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April 30, 2012
Freshman second baseman Veronica Blackburn slammed a three-run home run in the bottom of the third inning and classmate Roxanne Hillman pitched seven innings of three-hit softball as the Motlow Lady Bucks ended their regular season with a 4-1 victory over Roane State in Moore County last Friday.
The win propels the Lady Bucks (19-26, 5-13) into seventh place in the final Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings. The TCCAA/Region VII Tournament begins May 6 at Chattanooga State.
The Lady Bucks will face 10th-seed Dyersburg State in one of two 'play-in' games on Sunday, with the first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. The first 'play-in' game features Roane State and Jackson State at 2 p.m. The two winning teams will advance to the full tournament beginning Monday, May 7.
TCCAA/Region VII Tournament Bracket
The rare single game between the Lady Bucks and the Lady Raiders was postponed to Friday by a hard rain which fell after game one back on March 31, a game won by Roane State 4-2. The game might not have been made up had it not been needed in order to properly seed both teams for the tournament.
Roane State scored its only run in the top of the first inning against Hillman (11-11) with a solo home run. The Lady Raiders managed only a fourth inning single and a sixth inning double after that. Hillman also walked two batters and struck out three.
Motlow scored all of its runs in the third inning after stranding a pair of base runners in both the first and second innings. Danielle Davis opened the third with a walk and then stole second base. After Hillman reached on an error, Shelby Webb singled home Davis with the first Motlow run to tie the score at 1-1.
With two outs Blackburn, who has been one of the Lady Bucks' hottest hitters of late, connected on her second home run in the past week to give Hillman all the runs she needed. Motlow stranded two more base runners in the fourth and fifth innings, but Hillman struck out the final two batters in the seventh to secure the victory.
Motlow had eight hits on the day, including two each by Kayla Green, Blackburn and Webb.
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