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Motlow College Softball Roster is True Representation of Southern Middle Tennessee

July 20, 2015

Although it will be another month before school begins and the fall softball schedule is released, the Motlow Lady Bucks have announced their expected roster for the 2016 season.

Cameron Pearson
Motlow College rising sophomore Cameron Pearson is expected to lead the Lady Bucks' pitching staff when fall softball action begins. Pearson played her prep softball at Franklin County. Motlow College photo.
With the knowledge that life events and decisions can sometimes change unexpectedly and that this list of signees and returnees is not official or final, mid-summer is a great time to take a glance at those expected to represent the coming season's softball team at Motlow College. The following student-athletes, along with their hometowns and high schools, have signed with Motlow:

Returning Sophomores
Aubrey Crowell, Murfreesboro - Oakland High School
Rachel Gamble, Chattanooga - East Hamilton
Lauren Hasty, Tullahoma - Tullahoma
Riley Long, Whitwell - Whitwell
Cameron Pearson, Winchester - Franklin County
Traci Shelton, Fayetteville - Lincoln County
Taylor Wolaver, Cornersville - Cornersville
Shania Taylor, Tullahoma - Tullahoma

First-Year Signees
Caroline Abernathy, Thompson Station - Summit High School
McKenzie Anderson, Lewisburg - Marshall County
Summer Carter, Shelbyville - Cascade
Heather Hart, Shelbyville - Cascade
Taylor Honea, Tullahoma - Tullahoma
Jamaica Johnson, Shelbyville - Shelbyville Central
Taylor Mitchell, Delrose - Lincoln County
Riley O'Neal, Fayetteville - Lincoln County
Laura Sledge, Whitwell - Whitwell
Ashton Watkins, Lewisburg - Marshall County
Maggie Woods, Chattanooga - East Hamilton

The Lady Bucks are coming off their best season in four years, posting a 27-19-2 record in 2015 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament. Despite a rash of injuries and finishing the season with only 10 available players, Motlow's late-season run included an upset of nationally-ranked Columbia State.

Long and Pearson combined for almost 200 innings pitched last year and allowed less than three runs per game. Crowell was Motlow's top power hitter before an injury ended her season prematurely, and Wolaver led the Lady Bucks in home runs. Taylor is coming off a redshirt season and should bring great speed to the lineup.

Motlow's softball facility on the Moore County campus is currently undergoing significant renovations but will be ready for play when the Lady Bucks open the 2016 season.

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