With only six TCCAA conference games remaining the Motlow Bucks are in need of wins, and they have an excellent opportunity to pick up three this weekend when they host the Roane State Raiders in a three-game series at the Driver Baseball Complex.
The two teams will square off Friday in a single, nine-inning game scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon’s doubleheader will begin at noon, with each game scheduled for seven innings. Admission is free at all Motlow College athletic events.
The Bucks (28-19, 7-14) are coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Dyersburg State last weekend in Dyersburg. The losses dropped Motlow into a tie with Cleveland State for eighth place in the TCCAA standings.
Roane State (6-23, 3-18) felt the sting of a sweep last weekend as well; dropping three games to Volunteer State, and have struggled all season to play consistent, winning baseball.
Motlow is only one game behind Southwest Tennessee (8-13, 16-28) in the conference standings and three games behind Volunteer State (10-11, 24-18). The Bucks will close out the regular season against the Pioneers next weekend with a three-game series in Gallatin.
The TCCAA conference tournament will be played in Chattanooga this year beginning May 5 with a pair of play-in contests. The four teams that finish at the bottom of the standings will play each other first, with the two winners advancing to the tournament, which begins May 6.
Conference leaders Columbia State (34-7, 18-3) and Walters State (38-5, 17-4) are both ranked in the top ten nationally by the National Junior College Athletic Association, with the Chargers listed fifth and the Senators ranked ninth in the latest poll.
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