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Whelan's walk-off homer carries Lady Bucks to season-opening win before darkness sets in

Feb. 9, 2015

Sophomore first baseman Miranda Whelan hit a walk-off three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Motlow Lady Bucks opened the 2015 softball season with a thrilling 6-4 win over visiting Calhoun Community College Friday at Lady Bucks Field.

Cameron Pearson
Motlow's Cameron Pearson, a freshman from Franklin County, releases the first pitch of the 2015 softball season on Friday to Calhoun's leadoff hitter at Lady Bucks Field. Motlow College Photo.
The second game of the doubleheader was called due to darkness at the end of seven innings with the two teams tied 6-6. Motlow's Bridgette Wilson hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to force the tie.

"The team showed heart and fight to come back from behind in both games," said Lady Bucks head coach Tori Raby-Gentry. "Overall, it was a good first outing and our goal is to progress each game."

The Lady Bucks (1-0-1) will travel to Boaz, Ala., on Tuesday for a doubleheader against Snead State, then return home Saturday to begin a 10-game home stretch. The Lady Bucks open the home stand when they host Gadsden State at 1 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Franklin County freshman Cameron Pearson (1-0) took the mound for Motlow in the opener and went the distance, allowing three earned runs on 12 hits. Whelan and Wilson each had two hits, with Whelan collecting five RBI on the home run and a first inning double.

The score was tied 2-2 after one inning and 3-3 after five innings. Calhoun took a 4-3 lead with a run in the top of the sixth, setting the stage for Whelan's walk-off heroics. Motlow had eight hits in game one, and each team stranded seven runners.

Game two was another close affair, with the two teams tied 1-1 after two innings. Motlow's Aubrey Crowell opened the bottom of the second with the first home run of her career. Calhoun scored two runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth to lead 5-1. Motlow bounced back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth as Lauren Hasty singled in a run and Pearson doubled in two more to close the Calhoun lead to 5-4 after six innings.

The visitors scored an apparent insurance run in the top of the seventh with a solo home run, but the Lady Bucks, who once again entered the bottom of the final inning trailing, refused to accept defeat.

Traci Shelton walked with one out, followed by a Makayla Campbell single. After both runners advanced a base on a passed ball, Wilson slammed her double to tie the game. Motlow couldn't get the hit it needed to score Wilson though and the seventh inning ended. It was at that point that officials decided it was too dark to continue, and the game was officially entered into the record books as a 6-6 tie.

Taylor Wolaver started on the mound for the Lady Bucks, pitching three innings and allowing five hits and one earned run. Riley Long tossed two innings, allowing two hits and three runs, although none of them were earned. Lauren Hasty pitched the final three innings, scattering five hits with two runs allowed.

Motlow had nine hits in game two, including the doubles by Wilson and Pearson and Crowell's home run.

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