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Jon Groth looks back on the first TJC national baseball championship


POSTED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:28pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 7:35pm

Tyler Junior College won the national championship seven years ago.

Jon Groth was the coach of the Apaches back then.

He built the TJC baseball program.

Groth told KETK Sports Director Danny Elzner that he's not a jewelry

But this week is different.

He's wearing his national championship ring because the Junior College World Series is in Tyler.

What was it like to win it all in 2007?

"That was a remarkable season," Groth said. "We were number one in the country for a long time.

"We had a lot of momentum going into the World Series," Groth added.

Huge crowds cheered Groth and the Apaches to their first baseball national title.

"The Tyler community rallied around us," Groth said. "That energized our kids."

"We got right through the tournament to the championship game," Groth added. "We were able to dogpile out there."

Saturday, TJC will once again play in the Junior College World Series in Tyler.

The Apaches will try to win it just like they did seven years ago.

"It doesn't seem that long ago that we were out there playing and getting excited about being involved in a tournament that's right here in Tyler," Groth said. "Time flies."

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