Dixon fires complete game 3-hitter as Motlow Bucks even baseball record
Tullahoma sophomore Chase Dixon pitched a complete game and the offense exploded for 12 runs as the Motlow State Bucks evened their baseball record with a 12-0 win over the Faulkner University JV last week in Montgomery, Alabama.
Motlow (0-0, 2-2) opened the season with a doubleheader Feb. 2 against Birmingham Southern in Birmingham, winning game one 9-6 before dropping the nightcap 9-4. Game one against Faulkner saw the Bucks rally late before dropping a 6-5 decision, setting the table for Dixon’s gem in game two. Motlow will travel to Fayette, Alabama, this weekend for a three-game series with Bevill State, then play the Bryan College JV in a doubleheader on Feb. 19 in Dayton, Tenn.
Dixon was spectacular on the mound in the win over Faulkner, facing only 17 batters and allowing just three hits and one walk with eight strikeouts in five innings of work. The Bucks scored two runs in the first inning, three more in the third, five in the fourth and the final two in the fifth inning.
Sam Stohr went 3-3 with a home run and two doubles, scoring three runs and driving in three. Stephen Cullen also homered and hit a double, scoring four runs and driving in two. Nathan Sanders, Patrick Music, Micah McClellan and Tre Bailliez also drove in runs for Motlow. The Bucks had seven hits and drew five walks during the game that was ended after five innings due to the run rule.
Game one against Faulkner was an uphill battle for Motlow. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Bucks cut the lead in half in the second before Faulkner scored again to lead 3-1. Motlow tied the score at 3-3 with a run in the fifth, but the home team scored three in the bottom of the inning. The Bucks fought back with two runs in the sixth to pull within one, but Faulkner pitchers ended the threat.
Carson Pack started for Motlow and pitched two innings, allowing three earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts. Jordan Burdette (0-1) took the loss, tossing three innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits. Jacob Bolander pitched a perfect sixth inning.
Stohr, who leads Motlow with three home runs already, hit a home run and Music, Sanders, Tothan Matthews and Cade Giles each drove in runs for the Bucks.
Motlow opened the season with a win over Birmingham Southern, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning and getting strong pitching performances. Kobe Foster started on the mound and went four innings, allowing just three hits and one earned run while striking out seven.
Dalton Wilder (1-0) relieved Foster and got the win, pitching three innings and allowing just one run and one hit. Justin Parker and Dallas Bryan each pitched an inning and neither allowed a hit, with Bryan picking up his first save of the season.
Stohr hit his first home run of the year and drove in a pair of runs while Cullen also drove in two. Gunnar Ricketts had a double and drove in a run and Music had a pair of RBI. Sanders and Ricketts each had three hits to lead Motlow’s 15-hit attack.
Game two of the season-opening doubleheader in Birmingham saw Motlow fall behind 4-0 after two innings and never lead. Cullen hit a three-run homer in the top of the third to pull the Bucks within a run, but the home team scored single runs in the third and fourth before adding three more in the sixth.
Logan Walters (0-1) started on the mound and took the loss for Motlow, pitching two innings and allowing two earned runs and two hits. Dixon pitched two innings and gave up just one hit, and Tyler Harmon allowed three earned runs and four hits in two innings. Burdette and Pack pitched the final two innings, with each facing just three batters.