(Victoria, TX) The Victoria Generals just keep on winning. The Brazos Valley Bombers came to town Friday night, fighting for their playoff lives and the league leaders weren’t very accommodating as they defeated the visitors 6-2. The Texas Collegiate League regular season is winding down but the final playoff spot is still up for grabs. The Generals have locked up the the regular season championship and the #1 seed, but the Bombers and McKinney Marshalls are still in contention to qualify.
The Bombers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning as Casey Dykes crushed a Michael Oros pitch over the left field wall, but that was all their offense could muster.
The Generals offense was held at bay by Corey Sartor until the fifth inning when Bryson Miles and James Hipp delivered back to back rbi singles. Joey Kenworthy then doubled to the right center wall for another run and Mark Hudson delivered a sacrifice fly to deep center. The Generals added two in the 8th to seal the victory when Hudson tripled and Mike Davis doubled him home. Andy Russell advanced him to third and Brendan McGaheran plated his best friend with a sacrafice fly to center.
Oros was replaced by Texas State’s Covey Morrow in the fourth inning with one on and one out. Morrow proceeded to mow down Bomber after Bomber and blanked the opposition until the Generals’ closer Zach Nudding finished off the ninth. It was Morrow’s first TCL victory.
The Generals were led offensively by James Hipp, Joey Kenworthy, and Mark Hudson who had 2 hits each. Hudson raised his league leading batting average to .384 and will wrap up the batting title as he leads by 34 points over McKinney’s JB Brown.
The final regular season game begins at 7:05 Saturday at Riverside Stadium against the same Bomber team from Brazos Valley.
East Texas Pump Jacks 2 McKinney Marshals 1- 11 innings
A tough extra inning loss Friday at the Gabe hurt the Marshals playoff hopes, but a Brazos Valley loss in Victoria kept them alive.
The Marshals remain one game behind the Bombers for the final spot in the playoffs and one regular season game remaining. In order to make the playoffs, the Marshals need to win tonight and need the Bombers to lose in Victoria.
It appears neither team wants to claim that spot as McKinney is 3-7 in their last ten games while Brazos Valley is 2-8 in that same span, including losing their last five-in-a-row.
McKinney’s 2-1 loss in 11 innings last night was their sixth straight one-run game, going 2-4 in those contests.
Saturday’s final regular season game at The Gabe begins at 7:05 pm and admission for everyone is only $1.