Three county grads propel Motlow State softball
LYNCHBURG, TN -- A new era in Motlow State Community College softball is set to begin when recently-named head coach Janice Morey and her Lady Bucks host visiting Calhoun Community College Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the softball complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. The first pitch of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m.
"I am very excited to return to the community I was raised in and to have an opportunity to make a positive impact," said Morey, a former Lady Bucks' player and native of Lynchburg. "I cannot imagine wanting to take this step forward in my career anywhere other than Motlow."
Helping Morey this season will be three Marshall County graduates, led by Cornersville's Taylor Wolaver, who will begin her sophomore season.
Wolaver batted .333 last season with four homeruns and 18 RBI, while going 2-0 in the circle.
Freshman Ashton Watkins and McKenzie Anderson from Marshall County High School join the Lady Bucks this season.
Cascade's Summer Carter and Shelbyville's Jamaica Johnson are two other local players that Morey added this season at Lynchburg.
The doubleheader against Calhoun is the first of 26 scheduled twin bills (52 games) for the Lady Bucks, including 36 contests against Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) opponents. Each meeting with conference opponents includes doubleheaders on consecutive days.
The first TCCAA meeting on Motlow's schedule is Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, with the Lady Bucks traveling to Jackson to face Jackson State.
The 2016 softball slate includes home-and-home doubleheaders with Calhoun, Gadsden State and Snead State; each located in Alabama. Motlow will also host and travel to West Georgia Tech, located in Carrollton, Ga., and will host a doubleheader against the Tennessee Wesleyan JV squad on April 11.
Motlow is scheduled to play 13 doubleheaders at home and 14 on the road. The most difficult stretch of games comes the final two weeks of the regular season. The Lady Bucks will travel to perennial national power Chattanooga State April 22-23, then end the season hosting Walters State the following weekend. Both the Lady Tigers and Lady Senators finished the 2015 regular season ranked among the top 20 teams in the nation.
Morey is the sixth head coach the Motlow softball program has had since it began play in 1995 with co-head coaches Jackie Reavis and Mike Holt. Angela Tulley then took over the reins for two seasons, followed by Gary Barfield who led the program to 526 wins and its only state championship during his 14 seasons. Former Lady Bucks' player Tori Raby returned to Motlow in 2012 and guided the program the past four seasons.
Morey was named head coach in November after serving as an assistant coach at Stewarts Creek High School in Murfreesboro. Prior to that she was the head coach at Oakland High School for 10 years, winning the district championship in her final season.