Lee Flames baseball red hot heading to postseason
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) — With only four losses this year, Lee Flames baseball has already LOCKED IN their spot in the NCAA regional tournament — and made a strong case to host that regional right in Cleveland.
“This team’s different than any other team I’ve ever been a part of,” Bradley Central alum Dylan Standifer said.
Not even a pandemic could extinguish the Flames. Lee is hotter than ever — ranked number 2 in the country, with a Gulf South Conference title already secured.
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“We were on a four-game win streak to end 2020, and then it just stopped all of a sudden right in the middle of March. We use that as fuel every day,” first baseman Ryan Beamish said. “Look, nothing’s guaranteed. Every single day you have to be grateful for it and put in your best work every single day, because you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“They’re ready to play every day,” Coach Mark Brew said. “They’re not taking days off. They’re coming to the ballpark prepared. We’re never out of it. Even though we may not play well in a given day, we find a way to fight and claw and still get back into the game and have a chance to win it.”
Beamish certainly has helped, hitting 18 home runs in 36 games. In fact, he’s hit so many, they’ve become a household name.
“Beamer Bomb, yeah, it happens it seems like once a weekend,” Standifer said.
“Those Beamer Bombs are huge for us. Getting two or three runs at a time is a big thing,” Brew said.
“When I hear them running the bases, all I hear is, ‘That Beamer Bomb is powered by Cleveland Utlities. I’ve been hearing that a lot this year,” Beamish said. “I was saying, me and my wife would really use some utility help from them, that would be nice.”
Beamer’s bombs aren’t the only attention grabbers on the team. Soddy Daisy native Logan Workman is the number one D-2 pitcher in the country — averaging 10 strike outs a game.
“Obviously, it’s nice when Logan goes to the mound on Fridays and you have a chance to win that game every time, and shorten the weekend series significantly,” Brew said. “He’s a great pitcher. He’s got great stuff.”
“Logan Workman has made me look foolish many times,” Beamish said. “I’ve had to get my reps in in the fall where he’s made me look incredibly, incredibly dumb, but you know that’s helped out in the season.”
Top tier pitching, experienced lineup, national ranking — Lee baseball has the ingredients to make 2021 very special.
“We’re a veteran team. We have a lot of guys that know what their doing. Top to bottom, one to nine, pitching staff as well, we have a lot of guys that know what they’re doing,” Workman said. “I think it’s a really good understanding that we have the talent. We know we have the talent. We’re not here to be cocky, we’re just confident with it.”
“I like our team, and I’ve seen a lot of the teams that could be in our region, and I certainly feel like we’ll stack up well,” Brew said.