Lee gets drafted
Published 7:00 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE, La. — Saturday was quite a memorable day for Picayune’s Braxton Lee.
Lee, a junior leftfielder for Ole Miss, not only had a pair of hits and drove in a run in for the Rebels in Super Regional play, but he was also selected by Tampa in the 13th round of the annual Major League Baseball Amateur Draft.
“It’s an amazing feeling, like I just had a thousand pounds lifted off of me and I couldn’t be more excited to be moving on to the next level after we make it to Omaha,” Lee said, after Ole Miss beat host Louisiana-Lafayette Sunday night to force a third and deciding game in the series. “I have always worked so hard to play at the next level and to finally get drafted is like a dream come true because this is the one goal I have always worked for and I’m ready to tear it up in the minor leagues.”
The Rebels and the Cajuns met Monday night in the final game of the series in a one game winner-take-all scenario for the right to move on to the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
On Sunday, Pinch-hitter Colby Bortles broke open the game with a two-run single for the Rebels in’s three-run eighth inning as Ole Miss beat Louisiana-Lafayette 5-2 to even the series.
Ole Miss scored the go-ahead run when UL-L center fielder Seth Harrison dropped a flyball hit by Will Allen. Sikes Orvis then singled to load the bases, setting it up for Bortles, the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles.
“That’s the game and the game has crazy things that happen to it,” Rebels coach Mike Bianco said. “If you’re there for 60-something games, you see all kinds of stuff. Some of those breaks go your way. You just have to keep battling and that’s what the kids did. We locked in and hung in there.”
Preston Overbey hit a solo home run in the seventh inning to put the Rebels (45-19) up 2-1.
Christian Trent (9-0) went seven innings for the win, while Carson Baranik (11-1) took the loss.
• On Saturday, in game one, the Ragin’ Cajuns overcame an early 3-0 Ole Miss lead to take a 9-5 win despite Lee’s run-scoring triple as well as a ground rule double off the bat of the former Picayune High standout.