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"What A Wonderful World!" Apaches Open Series With Shutout Win

All of the shouting, screaming and excitement in Tyler Saturday afternoon originated from one epicenter: the NJCAA Division III World series. 

The stands at Mike Carter Field were crowded as fans poured in to buy T-shirts, food, and the always important game foot. With fans filing into the ballpark and local hotels booked to capacity, the World Series is pumping thousands of dollars into the Tyler economy.

It is estimated that between 1,000 and 1,250 fans attended Saturday's games. Eight teams are participating in the tournament including the TJC Apaches.

Apache Athletic Director Tim Drain said the turnout Saturday gave him goose bumps.

U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert threw out the first pitch, followed by other east texas delegates.

The city of Tyler Texas can brag about much more than playing host this weekend.

"They're not only hosting but have our Tyler Junior College Apaches are out here playing," Gohmert said.  "It's just fantastic. It's an honor for all East Texas."

"We understand how difficult it is to get into the national tournament," Tim Drain said. "We've had the soccer tournament here for seven years and our district is so tough that it's hard to get through. It's ironic that the first year in the World Series is the first year we have it. We couldn't be more pleased."

Fans could not have been more pleased with the home team's performance Saturday afternoon.

The Apaches played Suffolk in their series debut. Pitching ace Michael Wilson was on the mound.

The third inning was huge for TJC. With two outs, two men on, Jordan Rutenbar hit a homerun over the wall in center field. Clint Stroud and Davis page would score on the three-run shot.

Still in the bottom of the third, with two outs, Kyle Harrison slammed the ball it to left center. He brought home two runs and slid to get the triple.

TJC won 8-0. The Apaches will play Massasoit at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
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