The Motlow Lady Bucks will host their final series of the 2013 softball season this weekend when Roane State visits the softball complex on the Moore County campus. Friday’s doubleheader begins at 2 p.m. and Saturday’s twin bill is scheduled to start at noon.
This past Saturday Motlow played at Jackson St. The Lady Generals won the opener 2-0, but the Lady Bucks responded with a 5-1 win in the nightcap. Sunday, Motlow won the opener 5-1 but Jackson State won game two by an 8-4 count.
This weekend’s home series with Roane State will complete the season for Motlow. Unlike previous seasons, when all Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) teams competed in the conference postseason tournament, only the top four teams in the final standings will compete in this year’s tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin.
Saturday’s first game in Jackson was a pitcher’s duel, with the Lady Generals scoring twice in the second inning for the only runs of the contest. Motlow’s Roxanne Hillman was outstanding on the mound, allowing only four hits with five strikeouts in six innings. Both Jackson runs were unearned.
Game two on Saturday featured another fine pitching performance, this time by Motlow freshman Lindsey Knoer, who allowed only two hits with four strikeouts in seven innings. The Lady Bucks’ offense took advantage of three Jackson errors in the fourth inning when it scored all five runs. Ashley Williams and Tori Taylor singled, while Makenzie Hopkins tripled during the inning. Taylor, Hopkins and Mindy Jo Britt had RBIs.
On Sunday Motlow’s offense pounded out 12 hits in the opener, while Hillman once again pitched a strong game, allowing only three hits. The Lady Bucks overcame a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the third inning and three more runs in the seventh.
In the third Williams singled with two outs and scored on a triple by Keli Bruning. Taylor then drove Bruning home with a single. In the seventh Williams and Bruning led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Taylor doubled home Williams and Hopkins drove home Bruning and Taylor with a double.
Sunday’s final game saw the Lady Bucks score single runs in the first and second innings before Jackson State scored five in the third and two more in the fourth. Brienna Buckman took the loss, allowing five runs in 2.2 innings. Knoer pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits.
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