Dec. 1, 2005
Lipscomb baseball coach Wynn Fletcher has announced the addition of five new players during the November signing period. .
Signing scholarships to come to Lipscomb for the 2006-2007 school year are shortstop Ben Williams from Gordon College, left-handed pitcher Rex Brothers from Shelbyville Central High School, right-handed pitcher Matt Bowling of Page High School, right-handed pitcher Taylor Merry from Lipscomb High School and right-handed pitcher Seth McAdams from Beech High School.
Williams, 6-foot-3, caught the attention of the Bisons coaching staff while playing this past summer in Nashville as the Most Valuable Player in the Sandlott (sic) Wood Bat League. He batted .361 and led the league in hits, runs scored and stolen bases. He also posted a .446 on base percentage. He runs the 60-yard dash in 6.6 seconds.
"Ben possesses above average speed," said Fletcher. "His height and outstanding fielding ability may prove to allow him opportunities beyond college.
"We have been very fortunate to have quality shortstops over the last five years. Ben will definitely keep that streak alive."
Brothers spent parts of many summers at Lipscomb's baseball camp. Standing 6-foot-1, he throws a fastball in the mid-to-upper 80s.
"We have enjoyed getting to track his progression over the years," said Fletcher. "Rex is just now beginning to come into his own. He will be the ace of the Shelbyville Central High School staff this season. And if he keeps progressing he should see action early in his career for the Bisons."
Bowling is coming off a breakout summer season playing for the elite Brentwood Bulldogs program. Also 6-foot-1, he throws a fastball in the upper 80s.
"Matt has very sound mechanics," said Fletcher. "His arm action, along with his determination, should allow him to develop into a major contributor early in his college career. We truly feel the sky is the limit for Matt."
Merry put up outstanding numbers in 2005 for the David Lipscomb High School State Championship team with a 9-2-1 record. In 63 2/3 innings he struck out 79 batters and walked only 18.
He also led Hit-After-Hit, his 18-and-under travel team, to a World Series Championship with a 6-3 record. He was honored as MVP of the Sandlott (sic) Super 18 League.
"We look for Taylor to pitch early on here at Lipscomb," said Fletcher. "He has shown the ability to command three pitches and is very composed during the big games.
"We are very excited to have a home-grown product like Taylor join our program, along with the fan support that will follow."
McAdams is ranked among the top high school pitchers in Tennessee. At 6-foot-3 his fastball is explosive having been clocked consistently in the 87-90 miles per hour range.
"He also has a sharp breaking slider that will make even the good college hitter miss frequently," said Fletcher. "Seth is one of the many great student-athletes from Beech High School who has decided to make Lipscomb his college home. His academic numbers are outstanding, and his work ethic is contagious.
"We look forward to utilizing his talents over the next few years. Seth is another player that I feel has the ability to make a major impact in the Atlantic Sun immediately. We feel very fortunate to have Seth join our efforts here at Lipscomb University."