The Tyler Junior College baseball team took a while to get warmed up on a chilly Wednesday afternoon at Mike Carter Field but won the first game of a doubleheader with the Texas College junior varsity, 1-0 in ten innings.
Texas College (2-10) regrouped in Game 2, scoring a 5-2 win to hand the Apaches (7-1) their first loss of the season.
Game 1 was capped off as Apaches right fielder Anthony Soriano bashed a double to the wall to plate Luke Neely for the only run of the game in the bottom of the tenth.
TJC stranded seven runners and squandered a bases-loaded third inning.
Texas College third baseman, Matt McEuen was the only player in the game with two hits, hitting the only extra base hit for the Steers with a ninth-inning double. However, a fielder's choice and a strikeout retired the side.
Jacob French pitched the first seven innings for the Apaches before giving way to eventual winning pitcher Kyle Sargent.
The bats began to wake up in the second game as Apaches first baseman Blaise Warrick clouted his fourth home run of the year over the left centerfield fence for an early 1-0 TJC lead.
Texas College however came back in the top of the third inning, starting with a hit batsman. Rodrigo Anguiano then reached second base on a Fabian Munos sacrifice bunt. One batter later Corey Heidebrecht laced a single to left center, scoring Anguiano for a 1-1 tie.
Two batters later, Augustin Enriquez singled to right to plate Heidebrecht for a 2-1 Steers lead.
The Steers picked up two more runs in the top of the fourth inning on RBI-singles from Matt McEuen and pinch-hitter, Jose Serna to take a 4-1 Steers advantage.
The Apaches came right back with a lead-off triple by catcher Austin Drolette, followed by an RBI-single off the bat of Justin Monsour to make it 4-2.
Another Steers run came across in the top of the seventh as Fabian Munos singled and eventually scored on another RBI-single by Enriquez.
At Mike Carter Field
Tyler Junior College 1, Texas College JV 0 (10 innings)
Texas College 000 000 000 0 — 0 8 3
Tyler Junior College 000 000 000 1 — 1 6 2
Tyler Seibert, Andrew Hungerford (2), Jesse Garza (3), Fabian Munos (5), Suarez (6), Houston Creighton (7), Aldo Montoya (8) and Aaron Savoia. Jacob French, Kyle Sargent (8) and Austin Drolette and Hunter Sutton (7). W – Sargent. L – Montoya. 2B – TC: Matt McEuen. TJC: Anthony Soriano. SAC – TJC: Richard Tordson. LOB – TC: 4. TJC: 7.
Texas College JV 5, Tyler Junior College 2
Texas College 002 020 0 — 5 7 0
Tyler Junior College 010 010 0 — 2 6 3
Chris Burroughs, Tyler Seibert (2), Caleb Hensley (3), Houston Creighton (4), Tanner Shaffer (5), Dennis Neal (6), and Juan Mesa. Daniel Derfus, Zach Aitken (4), Nick Johnson (5), Eric Stegent (7), and Austin Drolette. W – Neal. L – Aitken. 3B – TJC: Austin Drolette. HR – TJC: Blaise Warrick. SB – TC: Corey Heidebrecht. SAC – TC: Fabian Munos, Heidebrecht. LOB – TC: 5. TJC: 7.
RECORDS — Texas College 2-10. Tyler Junior College 7-1.
NEXT UP — Mountain View College at Tyler Junior College, Sat., DH, noon.