Generals' Vidrine shines in front of home fans at TCL All-Star Game
South 10, North 2
• W: Morrow
• L: Aultman
Victoria Generals coach Chris Clemons thought about using Jude Vidrine in the Home Run Derby before the Texas Collegiate League All-Star Game.
But Clemons decided to go with Billy Richard because he hits right-handed and would have a better opportunity at Riverside Stadium.
"Jude was one of the guy's leading our team in home runs," Clemons said. "You want to put a right-hander here at Riverside Park with the prevailing winds and the shorter porch. It makes for a right-hand friendly place."
Vidrine saved his power display for the game, hitting two home runs to lead the South to a 10-2 win on Tuesday night.
Vidrine hit a three-run shot off of Alexandria's Nathan Aultman in the second inning, and a solo shot off of East Texas' Jason Jester in the ninth and was chosen as the game's MVP.
"I saw the ball really well tonight," Vidrine said. "The Good Lord blessed me with a good game."
Both of Vidrine's home runs went over the right-field fence and both came on changeups.
"It's an All-Star Game it's no accident the reason they got here," Vidrine said of the opposing pitchers. "You've got to lock in against those guys. I saw it well. Saw it big twice, both hanging changeups. I hit them hard and hit them well."
Vidrine, who has three home runs for the Generals, went 3 for 4 and was hit by a pitch. He scored three runs and had five RBIs.
"Jude came out with some good swings," Clemons said. "We know he's a good hitter and the timing he had tonight was very good and he hit two home runs off two very good pitchers in our league and had another couple of good at-bats. He put together a good night. Good timing for him."
The Generals had an impressive showing for their home fans. Yoakum graduate Covey Morrow, who earned the win, Victoria West graduate Jordan Pacheco, Trae Davis and Dillon Newman each pitched a scoreless inning.
Richard had a sacrifice fly, Chad Kruse walked twice, Trace Knoblauch tripled and scored a run, and Eric Weiss had a sacrifice fly.
But the night belonged to Vidrine, who will return to Riverside Stadium for Tuesday's game Acadiana Cane Cutters in possession of the MVP trophy.
"It's still a round ball and round bat, the same old game I've been playing since I was 4 or 5 years old," Vidrine said. "The same thing."
The North's Brandon Wood from the Brazos Valley Bombers won the Home Run Derby.
South 10, North 2
North 000 020 000 - 2 6 2
South 030 131 002 - 10 9 0
Kyle Kubat, Nathan Aultman (2), Derrick Mazzio (3), Zach Rodgers (4), Storm Griffin (5), Franco Pace (6), Jeff Stovall (7), Gerardo Esquivel (8), Jason Jester (9) and Lucas Quary, K.J. Alexander (6). Derrick Hadley, Covey Morrow (2), Kelby Langston (3), Taian Roepcke (4), Ben Suit (5), Jordan Pacheco (6), Alex Palsha (7), Trae Davis (8), Dillon Newman (9) and Mitchell Nau, Eric Weiss. W: Morrow. L: Aultman. HR: (S) Jude Vidrine 2 (3-run) (solo); Isaac Rodriguez (solo). 3B: (S) Trace Knoblauch. 2B: (S) Gabe Woods. Highlights: (N) Rachal 2 for 4. (S) Vidrine 3 for 4, 2 HRs, 3 R, 5 RBIs; Rodriguez 1 for 2, HR; Adam Seal 1 for 2; Knoblauch 1 for 2, 3B, R; Michael Aquino 2 for 4.