Apaches roll past Richland, 10-2

Tyler Junior College's Jon McManemin makes a catch during their game Friday afternoon against Richland College at Mike Carter Field in Tyler. (Sarah A. Miller | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

The Tyler Junior College Apaches used a strong pitching effort from Cody Ellerbee and received a huge break in fourth inning to defeat Richland College, 10-2, in seven innings Friday in the NJCAA Division III District C tournament at Mike Carter Field.

The winner of the tournament will advance to the NJCAA Division III World Series hosted by Tyler Junior College and SporTyler on May 19-24.

Tyler (34-18) will play North Lake College at 3 p.m. today, while Richland (30-25) will play Eastfield in an elimination game at noon.

The Apaches scored five unearned runs in the top of the fourth.

Taylor Drolette doubled with one out and Hunter Sutton was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Richland pitcher Chadd Flick looked to be out of the inning after striking out Jermey Christian swinging, but the catcher made an errant throw that allowed Drolette to score and Sutton to move to third on the play.

That’s when the flood gates opened.

Catcher Trevor Clifton singled to score Sutton and Connor Lewis followed with a single just over the Thunderducks shortstop to score Clifton and Sutton for a 5-0 advantage. Nico Warren ended the scoring with a single scoring Lewis for a 6-0 lead.

Ellerbee did the rest, allowing six hits and two runs for the shortened complete game due to the run rule.

Richland scored two runs in the top of the seventh when Juan Gomes reached on an error and scored when Kenny Hutchison doubled and Jonathan Armijo singled for the final score of 10-2.

The Apaches manufactured a run in the first when Lewis singled to center field and was sacrificed to second by Warren. After a wild pitch advanced Lewis to third base, Esteban Hernandez followed with a sacrifice fly to right for a 1-0 lead.

Tyler added two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings.

Lewis singled to right and stole second, Warren slapped an 0-2 pitch to score Lewis for a 7-0 lead and Hernandez singled to score Warren for a 8-0 advantage through six.

Sutton opened the seventh with a single and Christian followed with a double to right-center. Sutton and Christian scored on a wild pitch for a 10-0 lead going to the bottom of the seventh.

The Apaches had three players with three hits — Lewis, Moran and Sutton.

David Lee and Hutchison had two hits each for the Thunderducks.

Tyler 10, Richland College 2

NJCAA Division III District C Tournament

At Mike Carter Field

Tyler 100 502 2 — 10 14 1

Richland 000 000 2 — 2 6 1

Cody Ellerbee and Trevor Clifton; Chadd Flick, Colby Bryant (4), Ken Wallentine and John Rinn.

W – Ellerbee. L – Flick.

2B – TJC: Taylor Drolette, Hunter Sutton, Jermey Christian. RC: Kenny Hutchison.

RECORDS — Tyler 34-18; Richland College 30-25.

NEXT UP — Tyler vs. North Lake, 3 p.m. today; Richland vs. Eastfield, noon today.

North Lake 12, Eastfield 0

The North Lake Blazers erupted for seven runs in the fourth inning and defeated Metro Athletic Conference champion Eastfield College, 12-0, in the opening round of the NJCAA Division III District C Tournament on Friday at Mike Carter Field.

Eastfield (35-19) will play Richland in an elimination game at noon today, and North Lake (29-22) will play host Tyler at 3 p.m. in the winners bracket.

The No. 4 seeded Blazers took advantage of six Eastfield errors and scored seven runs in the fourth inning, as TJ Richards emptied the bases with a triple and Kirby Campbell followed with a triple that plated two North Lake runners later in the inning.

Eastfield had the bases loaded, but Landon Zier served a fielder’s choice to end the contest with a run rule at the end of five innings.

Richards got the Blazers on the scoreboard in the third inning of a scoreless game.

With two outs, Richards hit a line drive to center field and the Harvesters outfielder slipped and the ball sailed over his head to score Marvin Fight and Richards beat the throw home for an inside-the-park home run.

North Lake 12, Eastfield 0 (5 innings)

NJCAA Division III District C Tournament

At Mike Carter Field

North Lake 002 73 — 12 10 0

Eastfield 000 00 — 0 5 6

Landon Zier and Tommy Todar. Blake Oliver, Ryan (4) and Jordan Hebert.

W – Zier. L – Oliver.

2B – NL: Kirby Campbell. 3B – NL: TJ Richards, Campbell. HR – NL: Richard (third inning, one on).

RECORDS — North Lake 29-22; Eastfield 35-19.

NEXT UP — North Lake vs. Tyler, 3 p.m. today; Eastfield vs. Richland, noon today.

2012 NJCAA Division III Baseball

District C Tournament Schedule

Mike Carter Field, Tyler

May 11-13

Seeding

1. M.A.C. Champion - Eastfield College

2. M.A.C. Runner-Up - Richland College

3. Tyler Junior College

4. North Lake College

Friday

Game 1 — Tyler 10, Richland 2, 7 innings

Game 2 — North Lake 12, Eastfield 0, 5 innings

Saturday

Game 3 — Richland (30-25) vs. Eastfield (35-19), noon

Game 4 — Tyler (34-18) vs. North Lake (29-22), 3 p.m.

Game 5 — Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4, 6 p.m.

Sunday

Game 6 — Championship Game, noon

Game 7 — Championship Game (if necessary), 3 p.m.

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