For the first time since 2013 the TJC baseball team will not receive an automatic bid to the Juco World Series.
Despite falling to the Broohaven College Bears in the District C Super Regional, Tyler Junior College still has a chance to go to the national tournament as an at-large berth will be awarded.
"I do think we have a chance," said TJC coach Doug Wren, whose team is ranked No. 6 in the nation and has won four of the last five national titles. He said the bid depends on the results of the six other regional tournaments. The Apaches finished second last year after winning it all from 2014 to 2017.
It may be either Sunday or Monday before the Apaches find out if they will be competing in the NJCAA Division III World Series for the sixth straight year, Wren said. The tournament is scheduled for May 25-30 in Greeneville, Tennessee. The berth may come down to No. 1 ranked Cumberland County (New Jersey) (43-5), No. 3 Northampton (Pennsylvania) (37-10) or TJC (41-19). Cumberland and Northampton both lost to No. 6 Rowan Gloucester (New Jersey) Roadrunners in the District G Tournament, which was held at Cumberland's home field in Vineland, New Jersey. The Roadrunners, who were the at-large team last year in the CWS, won the District G championship over No. 10 Brookdale (New Jersey), 7-1, on Saturday.
Now, it is a waiting game as the Apaches dropped the third-and-decisive game to the Bears, 4-0, on Saturday at Christus Trinity Mother Frances Mike Carter Field. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon but was moved to Saturday morning due to threatening weather.
The victory gave Brookhaven (39-25) the best-of-three series, 2-1. The Bears won on Thursday (8-7), while the Apaches claimed a victory on Friday (12-9).
The Bears had three big hits that determined the contest — two in the first (RBI singles from Chris McGinty and Brett Wanger) and one in the eighth (2-run homer by CJ Lovalo).
TJC had eight hits, but could not get the key knock. Fiver Trimble and Cade Watson each had two singles with Miguel Vega adding a single and a double. Erik Owen hit a double with Ty Meissner adding a single.
Wagner added a double for his two hits with McGinty adding another single. Sergio Esqueda and Bryson Jolly also had base hits.
SMOKE SIGNALS: Both Cumberland and Northampton lost in the District G Tournament. Northampton fell to Rowan Gloucester (11-1) and Brookdale (11-0). Cumberland lost to Brookdale and Rowan Gloucester (21-1). ... The TJC softball team has been seeded No. 4 in the NJCAA Division I National Tournament which gets underway on Wednesday in St. George, Utah. ... The Apache Ladies, appearing in their fourth straight national tournament, will face No. 13 Indian Hills (Iowa) at 6 p.m. (Central) Wednesday. If TJC wins that game the Apache Ladies will face either No. 5 Salt Lake (Utah) or rival and No. 12 Angelina College at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. A loss means TJC will place at 6 p.m. Thursday in the double-elimination tournament. ... Seminole State (Oklahoma) is the top seed, followed by No. 2 Central Florida and No. 3 Chipola (Florida). Along with TJC and Angelina, other Texas teams earning bigs were Temple (No. 6) and Howard (No. 10).
No. 8 Brookhaven College 4, No. 6 Tyler Junior College 0
Tyler JC 000 000 000 — 0 8 2
Broohaven 200 000 02x — 4 7 0
TJC: Jacob Blatney, Michael Spinozzi (7) and Cade Watson.
BHC: Trevor Gracey and CJ Lovalo.
W — Gracey (5-1), L — Blatney (5-4).
2B — TJC: Erik Owen, Miguel Vega. BHC: Brett Wagner.
HR — BHC: CJ Lovalo (eighth, one on).
RECORDS — Tyler JC 41-9, Brookhaven 39-25.