018 season at the friendly confines of the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Bucks officially begin practice for the coming season Jan. 10, and will play their season opener Feb. 2, when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to play Wallace State in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The following day, the Bucks travel to Birmingham to face Birmingham Southern for a noon doubleheader.

The 2018 schedule is heavy on home dates, with the first scheduled for Feb. 10 and 11 when Vincennes, Ind., comes to Lynchburg for noon doubleheaders both days. The first home conference series is March 9-10, with Cleveland State as the visitors.

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference series consist of a single, nine-inning game on Friday and a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday. The Bucks will host five conference series and travel for four, with the first road trip being to Chattanooga State March 2-3.

The longest road trip of the 2018 season for the Bucks comes early, with Motlow traveling to Niceville, Fla., for three games on Feb. 16-17. Opponents for those games and start times have not yet been finalized.

Motlow has also scheduled home-and-home series with three area non-conference opponents; Martin Methodist College JV out of Pulaski, Covenant College JV from Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Calhoun Community College from Decatur, Ala.

The regular season will end with a pair of home conference series; with Walters State coming to town April 20-21 and Southwest Tennessee closing the year at the Driver Complex April 27-28. The Bucks have 53 games scheduled but are allowed to schedule 56, meaning they could add three games prior to the start of the season.

Dan McShea
Motlow State baseball Head Coach Dan McShea begins his 12th season leading the Bucks program when his team begins official practice Jan. 10. McShea's teams have won 251 games during his 11 seasons at the helm. This year's squad will open the regular season on the road Feb. 2, when they face Wallace State in Hanceville, Alabama. The first home game is Feb. 10, with Vincennes, Ind., visiting the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus for a noon doubleheader. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow Bucks open fall baseball schedule this weekend in Chattanooga

Sept. 6, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks will begin fall schedule baseball play this weekend when they travel to Chattanooga to face fellow Tennessee Community College Athletic Association member Chattanooga State. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The Bucks have eight games lined up for fall, with the possibility of adding more in the next few days. Junior college baseball teams are allowed to play up to 20 games in the fall, between Aug. 22 and Nov. 15, when results and statistics do not count as official. The regular season for baseball begins Jan. 26, 2018, with official practice starting Jan. 10.

Motlow will travel to Murfreesboro on Sept. 15 for a pair of contests, playing Roane State at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 3 p.m. On Sept. 22, the Bucks will be in Clarksville to face Cleveland State at 5 p.m. and Heartland at 7:30 p.m. Motlow will go to Bowling Green, Ky., on Oct. 7, to play Lincoln Trail at 10 a.m. and Southwest Illinois at 3 p.m. The fall schedule will conclude on Oct. 20, with a trip to Pulaski to play Martin Methodist College.

Head Coach Dan McShea begins his 12th season at the helm of the Bucks with a revamped roster, returning only seven players from last season's squad. Returnees include Jordan Burdette, Jase Carvell, Colin Guscoff, Chandler Hardiman, Darin Keller, Paul Rahman and Kirby Smith.

The Bucks welcome nine transfers, including two from Tennessee Tech, two from Lee University, and one from Middle Tennessee State. Additional transfers are from junior colleges throughout the south, including Lawson State in Alabama, Seminole State and Palm Beach State in Florida, and East Mississippi.

McShea has recruited a strong group of freshmen, with a nice mixture of area players and out-of-state student-athletes. Newcomers from middle Tennessee include Chase Dixon from Tullahoma, Kobe Foster from Huntland, Braden Gentry from Marshall County, Micah McClellan and Tre Bailliez from LaVergne, Nathan and Dayton Sanders from Smyrna, and Dallas Bryan from Hillsboro.

Colin Guscoff
Motlow State sophomore Colin Guscoff (foreground), a catcher/first baseman from Canton, Ohio, leads a group of seven returning sophomores as the Bucks begin fall play this weekend in Chattanooga. Guscoff hit .265 last season in 132 plate appearances, including three home runs, 18 runs batted in, and six doubles. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State Bucks add TTU transfers to talented baseball class

June 13, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks have added a pair of transfers from Tennessee Tech University to the growing list of newcomers to the baseball program for the 2017-18 school year, according to Head Coach Dan McShea.

McShea recently announced that both Carson Pack and Logan Walters have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their baseball careers as student-athletes at Motlow. Both attended TTU last season and both were redshirts for the Golden Eagles. Both Pack and Walters have two seasons of eligibility at Motlow.

"Both Carson and Logan were highly-recruited pitchers in our state out of high school," said McShea. "We expect big things from both and we are happy to have them join our baseball program."

They join a recruiting class that now stands at 11 players who will suit up for the first time for the Bucks in late January 2018. Motlow will return seven players from last season and is expected to add 10 more, filling out a 28-man roster, before the beginning of school in late August.

Six of the newcomers are from within the state, with three more residing in neighboring Alabama. Paul McIntosh played his prep baseball at Dade Christian High School in Miami, and Andres Rodriquez attended the Carlos Beltran Academy in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

First-year players from Tennessee are Brayden Gentry from Lewisburg, Justin Cooke from Soddy Daisy, James Bailliez III from LaVergne, Pack is from Andersonville, Walters is from South Pittsburg, and Matthew Young is from Maryville.

Coming in from Alabama, although they are inside Motlow's service area, are Kyle Davis from New Market, and Tyler Harmon and John Mangini from Huntsville. Davis attended Buckhorn High School, while both Harmon and Mangini prepped at Virgil Grissom High School.

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