TJC advances to JUCO World Series

By Coleman Swierc

McKinney, Texas (KLTV) - The Tyler Junior College Apaches are headed back to the JUCO Division III World Series.

Max Freeman hit a game winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning to push the Apaches to a win over Cedar Valley, and claim the District C Championship.

"He threw me a pitch that I could handle," said Freeman, "I was just trying to hit a fly ball to score that run, but he threw me a good one, and I put a good swing on it."

The single sent the Apaches into dog-pile mode.

"I hit first, and all my teammates just rushed me," said Freeman, "It was just a great feeling and an unbelievable finish."

"It was more of a relief for me," said head coach Doug Wren, "Now we can relax a little, we have accomplished one of the goals we set, now it is time to get ready for the World Series."

TJC wont travel far, Mike Carter Field will be the home, again, for the Division III World Series.

"As a group, we were tired of getting the field ready for other teams to celebrate on," said Wren, "Now, we will get that chance to do it ourselves, in front of our fans."

The World Series will begin on May 22nd.

The last time TJC was in the World Series was 2007...a series that they won.

The championship banner still hangs at Mike Carter Field.