Motlow State Baseball 2017-18 Season News

Bucks host first conference baseball series after sweeping Martin Methodist College JV

March 8, 2018

The Motlow Bucks will welcome their first Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference opponent to the Driver Baseball Complex on the Moore County campus when Cleveland State visits for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The Bucks (13-9, 1-2) have won eight of their previous 10 contests, including a 9-4, 11-5 doubleheader sweep over the Martin Methodist College JV squad Wednesday afternoon in Pulaski. Last weekend, Motlow opened conference play with a trip to Chattanooga State, where the Bucks won the opener 9-8 in 10 innings, then dropped the last two games 8-4, 6-5.

Each TCCAA conference series is three games, with a nine inning contest on Friday and a pair of seven inning games on Saturday. The Bucks and Cougars are scheduled to begin Friday's single game at 1 p.m. and Saturday's doubleheader at noon.

The Cougars have had a successful start to their season, sharing first place in the conference standings with a 3-0 mark and a 13-5 overall record.

Motlow Bucks lead nation in home runs heading into TCCAA conference play

Feb. 28, 2018

The Motlow Bucks, who lead the nation with 30 home runs already this season, put their full power on display Tuesday afternoon when they hosted and swept the Cumberland College JV 24-0, 11-1 at the Driver Baseball Complex.

The Bucks (10-7, 0-0) have now won five consecutive games, sweeping the Covenant College JV 3-1, 8-2 on Monday and beating Schoolcraft College (Michigan) 9-5 Sunday in Gallatin. The Bucks will open TCCAA conference play this weekend, traveling to Chattanooga State for a three-game series. A single, nine-inning game is scheduled for Friday at noon central, with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. central.

While Motlow's power hitting has taken the spotlight, and rightly so, the Bucks' pitching staff has quietly gone about establishing itself as well. Logan Walters, Tyler Harmon, Carson Pack, Colin Smith and Chandler Hardiman each had quality starts during the winning streak, and the Motlow bullpen has been impressive as well.

The Bucks scored five runs in the final two innings to come from behind and beat Schoolcraft. Dallas Bryan (2-2) got the win, pitching the final three innings of hitless baseball. Paul McIntosh, Johnny Mangini and Colin Smith all homered, with Mangini banging out three of Motlow's 10 hits.

Pack (2-1) was overpowering in game one on Monday, pitching six innings and allowing just two hits with 12 strikeouts. After Pack gave up a double to open the seventh, Kobe Foster got the final three outs to record his third save. Paul Rahman hit his first home run of the season for Motlow, while Nathan Sanders had a pair of runs batted in.

Harmon (1-2) was the winner on the mound in the second game against Covenant, tossing 6.1 innings and allowing just four hits with nine strikeouts. Justin Parker got the final five outs, four by strikeout. Smith and De'Andre Pitts each drove in two runs.

Motlow's offense took advantage of 10 walks in the opener against Cumberland, scoring 14 runs in the first inning on the way to one of the most lopsided wins in school history. Hardiman (1-0) allowed two hits in three innings, and Darin Keller pitched the final two innings allowing just one hit with three strikeouts. Sanders, McIntosh, Troy Weatherly and Tre Bailliez each homered, with Bailliez driving in six runs and McIntosh hitting a grand slam. Weatherly had three hits for the Bucks, who had 15 as a team.

Smith (1-0) got the win in game two on Tuesday, going three innings and allowing just two hits with three strikeouts. Jordan Burdette pitched two solid innings and Chase Dixon tossed a perfect sixth inning for Motlow. Weatherly hit two home runs, while McIntosh, Mangini and Pitts also homered. Weatherly had four hits in the game and drove in three runs.

Motlow's 30 home runs on the season is two more than Central Florida and five more than Midland (Texas). Weatherly has nine, second in the country behind a Central Florida player, and Mangini and McIntosh each have six, tied for sixth in the nation.

Paul McIntosh
Motlow's Paul McIntosh prepares to swing during a recent game at the Driver Complex. McIntosh, a freshman catcher from Miami, has six home runs on the young season, part of a Bucks' power brigade that leads the nation with 30 home runs. Motlow Staff Photo.

Bucks win 10-inning slugfest over Wallace State

Feb. 21, 2018

With the wind blowing out to center field, Motlow and Wallace State combined for eight home runs Tuesday afternoon, but it was a walk-off single by Jake Chaney in the bottom of the 10th inning that provided the winning run as the Bucks beat the Lions 7-6.

Motlow (5-6, 0-0) handed Wallace State its first loss of the season while winning for the fifth time in its last seven games. The Bucks are scheduled to host Marshalltown, Iowa, this weekend, with doubleheaders set for Friday and Saturday at noon. Motlow will then host the Covenant College JV Wednesday for a noon doubleheader before opening TCCAA conference play next weekend at Chattanooga State.

The win over Wallace came on the heels of a three-game series the Bucks played against Northwest Florida State College last weekend in Niceville, Florida. The home team took the first game 11-5, Motlow came back and won game two 5-4, and the Raiders captured the rubber game 10-4.

Troy Weatherly and Kobe Foster were critical during the lone win in Florida. Weatherly slammed two home runs while Chaney also homered, and Foster pitched the final 2.2 innings in relief to get the win.

The fireworks started early on a warm, breezy day at the Driver Complex Tuesday afternoon. After starting pitcher Tyler Harmon set the Lions down in order to open the game, Motlow's Colin Smith slammed a two-run homer in the first inning to put the Bucks on the board 2-0. Chaney hit a solo blast in the second, giving Motlow a 3-0 advantage.

Wallace State answered though, with two solo home runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth to tie the score at 3-3. Weatherly gave the Bucks the lead back 4-3 in the sixth with a mammoth shot over the right-center field wall. Wallace came back though and tied the score in the top of the seventh.

After Wallace State took a 5-4 lead, Smith put the Bucks back on top in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run blast, his second of the day. But the Lions refused to stand down, scoring in the top of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Motlow loaded the bases in the bottom of the 10th, and Chaney provided his clutch hit to secure the win for the home team.

Harmon lasted 6.1 innings, allowing four hits with seven strikeouts. Foster (2-0) pitched the final 3.2 innings and picked up the win on the mound, allowing three hits and only one earned run with seven strikeouts. The Bucks have already hit 16 home runs this season, with Weatherly leading the team with six homers and 15 runs batted in.

Troy Weatherly
Sophomore Troy Weatherly prepares to uncork a swing that launched a long home run during the Bucks 7-6, 10-inning win over Wallace State at the Driver Baseball Complex Tuesday afternoon. Weatherly, from Montgomery, Ala., is off to a fast start for the Bucks with six home runs and 15 runs batted in. Motlow Staff Photo.

Bucks use long ball to stretch winning streak to three

Feb. 14, 2018

The Motlow Bucks slammed three home runs, including a game-winning grand slam by Troy Weatherly in the bottom of the sixth inning, and won their third consecutive game by beating visiting Lawson State 11-5 Tuesday afternoon at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Bucks (3-4, 0-0) have rebounded nicely since their season opening trip to Alabama, where they lost 11-6 and 3-2 to Wallace State and 8-2, 1-0 to Birmingham Southern. Motlow played its first home games last weekend, sweeping Vincennes, Ind., 4-3, 9-3. The Bucks will travel to Niceville, Fla., for a three-game series against Northwest Florida State College this weekend, with a single game scheduled for Friday at 5 p.m. and a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.

After falling behind 2-0 against Lawson State, Motlow's Johnny Mangini hit an opposite-field homer in the third inning to give the Bucks a 3-2 lead and Jake Chaney followed that with a two-run blast to give Motlow a 5-2 advantage. After Lawson chipped away at the lead and tied the score at five, Weatherly hit his third homer of the season in the sixth with the bases full to give the Bucks back the lead, a lead they wouldn't relinquish again.

Colin Smith got the start on the mound for the Bucks, allowing four hits and two earned runs in three innings. Chase Dixon pitched the fourth, also allowing two runs to score. Dallas Bryan (1-1) pitched the middle three innings and got the win, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts. Kobe Foster notched his second save, pitching the final 1.2 innings of hitless baseball with a pair of strikeouts.

Vincennes was originally scheduled to visit for a three-game series last weekend, but wet field conditions forced the teams to only play a Friday doubleheader.

Game one saw the Bucks stage a comeback, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win 4-3. Carson Pack got the win on the mound in relief of Jase Carvell, who started and went 4.2 innings allowing seven hits and striking out six. Foster picked up his first save with a perfect seventh inning where he struck out the side. Chaney had two hits, including a double, and two runs batted in, while De'Andre Pitts also drove in a run.

In Friday's second game the Bucks jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning and never looked back. Logan Walters (1-1) picked up the win, pitching four innings and allowing only two hits and one earned run. Foster struck out six in two innings of work and Michael Bruhin struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning.

Paul McIntosh had a home run for the Bucks, while Patrick Music, Colin Smith and Kirby Smith each had doubles. Pitts and Nathan Sanders each drove in two runs, with Sanders adding a stolen base.

The Bucks didn't play badly in their first four games in Alabama, they just didn't play well enough to get a win. There were quality pitching performances and good run production, just not together in the same game.

Tyler Harmon (0-1) allowed only one hit and struck out five in 6.1 innings pitched on Feb. 3, but the Bucks managed only three hits themselves and lost 1-0 to Birmingham Southern. Carvell had a quality start against Wallace State the day before, scattering six hits and allowing no earned runs in four innings, but Motlow managed only one hit in their 3-2 loss. In the season opener the Bucks got home runs from McIntosh and Weatherly, but Motlow's defense committed six errors.

Following their trip to Florida, the Bucks will host Wallace State-Hanceville for a single game at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. The following weekend, Marshalltown, Iowa will visit for a four-game series, with doubleheaders scheduled both Saturday and Sunday at noon at the Driver Complex.

Transfer-heavy Motlow Bucks open baseball season Feb. 2 in Alabama

Jan. 29, 2018

There will be a lot of new faces on the field when the Motlow Bucks open the 2018 baseball season as veteran Head Coach Dan McShea welcomes back only six players from last year's squad. McShea has brought in a wealth of transfers in hopes of building the Bucks back into a contender in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA).

The Bucks will open the season Friday, Feb. 2, with a trip to play Wallace State in Hanceville, Ala., in a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The following day Motlow goes to Birmingham to face Birmingham Southern in a noon doubleheader. The first home game is Saturday, Feb. 10, when Vincennes, Ind., visits for a noon doubleheader at the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus. Admission is free for all Motlow home athletic contests.

The Bucks only return four players who saw game action last year. Outfielder Paul Rahman, from Charlotte, Tenn., had 70 at-bats and hit .243 with three doubles and eight runs batted in. Catcher Kirby Smith, from Fayetteville, hit .207 in 58 at-bats with a double, triple, home run and eight RBI.

On the mound the Bucks return Lawrenceburg's Jase Carvell, who started eight games and went 2-2 with a 5.65 earned run average. Chandler Hardiman, from Fayetteville, started seven games and finished with a 3-2 record and a 6.75 ERA.

Also back are a pair of redshirt-freshmen left-handed pitchers in Darin Keller from Tullahoma and Jordan Burdette from Lawrenceburg.

Among the transfers, and the school they previously played at or attended, are sophomores De'Andre Pitts, East Mississippi Community College; Michael Bruhin, Spartanburg Methodist; Dallas Bryan, Lee University; Jake Chaney, Lawson State; Colin Smith, Florida Southwestern; and Troy Weatherly, Chattanooga State.

Also transferring to Motlow to play their freshman seasons are Logan Walters, Tennessee Tech; Kobe Foster, Tennessee Wesleyan; Patrick Music, Lincoln Memorial; Carson Pack, Tennessee Tech; and Micah McClellan, Lee University.

Incoming freshmen, and the high school they attended, are Tre Bailliez, Stewarts Creek; John Mangini and Tyler Harmon, Grissom in Huntsville; Matthew Garmendia, homeschool; Dayton and Nathan Sanders, Smyrna; Brayden Gentry, Marshall County; Paul McIntosh, Dade Christian in Miami; Matt Young, Maryville; Justin Parker, Buckhorn; and Chase Dixon from Tullahoma.

Entering his twelfth season as head coach, McShea's Bucks are coming off a 22-30 season last year that included an early exit in the TCCAA postseason tournament. Motlow's last winning season in baseball was 2014 when they finished 40-24 and advanced to the NJCAA East/Central district tournament.

McShea will be assisted by Cody Gaskill for the third consecutive season.

The Bucks will open conference play the first weekend in March when they travel to Chattanooga State for a three-game series. Each conference series consists of three games, with a single nine-inning contest on Friday and a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday. The first home conference series is the following weekend with Cleveland State as the visitor.

2018 Motlow Baseball Team
Members of the 2018 Motlow Bucks baseball team in alphabetical order by last name, are Tre Bailliez, Dallas Bryan, Michael Bruhin, Jordan Burdette, Jase Carvell, Jake Chaney, Chase Dixon, Kobe Foster, Matthew Garmendia, Brayden Gentry, Chandler Hardiman, Tyler Harmon, Darin Keller, Taylor Lawson, John Mangini, Micah McClellan, Paul McIntosh, Patrick Music, Carson Pack, Justin Parker, De'Andre Pitts, Paul Rahman, Nathan Sanders, Dayton Sanders, Kirby Smith, Colin Smith, Logan Walters, Troy Weatherly, and Matt Young. Motlow Staff Photography.

Motlow Bucks 2018 baseball schedule heavy on home games

Jan. 8, 2018

Motlow State baseball fans will have plenty of opportunities to cheer the Bucks at home this year, as the program has scheduled 19 of its 36 play dates for the 2018 season at the friendly confines of the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus.

The Bucks officially begin practice for the coming season Jan. 10, and will play their season opener Feb. 2, when they travel to Hanceville, Ala., to play Wallace State in a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The following day, the Bucks travel to Birmingham to face Birmingham Southern for a noon doubleheader.

The 2018 schedule is heavy on home dates, with the first scheduled for Feb. 10 and 11 when Vincennes, Ind., comes to Lynchburg for noon doubleheaders both days. The first home conference series is March 9-10, with Cleveland State as the visitors.

Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) conference series consist of a single, nine-inning game on Friday and a pair of seven-inning games on Saturday. The Bucks will host five conference series and travel for four, with the first road trip being to Chattanooga State March 2-3.

The longest road trip of the 2018 season for the Bucks comes early, with Motlow traveling to Niceville, Fla., for three games on Feb. 16-17. Opponents for those games and start times have not yet been finalized.

Motlow has also scheduled home-and-home series with three area non-conference opponents; Martin Methodist College JV out of Pulaski, Covenant College JV from Lookout Mountain, Ga., and Calhoun Community College from Decatur, Ala.

The regular season will end with a pair of home conference series; with Walters State coming to town April 20-21 and Southwest Tennessee closing the year at the Driver Complex April 27-28. The Bucks have 53 games scheduled but are allowed to schedule 56, meaning they could add three games prior to the start of the season.

Dan McShea
Motlow State baseball Head Coach Dan McShea begins his 12th season leading the Bucks program when his team begins official practice Jan. 10. McShea's teams have won 251 games during his 11 seasons at the helm. This year's squad will open the regular season on the road Feb. 2, when they face Wallace State in Hanceville, Alabama. The first home game is Feb. 10, with Vincennes, Ind., visiting the Driver Baseball Complex on Motlow's Moore County campus for a noon doubleheader. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow Bucks open fall baseball schedule this weekend in Chattanooga

Sept. 6, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks will begin fall schedule baseball play this weekend when they travel to Chattanooga to face fellow Tennessee Community College Athletic Association member Chattanooga State. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

The Bucks have eight games lined up for fall, with the possibility of adding more in the next few days. Junior college baseball teams are allowed to play up to 20 games in the fall, between Aug. 22 and Nov. 15, when results and statistics do not count as official. The regular season for baseball begins Jan. 26, 2018, with official practice starting Jan. 10.

Motlow will travel to Murfreesboro on Sept. 15 for a pair of contests, playing Roane State at 10 a.m. and Jackson State at 3 p.m. On Sept. 22, the Bucks will be in Clarksville to face Cleveland State at 5 p.m. and Heartland at 7:30 p.m. Motlow will go to Bowling Green, Ky., on Oct. 7, to play Lincoln Trail at 10 a.m. and Southwest Illinois at 3 p.m. The fall schedule will conclude on Oct. 20, with a trip to Pulaski to play Martin Methodist College.

Head Coach Dan McShea begins his 12th season at the helm of the Bucks with a revamped roster, returning only seven players from last season's squad. Returnees include Jordan Burdette, Jase Carvell, Colin Guscoff, Chandler Hardiman, Darin Keller, Paul Rahman and Kirby Smith.

The Bucks welcome nine transfers, including two from Tennessee Tech, two from Lee University, and one from Middle Tennessee State. Additional transfers are from junior colleges throughout the south, including Lawson State in Alabama, Seminole State and Palm Beach State in Florida, and East Mississippi.

McShea has recruited a strong group of freshmen, with a nice mixture of area players and out-of-state student-athletes. Newcomers from middle Tennessee include Chase Dixon from Tullahoma, Kobe Foster from Huntland, Braden Gentry from Marshall County, Micah McClellan and Tre Bailliez from LaVergne, Nathan and Dayton Sanders from Smyrna, and Dallas Bryan from Hillsboro.

Colin Guscoff
Motlow State sophomore Colin Guscoff (foreground), a catcher/first baseman from Canton, Ohio, leads a group of seven returning sophomores as the Bucks begin fall play this weekend in Chattanooga. Guscoff hit .265 last season in 132 plate appearances, including three home runs, 18 runs batted in, and six doubles. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Motlow State Bucks add TTU transfers to talented baseball class

June 13, 2017

The Motlow State Bucks have added a pair of transfers from Tennessee Tech University to the growing list of newcomers to the baseball program for the 2017-18 school year, according to Head Coach Dan McShea.

McShea recently announced that both Carson Pack and Logan Walters have signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their baseball careers as student-athletes at Motlow. Both attended TTU last season and both were redshirts for the Golden Eagles. Both Pack and Walters have two seasons of eligibility at Motlow.

"Both Carson and Logan were highly-recruited pitchers in our state out of high school," said McShea. "We expect big things from both and we are happy to have them join our baseball program."

They join a recruiting class that now stands at 11 players who will suit up for the first time for the Bucks in late January 2018. Motlow will return seven players from last season and is expected to add 10 more, filling out a 28-man roster, before the beginning of school in late August.

Six of the newcomers are from within the state, with three more residing in neighboring Alabama. Paul McIntosh played his prep baseball at Dade Christian High School in Miami, and Andres Rodriquez attended the Carlos Beltran Academy in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

First-year players from Tennessee are Brayden Gentry from Lewisburg, Justin Cooke from Soddy Daisy, James Bailliez III from LaVergne, Pack is from Andersonville, Walters is from South Pittsburg, and Matthew Young is from Maryville.

Coming in from Alabama, although they are inside Motlow's service area, are Kyle Davis from New Market, and Tyler Harmon and John Mangini from Huntsville. Davis attended Buckhorn High School, while both Harmon and Mangini prepped at Virgil Grissom High School.

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