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Generals advance to championship series (VIDEO)

By BY KELDY ORTIZ - KORTIZ@VICAD.COKM
Aug. 10, 2013 at 3:10 a.m.

Victoria Generals infielder Alvaro Rondon leaps over an Acadian Cane Cutter baserunner at Riverside Stadium to complete the double play. The Generals took on the Cane Cutters in Saturday's playoff game.

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Jake Winston, Justin Sinbaldi (4), Kaleb Fontenot (6), and Mitchell Nau. Kyle Keller, Juan Cortina (7), Argenis Angulo (8) and Jordan Camel and Aaron Morgan (7). W: Keller (3-3) L: Winston (7-3) Highlights: (VG) David Paiz Jr 1 for 4 RBI, Romeo Cortina 2 for 3 RBI (CC) Jace Statum 1 for 4 HR, RBI

It started with two outs for the Victoria Generals on Saturday night.

In the bottom of the first inning, right fielder Romeo Cortina hit a double. Third basemen David Paiz Jr followed with an RBI single.

Four hits later, the Generals were up 4-0 , and that would be all they would need as they defeated the Acadiana Cane Cutters 11-5 in a one-game playoff.

The Generals will host the Brazos Valley Bombers in a best-of-three series Sunday in the Texas Collegiate League Championship series, their fourth in five years. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

The Generals knew a loss would end their season. With that in mind, they played as if it was their last game.

"We swung it well all night," coach Stephen Flora said. "I'm extremely proud. This is a much better team than we played the last two nights."

Kyle Keller held the Cane Cutters at bay, limiting them to just six hits through six plus innings, giving up three runs, two of which were earned.

He knew that his start on Saturday may have been his last time on mound. Coming from the bullpen to becoming a starting pitcher, Keller was glad he got the opportunity.

"It's been a great experience," Keller said. "I'm glad I could end on a good outing in a must win game."

As a whole, the Generals recorded 10 hits.

Though the Generals added a run in the fourth, it was the sixth inning that helped them break the game open when they scored five runs on six hits.

Flora was proud of how the team performed but gave credit to Cortina, who helped start the rally in the first inning.

"I don't think Romeo has put a better game all summer," Flora said. "The balls that came off his bat tonight were nothing better all season. Every at bat, he hit one really hard."

Cortina, glad about the effort he put in Saturday, just wanted to help the team anyway he can.

"I just went up there looking for a good pitch to hit," said Cortina, who finished with two hits, both doubles, in the game. "It's good for our offense to wake up because you win by scoring runs. It should today by us winning 12-5."

With the Generals now playing Sunday, Flora hopes the team can continue their performance.

"If our offense puts together half of what we did tonight, we'll win (Sunday) night," Flora said.

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