The Tyler Junior College Apaches swept a doubleheader from Mountain View College on Monday, winning 6-1 and 9-0 at Mike Carter Field.
The Apaches stayed perfect at 8-0, and finished a rough stretch by winning five games in three days.
“That’s a lot,” Apaches head coach Doug Wren said. “I think we all woke up this morning feeling a little tired, and I think it showed a bit. We didn’t play our best baseball early, but we’re going to give them a complete day off Tuesday and by Wednesday, we’re going to be re-energized and go into the weekend with our guns blazing.
“The season is so long with 56 games, there’s times where we have to play on back-to-back days. You learn a lot about your team when that happens, and it was good to see those guys respond and win a few games.”
The Apaches play Brookhaven in Dallas at 1 p.m. Friday, then return home to Mike Carter Field for a doubleheader against Weatherford on Saturday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
Tyler 6, Mountain View 1
Tyler used three pitchers and one big inning to take game one from Mountain View (1-5), 6-1.
In the bottom of the third, the Apaches blew up for five runs. Tyler took the lead after Nico Moran led off with a double, then was singled home by Ron Reemts. With the bases loaded, shortstop Estevan Hernandez drilled a one-hopper to the center field wall to double in three more. Hernandez would come in to score on a single to left from second baseman Jacob Soisson.
The Apaches scored an insurance run in the fifth, as Blaine Hashagen hit an infield single and eventually scored on a fielding error.
Eythan Lenz started on the mound, and pitched himself out of a bases-loaded one-out jam in the first inning. Lenz struck out three and gave up six hits. He left in the top of the fourth inning after giving up the only run.
Jacob French came in to finish the fourth, and got the win. French went two-and-a-third scoreless innings with two hits, a strikeout, and a walk.
Nick Johnson closed out the game with a quick seventh inning.
Designated hitter Hunter Sutton went 2-3 with a run scored, while center fielder Reemts went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Left fielder Moran was also 2-4 with a run scored.
Tyler 9, Mountain View 0
The Apaches took the lead in the bottom of the second after Sutton led off with a single, followed by a walk drawn by shortstop Hernandez. Sutton came in on a throwing error, followed by Hernandez on a single into the gap by right fielder Derek Vogl.
Then with the bases loaded and two outs, Reemts drove in Parker Phillips by beating out a deep infield grounder to short for a hit.
Joseph Gray came in in relief for Mountain View in the fourth, and hit three of the first four batters. With the bases loaded, Hernandez hit an RBI single to score Reemts, followed by a sacrifice fly to right field by Trevor Clifton to bring home Joe McManemin. Phillips then sacrificed to deep left to bring home Sutton for the fourth and final Apache run of the inning.
The Apaches loaded the bases again in the fifth, with a wild pitch scoring Jeremy Christian. Sutton then sacrificed in Reemts with a shot to center field for a nine-run lead.
Will Abbott got his first start on the mound for the Apaches, going four scoreless innings, striking out three with two walks and three hits for the win.
Jarrett Zmolik came on in relief to pitch a three-up, three-down fifth inning. Hashagen saw his first action of the season on the mound in the sixth, with the same results. Zach Aitken pitched a scoreless seventh to end the game.
Sutton led the Apaches with a 2-2 game with two RBIs and two runs scored. Phillips added a pair of RBI, and Reemts went 1-4 with an RBI and scored twice.