Opening Day 2016

On a warm, breezy day at Mike Carter Field, Tyler Junior College opened its season with a pair of wins over Centenary College’s JV squad Saturday. The Apaches won by scores of 13-0 and 10-5.

In game one, starter Jonathan Groff and reliever Weston Smart combined to throw a two-hitter with seven strikeouts. The Apaches took advantage of the Gents four errors plating two runners in the first and third innings. But TJC broke the game open in the fourth batting through the lineup with highlights from Jordan Trahan and Mason Mallard who both hit towering home runs. Trahan’s sailed over the centerfield fence at about 370 feet while Mallard’s went past left field about 330 feet. The two combined for four RBIs in the six-run inning. The Apaches came away with the game winning 13-0 to start its season.

Game two was rough for TJC at the start. Centenary jumped ahead early and led 4-1 going through two innings. However, the Gents would only score one more run in the game as the Apaches plugged away. TJC scored two in the third to pull within one but it was the fifth inning where the game was blown wide open. A collection of errors, wild pitches, and passed balls along with well-placed hits and walks led to 12 batters stepping into the box for TJC. The Apaches scored six runs in the inning and every player scored a run during game two. TJC took and held the lead winning 10-5.

Here are some shots from today’s games:


TJC Starter Jonathan Groff


TJC Starter Jonathan Groff


Third baseman Jarrod Wells


Second baseman Colton Whitehouse


Catcher Bretten Schwaab


Jarred Wells dives back to first


First baseman Nathan Methvin


Turf beads went flying


Game two starter AJ Merkel


Merkel tries to pick the runner off first


Reliever Ryan Cheatham came in during the second inning


Right fielder Jace Campbell makes contact


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