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NCCC falls short in bid to win NJCAA baseball championship

A season for the books did not include a national championship for the Niagara County Community College baseball team.

The Thunderwolves' season ended in the championship round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series on Wednesday night as Tyler (Texas) won its record fourth straight national title by beating NCCC, 5-1, at Pioneer Park in Greenville, Tenn.

Needing to beat the Apache twice in two days in order to capture the crown out of the once-beaten bracket in the double-elimination tournament, Tyler put the Thunderwolves in what proved to be an inescapable hole right from the start. The Apache scored three times in the top of the first, with series MVP Taylor Broadway's two-run homer giving them the lead for good.

NCCC, which won a program record 47 games, pulled within 3-1 as Joe Milkowski (2 for 4) scored on a wild pitch after leading off the bottom of the third with a single. That's as close as coach Matt Clingersmith's crew got in this one.

Tyler also defeated NCCC earlier in the tournament.

Zarly Cina also had two hits for the Thunderwolves, who won 45 games last season.

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