Last updated on April 26, 2023
By: Thomas Matchell
Volunteer State Community College softball team is ranked 19 in the nation and will play their final series against Motlow State to finish the season.
“That should inspire them enough (being ranked 16) this is the hardest part because their minds can wonder, because they are fighting in the top 20 every day it does keep them more motivated,” said coach Johnny Lynn.
The team had been on their second-longest winning streak of the season of seven games, and before that, their longest of the season being 11 games. Vol State sits at a record of 31-11 (.728).
“When you go into that tournament, you gotta hit it. That’s the most consistent you gotta hit the ball because there are some good pitchers in this league,” said Lynn.
According to NJCAA statistics, Vol State has a batting average of .377, and 58 home runs which is 25 in the nation is led by Grace Gregory (14 HRs), Killian Roberts (18 HRs) and Bailey Ausbrooks (10 HRs).
Unfortunately for Ausbrooks, she was injured in the series against Jackson State Community College. “She took one to the left cheek last series and we don’t know what her availability is, we’re asking everyone to take it up a notch,” said Lynn.
Ausbrooks sat out in their series against Cleveland State, and her approximate time to return to playing is unknown.
“We will know once we get to the tournament if we stay consistent at the plate, last year’s team was really consistent until we got to the tournament,” said Lynn.
Motlow currently sits at 17-26 and will be the last several games of the Pioneer’s regular season. Vol State is set to play Motlow State in a doubleheader on Apr. 28 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., and then on Apr. 29 at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. at home.