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Victoria Generals games benefit community, businesses

By ALLISON MILES
Aug. 2, 2011 at 3:02 a.m.

Blake Koch, general manager for the Victoria Generals

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Texas Collegiate League baseball is now in its third year calling the Crossroads home, said Blake Koch, general manager for the Victoria Generals. And, while it offers college players a chance for off-season practice, it means benefits for Victoria, too.

"I know football's still king in Texas but, here in South Texas, baseball's pretty big," he said.

Koch spoke to a group at the Victoria Partnership meeting Tuesday, updating them on the Generals and the league's impact on the community.

Six teams make up the Texas Collegiate League, he said, and teams play 60 games this season. That means some away games for the local team, but also other teams in town, staying in hotels, eating at restaurants and more.

Local businesses get a chance to advertise their services, he added, explaining they sponsor signs on the field, offer game day events, such as "Let's Make A Deal," and ads in the game program.

Amy Mundy, who hosts two Generals players at her home, told the group she enjoys the games and appreciates the benefits it brings the region.

"That's a bigger impact on our community's economy," she said.

Away from the business aspect, the games offer entertainment in Victoria, Koch said, and a chance to draw visitors from surrounding communities.

People often ask whether the league will be around for the coming year, he said, and the answer is yes.

"We plan to be here forever," he said. "We want to see it grow. It's a great thing for the region."

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