Motlow (12-23, 8-17) will travel to Jackson this weekend for a four game series against TCCAA rival Jackson State. It will be the final road trip for the Lady Bucks, who close the regular season with eight consecutive home games.
The Lady Bucks will not participate in the TCCAA/Region VII softball tournament, scheduled for May 3-5 at Volunteer State in Gallatin. Only the top four teams in both the softball and baseball standings are invited to this year’s tournament.
Game one in Pulaski was a pitcher’s duel that came down to defense, with the Lady Bucks winning that battle as the Red Hawks committed four errors while the Motlow defense was error free.
Roxanne Hillman got the start and the win, pitching four innings and allowing only three hits and one run. Lindsey Knoer picked up the save with three innings of two-hit, one-run pitching.
Motlow took a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Tori Taylor led off with a single and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chelsea Howell. Motlow scored again in the third as two Martin Methodist errors led to Lauren Warren scoring for the Lady Bucks. The eventual winning run came in the sixth when Warren walked with the bases loaded. It could have been much worse as the Lady Bucks stranded 11 runners.
Game two followed much the same script, with Brienna Buckman getting the start and the win on the mound for Motlow by tossing four innings and allowing six hits and one run. Knoer picked up her second save of the day, pitching the final three innings and giving up four hits and a run.
The Lady Bucks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning as Ashley Williams singled to drive home Warren and eventually scored on a Red Hawks’ error. Howell drove in Keli Bruning with a sacrifice fly in the third, and in the fifth inning Morgan Frye’s sacrifice fly scored Bruning, who had led off the inning with a single.
Williams ended the day with four hits for the Lady Bucks, while Bruning and Hopkins collected three hits each.
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