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The Motlow Lady Bucks will step back into Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) action this weekend when they welcome rival Columbia State to the softball complex on the Moore County campus.
The Lady Bucks (4-4, 1-3) split a doubleheader with visiting Calhoun Community College on Tuesday, dropping the first game 16-2 before rebounding to win game two 3-2. Columbia State (6-5, 4-0) opened its TCCAA schedule with a four-game sweep of Roane State.
Chelsey Howell, a former Coffee County Lady Raider had a homerun in game one.
The Lady Bucks and Lady Chargers will play a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday, with both days scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. There is no admission charge to Motlow College athletic events.
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Head coach Greg Bartley was complimentary of the character and the talent of John Reece “He is a person of character and he can pitch for us right away and play first base” said Bartley. John Reece remarked that Tennessee Temple “felt like home and I knew it was the right place when I stepped on campus.” Coffee County head baseball coach Brent Whitlock had glowing praise for his senior player saying that “it is a great fit for John Reece, both on and off the field.” Whitlock added: “JR is a great guy. He got to where he is by how hard he works.”
Coffee County baseball will host LaVergne on Friday at 5:30 PM in a preseason scrimmage and Beech on Saturday beginning at 11:00 AM. The Red Raiders opens their regular season on March 10th in McMinnville as they take on Warren County. Coffee County baseball action returns to the radio on March 11th as Coffee County hosts Warren County at Powers Field. 1st pitch will be at 6:30 and we will bring you that broadcast here on Thunder Radio.
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Game 3 was vs. Warren County. The Raiders played the game with their team divided into two split squads each made up of starters and reserves. Coffee Co. lost 1-0. Game 4 was vs. Ensworth, and the Raider boys won 2-0. Abelen Barrera scored both goals. David Morgan was in goal again for the shutout.
So for the day Coffee Co. was 3-1.
Coach Robert Harper said after the playday, “Losing senior All-State player Ricky Ramirez and his 19 goals from last year means that we will need to replace that offensive production, so we are really excited about our results”.
The next pre-season scrimmage is at home vs. LaVergne on Tuesday, March 4, at 6:00 PM. Lavergne was in the state tournament last year. The Raiders open the season at home vs. Riverdale on Tuesday, March 11, at 7:00 PM.
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The Motlow Bucks are off to their best start to the baseball season since Dan McShea took over as head coach eight years ago. Because of their outstanding play, the Bucks have garnered attention from the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The NJCAA released its first poll of the 2014 season on Tuesday, and the Bucks landed at No. 13, the second-highest ranking in school history. Motlow then took the field and split a pair of games with visiting Wallace State, winning the opener 4-2 before dropping game two 4-3.
The Bucks (14-5, 3-0) will host a fellow ranked team when Tennessee Community College Athletic Association rival Walters State visits the Driver Complex for a three-game series this weekend. The series with the 18th-ranked Senators (11-5, 2-1) begins on Friday with a single game at 2 p.m. and concludes with a noon doubleheader on Saturday.
Tuesday’s first game saw the Bucks fall behind 2-0 when Wallace scored twice in the second inning off Bucks’ starter Sean Davis, who picked up the win with 6.1 innings of four-hit pitching. Nathan Hammer notched his fifth save of the season by relieving Davis in the seventh inning and recording the final two outs.
JC Daily continued his potential record-setting pace by stealing a base, giving him 17 stolen bases on the season. The single season record for stolen bases is 31, set by Josh Morris in 1997 and tied by Zac Mitchell in 2010.
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The Bucks (13-4, 3-0) now sit at the top of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) standings after one weekend of conference play. Motlow will host non-conference opponent Wallace State on Tuesday, Feb. 25 for a noon doubleheader. The Bucks step back into conference play this weekend when Walters State visits for a three-game series. The Senators were ranked 12th in the preseason national poll.
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The Motlow Lady Bucks opened Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) softball play by winning game two of a four-game series against Volunteer State over the weekend in Gallatin.
The Lady Pioneers won Friday’s opener 11-4 before the Lady Bucks rolled to a 14-0 win in five innings in game two. On Saturday, Volunteer swept the Lady Bucks, winning the opener 9-1 and the second game 6-2.
The Lady Bucks (3-3, 1-3) will return home to host non-conference opponent Calhoun on Tuesday. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the softball complex in Moore County. Wednesday the Lady Bucks will travel to Boaz, Ala. to play Snead State in a doubleheader that was postponed on Feb. 11 due to inclement weather.
Motlow returns to TCCAA action this weekend when Columbia State visits for a four-game series. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s games start at noon.
Former Coffee County Lady Raider Chelsea Howell had home run and knocked in five runs in game two and added an RBI in game 3.
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The Coffee County Red Raiders season came to a close on Saturday night in Murfreesboro in the Region 4AAA Tournament at the hands of District 7AAA champion Blackman by a final score of 69 to 41. Coffee County used an effective matchup zone in the first half which stymied Blackman’s half-court offense. The Blaze, however, converted several Red Raider turnovers into transition buckets to take a 34 to 22 lead into the half. After making halftime adjustments, Blackman outscored the Red Raiders 19 to 9 in the 3rd quarter to put the game out of reach. Coffee County was led in scoring by Lucas Crismond who netted 14 points, Zack Taylor added 8 points, with 6 of them coming on two 1st National Bank 3 pointers in the first quarter to earn the Gateway Tire and Service Center Player of the game honor. J.P. Duncan also added 8 points for the Raiders who finished the season with a record of 9 and 20.
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