Lady Bucks’ bats come alive in TCCAA series win over Roane State

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Miranda Cooksey slams a home run during a home game earlier this season. Cooksey, a sophomore from Lewisburg, hit three home runs and drove in seven runs in four games over the weekend as Motlow won three out of four from TCCAA rival Roane State. The Lady Bucks will host Dyersburg State this weekend, with doubleheaders beginning at 2 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
Photo by Jeff Reed Photography

LYNCHBURG, TN (March 20, 2018) – The Motlow Lady Bucks banged seven home runs, including three by sophomore Miranda Cooksey, and won their second consecutive TCCAA conference series by taking three out of four games from Roane State last weekend in Harriman, Tenn.

The Lady Bucks (10-12, 7-5) were scheduled to host the Martin Methodist College JV team on Tuesday, but the doubleheader was rained out and no makeup date has been announced. Motlow will step back into conference play this weekend, hosting Dyersburg State in a four game series. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. while Saturday’s action is set for a noon start.

The weekend didn’t begin well for the Lady Bucks on Friday in Harriman as Motlow dropped the opener 10-1. However, they came back strong, winning the night cap 13-15, then sweeping Saturday’s games 14-9 and 6-5.

Motlow is now in fifth place in the TCCAA standings, just one game behind Dyersburg State (13-9, 8-4). Chattanooga State leads the league with an 11-1 record, while Walters State and Volunteer State are tied for second at 9-3.

Kendall Durard (5-5) took the loss in the opener, with relief help from Jennifer Corbitt and Sarah Wilson. The Lady Raiders scored at least one run in every inning of the five inning contest. Madison Hopkins and Madison Woodruff each had two hits for the Lady Bucks, and Haley Hinshaw drove in Motlow’s only run.

Game two on Friday saw Motlow explode for six runs in the first inning and three more in the second to take a commanding lead. Samantha King (3-3) was exceptional in the circle, pitching a complete game while scattering 10 hits and allowing three earned runs with five strikeouts.

Cooksey and King both homered, while Woodruff and Hinshaw had three hits each, with Woodruff and King each driving in three runs. Breanna Owens had a pair of runs batted in, while Ariel McAtee had two hits and scored two runs.

Saturday’s first game was all Motlow early, with the Lady Bucks scoring five runs in the first inning. Halfway through the sixth inning Motlow led 8-2, but Roane plated four runs to pull within 8-6. Motlow added six runs in the top of the seventh and the Lady Raiders fought back with three in the bottom of the inning, but Motlow’s lead was too large to overcome.

Durard got the win in relief of King, who pitched the first five innings and allowed eight hits and four earned runs. Durard pitched the final two innings, giving up five hits and four runs with four strikeouts. Cooksey slammed two home runs and drove in six, while Durard also homered and had three RBI. Kylie Thackerson had three hits, while Woodruff, Owens and McAtee each had two hits.

The series finale started with Motlow scoring three runs in the top of the first. However, the home team answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning and three more in the second, taking a 5-3 lead. Motlow chipped away though, scoring one in the third, fourth and fifth innings, with the last being the game winner.

Durard was outstanding in the circle, tossing a complete game and allowing just five hits and one earned run with four strikeouts. The freshman has now pitched 55 innings on the season with a 2.51 earned run average and 43 strikeouts.

She also provided much-needed offense as both she and Ciera Dobbins had home runs. Durard drove in two runs and scored three, while King had two hits and drove in three runs.

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