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Generals bounce back in resounding fashion to open the home program

    Victoria Generals

June 1, 2024 – Texas Collegiate League (TCL)
News item from Victoria Generals

After falling to Seguin on opening night on the road on May 30, the Victoria Generals bounced back emphatically, earning their first win of 2024 on Saturday over the Baton Rouge Rougarou by a final score of 9-3. The Generals improve to a 1-1 record with the win, while the Rougarou fall to 1-1 with the loss.

All nine of Victoria’s runs on Saturday night came in the first four innings of the game, with the first three coming from Rougarou pitchers RHP Matthew Bienvenu (Univ. New Orleans) and RHP Hunter Nichols (Alvin Community College). These included two wild pitches and a bases-loaded walk. The second inning, with Nichols on the mound, was particularly devastating for Baton Rouge, as the Generals managed to score six runs in the inning alone. The highlights of the inning were RBI doubles by 1B Jacob Sanchez (UTRGV) and SS Riley Bender (Univ. Mary Hardin Baylor).

Victoria’s offense would continue to work for good measure in the 3rd and 4th innings thanks to another wild pitch allowed by Nichols, and an RBI single from DH James Benjamin (San Jacinto Community College).

HC Michael Oros turned the spotlight on Victoria’s pitching and employed a two-inning strategy for the home opener, with five pitchers taking the mound. Standout performances came from starter and veteran general RHP Blane Zepling (Seminole State), who completed his two innings while stranding four runners LOB, and RHP Connor Kelly (UTSA), who impressed with four strikeouts and only one baserunner allowed. The Generals’ pitching held strong and gave up only five hits on Saturday evening.

The Generals return to action Sunday evening, June 2, for Game 2 at home and Game 3 of the young campaign against the Rougarou as they look toward the series sweep at Riverside Stadium. The first pitch starts at 7:05 PM

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