Yoakum's Morrow makes first start for Generals
Covey Morrow has pitched a total of 26 innings in the three years he's played at Texas State.
The Yoakum graduate has been used exclusively as a reliever by the Bobcats, but he is hoping to increase his workload in his senior season.
"I just want to try and get on the field and play," Morrow said. "I just want to finish it up strong and hopefully get drafted."
Morrow believes pitching for the Victoria Generals this summer will propel him in the right direction.
He made his first start of the Texas Collegiate League season and went five solid innings in the Generals' 6-4 loss to the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday night at Riverside Stadium.
"I hadn't started in three years," Morrow said. "It had been a while. My arm felt good and went five innings and we'll work on it and we'll see what happens."
Morrow threw 45 of his 64 pitches for strikes, yielding four hits and no walks, while striking out four.
"Covey wants to get extended innings," said coach Chris Clemons. "It's a deal where I'm going to play him along slowly. I think it would benefit him to throw the three pitches in the extended innings so whatever role he goes back to it will make him that much better."
Morrow yielded a run on an errant pickoff throw in the first inning and a solo home run to Brad Porras in the second before blanking the Bombers over his final three innings.
"I was just trying to fill up the strike zone and let them hit it," Morrow said. "I didn't want to raise my pitch count very high."
Morrow left with a 4-2 lead, but the Generals couldn't hold it. Brazos Valley scored two runs in the seventh and two in the ninth off reliever Daniel Tunchez.
"This game's new to Danny," Clemons said. "He has electric stuff. He's going to have to learn. He's going to learn to compete and get extended innings. Right now with us being short, he did a huge thing for us to be able to pick up the last four innings. Health wise he was fine. He was getting a little tired, but he competed for us and did a great job."
Clemons liked what he saw from Morrow and plans to let him start again.
"He's very competitive," he said. "He likes having the baseball and he just has a blast when he's out there so I'm going to give him the ball."
Morrow knows pitching well this summer will help him in the fall and next spring.
"If I can get more long relief outings and maybe some starts," he said, "I will be able to pitch a little more at Texas State."
The Generals play at The Woodlands on Wednesday before returning to Riverside Stadium on Thursday to take on the McKinney Marshals.
Bombers 6, Generals 4
Brazos Valley 110 000 202 - 6 9 1
Victoria 022 000 000 - 4 8 2
Logan Burch, Luis DeJesus (5), Franco Pace (9) and Matt Smith. Covey Morrow, Daniel Tunchez (6) and Blue Hybner. W: DeJesus (1-0). L: Tunchez (0-1). S: Pace (1). HR: (BV) Brad Porras (solo). 2B: (V) Chad Kruse; Highlights: (BV) Porras 2 for 3, HR, 3R, RBI; M. Smith 2 for 3, R. (V). Rudy Flores 2 for 4, RBI, Hybner 1 for 3. Records: Brazos Valley 3-1; Victoria 3-2.