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Apaches Continue Winning Season Of Firsts

You sweep the defending national champion and people are going to take notice.

That is exactly what happened when TJC defeated Eastfield.

"Whether we're surprising people or not, I don't think it's going to be too much of a surprise anymore," Coach Jon Groth said.

Now at 33-10, the Apaches have clinched a playoff spot, are tied for the conference lead and for the first time were ranked number one in the nation's junior college poll.

"The sophomores last year, we got real close," said outfield Bud Kidder. "So all it is, is team chemistry."

That chemistry put together win streaks of 13 games, nine games and a current five game stretch.

It also helps that the Apaches pitching ace is 6'6 Michael Wilson. Wilson is 9-1 on the season.

"I'm not a big power guy," Wilson said. "I don't get many strikes. I put the ball over the plate and let my defense work for me."

In 15 years of existence, the Apaches have yet to win a conference title.

The team has just six games left. The last three are against co-conference leader, Richland.

"We've got a number of playoff banners out here at Mike Carter Field," Coach Groth said. "What we really want is a national championship at Mike Carter."

That national championship could come in May when TJC hosts the Division III World Series.

Pointing to the pitcher's mound, Groth said, "There's going to be a national champion, Division III team piling up on each other right over there. There's no reason it shouldn't be us."

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