Tyler JC Captures First National Title

Tyler (Texas) Junior College defeated Joliet (Ill.) JC 13-5 in the final game of the NJCAA Division III World Series to claim the school’™s first-ever national championship. After splitting the first two games between the two teams, the top-ranked Apaches pounded out 15 hits and took advantage of Joliet’™s inaccuracy on the mound, as the Wolves walked 10 Apache batters in the game. The Apaches jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the first two innings before Joliet’™s Alex McCluskey belted a grand-slam to bring the Wolves within three, but Tyler’s bats did not cool off as they continued to scatter hits off the fatigued Joliet pitchers.

The Apaches captured the title by a combination of the their clutch hitting and deep pitching staff. The Apaches batted a tournament-best .347 and scored 41 runs in 5 games of the World Series. The Tyler pitching staff also led the World Series field with a 3.21 ERA and gave up just 15 earned runs during their run to the title.

After the tournament, the ABCA named Tyler third baseman Brock LeMire as the NJCAA Division III player of the year. LeMire closed out his season with a .472 batting average, 10 home runs, 64 RBIs, and a .778 slugging percentage.

Tyler righthander Michael LaCourse, catcher Jordan Rutenbar and infielder Jose Molina joined LeMire on the on the all-tournament team.