Motlow State Baseball 2018-19 Season News

Motlow Bucks sweep opening conference baseball series on the road

March 4, 2019

The Motlow Bucks opened the 2019 TCCAA conference portion of their baseball schedule in grand fashion over the weekend, traveling to Millington and sweeping Southwest Tennessee in a three-game series 11-8, 3-0 and 4-3.

The Bucks (3-0, 10-4) have now won six games in a row, with the sweep over the Saluqis coming on the heels of an 8-3, 7-3 sweep over the Martin Methodist JV team in the home opener last Monday. Motlow was scheduled to host Schoolcraft on Mar. 4, and will host Chattanooga State this coming weekend, with a single game scheduled for Friday at 2pm and a doubleheader set for Saturday at noon.

Game one against Southwest started as a slugfest, with Motlow holding a 9-8 lead after three innings. The Bucks then brought in freshman Coleman Fleming in relief of starter Dalton Wilder, and Fleming shut down the Saluqis and got the win, allowing just three hits with six strikeouts over the next five innings. Dallas Bryan tossed a perfect ninth to pick up his third save of the season.

Stephen Cullen continued his strong early-season production at the plate, driving home three runs with two hits as part of the Bucks' eight-hit attack. Patrick Music, Sam Stohr, Cade Giles and Gunnar Ricketts also drove in runs for Motlow. Cullen is hitting .333 on the season with four home runs and 17 RBI. Stohr leads the Bucks with five homers and a .378 average and has also driven in 17 runs.

Saturday's first game featured a masterful pitching performance by Kobe Foster (3-0), as he tossed a complete-game shutout with 12 strikeouts. Foster has allowed only three earned runs in 22 innings pitched and has recorded 34 strikeouts with only three walks allowed.

Ricketts and Dalton Hill each had three hits for the Bucks with Music adding two, including a double. Ricketts, Cullen and Hill drove in runs for Motlow.

Game two Saturday saw the Bucks come from behind after being down 3-1 heading into the sixth inning, when Motlow scored two before plating the winning run in the top of the eighth. Dathan Sanders drove in a pair of runs with a double and Cade Giles and Nathan Sanders each had an RBI.

Logan Walters started on the mound for Motlow, pitching five innings and allowing just two earned runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts. Chase Dixon relieved Walters and picked up his second win of the season, pitching two shutout innings and allowing two hits. Bryan pitched the final inning and recorded his fourth save of the young season, striking out two of the three batters he faced.

Stephen Cullen
Motlow State redshirt freshman Stephen Cullen waits for the pitch during Motlow's recent home game against Martin Methodist JV. Cullen, a transfer from Georgia State, is hitting .333 on the season with four home runs and 17 RBI. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Dixon fires complete game 3-hitter as Motlow Bucks even baseball record

Feb. 13, 2019

Tullahoma sophomore Chase Dixon pitched a complete game and the offense exploded for 12 runs as the Motlow State Bucks evened their baseball record with a 12-0 win over the Faulkner University JV last week in Montgomery, Alabama.

Motlow (0-0, 2-2) opened the season with a doubleheader Feb. 2 against Birmingham Southern in Birmingham, winning game one 9-6 before dropping the nightcap 9-4. Game one against Faulkner saw the Bucks rally late before dropping a 6-5 decision, setting the table for Dixon's gem in game two. Motlow will travel to Fayette, Alabama, this weekend for a three-game series with Bevill State, then play the Bryan College JV in a doubleheader on Feb. 19 in Dayton, Tenn.

Dixon was spectacular on the mound in the win over Faulkner, facing only 17 batters and allowing just three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in five innings of work. The Bucks scored two runs in the first inning, three more in the third, five in the fourth and the final two in the fifth inning.

Sam Stohr went 3-3 with a home run and two doubles, scoring three runs and driving in three. Stephen Cullen also homered and hit a double, scoring four runs and driving in two. Nathan Sanders, Patrick Music, Micah McClellan and Tre Bailliez also drove in runs for Motlow. The Bucks had seven hits and drew five walks during the game that was ended after five innings due to the run rule.

Game one against Faulkner was an uphill battle for Motlow. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Bucks cut the lead in half in the second before Faulkner scored again to lead 3-1. Motlow tied the score at 3-3 with a run in the fifth, but the home team scored three in the bottom of the inning. The Bucks fought back with two runs in the sixth to pull within one, but Faulkner pitchers ended the threat.

Carson Pack started for Motlow and pitched two innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Jordan Burdette (0-1) took the loss, tossing three innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits. Jacob Bolander pitched a perfect sixth inning.

Stohr, who leads Motlow with three home runs already, hit a home run and Music, Sanders, Tothan Matthews and Cade Giles each drove in runs for the Bucks.

Motlow opened the season with a win over Birmingham Southern, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning and getting strong pitching performances. Kobe Foster started on the mound and went four innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out seven.

Dalton Wilder (1-0) relieved Foster and got the win, pitching three innings and allowing just one run and one hit. Justin Parker and Dallas Bryan each pitched an inning and neither allowed a hit, with Bryan picking up his first save of the season.

Stohr hit his first home run of the year and drove in a pair of runs while Cullen also drove in two. Gunnar Ricketts had a double and drove in a run and Music had a pair of RBI. Sanders and Ricketts each had three hits to lead Motlow's 15-hit attack.

Game two of the season-opening doubleheader in Birmingham saw Motlow fall behind 4-0 after two innings and never lead. Cullen hit a three-run homer in the top of the third to pull the Bucks within a run, but the home team scored single runs in the third and fourth before adding three more in the sixth.

Logan Walters (0-1) started on the mound and took the loss for Motlow, pitching two innings and allowing two earned runs and two hits. Dixon pitched two innings and gave up just one hit, and Tyler Harmon allowed three earned runs and four hits in two innings. Burdette and Pack pitched the final two innings, with each facing just three batters.

Chase Dixon
Motlow State sophomore Chase Dixon tossed a complete game shutout, allowing only three hits with eight strikeouts, as the Bucks beat Faulkner University JV 12-0. Dixon, from Tullahoma, has pitched seven innings so far this season without allowing a run. Motlow State Photo.

Tennessee transfer Gunnar Ricketts signs Letter of Intent with Motlow baseball program

June 18, 2018

Gunnar Ricketts
The Motlow State Community College baseball program recently welcomed University of Tennessee transfer Gunnar Ricketts, who signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career as a student-athlete at Motlow. Ricketts, who played his prep baseball at Baylor High School in Chattanooga, was a redshirt last season in Knoxville and has two seasons of eligibility at Motlow. Gunnar was a 2017 Rawlings-Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-American and a TBCA and TSWA All-State honoree. Joining him for the signing ceremony are his parents Shane and Lara. Motlow staff photo.

Alabama State transfer Dalton Wilder signs Letter of Intent with Motlow baseball

June 11, 2018

Dalton Wilder
Dalton Wilder, who played his freshman season at Alabama State University in Montgomery, has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College as a member of the Bucks baseball program. Wilder, a 6-1, 205 pound right-handed pitcher from Salem, Ala., started 10 games for the Hornets last season and led the team with 64 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched. Joining Wilder for the signing ceremony are Dan McShea, left, Motlow head coach, and Steve Cullen, who coached Wilder in travel ball. Motlow staff photo.

Motlow baseball signs D1 transfer Stephen Cullen to National Letter of Intent

June 1, 2018

Stephen Cullen
The Motlow State baseball program recently signed D1 transfer Stephen Cullen to a National Letter of Intent. Cullen, from Cumming, Ga., spent a redshirt season at Georgia State after finishing his high school career at the Next Level Academy. Joining Stephen for the signing ceremony are Dan McShea, Motlow baseball head coach, and Stephen's father Steve Cullen. Motlow staff photo.

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.

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