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TJC Gets Double Play Of Good News

Tyler Junior College baseball coach Jon Groth pulled double duty today, ushering one of his players to the next level, while announcing a former major leaguer was joining his coaching staff.

Sophomore third baseman Brock Lemire signed a NCAA Division I baseball scholarship at McNeese State University.    Lemire was very productive during his freshman year at TJC.  The 5-10, 190 pound sophomore hit .323 with a slugging % of 460 in 38 games last year.  He hit .378 with runners in scoring position and in 124 at bats, scored 23 runs, had 40 hits and drove in 27 RBI's, leading TJC in that category.   As a result of his successful freshman year, Lemire was named to the TX-NM Junior College Baseball Coaches Association ALL-STAR team this fall and played in that All-Star event at Baylor University in October.  

"Brock came in last year and earned the starting third base job early and was a key part of our success last season," Groth said.  "It was a great honor for Brock to be named to the TX-NMJCBCA All-Star team this fall.  McNeese State, as an NCAA Division I program,  is a great place for Brock to be able to continue his baseball career and education.  We're excited that he's the next of well over 100 Apaches to move on to the next level as a four-year student-athlete."

At the same time, Groth was beside himself to be able to announce former major league baseball pitcher Robert Ellis was joining his staff as pitching coach.  Ellis has 16 years of professional baseball experience and has played for four different Major League teams.  A four sport athlete from Bellaire High School  in Baton Rouge, Lousiana,  Ellis played football and baseball at Northwestern State  in Nachitoches, Louisiana before transferring to  Panola College and pursuing baseball. Robert brings a wealth of baseball experience to the Apache program.  His playing experience includes time in the Major Leagues with the California Angels,  Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers. He was a key member of the 2001 World Championship Season with Arizona and set a club record for starts by a rookie pitcher (17) for the Diamondbacks that season.
    
Robert continues to be known for his abilities as a top level pitching instructor, having worked closely with numerous current professional pitchers including Carthage native and NY Mets pitcher, Phillip Humber and Whitehouse native and Seattle Mariners pitcher, Travis Chick.  Coach Ellis is married to wife, Jodi and they have 3 children.  The Ellis family lives in  Whitehouse.

"Robert has a high level of experience in baseball that is very valuable," Groth said.  He has played on a World Series Championship team, and has also been through much adversity in the form of arm surgery and a long career that brought him in contact with many of the Major's sharpest pitching minds.  As a result, Robert is one of the best pitching coaches in the country and we're extremely fortunate to have him working with our pitchers.  Robert is also a quality person that will have a lasting impact on our players."    

Taken from a TJC press release.

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