LYNCHBURG — The road woes continued for the Cleveland State softball team Wednesday afternoon at Motlow State in a nonconference matchup. The Lady Bucks took game one from the Lady Cougars 7-2 then needed extra innings to capture a 2-1 decision in game two.
Kayla Green singled in a run and Chelsea Hill squeezed in another with a perfectly placed bunt as the home team took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Motlow put four more runs on the board in the fourth to extend their lead to 6-0.
Kenzie Fish reached on an error, Amber Covington singled and both scored in the sixth inning on a double from Ashlen Mitchell as the Lady Cougars avoided the shutout in game one.
Roxanne Hillman got the win for Motlow while Meghan Smith took the loss.
Danielle Davis singled and scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the first in game two to give the Lady Bucks a 1-0 lead.
The Lady Cougars came right back in the top of the second to tie the game as Sydney Howell doubled, moved to third on an error and scored on a grounder to second base from Shelby Hanson.
The game stayed right there until the eighth inning. With a runner starting the extra inning on second base, Kayla Green bunted the winning run to third where a passed ball scored the run and sealed the win and the sweep for the Lady Bucks.
Green went the distance to get the win for Motlow while Kenly Lambert pitched well in defeat for the Lady Cougars (8-10).
“We just didn’t come ready to play today,” stated Lady Cougar coach Katie Willingham. “We really need to step up and play up to our capabilities this weekend as we start conference play.”
The Lady Cougars will hit the road again this weekend with a trip to the far reaches of the state as they open up Region VII Conference play on Friday with a doubleheader at Dyersburg State and then two more on Saturday afternoon in Memphis at Southwest Tennessee.