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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.