2018-19 Softball News

Lady Bucks host defending TCCAA champ Chattanooga State this weekend

Mar. 5, 2019

The Motlow Lady Bucks will face their toughest test of the young 2019 softball season this weekend when they welcome defending TCCAA champion Chattanooga State to the Moore County campus. The Lady Tigers are ranked No. 16 in the preseason NJCAA poll.

Motlow (2-2, 7-8) went on the road to Memphis last weekend and split a four-game series to open conference play. Friday the Lady Bucks won the series opener 9-6 before losing the nightcap 4-0. Saturday, Motlow dropped a 3-0 decision to the Lady Saluqis in the first game before capturing the series finale 8-4.

The Lady Bucks jumped out front 4-0 after two innings in the opener, but the Saluqis fought back and tied the score in the bottom of the fifth. Motlow put the game away with three runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.

Samantha King, Haley Hinshaw and Jesse Beasenburg all homered for the Lady Bucks, while Kendall Durard drove in three runs. King got the win in the circle, pitching five innings and allowing one earned run with eight strikeouts. Autumn Davis and Heidi Durham each pitched an inning in relief.

Game two on Friday featured a great pitching performance by Southwest, allowing Motlow only five hits. Hinshaw had three of those hits, including two doubles, but the Lady Bucks couldn't put a rally together. Jennifer Corbitt started in the circle, going five innings and allowing only two earned runs. Durham pitched a perfect final inning with two strikeouts.

In Saturday's game one the Lady Bucks could not muster much offense with only five hits. Motlow wasted an excellent effort from King in the circle as she allowed only two earned runs and had 14 strikeouts while pitching a complete game.

The series finale featured a return to offense for Motlow. Hinshaw slammed a home run and added a double. King and Madison Hopkins joined her in driving in two runs each. Durham started in the circle and got the win, allowing four hits in four innings with five strikeouts. Davis got her first save of the season, allowing just one hit over the final three innings.

Samantha King
Motlow State sophomore Samantha King leads the Lady Bucks in almost every offensive and pitching statistic after the first month of the season. King, from Columbia, is batting .447 with four home runs and 11 runs batted in. She has pitched 28.2 innings and has recorded 33 strikeouts with a 1.95 earned run average. Motlow State photo.

Motlow State softball team headed to Gulf Shores as 2019 season opens

Feb. 8, 2019

After opening the 2019 softball season in Georgia last weekend, the Motlow Lady Bucks will swing into full action with five scheduled contests next week in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

The Lady Bucks (0-2, 0-0) opened the season with a pair of losses to Georgia Highlands in Rome, GA, on Feb. 2. Motlow dropped the opener 5-3 and the nightcap 6-1. The Lady Bucks will face Shelton State, Coastal Alabama North, Jones College, Georgia Highlands and Coastal Alabama South in Gulf Shores Feb. 15 & 16. Motlow's first home game is Feb. 19, when Calhoun visits for a 1pm doubleheader.

Motlow could never get a sustained offensive rally going against Georgia Highlands. In the first game the Lady Bucks managed only seven hits, including solo home runs from Samantha King and Lauren Tomberlin. Madison Hopkins and King each had two hits, and Hopkins picked up an RBI.

Jennifer Corbitt (0-1) started and took the loss in the circle for Motlow, tossing three innings and allowing four hits, two walks and two earned runs. Autumn Davis pitched two innings and allowed one run, while King pitched a perfect final inning.

In game two, Georgia Highlands jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one inning and the Lady Bucks were once again unable to generate an offensive rally, despite banging out eight hits. Tomberlin was 3-3 and Morgan Smith had a pair of hits. Heidi Durham started in the circle and took the loss, despite allowing only one earned run. King pitched the final three innings and gave up one run on three hits with two strikeouts.

The Lady Bucks have trips to Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Booneville, Mississippi; and Memphis after they host Calhoun. The second home date will also be the opening of TCCAA conference action when defending conference champion Chattanooga State visits Mar. 8 & 9.

2019 Softball Team
2019 Motlow Lady Bucks - Members of the 2019 Motlow Lady Bucks softball team, front row from left: Janice Morey, head coach; Kelsey Woodruff, assistant coach; Ashton Storie, Jami Stinson, Morgan Smith, KaSarah Scheller, Jessica Beasenburg, Kylie Thackerson and Jason Conn, assistant coach. Second row from left: Arianna Kimpson, Lauren Tomberlin, Caroline Sarris, Skylar Rinehart, Aly Lemberger, Aly Barfield, Jennifer Corbitt and Kendall Durard. Top row from left: Madison Hopkins, Annsley Kalamon, Haley Hinshaw, Lexie Chadwell, Samantha King, Heidi Durham, Haven Hester and Autumn Davis. Motlow State Photo.

Tullahoma's Aly Barfield signs Letter of Intent with Motlow softball program

July 2, 2018

Aly Barfield Signing
Tullahoma native Aly Barfield recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Barfield, a 2017 graduate of Tullahoma High School and a four-year player for the Lady Cats, spent her freshman year of college as a redshirt at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Joining Aly for her signing ceremony are her parents Tracy and Gary, along with Janice Morey, Motlow softball head coach. Gary is a former athletic director and softball head coach at Motlow. Staff Photo.

Motlow softball program adds Rosewell, Ga., standout Jessica Beasenburg to 2018 class

June 4, 2018

Jesse Beasenburg Signing
The Motlow State Community College softball program recently announced that Jessica Beasenburg, from Lassiter High School in Rosewell, Ga., will continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow. Joining Jessica for the signing are, seated from left: Cori Templin, mother; Jessica; and Curtis Beasenburg, father. Standing from left: Dr. Chris Richie, Lassiter principal; Brac Barton, Lassiter assistant coach; Janice Morey, Motlow head coach; Jason Campbell, Lassiter head coach; and Dave Zinnershine, Lassiter assistant coach. Photo provided.

Bradley Central's Arianna Kimpson signs Letter of Intent with Motlow softball program

May 23, 2018

Arianna Kimpson Signing
Arianna Kimpson recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Arianna played her prep softball at Bradley Central High School in Cleveland, Tenn., and was a four year starter for the Bearettes. Joining Kimpson for the signing ceremony are, seated from left: Janice Morey, Motlow softball head coach; Arianna; and Adam McClary, Bradley Central head coach. Standing from left: Tara Hamby, mother; Peggy Hamby, grandmother; and Greg Hamby, father. Photo courtesy of Cleveland Daily Banner.

Lady Bucks end softball season with 26-20 record

May 11, 2018

The Motlow Lady Bucks weren't able to generate much offense at the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament and saw their 2018 softball season come to a close with a pair of losses earlier this week in Chattanooga.

The Lady Bucks (26-20, 23-11) capped off a season that saw them finish fourth in the TCCAA conference standings, the highest finish for the program since 2011. The tournament wasn't kind to Motlow however as they dropped a 5-2 decision to Cleveland State Sunday and a 6-3 game to Dyersburg State Monday.

The early tournament exit takes nothing away from a solid regular season by a team dominated by freshmen. The 23-11 conference record featured four-game sweeps over two conference opponents and 3-1 series wins over four others.

In Chattanooga, the Lady Bucks just couldn't find the formula needed to advance. In Sunday's opening game, Cleveland scored two runs in both the second and third innings and the Lady Bucks weren't able to mount a comeback, only scoring single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Kendall Durard (13-9) took the loss, pitching 1.2 innings, while Samantha King tossed the final 5.1 innings. Motlow managed only five hits, with two by leadoff hitter Kylie Thackerson and one each from Breanna Owens, Ariel McAtee and King. Madison Hopkins had the only run batted in, driving in King with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. Thackerson scored the other Motlow run on a Cleveland State error in the fifth inning.

Monday saw the Lady Bucks fall behind early once again, as Dyersburg State scored two runs in the first and single runs in the second and third innings. Motlow closed the gap with a pair of runs in the sixth inning, but Dyersburg answered with two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

King (4-6) got the start and took the loss, allowing three runs in two innings. Durard pitched 3.2 innings and gave up three runs with two strikeouts, while Sarah Wilson got the final out from the circle in the seventh inning.

Motlow again managed only five hits, with two by Durard and one each from Thackerson, McAtee and Madison Woodruff. Haley Hinshaw drove in a run in the third inning, scoring McAtee on a ground out to short. Durard drove in the final two runs with a home run in the sixth inning, her fifth home run of the season.

Sophomore Miranda Cooksey led the Lady Bucks in home runs with eight and drove in 29 runs on the season. Classmate Breanna Owens hit a solid .320 with 24 RBI and also went 5-2 in the circle with 31 strikeouts in 46 innings pitched.

Head Coach Janice Morey will enter her fourth season next year with most of her top players returning, including seven who hit over .300 and two pitchers, King and Durard, who combined for over 75 percent of the team's innings in the circle.

Five Motlow Lady Bucks were named to the regular season All-TCCAA conference team. From left; Haley Hinshaw, Kylie Thackerson, Ciera Dobbins, Kendall Durard and Madison Woodruff. Photo provided.

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