“We were fortunate to pick up these three quality players this late in the summer,” explained Lee head coach Mark Brew. “Trenton (Hill) is a huge two-way threat and has major professional ability, Ty (Broady) is extremely versatile and been battled tested for three years as he transfers to us as senior. Nathan (Murrell) is a Tennessee High School All-State player.
“This is a great finish to a very good recruiting class,” Brew added. “Once again my hat is off to coach (Justin) Dedman and his relentlessness with these guys. Fall practice is slowly closing in and it will be an exciting fall around Olympic Field.”
The Flames have added a multi-talented utility player in Hill, a junior college transfer from Maple Woods Community College (Mo.); Broady, another transfer from St. Catherine College (Ky.); and Murrell, an incoming freshman from Chattanooga Boyd-Buchanan High School.
Listed below is information, statistics and comments about the recruits from the coaching staff:
Trenton Hill, utility player, left-handed pitcher, Maple Woods Community College (Mo.), Bentonville, Ark.
Awards: 2014 NJCAA second-team All-American, 2014 NJCAA Region 16 Player of the Year, 2014 NJCAA All-Region 16 first team.
2014 Hitting stats: .409 batting average, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 9 home runs, scored 55 runs, collected 56 RBI, drew 26 base on balls, 28 strike outs, and was 14 of 15 in stolen base attempts.
Pitching stats: 11 games, started 8 games, 2-2 record, 1 save, 4.45 ERA., 54.2 innings pitched, allowed 52 hits, gave up 30 base on balls, struck out 84.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to play baseball at Lee University. I couldn’t be happier with the decision I have made,” said Hill
Lee assistant coach Dedman remarked, “Trenton is a terrific two-way talent who will have an immediate impact with our team. Offensively, he is a physical left-handed hitter who has plus power and can drive the ball to all fields. He runs well and provides options for our lineup with his defensive flexibility between first base and outfield. On the mound, Trenton is a power left-hander with a fastball between 87-91 and hard slider with good depth. Trent is a competitor and has a strong work ethic.”
Ty Broady, infielder, St. Catherine College/Rend Lake Community College, Greenville, Ky.
2014 Stats: .271 batting average, 7 doubles, 4 triples, 35 runs scored, 25 RBI, 21 base on ball, 38 strikeouts, 6-of-7 stolen base attempts.
“I’m extremely excited and eager to come to Lee to play my final year of collegiate baseball. I’m excited about being pushed and fulfilling my dreams as a baseball player,” Broady stated.
Dedman noted, “Ty is a versatile, left-handed hitting infielder with a good swing. He has solid foot speed and moves well in the infield. Ty adds three years of collegiate experience to our team. Ty has a passion for winning, competing and seeks self-improvement. He has the type of fire we want on our club.”
Nathan Murrell, catcher, Boyd Buchanan School, Apison, Tenn.
Awards: 2014 Tennessee Baseball Report Second Team All-State, 2013 Honorable Mention All-State, 2014 Co-District 5-A Player of the Year, Team MVP 2014, 2013, All-District 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Game MVP.
2014 Stats: .427 batting average, 15 doubles, 2 home runs, 36 runs scored, 52 RBI, 18-of-19 stolen base attempts.
“Lee is a great school with a great baseball program,” Murrell said about his new team. “I’m honored that I got a chance to play and I’m excited to get started.”
Dedman added, “Nathan is a left-handed hitter who will catch for us. He has a very good left-handed swing and had an outstanding career at Boyd Buchanan. Nathan has been on our radar as a perennial camper for a few years now and we have noted his progress each year. We are getting a very solid young man that will help continue the rich tradition that the school already has in place.”