Lady Bucks look to finish strong as regular season ends with home series
LYNCHBURG, TN (April 23, 2018) – The Motlow Lady Bucks look to finish the 2018 softball regular season on a winning note when they welcome TCCAA rival Southwest Tennessee to the Moore County campus this coming weekend for a four-game series. Friday’s action begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday is scheduled for a noon start.
The Lady Bucks (22-18, 19-11) salvaged a win in the final game of this past weekend’s series against Walters State. After dropping both games of Friday’s doubleheader 10-0 and 3-1, the Lady Bucks fought back and lost Saturday’s opener in heartbreaking fashion 10-9. Motlow didn’t hang its heads though, beating the Lady Senators 5-3 in the series finale.
Motlow is solidly in fourth place in the TCCAA standings and appears to be headed for the fourth seed in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins March 6 at Chattanooga State Community College.
Game one on Friday slipped through the Lady Bucks hands, literally, as they committed two errors in the top of the seventh inning, giving the Lady Senators two runs to break a 1-1 tie. Kendall Durard pitched well enough to win, allowing just six hits and zero earned runs with five strikeouts. Motlow only managed four hits though, with the only run coming in the fifth inning when Ariel McAtee drove in Durard with a two-out single.
Friday’s second game was easily forgettable for Motlow. Walters State scored four runs in the first inning and was never threatened. The Lady Bucks managed only three hits, one each by Haley Hinshaw, Miranda Cooksey and Caroline Sarris. Durard took the loss, lasting less than an inning and allowing four runs. Samantha King pitched 4.2 innings and gave up six runs, and Sarah Wilson got the final two outs in the sixth inning.
After the Lady Senators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the first game on Saturday the Lady Bucks responded, scoring three in the second inning, two in the third, and three more in the fourth. By the bottom of the fifth the score was 9-4 Motlow. However, unearned runs hurt the Lady Bucks again as they committed four errors and gave up four walks, allowing the visitors to come from behind and steal the victory.
Kylie Thackerson and Cooksey each had three hits, with Cooksey driving in a pair of runs. Madison Woodruff and Durard had two hits each, and Madison Hopkins joined Durard in driving in a pair of runs as well. Durard took the loss in the circle, allowing 11 hits and six earned runs.
With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning in the series finale, the Lady Bucks were desperate for a spark to salvage a win against the league’s second-place team. King provided that spark, stepping to the plate with one out and driving a long solo home run over the green monster in left field. The Lady Bucks added an insurance run as Thackerson drove in Jennifer Corbitt with a two-out single.
Breanna Owens made the lead stand up and earned the win, allowing just six hits and two earned runs in her complete-game performance in the circle. Thackerson and Corbitt each had two hits, and Hinshaw and Owens joined King and Thackerson in driving in runs.
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