Ryan Cheatham, a sophomore from Whitehouse and one of the Apaches’ aces on the mound, earned NJCAA Player of the Week honors for Division III.
On the season, Cheatham is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.00 for Tyler Junior College. He has struck out 12 in 11 2/3 innings of work.
He got the wins over Centenary JV (10-5) and Frank Phillips College (3-0).
The Apaches are 5-1 on the season and ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Division III baseball. Coach Doug Wren’s squad is the two-time defending national champions.
TJC returns to play for a weekend series with Angelina College. A doubleheader is set for Saturday at Mike Carter Field. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
SOFTBALL STILL UNBEATEN
The Apache Ladies softball team is still unbeaten with a record of 11-0.
Coach Nicole Dickson’s squad is led by the pitching duo of Abby Walker and Cassidy Ferrill.
Ferrill, a freshman from Hallsville, is 6-0 in the circle with an ERA of 1.52. She has struck out 36 in 27 2/3 innings of work. She is second in the nation in wins.
Walker, who tossed a perfect game against Galveston College on Jan. 29, is 5-0 with an ERA of 0.99. She has struck out 45 in 28 1/3 innings in the circle. Walker, a sophomore from Crosby, is third in the country in strikeouts.
The Apache Ladies can hit the ball as well.
Tanna Huie (freshman, Powderly) is hitting at a clip of .600. She is followed by Marian Duran (sophomore, Chino, California) (.576), Lauren Becker (freshman, Cypress) (.536), Jazlyn Crowder (freshman, Kennedale) (.475) and Haley Mills (sophomore, Orange) (.471).
Amber Landry (sophomore, Ponchatoula, Louisiana) leads in RBIs with 16. She is followed by Karli Herron (freshman, Hot Springs, Arkansas) (15), Becker (14), Crowder (13, Duran (12) and Mills (12).
Herron is tops in homers with 4 with Crowder (3) and Landry (3) right behind.
Crowder leads in stolen bases with six.
TJC is fresh off a sweep of Georgia Highlands on Wednesday. The Apache Ladies won 30-0 and 10-1 (five innings). Tyler plated 18 runs in the second inning in the first game and Becker belted her first grand slam in the third inning.
The Apache Ladies will be competing in the San Jacinto Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Houston.
On Saturday, TJC faces Galveston College (10 a.m.), San Jacinto-South (3 p.m.) and Blinn College (5:30 p.m.).
On Sunday, the Apache Ladies meet Iowa Western (10 a.m.) and Wallace State-Hanceville (Alabama) (12:30 p.m.).
TJC returns home on Wednesday to meet Weatherford College in a doubleheader at Schwab Field on The Brook Hill School campus in Bullard. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
BASKETBALL AT HOME
After three straight road games, the No. 22 Apache Ladies finally have a home game on Saturday.
But nothing is easy as they face No. 1 Trinity Valley. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.
The Apache Ladies are tied for fourth in Region XIV with a record of 9-7. TJC (19-7) is tied with Bossier Parish and Angelina.
The Lady Cardinals are 23-1 and 15-0.
In game two, the Apaches are coming off a thrilling 54-51 last-second win over Navarro College on Wednesday. Kwinton Hinson, a 6-4 freshman guard from Fairmont, North Carolina, drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 3.5 seconds remaining for the victory.
The Apaches are 14-9 overall and 6-9 in Region XIV. TVCC is ranked No. 1 with a record of 25-1 and 15-0.
In the win over Navarro, TJC outrebounded the Bulldogs 48-40.
Eden Ewing, a 6-8 freshman forward from Houston, 11 rebounds, while TJ Thomas, a 6-8 sophomore from Atlanta, had seven boards. Brandon Simmons (6-9 freshman, Harlem, New York) and Jaqwan McCauley (6-6 freshman, Greensboro, North Carolina) had six apiece.