The NJCAA World Series' impact on Tyler

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Monday, May 26, 2014 - 10:52pm

For nearly a decade, the NJCAA has called Mike Carter Field home, but after the 20-4 tournament it will be moving on.

"The folks that you meet, the memories you make, the impact that it's had not only for Tyler Junior College and me personally but you know for this city, it'll be missed," said TJC athletic director Tim Drain.

These years in Tyler have also left an impact on those at the head of association.

"I'm always excited to come to Tyler, they do a great job, Support Tyler, TJC, everybody goes out of their way to make this a World Series type competition," said NJCAA executive director Brian Beck.

Beyond the emotional attachments, financially it's been a major plus for the city.

"You're talking eight teams from across the country every year coming, they travel with 35 to 40 each, they're here for as much as a week in our hotels and so the economic impact is roughly about $200,000 a year," said Drain.

After this 2014 event, the tournament will move to Kinston North Carolina, but according to Beck, it could find itself right back in East Texas soon.

"Tyler runs probably one of the best championships that our organization offers and while we won't be here for the next three years in baseball I'd love to see them put their name in the pot three years out so we can possibly come back here," said Beck/

It's a place that has set a high standard, for nearly a decade, for the leagues greatest competition.

"We want the student athlete to come in and have a great experience worthy of the accomplishments that they and their team and their schools have attained," said Drain.

2007 was the last year the TJC Apache won the national title, which was also the first year of this eight year run at Mike Carter Field.

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