Lenz, Apaches blank Brookhaven

Tyler Junior College?second baseman Tyler Ernest fires to first for the out in the third inning against Brookhaven College on Wednesday evening at Mike Carter Field. (Herb Nygren Jr. | Tyler Morning Telegraph)

Tyler Junior College used a big inning and a complete-game shutout from Eythan Lenz to beat Brookhaven College 10-0 in seven innings Wednesday night.

The Apaches (27-17) slugged ten hits in the win, while the Bears (18-24) got four hits and a costly error.

“It was good to see some guys swinging the bats with runners in scoring position,” Apaches head coach Doug Wren said. “We’ve lacked that in the last month, so it’s good to see some guys unleash and hit the ball hard.”

It was a pitchers duel through the first four innings, with both teams combining for only three hits to that point. In the bottom of the fourth, TJC’s Tyler Ernest doubled to deep left field. Then with two outs, Jacob Soisson popped out to left field, but Brookhaven’s Adonys Wright dropped the ball for a two-base error. Ernest was moving on contact and came in to score, giving Tyler a 1-0 lead.

The Apaches blew the game open with seven runs in the sixth before taking on two more in the eighth for the run-rule victory.

Lenz gave up four hits in his seven scoreless innings of work.

“Eythan gave us a great midweek start and we really needed that, especially after going last weekend to (NJCAA #1 in Division II) Louisiana State-Eunice and unloading on our pitching staff,” Wren said. “He came out and threw strikes and did exactly what we need from him.”

The Apaches were led by Connor Lewis, who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Joe McManemin was 1 for 2 evening with a run and a pair of RBIs. Hunter Sutton was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Estevan Hernandez went 1 for 3 with two RBIs.

The Apaches are back in action Thursday night at 7 p.m. at home against Lon Morris. Brookhaven will be home Friday to start a three-game series with Richland.

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