Motlow Bucks baseball on winning streak heading into TCCAA conference play

Friday, March 4, 2016
Motlow first baseman Peyton Meeker holds a runner close during a recent game at the Driver Baseball Complex. Meeker has had an explosive start to the season at the plate for the Bucks, including hitting three home runs in one game last weekend. Motlow opens conference play this weekend at Jackson State. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography

LYNCHBURG, TN (Mar. 2, 2016) -- The Motlow Bucks swept a pair of doubleheaders this past weekend, setting them up to enter Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on a four-game winning streak.

The Bucks (8-10, 0-0) beat visiting Morton College 13-5, 7-5 on Sunday, Feb. 28, then turned around and swept Bryan College JV 8-3, 12-2 on Monday. The Bucks will open TCCAA action when they travel to Jackson St. (12-5, 0-0) this weekend for a three-game series. Friday's single game begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader is scheduled for a noon start.

Motlow jumped out in front of game one against Morton with a run in the first inning and five more in the second. The visitors pulled within 6-5 in the top of the fifth, but the Bucks responded with two more runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth.

Charter Helton (2-2) got the win, going six innings and allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six. Only two of the five runs he allowed were earned. Connor Boyd pitched the final inning and allowed a hit and recorded a strikeout.

Peyton Meeker, who leads the Bucks with five home runs and 16 runs batted in on the season, drove in the first run for Motlow when he grounded out in the first inning and Spencer Mossburg, who had opened the inning with a single, scored.

Aaron Hobbs, who is batting .333 with four homers and 12 RBI, homered in the second inning after Connor Greene had opened the inning with a single. Dylan Stark drove in two runs with a single, and Casey Wehrhahn drove in the final run of the inning with a two-out single. Hobbs was 4-4 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI.

Game two against Morton was a bit closer as the lead swapped back and forth in the early innings. Motlow regained the lead for the final time at 5-4 with two runs in the third, then added single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Meeker had a memorable day at the plate for the Bucks, slamming three home runs and driving in five. Meeker, who played his prep baseball at Coffee County, hit a three-run blast in the first inning and solo shots in the third and fifth innings. Hunter Nance also hit a solo homer in the third inning for the Bucks.

Nate Newman (1-3) got the win on the mound in relief of starter Jeremy Thurman, who pitched the first three innings and allowed only three hits and one run. Newman went the final four, giving up only one hit and striking out seven.

Motlow took control early in game one against visiting Bryan College JV Monday, scoring four runs in the first inning and adding four more in the second. That was plenty of support for Matt Westberry (3-0), who went the full seven innings and allowed six hits with 11 strikeouts.

Nance, who leads the Bucks with a .392 batting average, slammed a two-run homer in the second inning and drove in three runs. Meeker was 2-3 and Stark drove in two runs and had two stolen bases.

The Bucks continued their hot hitting in the nightcap against Bryan, ending the game in five innings after scoring three in the second, four in the third, and five in the fourth inning. Mossburg was the first of four pitchers and got the win. Shaq Thompson, J.R. Reese and Zach Hopkins all took their turn on the hill for the Bucks and combined to allow only five hits, five walks and two earned runs.

Mossburg, Stark, Nance and Hobbs combined for 10 hits and nine RBI. Motlow achieved a rare feat with two triples in the third inning, one by Camron Harper and the other by Hobbs, who added his fourth homer of the season in the fourth inning.

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