Generals' Joseph Dvorsky almost perfect under imperfect conditions
By BY ALBERT ALVARADO
July 19, 2010 at 2:19 a.m.
A two-hour rain delay. An infield covered in kitty litter and Diamond Dry.
Not the ideal conditions for witnessing history, but the fans that stuck around Riverside Park saw just that from Victoria Generals starting pitcher Joseph Dvorsky.
Dvorsky pitched the first no hitter in Victoria Generals history Sunday against the North Texas Copperheads, striking out 18 batters in a 7-0 win for the Generals.
"I felt good, I had a couple days of rest so I felt good," Dvorsky said.
Dvorsky didn't appear to be affected by the rain delay as he struck out five of the first six copperheads he faced and it didn't take long for the Generals to take advantage of North Texas mistakes.
The Generals were able to get runners on base in the first inning and the momentum they built on the plate showed in the second.
With runners in scoring position and one out in the Generals second Taylor Terrasas hit a ground ball down the first base line that was bobbled by Copperheads' first baseman Drew Harrison. The error allowed Abel Baker to score and Terrasas reached first to load the bases. Brandon Parrent walked the very next batter Brendan McGahran putting Victoria up 2-0.
"I challenged them and in our first inning we had five great at bats, we didn't have any runs to show for it, but we had five great at bats," said Generals coach Chris Clemons. "Our first five guys set the tempo, Joe set the tempo with five strikeouts and they played hard from there."
Despite the fact that the game was close most of the way Dvorksy stayed in control and kept his velocity up for nine innings.
"I was just trying to hit my spots really," Dvorsky said.
Designated hitter Chris Haney was the lone batter for the Copperheads to reach base, when he got to first on a fielding error.