KILGORE - The Victoria Generals
By BY JACK STALLARD - SPECIAL TO THE ADVOCATE
July 3, 2013 at 2:03 a.m.
KILGORE - The Victoria Generals didn't score until the ninth inning and dropped a 4-2 decision to the East Texas Pump Jacks on Wednesday night at Driller Park.
The Generals pushed across two runs in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Drew Featherston and an RBI fielder's choice by Hayden Vesely.
But Kenny Oakley - the third Pump Jacks' pitcher of the inning - got the final two outs to close out the contest and give East Texas (15-15) its fifth consecutive win.
The game marked the conclusion of the first half of league play.
The Generals finished in second place with a 17-13 record and clinched home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
East Texas starter Nick Rossetta pitched eight innings and had eight strikeouts.
Rossetta closed out the third, sixth and eighth innings with strikeouts, stranding a runner at second in the sixth and fanning the last two men of the eighth with the bases loaded.
Romeo Cortina doubled, and Vesely added a pair of singles and two walks for the Generals.
Generals starter Matt McClain cruised through the first three innings, but East Texas used two hits, three walks and a wild pitch to push three runs across in the fourth.
The Generals threatened in the top of the eighth, loading the bases on walks to J.B. Moss and Vesely and a hit by pitch to Cortina.
But Rossetta struck out Jace Reese and Mac Seibert to end the inning.
The Generals return to Riverside Park on Thursday to open the second half of the season against the Acadiana Cane Cutters at 6 p.m.
• The Generals have added right-handed pitcher Zack Vasek to the roster for the second-half of the season. Vasek, a Lamar Consolidated graduate, redshirted at Kansas State last season and plans to transfer to another school in the fall.