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Former Motlow baseball players Holland, Adams and Toms headed to Lee University

June 9, 2014

Luke Toms
Luke Toms
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.

Chris Adams
Chris Adams
Holland was a fall signee for Lee Head Coach Mark Brew, while Adams and Toms were announced on the Lee University web site last week. The three will join one of the nation's best National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) baseball programs.

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.

Toms is a middle infielder and came to Motlow from Hagerstown, Md. He hit .393 last year for the Bucks and led the team with 13 home runs and 52 runs batted in. Luke's 21 doubles during the 2014 campaign is tied for fourth all-time at Motlow for a single season.

Ben Holland
Ben Holland
Adams is an outfielder from Huntsville who hit .358 this past year with 19 doubles and a team-high 56 runs scored, and Holland is a corner infielder from Murfreesboro who hit .363 during his sophomore season and slammed 11 home runs with 43 RBIs. Ben had 29 doubles and 83 runs batted in during his two-year career at Motlow.

According to the Lee sports information department, the three are joined in the recruiting class by another former Motlow player, Chevis Hoover, who transferred to Volunteer State last year after spending his freshman season at Motlow in 2013.

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.

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