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April 25, 2012
The Motlow Bucks and Lady Bucks will wrap up their baseball and softball regular seasons during the next few days, then begin making preparation for the upcoming Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA)/Region VII Tournament which begins May 6 in Chattanooga.
The Bucks (32-21, 9-15) have an opportunity to potentially move up in the conference standings when they travel to Gallatin this weekend to face rival Volunteer State in a three-game series. Friday's single game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., with Saturday's doubleheader scheduled for a noon start.
The Lady Bucks (18-26, 4-13) could also secure a higher seed in the tournament when they host Roane State for a single game on Friday at 1 p.m. The two teams played one game on Mar. 31, but the second contest was postponed due to rain. Motlow will host nationally-ranked Wallace State on Monday at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader that was originally scheduled for Mar. 25, but was postponed due to inclement weather.
The Bucks dropped their final home game 9-2 to non-conference opponent Wallace State on Tuesday at the Driver Baseball Complex, where Motlow posted a 23-8 home record this season.
Volunteer State (28-19, 14-11) clinched at least sixth place in the TCCAA with a three-game sweep of Southwest Tennessee last weekend. The three losses dropped Southwest TN into a seventh-place tie with the Bucks. Southwest TN travels to Chattanooga State this weekend to close its regular season.
The Lady Bucks had an opportunity to move up in the conference standings when they traveled to Cleveland State on Tuesday but dropped a doubleheader 5-4, 5-2 to the Lady Cougars. The Lady Bucks will be one of four teams involved in 'play-in' games, with the two winners advancing to the conference tournament.
Game one in Cleveland was a game the Lady Bucks probably should have won were it not for six errors by the defense. Roxanne Hillman (10-11) pitched a solid game, scattering six hits and allowing only two earned runs.
Cleveland led 3-0 heading to the third inning when the Lady Bucks closed the gap with two runs. After the Lady Cougars scored two more runs in the fourth, the Lady Bucks answered with two more in the fifth. Motlow got its leadoff batter on in the sixth but couldn't get the big hit when it was needed.
Game two featured better defense by Motlow, but it was not enough to overcome a one-hit performance by the Cleveland pitcher. Kayla Green (8-14) took the loss on the mound for Motlow, allowing eight hits and four earned runs.
Wallace State is currently ranked 19th in the nation in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll and shut out the Lady Bucks 8-0, 8-0 on April 5 in a doubleheader played in Fyffe, Alabama.
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