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Head Softball Coach
Feb. 8, 2017
Scottsboro (Ala.) High School softball player Kylie Thackerson recently signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her career as a student-athlete at Motlow State Community College. Seated (left to right) are Vivian Thackerson, Tara Thackerson, Kylie and Leslie Thackerson. Standing (left to right) are Lenora Word, Motlow assistant coach; Ben Johnson, Scottsboro assistant coach; Robyn Johnson, Scottsboro head coach; and Janice Morey, Motlow head coach. Photo provided.
Feb. 2, 2017
Five different Lady Bucks drove in runs during a seven-run first inning as Motlow State beat Florida State College of Jacksonville 10-5 last week in the Kickoff Softball Classic in Clearwater, Fla.
The Lady Bucks (1-4, 0-0) were not able to get their offense going in other games against some of the nation's top softball programs during three days of competition in Florida. Motlow lost 10-1 to Miami Dade, 11-1 to Palm Beach, and 8-0 to both Central Florida, ranked No. 1 in the nation in the NJCAA preseason poll, and Seminole State. Motlow's sixth scheduled game in Clearwater, against St. Petersburg, was rained out on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Motlow was able to practice outside only once since Jan. 10, the official start of practice, due to extremely wet field conditions. The Lady Bucks will hope to get more opportunities to get on the field before their next scheduled contest, which is Thursday, Feb. 16, when they travel to Decatur, Ala., for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against Calhoun.
The win against Jacksonville is what Head Coach Janice Morey and her Lady Bucks will focus on. Caroline Abernethy led off the game with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice by Breanna Owens. Ashton Watkins tripled to drive in Abernethy with Motlow's first run. Riley O'Neal and Chelbie Gannon both walked, loading the bases with one out.
Ciera Dobbins' single drove in Watkins and kept the bases loaded, and Kat Sledge delivered with a two-run single to right field, scoring O'Neal and Gannon and sending Dobbins to second to give the Lady Bucks a 4-0 lead. Miranda Cooksey then doubled to right field, driving in both Dobbins and Sledge, and scored herself on Taylor Mitchell's groundout to give Motlow a 7-0 lead.
Jacksonville scored three runs in the bottom of the first off Motlow starter Summer Carter, who got the win by pitching four innings and allowing eight hits and five earned runs. Owens pitched the final three innings and gave up only four hits.
Abernethy and Cooksey each had three hits and drove in two runs, while Sledge and Mitchell had two RBI as well. Abernethy also added a pair of stolen bases, while Sledge and Cooksey each had one steal.
Jan. 23, 2017
After compiling a winning season under first-year head coach Janice Morey last year, Motlow State's softball program is on the rise. Sophomores Ashton Watkins, Caroline Abernethy and Riley O'Neal will be expected to lead the Lady Bucks when the 2017 campaign gets underway this weekend.
Motlow will open the season Jan. 27, when it travels to Clearwater, Fla., to begin three days of competition against some of the nation's top JUCO softball programs. The highlight is Saturday morning at 11 a.m., when the Lady Bucks will play Central Florida, which finished last season ranked second in the nation.
The Lady Bucks' home field on the Moore County campus is in the process of a significant facelift. The facility will feature new backstop netting and a brick backstop wall, a new scoreboard, and a new 20-foot tall 'green monster' leftfield wall. The first home game is March 3, with TCCAA rival Chattanooga State visiting for the first conference series of the season.
Watkins, Abernethy and O'Neal are three of six returning sophomores who are expected to play key roles for the Lady Bucks. All three, along with Taylor Mitchell, were starters last season and critical to Motlow's 28-24 season under Morey, who was hired in November 2015 to take over a program that had only one winning season in the previous four years.
"We expect great leadership physically, mentally and emotionally, from our returning starters," said Morey. "Conference play tends to be quite a dog fight every weekend, so our experienced players will need to teach our younger players what it takes to compete against a conference opponent for four games over two days."
Morey will have five returning sophomores, two redshirt freshmen, a transfer and five true freshmen to fill out her roster this season. She originally signed seven freshmen and had seven returning sophomores, but four decided the rigors and challenges of playing college softball were too much and they chose to end their playing careers.
"Our numbers are a little low this year," Morey continued. "But we expect that to pay off for our freshmen by the end of the season. The amount of extra repetitions they will get during practice and games should give them the confidence and understanding of what it takes to perform in this league by the time we get to the conference tournament at the end of the season."
Watkins, a shortstop from Lewisburg, is the Lady Bucks' top returning offensive producer. She hits for average and hits with power, batting .377 in 151 plate appearances last year and leading the team with seven home runs. In addition, she slammed 13 doubles, four triples and drove in 28 runs.
Abernethy, from Spring Hill, is the backbone of the outfield, holding down the centerfield position and was named all-conference in 2016. She hit .341 last year with six doubles, a triple and 19 runs batted in. As the leadoff hitter, she led the team in stolen bases with six and was only caught one time. Her plate discipline is excellent, striking out only 10 times last year in a team-high 182 at bats.
O'Neal, from Fayetteville, stepped into the catcher position last season after an injury to a classmate and performed outstanding. She batted .306 in 134 plate appearances with five doubles, three home runs and 31 runs batted in. She also had a great eye at the plate, walking 16 times while striking out only six, and proved herself in the clutch by hitting .500 with two home runs and nine runs batted in at the conference tournament.
Mitchell, also from Fayetteville, played in every game for the Lady Bucks last season, starting many of them in the outfield. She hit .218 with a double and five runs batted in. Motlow will need increased production from her this year.
Tullahoma's Taylor Honea saw limited action last year and will be expected to contribute more during the coming season. Joining her will be a pair of redshirt freshmen, both of whom sat out last year due to injury. Both Kat Sledge, from Whitwell, and Jamaica Johnson, from Shelbyville, will have an opportunity to contribute.
Renee Bolduc is the transfer, coming to Motlow after spending her freshman season at Calhoun Community College in Alabama. Bolduc will have one season at Motlow and will be counted on to add quality depth in the infield.
Although Morey has not yet had a full recruiting cycle as head coach, she has brought in five quality freshmen who should get plenty of playing time. Motlow places a premium on recruiting student-athletes from its 11-county service area, and the five incoming freshmen fit that bill nicely.
Outfielder Chelbie Gannon is from Shelbyville, pitcher/infielder Breanna Owens is from Fayetteville, pitcher Sarah Wilson comes from Sparta, outfielder Miranda Cooksey is from Lewisburg, and catcher/infielder Ciera Dobbins comes from LaVergne after playing at Stewarts Creek High School.
2017 Motlow Lady Bucks - Members of the 2017 Motlow Lady Bucks softball team, front row from left: Riley O'Neal, Sarah Wilson, Kathleen Sledge, Ashton Watkins, Taylor Mitchell and Breanna Owens. Back row from left; Miranda Cooksey, Caroline Abernethy, Chelbie Gannon, Ciera Dobbins, Jamaica Johnson, Taylor Honea and Renee Bolduc. Photo by Jeff Reed Photography.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or 931-393-1617 or Shasteen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 931-393-1605.
Dec. 6, 2016
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.
Nov. 22, 2016
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.
Nov. 14, 2016
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.
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.
Nov. 7, 2016
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.
Aug. 4, 2016
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.
July 12, 2016
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.
July 1, 2016
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.
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 email@example.com or 931-393-1617.
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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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.
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.
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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.
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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.