LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Sophomore Riley Long threw 13 shutout innings and the Motlow Lady Bucks raised their Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) winning streak to eight games with a sweep over visiting Southwest Tennessee April 15-16 at Lady Bucks Field on the Moore County campus.
Motlow won the April 15 doubleheader 8-5, 2-0. On April 16 the Lady Bucks came from behind to win the opener 10-5, then dominated the finale 12-0.
The Lady Bucks (23-17, 16-12) have now won 18 of their previous 22 contests. Motlow will face the top two teams in the conference in their final two series of the season, beginning with a trip to Chattanooga State this weekend. The Lady Bucks will host league leading Walters State the following weekend to close the regular season. Motlow is currently in the No. 4 position in the TCCAA standings.
Long was sensational in the circle, tossing a seven-inning, six-hit shutout in game two; pitching the final scoreless inning of game three, and closing the door with a five-inning, four-hit, seven-strikeout masterpiece in the finale.
Motlow featured multiple offensive stars throughout the weekend. In the opener Taylor Wolaver went 4-4, driving in three runs and scoring two more. Caroline Abernethy was 3-4 at the top of the order and scored twice. Lauren Hasty, Cameron Pearson and Kenzie Jo Anderson each had two hits. Pearson went the distance in the circle, scattering nine hits and striking out four.
In game two, Ashton Watkins and Riley O’Neal each had two hits, with Watkins’ triple driving in a run that would be all Long would need as she allowed six hits and had six strikeouts while not giving up a walk.
The Lady Bucks had to come from behind in Saturday’s first game after trailing 3-2 heading into the fourth inning. Crowell slammed a three-run double in the fourth to give Motlow a 6-3 lead, then Wolaver cleared the bases with another double in the sixth. Watkins added a home run and scored three runs.
Southwest didn’t put up much resistance in the finale as the Lady Saluqis committed seven errors. Abernethy and O’Neal each had two hits, but Long stole the show in the circle, allowing only four hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.