Erik Owen walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, plating Ty Meissner with the winning run as the Apaches rallied to take Game 1, 8-7, over Frank Phillips College on Friday night at Mike Carter Field.

In the second game, Jason Bellew, Seth Ballenger and Michael Morissette each belted out three hits as Tyler Junior College won 11-4.

On Saturday, the Plainsmen handed TJC its first loss, 6-4.

The No. 2-ranked Apaches (6-1) will host Arkansas Baptist in a three-game series next weekend at Mike Carter Field. The first game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday with a doubleheader set for Saturday, Feb. 9 with the first game at 1 p.m.

The Plainsmen (1-2) travel to Weatherford, Oklahoma, on Tuesday to Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa in a DH.


The Apaches trailed 2-0, 5-3 and 7-4 before scoring the final four runs of the game with single runs in the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings.

Fiver Trimble belted a three-run homer for the Apaches with Jacob Johnson going 3 for 3 with two doubles. Cade Watson added a triple and two RBIs. 

Seth Ballenger, Meissner and Owen had singles with Michael Morissette driving in a run.

Trimble, the Whitehouse sophomore, had a total of four RBIs.

Meissner and Johnson, a Bullard freshman, scored two runs apiece, while Ballenger, Trimble and Owen scored one each.

Michael Spinozzi pitched the final two innings to get the win. He did not allow a hit or a run while striking out three.

Ricardo Leonette belted a home run for the Plainsmen, while Marc Zamora had two hits, including a triple. Tommy Tolve had two singles and Yadier Medina had a double.

Game 2

Bellew had a homer, double and single to pace the Apaches. 

Others with doubles for TJC (6-0) were Owen and Kendall Price.

Bellew had four RBIs with Ballenger adding three. Morisette, Owen and Price drove in runs.

Jacoby Bogue had a single for TJC.

Harold Calero had a double for the Plainsmen. 


The Plainsmen rallied from a 4-0 deficit with a run in the seventh and five in the eighth to capture their first win of the season.

Bryan Marrero and Dylan Bells combined on a two-hitter to lift the Borger school to the win. Marrero pitched five innings, giving up one hit and four unearned runs while walking four and striking out five. Bells pitched the final four innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Cooper Rawls pitched well for the Apaches, going six innings, giving up six hits and one run while striking out three and not issuing a walk.

Trimble and Cade Watson got the only hits for TJC with Owen and Watson scoring runs.

Christian Mendez had three singles for the Plainsmen with Tolve adding two base knocks. Leonette had a triple with Vaughn Shields and Edgar Hernandez belting doubles. Marc Zamora and Darren Zarillo had two hits.


Game 1

No. 2 Tyler Junior College 8,

Frank Phillips College 7

FPC 232 000 0 — 7 8 1

TJC 311 011 1 — 8 9 3

FPC: Spencer Johnston, Armondo Valle (7) and Ricardo Leonette.

TJC: Christian Grigsby, Tanner McNamara (3), Michael Spinozzi (6) and Cade Watson.

— Spinozzi (1-0), L — Johnston (0-1).

2B — FPC: Yadier Medina. TJC: Jacob Johnson (2).

3B — TJC: Cade Watson.

HR — FPC: Ricardo Leonette (1st inning, one one). TJC: Fiver Trimble (1st inning, two on).


Game 2

No. 2 Tyler Junior College 11, Frank Phillips College 4

FPC 130 000 000 — 4 4 2

TJC 034 000 04x — 11 12 4

FPC: Tanner Bercier, Josh Garza (3), Robert Miles (8) and Ricardo Leonette.

TJC: Jacob Blatney, Mitchell Lee (4), Peyton Miller (8) and Kendall Price.

W — Blatney, L — Bercier.

2B — FPC: Harold Calero. TJC: Seth Ballenger. Jason Bellew, Erik Owen, Kendall Price.

HR — TJC: Jason Bellew (3rd, solo).


Game 3

Frank Phillips College 6,

No. 2 Tyler Junior College 4

FPC 000 000 150 — 6 11 2

TJC 001 030 000 — 4 2 2

FPC: Ryan Marrero, Dylan Bells (6) and Ricardo Leonette.

TJC: Cooper Rawls, Lyle Hibbitts (7), Michael Spinozzi (8), Sean Beasley (9) and Cade Watson.

W — Bells (1-0), L — Spinozzi (1-1).

2B — FPC: Vaughn Shieldds, Edgar Hernandez. 

3B — FPC: Ricardo Leonette.

RECORDS — Frank Phillips College 1-2, Tyler Junior College 6-1.

NEXT UP — Frank Phillips College vs. Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa, 1 p.m. Tuesday (DH) at Weatherford, Okla.; Arkansas Baptist at Tyler Junior College, 1 p.m. Friday.


Sports Editor

I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 34 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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