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Coach Doug Wren’s Apaches have won three straight national baseball championships.
Tyler Junior College’s journey to defend those titles begins Thursday as the District C Tournament gets underway at Mike Carter Field.
Six teams from Regions 5 and 14 are competing for a berth in the NJCAA Division III World Series. The four teams from the Metro Athletic Conference includes: Brookhaven College (32-21) (champion), North Lake College (25-24) (second place), Cedar Valley College (37-16) (third) and Eastfield College (25-24) (fourth).
Host TJC (34-20) is the champion of Region 14 with Coastal Bend College (30-24) the runner-up.
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 double-elimination 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.
District C Junior College Division III Baseball 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