Lady Bucks sweep Jackson St.
Former Lady Raider Chelsea Howell gets a hit for the Lady Bucks.
The Motlow Lady Bucks hit five home runs, including two by Makenzie Hopkins, on their way to a four-game sweep of visiting Jackson State last weekend on the Moore County campus. The Lady Bucks then got swept by visiting Wallace State on Sunday.
Motlow (18-30, 12-20) is scheduled to travel to Pulaski for a non-conference doubleheader against the Martin Methodist JV squad on Tuesday, then visit Roane State for the final TCCAA series of the season on Thursday and Friday. The regular season ends Apr. 23, when the Lady Bucks host Gadsden State at 2 p.m.
Friday the Lady Bucks opened the Jackson St. series by pounding the visiting Lady Generals 13-3 in five innings. Hopkins, Makayla Campbell and Morgan Frye all homered. Friday’s second game featured a late comeback by Motlow as the home team scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 9-8.
On Saturday the Lady Bucks won the first game 9-4, and then completed the series sweep with a thrilling, come-from-behind 11-10 win. Sunday the Wallace State Lady Lions won the opener 16-8 and completed their sweep with a 12-6 win in game two.
Lindsey Knoer got the win on the mound in Friday’s opener, allowing only two hits and one earned run in four innings. Gabi Keith pitched the final inning for the Lady Bucks. Motlow scored twice in the first inning, then tacked on seven runs in the second, one in the third and three more in the fourth.
Hopkins hit a two-run homer in the first, but Jackson St. bounced back and tied the game with two runs in the second. However, in the bottom of the inning the Lady Bucks’ offense exploded as Hopkins hit an RBI single and Campbell hit a two-out grand slam. Frye’s three-run homer came in the fourth, driving in Bridgette Wilson and Campbell, who had both singled.
Game two on Friday saw the Lady Bucks overcome an 8-6 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Monica Lane started on the mound for Motlow but was replaced by Knoer with two outs in the second inning. Knoer allowed six hits and no earned runs over the final 5.1 innings to earn the win.
Lauren Warren led off the seventh with a single and Bridgette Wilson walked. Keli Bruning then singled to load the bases. Campbell’s one-out sacrifice fly drove in the first run, cutting Jackson’s lead to 8-7. An error by the visitors’ right fielder allowed Bruning to score the tying run and Wilson to score the game winner.
Saturday, Knoer once again took the mound in game one and was outstanding, scattering seven hits and allowing only one earned run in seven innings. Motlow overcame a 2-1 deficit with four runs in the fourth inning and three more in the fifth.
Warren drove in two runs in the fourth with a single and Morgan Moyers doubled to drive in Warren, In the fifth the Lady Bucks didn’t have a hit but scored three runs, taking advantage of a Jackson St. error and three walks.
The series finale on Saturday saw Jackson jump out to a 2-1 lead after one inning. The Lady Bucks fought back with three runs in the third to take a 4-2 lead. The visitors scored seven in the fourth to lead 9-4, but the Lady Bucks came back with three in the fourth to trail 9-7. Jackson scored once in the fifth, but the Lady Bucks plated three runs in the sixth to tie the score at 10, and then scored the game winner in the seventh.
Lane pitched the final three innings to get the win, allowing only one hit. Frye drove in the winning run with a single in the seventh after Chelsea Buffington had opened the inning with a double.
Hopkins was 8-15 in the series with two homers, eight runs batted in and four runs scored. Frye was 5-11 with five runs batted in. Campbell went 5-14 with six RBIs. Warren was 6-12 with seven runs batted in and eight runs scored.
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