Motlow takes two Tigers

Friday, August 14, 2015

Whitesell is double threat: talented pitcher, strong hitter

Lane Whitesell has been a mainstay on the Marshall County baseball team and now the talented second baseman is headed to Motlow State on a baseball scholarship.

Whitesell had a great career as a member of the Tigers baseball team, displaying great range and athleticism at his infield spot.

Lane Whitesell, flanked by his parents Cary and Troy Whitesell signs to play baseball next year at Motlow State at Lynchburg. Back row from left is, Marshall County High School baseball coach Mike Reese, Motlow baseball coach Dan McShea and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee. Photos submitted

"With his great glove and a strong arm, Lane has made many outstanding plays to keep the Tigers in many ballgames," said MCHS head coach Mike Reese.

Whitesell earned All-District honors the last two years with the Tigers.

Whitesell was a serious threat at the plate for the Tigers, batting .304 with a slugging percentage of 522.

"Lane's ability to hit the long ball kept opposing teams' outfielders on their toes," said Reese. "Lane was the guy you wanted at the plate with men on base."

Whitesell worked as closer on the mound for the Tigers and is a power pitcher with good velocity and a great slider.

He will have that same opportunity as a Motlow Buck, while competing for an infield position.

"I am very excited about attending Motlow State so I can continue my education and have the opportunity to play baseball," said Whitesell.

Cameron Isley, flanked by his parents Beth and Steve Isley signs on the dotted line to play baseball next year at Motlow State in Lynchburg. Back row from left is, Marshall County High School baseball coach Mike Reese, Motlow baseball coach Dan McShea, Ruth Isley, Amanda Isley and MCHS Athletic Director Kevin McGehee.

First baseman Isley also offers Bucks great pitching possibilities

Former Lewisburg Tiger baseball standout, Cameron Isley is headed to Motlow State Community College at Lynchburg on a baseball scholarship.

Isley, affectionately known as "Camo", had an outstanding baseball career for the Tigers.

"His defensive skills as a first baseman have been as good as any first baseman that has played for the Tigers", said MCHS coach Mike Reese.

Isley received All-District honors his junior and senior years and was voted team captain and Most Valuable Player this year.

Isley also received the Jonathan D. Hollingsworth scholarship and the John McKay scholarship.

Isley really did shine on the mound this year as the left-handed pitcher displayed pin-point control, while bringing the ball to the plate with great velocity.

He pitched 51 innings and had 51 strike outs with only 16 walks and an ERA of 1.6.

Isley was also a big threat at the plate, finishing his senior season with a 330 batting average.

Isley is excited about going to Motlow State to continue his baseball career and his education.