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Lady Bucks host Walters State this weekend after split with Volunteer State

April 16, 2018

The Motlow State Lady Bucks produced their biggest offensive outburst of the season Friday afternoon on the way to earning a softball split with TCCAA rival Volunteer State in Gallatin.

The Lady Bucks (21-15, 18-8) slammed four home runs, including two by Miranda Cooksey, and beat the Lady Pioneers 18-3 in the series opener before falling in game two 9-4. The final two games of the scheduled four game series were rained out and will not be made up.

Following weekend play, Motlow finds itself solidly in fourth place in the conference standings, a full five games ahead of fifth place Dyersburg State with eight games remaining in the regular season. The Lady Bucks will have a chance to move up this weekend when they host second place Walters State (32-8, 22-4). Doubleheader game times are 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.

The explosion from Motlow's offense came early and often in game one in Gallatin as the Lady Bucks scored seven runs in both the first and second innings, added another run in the third, and finished off the scoring with three more in the fourth. The Lady Pioneers scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth to avoid the shutout.

Cooksey drove in five runs with her two homers and leads the team with eight home runs and now has 24 runs batted in on the season. Kendall Durard added a homer, her fourth of the season, and Samantha King hit her fifth.

Durard (12-5) had three hits, three RBI and scored four runs. She also pitched all five innings in the circle and got the win, scattering five hits and five walks with two strikeouts. Haley Hinshaw drove in three runs, Kylie Thackerson had a pair of doubles and drove in two runs, Breanna Owens had two hits and scored three runs, and Madison Hopkins had a pair of hits and scored twice.

In game two it was Volunteer State who showed the early offense after the Lady Bucks opened the game with two runs in the first. The Lady Pioneers responded with three runs in the first inning and five more in the second. Motlow tried to come back with two runs in the sixth but couldn't overcome the significant deficit.

Hinshaw hit a home run, her third of the season, and took over the team lead in RBI with 26. Hopkins had two more hits and Durard and Owens each drove in a run. King (3-4) took the loss in the circle, allowing five hits and three earned runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Durard tossed the final 4.1 innings, giving up three hits with six strikeouts.

Miranda Cooksey
Motlow sophomore Miranda Cooksey examines the damage she has done to her bat during a recent game. Cooksey, who played her high school softball at Cornersville, hit two home runs and drove in five runs during Motlow's 18-3 win over Volunteer State Friday. The Lady Bucks will host Walters State this weekend on Motlow's Moore County campus. Jeff Reed Photography.