2016 Softball News

Motlow State opens 27th softball season with late January trip to Florida

Jan. 9, 2017

Motlow State Community College will open its 27th season of softball competition on Friday, Jan. 27, when it travels to Clearwater, Fla., where it will spend three days playing six games against some of the nation's top junior/community college programs. The Lady Bucks will play two games Friday, three Saturday and one Sunday.

Janice Morey
Motlow State Lady Bucks softball Head Coach Janice Morey will begin her second season leading the program when her team opens the 2017 season Jan. 27 in Clearwater, Fla. Morey led the Lady Bucks to a 28-24 record her first season, including a three-day run in the conference postseason tournament. Motlow's first home game is March 3, when TCCAA rival Chattanooga State visits the Moore County campus. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
Motlow is coached by Janice Morey, set to begin her second season at the helm. Morey, who played for the Lady Bucks in the program's early years, compiled a 28-24 record in 2016. She is assisted by her husband Randy, a full-time employee at Motlow.

The Lady Bucks will play a pair of road doubleheaders in February before opening Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) play on Friday, Mar. 3, when Chattanooga State comes to the remodeled Lady Bucks Field for a 1 p.m. doubleheader. The two teams will play another twin bill the following day at noon.

Motlow will travel to Decatur, Ala., on Thursday, Feb. 16, for a doubleheader against Calhoun Community College, with the first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the Lady Bucks will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader against the Martin Methodist College JV in Pulaski.

Once TCCAA play opens, the Lady Buck will only have one non-conference date the remainder of the season when they host the Martin Methodist College JV on Apr. 11 for a 2 p.m. doubleheader. All softball schedule play dates are doubleheaders.

Softball conference series are each four games, with weekend doubleheaders played on back-to-back days. All Motlow series are on Friday and Saturday except the weekend of Apr. 13-14, when the Lady Bucks will host Volunteer State.

Due to there being 10 teams in the TCCAA, the Lady Bucks play an uneven number of home and away conference series each year. For 2017, Motlow will host four conference series and travel for five. The three longest road trips for Motlow are Dyersburg State, Walters State and Southwest Tennessee, and the Lady Bucks will make all three trips this year.

Home series will be against Chattanooga State on Mar. 3-4, Roane State on Mar. 17-18, Jackson State on Apr. 7-8, and Volunteer State on Apr. 13-14.

The TCCAA began fast-pitch softball as an official sport in 1994, and Motlow has been a championship contender since its inception. The Lady Bucks won the conference title in 2009, advancing to the national tournament for the only time in school history.

Motlow State softball program opens Legacy Walk fundraiser to help support facility improvements

Nov. 9, 2016

The Motlow State Community College softball program has begun raising funds to build a 'Legacy Walk' at the Moore County campus facility in support of a three-stage planned upgrade that will significantly change the appearance of Lady Bucks Field, according to Scott Shasteen, athletic director at Motlow.

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The project will include replacing the backstop from dugout to dugout, adding a 'green monster' type design to the left field fence area, and replacing the scoreboard.

To help raise funds to pay for the projects, the Motlow softball program has created a brick 'Legacy Walk', which will start near the new backstop and work its way toward the facility parking lot. Brick purchasers can honor softball alumni, former teams, businesses, industry, etc.

"We want to honor softball alumni and former coaches, as well as supporters of our program with this legacy walk," said Janice Morey, head softball coach at Motlow. "As a member of the alumni family, I cannot wait to see this project completed. When I walk along this legacy walk, I anticipate being able to visually see what a great tradition I am part of here at Motlow State.

"In advance, I want to thank all of our alumni, former players and coaches, instructors, staff members and business leaders who have supported our program in the past," added Morey. "With the purchase of a brick or bricks in this new legacy walk, those supporters can add their message and show their support in a way that will last for decades."

A website has been set up to show examples of brick purchasing options and to accept credit card purchases for the Motlow softball legacy walk: (www.brickmarkers.com/donors/mscc.html).

To learn more about the planned improvements to the softball facility and about additional ways you can support Motlow State athletics, visit MotlowSports.com or contact Morey at jmorey@mscc.edu or 931-393-1617 or Shasteen at sshasteen@mscc.edu or 931-393-1605.

McEwen's Katelyn Elliott will join Motlow State softball program

Dec. 6, 2016

Katelyn Elliott
McEwen High School standout softball player Katelyn (KK) Elliott recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College next season. Joining Katelyn for the signing ceremony are, standing from left, Mandy Parker, Chris Elliott and Amber Elliott. Seated with Katelyn is Janice Morey, Lady Bucks head coach. Motlow will open its softball season Jan. 27 in Clearwater, Fla. Photo provided.

Georgia softball star Caroline Sarris signs Letter of Intent with Motlow State Lady Bucks

Nov. 22, 2016

Caroline Sarris
Caroline Sarris, who played her prep softball at Kell High School in Acworth, Ga., recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Caroline for the signing ceremony are, seated from left: Kelly Sarris, mother; Caroline and Pete Sarris, father. Standing from left: Larry Reid, travel coach; Barbara Reid, travel coach; Lindsay Barnette, Kell coach; Chere Amend, Kell coach; Janice Morey, Motlow head coach; Randy Morey, Motlow assistant coach; Jack Barnette, Kell coach; Kevin Foster, Kell coach; and Ron Storie, travel coach. Photo provided.

Forrest standout Samantha King to continue softball career at Motlow State

Nov. 14, 2016

Geneva Tackett
Warren County High School senior softball player Geneva Tackett recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student athlete at Motlow State Community College beginning fall 2017. Pictured, seated from left are: Ryan Tackett, father; Geneva and Gail Tackett, mother. Standing from left are: Janice Morey, Lady Bucks head softball coach, and Kadin Tackett, brother. Motlow State photo.

Samantha King
Forrest High School standout Samantha King recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Seated from left: Bryan King, father; Samantha, and Ladonna King, mother. Standing from left: Janice Morey, Motlow State head coach; Ricky Stinnet, Shelby Sinnet, Forrest assistant coach; Becky Cheatham, Forrest head coach; Dick Cheatham and Davy McClaran. Photo provided.

Smyrna's Ariel McAtee Signs Letter of Intent to play Softball at Motlow State

Nov. 7, 2016

Ariel McAtee
Stewarts Creek High School softball standout Ariel McAtee recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Joining Ariel for the ceremony are, seated from left, Heather McAtee, Ariel, Bobby McAtee and Bryant McAtee. Standing from left, Lenora Word, Morgan Evans, Tory Atwood, Janice Morey, Motlow State head coach; Emily Morris and Jennifer Smith. Photo provided.

Motlow State welcomes White County's Sarah Wilson to softball program

Aug. 4, 2016

Sarah Wilson
Sarah Wilson, who played her prep softball at White County High School in Sparta, recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her student-athlete career at Motlow State Community College. Joining Sarah for the ceremony, seated from left, is Jenny Wilson (mother), Sarah, and Mike Wilson (father) holding Matthew Wilson (brother). Standing, from left, is Derrick Dale (travel ball coach), Sydney Wilson (sister), and Janice Morey, Motlow State head softball coach. Motlow State photo.

Transfer Renee Bolduc signs Softball Letter of Intent to join Motlow Lady Bucks

July 12, 2016

Renee Bolduc
Renee Bolduc, a sophomore transfer from Madison, Ala., recently signed a national letter of intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Renee played her prep softball at James Clemens High School in Madison and transfers to Motlow after spending her college freshman season at Gadsden State Community College. Joining Renee for the ceremony are her parents, Angie and Jason, seated, and Janice Morey, Motlow head softball coach. Motlow State photo.

Future Lady Bucks learn Skills Development at Motlow State Softball Camp

July 1, 2016

2016 Softball Camp
Over 30 young ladies from throughout middle Tennessee joined Motlow State head softball coach Janice Morey, assistant Randy Morey, and a number of members of the Lady Bucks' team recently for the Softball Skills Development Camp on the Motlow Moore County campus. Campers received valuable coaching in hitting, defense, base running, bunting and more during the three day camp. Motlow State photo.

Motlow State Softball Camp scheduled for June 27-29

May 19, 2016

Motlow State Community College will hold its 2016 Softball Camp for children 12 years old and younger June 27-29, according to Janice Morey, Lady Bucks' head coach.

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The camp will begin each day at 9 a.m. and last until 12:30 p.m. Campers will develop fundamental skills in defense, hitting, bunting and base running.

The cost is $75 per camper. If a family has more than one child participating, the additional family members will pay only $50.

For further information contact Coach Morey at jmorey@mscc.edu or 931-393-1617.

Lady Bucks' softball season ends at midnight in Region VII Tournament

May 13, 2016

The Motlow Lady Bucks overcame a first round loss and advanced to the third round of the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament before falling 8-0 to Chattanooga State Tuesday night at Columbia State Community College in Columbia.

The Lady Bucks finished the 2016 season, their first under Head Coach Janice Morey, with a 28-24 record. After struggling in the early season with a 5-13 record, the Lady Bucks got better as the year progressed and went 23-11 in the final two months of the campaign, including 2-2 in the tournament. Aubrey Crowell was named first team all-conference while Caroline Abernethy was named to the second team.

Motlow opened the tournament Monday morning with a hard fought 4-3 loss to Jackson State. The Lady Bucks fought back Monday evening though as freshman Ashton Watkins hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie and carry the Lady Bucks past Roane State 4-2.

The win set the Lady Bucks up for a Tuesday afternoon must-win contest against Volunteer State. Motlow responded with perhaps its best outing of the year, slamming three home runs in a 12-1 victory over the Lady Pioneers.

The win over Volunteer set Motlow up for a scheduled 8 p.m. contest against Chattanooga State. Due to multiple extra-inning contests throughout the day, the game didn't start until almost 11 p.m. and ended after midnight as the Lady Tigers ended Motlow's season.

Riley Long was the pitching star in the Lady Bucks' win over Roane State, allowing only five hits in seven innings with four strikeouts. Motlow managed only six hits, including RBI from both Riley O'Neal and Crowell before Watkins' dramatic blast in the final inning.

The Lady Bucks were most dominant in the rout of Volunteer State. O'Neal had a pair of home runs and went 4-4 with six runs batted in. Watkins was 3-4 and added a solo home run while scoring three runs. Taylor Wolaver, Cameron Pearson and Rachel Gamble each had two hits as the Lady Bucks racked up 16 total hits against the Lady Pioneers. Pearson was splendid in the circle, scattering five hits to get the win.

Coach Morey saw a strong group of seven sophomores graduate from Motlow on Saturday, but the Lady Bucks return eight freshmen to next year's squad, including Abernethy, O'Neal and Watkins.

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Motlow softball sophomores
Lady Bucks' freshman Riley O'Neal, shown from a game earlier this season, hit a pair of home runs during Motlow's 12-1 victory over Volunteer State Tuesday at the Region VII Tournament in Columbia. O'Neal, who played her prep softball at Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, went 6-12 during the tournament with two home runs and nine runs batted in. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

Anderson walk-offs propel Lady Bucks to split with Walters State

May 2, 2016

Freshman Kenzie Jo Anderson drove in the winning run with walk-off singles in both games Friday as the Motlow Lady Bucks closed the softball regular season by splitting a four-game series with nationally-ranked Walters State at Lady Bucks Field.

TCCAA/Region VII Softball Tournament Bracket

The Lady Bucks (26-22, 19-17) battled the visiting Lady Senators, who entered the series ranked No. 13 in the nation, down to the wire in all four games. Walters won Thursday's opener 1-0 in nine innings and captured game two 2-1. Motlow won both games on Friday by 2-1 scores. Both teams now await seeding in the upcoming TCCAA/Region VII Tournament, which begins Sunday at Columbia State in Columbia.

Motlow's pitching was nothing short of spectacular during the series, as both Cameron Pearson and Riley Long held the visitors at bay. Pearson (14-8) pitched 17 total innings and allowed just 12 hits and two earned runs. Long (9-12) went 14 innings and scattered 14 hits while allowing only two earned runs.

Anderson came up big when her team needed her the most, as she has multiple times this season.

In Friday's first game with the score tied 1-1 and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Pearson slammed a triple down the right field line and Anderson followed with the first of her game winners. In game two, Lauren Hasty reached base with a single, advanced to second on Rachel Gamble's sacrifice bunt and scored as Anderson sent the home crowd into a wild celebration.

First-year Lady Bucks' head coach Janice Morey has done a masterful job of leading her team, which spent the fall season without a head coach and not being able to play a fall schedule. After opening the year dropping their first eight TCCAA games and sporting a 5-13 overall record on Apr. 12, the Lady Bucks have gone 21-9 since then, including 19-9 in the conference.

Visit the official website of Motlow Athletics at www.motlowsports.com for rosters, schedules, stats and more. Interact with Motlow Athletics on Facebook and Twitter.

Motlow softball sophomores
Seven Motlow State sophomore softball players made their final home appearance memorable as they swept visiting Walters St. Friday afternoon in a doubleheader, winning both games 2-1. The Lady Bucks will participate in the TCCAA/Region VII Tournament beginning Sunday in Columbia. From left: Taylor Wolaver, Traci Shelton, Aubrey Crowell, Cameron Pearson, Lauren Hasty, Rachel Gamble, and Riley Long. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.

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