The goal of baseball and softball teams is to reach the World Series.
For that to happen, they must go through the Rose City this weekend as NCAA Division III baseball and softball as well as NJCAA Division III baseball regionals are on tap.
The city of Tyler will have three tournaments going on with the winners earning berths in their respective World Series.
Thus, the travel destinations for 14 teams in Tyler this weekend will be Oklahoma City, Appleton, Wisconsin, and Greeneville, Tennessee.
Before they consult their travel agents, there needs to be a few runs, hits and wins.
UT Tyler will be hosting both a baseball (Irwin Field) and softball (Suddenlink Field) regional with Tyler Junior College hosting the District C Tournament at Mike Carter Field.
The NCAA West Regional is scheduled for Irwin Field, beginning Thursday and continuing through Sunday.
The Patriots (39-7) are the No. 1 seeds and will be joined by five other teams in the double-elimination tournament - No. 2 California Lutheran (31-10), No. 3 Centenary (Louisiana) (34-8), No. 4 Linfield (Oregon) (30-11), No. 5 Concordia-Texas (28-16) and No. 6 Rhodes (Tennessee) (25-19).
Action begins Thursday with first round games: UT Tyler vs. Rhodes, 11 a.m.; Cal Lutheran vs. Concordia, 2:30 p.m., and Centenary vs. Linfield, 6 p.m.
The winner of the West Regional will advance to the NCAA D-III Championships, which will be played from May 26-31 at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 3 get in free.
The defending national champion Patriot softball team is two wins away from returning to the World Series and getting a shot to win two straight titles.
But first is a familiar foe in rival East Texas Baptist University.
The two squads will tangle in a best-of-three Super Regional slated for Suddenlink Field.
Game 1 is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday with Game 2 at 1 p.m. Saturday. If a third game is needed, it will be played about 4 p.m. Saturday.
UT Tyler is ranked No. 4 in the nation with ETBU No. 10. The Patriots are 3-1 against the Tigers this season.
The Patriots (42-4) advanced to the Super Regional by sweeping through the Tyler Regional last weekend with a 9-0 win over La Verne (California) on Friday and then 8-6 and 5-2 wins over No. 5 Texas Lutheran on Saturday.
ETBU (38-9) won its regional in Marshall with a 3-1 record. The Tigers defeated Whitworth (Washington) 3-1 in the first game before downing UT Dallas 5-3. After falling to Whitworth 3-1, ETBU won the final against the Washington squad 7-5.
The winner of the super regional advances to the D-III World Series in Oklahoma City. The national championship tournament is scheduled for May 25-30.
The Tyler Junior College Apaches have won three straight national championships and would like another but first they must win the District C Tournament this weekend at Mike Carter Field.
Six teams from Regions 5 and 14 are competing. The four teams from the Metro Athletic Conference includes: Brookhaven College (champion), North Lake College (second place), Cedar Valley College (third) and Eastfield College (fourth).
Host TJC is the champion of Region 14 with Coastal Bend College the runner-up.
The double-elimination tourney begins Thursday and continues through at least Saturday and possibly Sunday.
The schedule for Thursday begins with Coastal Bend meeting North Lake at 9 a.m., followed by Cedar Valley taking on Eastfield at noon. TJC will play the winner of Coastal Bend and North Lake at 4 p.m., while Brookhaven plays either Cedar Valley or Eastfield at 7 p.m.
The winner of the tournament advances to the NJCAA D-III World Series beginning May 27 in Greeneville, Tennessee.
A tournament pass is $20 with day session prices $7 for adults and $5 for students with IDs and children over 6. There is no admission charge for children under 6.
NCAA Division III Baseball
At Irwin Field
Hosted by UT Tyler
Game 1: No. 1 UT Tyler (39-7) vs. No. 6 Rhodes (Tennessee) (25-19), 11 a.m.
Game 2: No. 2 California Lutheran (31-10) vs. No. 5 Concordia-Texas (28-16), 2:30 p.m.
Game 3: No. 3 Centenary (Louisiana) (34-8) vs. No. 4 Linfield (Oregon) (30-11), 6 p.m.
Game 4: Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 11 a.m.
Game 5: Game 1 winner vs. Game 3 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 6: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 7: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 11 a.m.
Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. Game 6 loser, 2:30 p.m.
Game 9: Game 8 winner vs. Game 7 loser, 6 p.m.
Game 10: Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, noon
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, if necessary, TBA
NCAA Division III Softball
At Suddenlink Field
Hosted by UT Tyler
No. 10 East Texas Baptist (38-9)
vs. No. 4 UT Tyler (42-4)
Game 1: 4 p.m. Friday
Game 2: 1 p.m. Saturday
Game 3: 4 p.m. Saturday, if necessary
District C Junior College Division III Tournament
At Mike Carter Field
Hosted by Tyler Junior College
Game 1: Coastal Bend vs. North Lake, 9 a.m.
Game 2: Cedar Valley vs. Eastfield, noon
Game 3: Tyler vs. Game 1 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 4: Brookhaven vs. Game 2 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 5: Game 1 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 9 a.m.
Game 6: Game 2 loser vs. Game 4 loser, noon
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 7 p.m.
Game 9: Game 7 loser vs. Game 8 winner, noon
Game 10: Championship, Game 7 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 4 p.m.
Game 11: Game 10 winner vs. Game 10 loser, 2 p.m., if necessary