The Motlow Bucks will try to get back into the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) baseball race this weekend when they travel to Columbia for a three-game series with conference rival Columbia State.
The Bucks (14-12, 2-7) are fresh off a home series against Jackson State, with Motlow winning the series opener 13-9 before the Generals came back to sweep Saturday’s doubleheader 13-2, 8-2. The Bucks are scheduled to host the Bryan College JV on Wednesday at the Driver Baseball Complex for a non-conference doubleheader starting at noon.
Friday’s win over Jackson State was highlighted by another fine pitching performance from Motlow’s Brandon Reynolds (5-2). The sophomore pitched eight innings and allowed seven hits and four earned runs with six strikeouts. Reynolds leads Motlow’s starting pitchers with a sparkling 2.02 ERA for the season. Andrew Mullendore pitched the ninth and allowed five Jackson runs to score.
Fortunately for the Bucks, by the ninth inning the offense had already done sufficient damage. Motlow scored three runs in the second inning, two more in the third, three more in the fourth, and five in the eighth, which they turned out to need to get the victory.
Stafford Booth, leading the team with a .422 batting average on the season, was 4-4 at the top of the lineup with four RBIs and two runs scored. Booth hit his 12th double and his fifth home run, both tops on the team, and is now tied for the team lead with 19 runs batted in. Ben Holland and Ryan Shelton each added two hits, and Holland, Cole Veazey, and Cory Mitchell each added two RBIs.
Saturday’s first game saw Jackson State take a 2-0 lead into the fifth inning before exploding for six runs to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Josh Hopkins (2-2) took the loss on the mound for Motlow, allowing seven earned runs with seven strikeouts in five innings. Tanner Moulder tossed the final two innings and allowed three earned runs.
Booth was 2-2 as the Bucks managed only five hits during the seven-inning contest. The Bucks scored their two runs in the sixth inning, with Clayton Palicki knocking in one of the runs.
Saturday’s second contest again featured Jackson State jumping out to a quick lead as the Generals scored four runs in the top of the first inning. Motlow’s Chevis Hoover (3-1) suffered his first loss of the season as he allowed six earned runs and eight walks in 4.2 innings. Logan Dietz pitched the final 2.1 innings, striking out six while giving up only one hit.
Hoover had two hits at the plate and drove in one of Motlow’s runs, with Veazey driving in the other. The Bucks had a total of seven hits during Saturday’s second contest.
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