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Motlow State opens 27th softball season with late January trip to Florida

Jan. 9, 2017

Motlow State Community College will open its 27th season of softball competition on Friday, Jan. 27, when it travels to Clearwater, Fla., where it will spend three days playing six games against some of the nation's top junior/community college programs. The Lady Bucks will play two games Friday, three Saturday and one Sunday.

Janice Morey
Motlow State Lady Bucks softball Head Coach Janice Morey will begin her second season leading the program when her team opens the 2017 season Jan. 27 in Clearwater, Fla. Morey led the Lady Bucks to a 28-24 record her first season, including a three-day run in the conference postseason tournament. Motlow's first home game is March 3, when TCCAA rival Chattanooga State visits the Moore County campus. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow is coached by Janice Morey, set to begin her second season at the helm. Morey, who played for the Lady Bucks in the program's early years, compiled a 28-24 record in 2016. She is assisted by her husband Randy, a full-time employee at Motlow.

The Lady Bucks will play a pair of road doubleheaders in February before opening Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on Friday, Mar. 3, when Chattanooga State comes to the remodeled Lady Bucks Field for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The two teams will play another twin bill the following day at noon.

Motlow will travel to Decatur, Ala., on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a doubleheader against Calhoun Community College, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Lady Bucks will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the Martin Methodist College JV in Pulaski.

Once TCCAA play opens, the Lady Buck will only have one non-conference date the remainder of the season when they host the Martin Methodist College JV on Apr. 11 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. All softball schedule play dates are doubleheaders.

Softball conference series are each four games, with weekend doubleheaders played on back-to-back days. All Motlow series are on Friday and Saturday except the weekend of Apr. 13-14, when the Lady Bucks will host Volunteer State.

Due to there being 10 teams in the TCCAA, the Lady Bucks play an uneven number of home and away conference series each year. For 2017, Motlow will host four conference series and travel for five. The three longest road trips for Motlow are Dyersburg State, Walters State and Southwest Tennessee, and the Lady Bucks will make all three trips this year.

Home series will be against Chattanooga State on Mar. 3-4, Roane State on Mar. 17-18, Jackson State on Apr. 7-8, and Volunteer State on Apr. 13-14.

The TCCAA began fast-pitch softball as an official sport in 1994, and Motlow has been a championship contender since its inception. The Lady Bucks won the conference title in 2009, advancing to the national tournament for the only time in school history.

Motlow State softball program opens Legacy Walk fundraiser to help support facility improvements

Nov. 9, 2016

The Motlow State Community College softball program has begun raising funds to build a 'Legacy Walk' at the Moore County campus facility in support of a three-stage planned upgrade that will significantly change the appearance of Lady Bucks Field, according to Scott Shasteen, athletic director at Motlow.

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The project will include replacing the backstop from dugout to dugout, adding a 'green monster' type design to the left field fence area, and replacing the scoreboard.

To help raise funds to pay for the projects, the Motlow softball program has created a brick 'Legacy Walk', which will start near the new backstop and work its way toward the facility parking lot. Brick purchasers can honor softball alumni, former teams, businesses, industry, etc.

"We want to honor softball alumni and former coaches, as well as supporters of our program with this legacy walk," said Janice Morey, head softball coach at Motlow. "As a member of the alumni family, I cannot wait to see this project completed. When I walk along this legacy walk, I anticipate being able to visually see what a great tradition I am part of here at Motlow State.

"In advance, I want to thank all of our alumni, former players and coaches, instructors, staff members and business leaders who have supported our program in the past," added Morey. "With the purchase of a brick or bricks in this new legacy walk, those supporters can add their message and show their support in a way that will last for decades."

A website has been set up to show examples of brick purchasing options and to accept credit card purchases for the Motlow softball legacy walk: (www.brickmarkers.com/donors/mscc.html).

To learn more about the planned improvements to the softball facility and about additional ways you can support Motlow State athletics, visit MotlowSports.com or contact Morey at jmorey@mscc.edu or 931-393-1617 or Shasteen at sshasteen@mscc.edu or 931-393-1605.