An incident during the 7th inning of the second game of the Richland vs. Tyler Junior College doubleheader baseball game has brought a sudden end to the Apache Baseball season. With Tyler leading 7-6 with one out in the 7th inning, a close play at the plate led to the incident. Contact between the Richland catcher and an Apache baserunner during a close play at the plate led to the two shoving each other. Tyler’s Jerrod Anderson, who was out of the dugout to congratulate his teammate, took exception to the pushing and got involved as well. Both benches then emptied. NJCAA rules dictate that all players who leave their bench or position are to be ejected from the game. With no eligible players remaining on either side, the game was ruled a double forfeit. The NJCAA further states in its rules that in this type of incident, all members who left their bench or position are suspended the next three games. Tyler won game one of the doubleheader with Richland, which at the time guaranteed a tie with Brookhaven for 3rd. With the forfeit in the 2nd game, TJC was technically scheduled to play a one game playoff with Brookhaven for entrance into the District C playoffs. However, Tyler will forfeit that game as part of the NJCAA suspension. Further, any freshman returning next year who was involved in the incident will sit the first two games of next year to fulfill the three-game suspension.
“This incident is a disappointing way for us to end our season," said TJC Athletic Director Dr. Tim Drain. "I had hoped and expected that all the young men from both squads would have been able to handle their emotions better."
(TJC press release)
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