TYLER, TX (KLTV) -
For a while on Saturday, it looked like the host team in Tyler Junior College would be up early Sunday morning playing in an elimination game in the Division III JUCO Baseball World Series.
But the Apaches would have none of it. TJC rallied back to defeat Suffolk 5 to 4 in the opening round the National Championship Tournament and will be up in the winners bracket.
There is a little pressure on Tyler to perform considering this is the last year the world series will be here at Mike Carter Field. It took a while to get the bats going, but coming through with runners in scoring position made the difference late.
TJC trailed 3 to 2 in the seventh inning, but and the Apaches were able to tie it with an RBI single by Eric Stegent and then take the lead on a Justin Monsour sacrifice fly. They would never look back. The Apaches say timely hitting will be key moving forward.
"Timely hitting that's key to baseball," Monsour said. "I mean you can have 15 hits, but if they aren't with runners in scoring position you aren't going to score any runs. So getting hits with runners in scoring position and timely situations is very important to us and we are going to continue to improve."
Cody Broussard added,"Sometime you have to put some at bats together and it takes seven innings sometimes. You cant all do it in the first three innings, so just have to stick with it. "
TJC will now take on Northern Essex at 4 p.m. on Sunday in the second round.