After helping lead the Motlow Bucks to their most successful baseball season in a decade, three members of the 2014 squad will continue their student-athlete careers at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn.
Ben Holland, Luke Toms and Chris Adams all played two years at Motlow and helped guide the Bucks to a 40-24 record during the past season and 67 wins over the past two years. Motlow finished runner-up in the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) tournament and advanced to the East Central District Tournament in Covington, Ga. last season.
Motlow had not advanced to the East Central tournament since 2000, when they won it and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series.
Lee completed a 37-19 season last year and advanced to the NCCAA World Series in Mason, Ohio. After losing their tournament opener, the Flames fought through the elimination bracket to reach the national championship game, where they fell to Fresno Pacific University from California 5-1.
The Flames moved into the NCCAA and up to Division II after previous seasons as an NAIA school, where they won over 50 games for seven straight seasons and advanced to the NAIA World Series each of those seasons. Now part of the Gulf South Conference, the Flames play bigger schools and a much tougher schedule.
Lee University has consistently had players drafted in the major league baseball draft, including five following the 2012 season and five more after the 2013 campaign.