Motlow State Community College
P.O. Box 8500
Lynchburg, TN 37352-8500
Bucks Baseball Will Have Local Flavor
October 4, 2011
There are a lot of talented high school baseball teams in middle Tennessee that consistently produce outstanding college prospects. The Motlow Bucks have traditionally sought players from this area, and this year is no exception as head coach Dan McShea welcomes almost a dozen newcomers who played prep ball within minutes of one of Motlow's four campuses.
"We have always recruited this area first," said McShea, "and some of the best players this school has ever produced came from our own backyard." "Last year's graduating high school class had a number of exceptionally talented players in this area, and I am confident that we have added an outstanding group. We now have over a dozen young men who played high school baseball in either District 8-AAA or 7-AAA. Those two high school baseball districts include schools in Murfreesboro, Smyrna, LaVergne, Tullahoma, Winchester, Shelbyville and Fayetteville. Motlow has campuses in Smyrna, Fayetteville, McMinnville, and just outside Tullahoma in Moore County.
The Bucks 2012 roster already included a number of returning players from the immediate area, including former Shelbyville Golden Eagle Will Trice, former Tullahoma Wildcat Jacob Honea, and former Siegel Star standout Barry Bartlett. Added to the roster for the coming season from schools that play in District 8-AAA are Cody Jernigan, Kyle Henshaw, J.D. Barnes, and John Tiedemann from Franklin County, Elliott Bush from Lincoln County, and Chase Morris from Tullahoma. Roster additions from District 7-AAA include David Kosinski and Andrew Mullendore from Siegel, Logan Dietz from LaVergne, and Cory Mitchell from Blackman.
McShea has also added a number of players from outside the Motlow service area, but that's another story for another day. However, when the freshman class as a whole is considered, the coach can't hide his enthusiasm and anticipation of the coming season. "I like what I see with our incoming freshman class," added McShea. "We are bigger and stronger. We have a good mix of power hitters and line drive hitters, guys who can run well and pitchers who can throw the ball 90 miles an hour. We are working hard at getting ready for the season, and our goal is to compete for a state championship."
The Bucks are continuing with their fall scrimmage schedule as they work toward the opening of the 2012 season in late February.
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