Article Courtesy of Phil Hicks, Tyler Morning Telegraph
The TJC baseball team has won national championships in Tyler and Kinston, North Carolina. The Apaches would like to add a third to their résumé.
Tyler Junior College started its journey toward that World Series berth in Greeneville, Tennessee, scoring a 5-0 win over Coastal Bend on Thursday in the NJCAA Division III District C Tournament at Mike Carter Field.
The Cougars (30-25) will meet North Lake (25-25) at 9 a.m. in an elimination game.The Apaches (35-20) advance to 4 p.m. game on Friday against either Eastfield (26-24).
James Kuykendall (11-4) tossed eight shutout innings to power the Apaches to the victory.
TJC scored single runs in the first, second and fourth innings before putting up a two-spot, on a two-run homer by Jordan Trahan in the ninth.Kuykendall, a sophomore from Spring, allowed two hits, while striking out nine and walking five. Taylor Broadway, a freshman from Cypress, pitched the ninth to close out the victory.
Marcel Carter (double) and Henry Hausman (single) got the only baseknocks for the Cougars.
Jose Valdez (2-4) hurled all nine innings for Coastal Bend, allowing nine hits, three earned runs with nine strikeouts and one walk. The Cougars were hurt by three errors.
TJC is now 5-3 against Coastal Bend this season.
SMOKE SIGNALS: The winner of the double-elimination tournament advances to the NJCAA D-III World Series beginning May 27 in Greeneville, Tennessee. … A tournament pass is $20 with day session prices $7 for adults and $5 for students with IDs and children over 6. There is no admission charge for children under 6.
District C Junior College Division III Baseball Tournament
At Mike Carter Field
Hosted by Tyler Junior College
Game 1: Coastal Bend 6, North Lake 2
Game 2: Eastfield 10, Cedar Valley 9
Game 3: Tyler 5, Coastal Bend 0
Game 4: Eastfield 6, Brookhaven 4
Game 5: North Lake vs. Coastal Bend, 9 a.m.
Game 6: Cedar Valley vs.Brookhaven, noon
Game 7: Tyler vs. Eastfield, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, noon
Game 10: Championship, Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 2 p.m., if necessary