Generals hit, run their way to win over Strykers
June 16, 2013 at 6:16 a.m.
Updated June 17, 2013 at 6:17 a.m.
Brandon Hannon knows all about playing small ball.
Hannon played at Emory University in Atlanta, and the team hit one home run the entire season.
The Victoria Generals have already hit six long balls this season, but they used the small ball approach to capture an 8-0 win over the Woodlands Strykers on Sunday night at Riverside Stadium.
"We have a lot of guys on this team who can stroke it," Hannon said. "But it seems like when we hit for power, it's for doubles. We have a lot of guys with speed on this team, and running is a big plus for us."
The Generals had 11 hits, including nine singles, stole eight bases and were able to rebound from Saturday night's 9-4 loss and split the two-game series.
"It's tough getting back at 5:30 in the morning and playing a game that night," said Hannon, who was 2 for 4 and stole three bases. "When we play like that, there are not a lot of teams that can beat us."
Pitchers Trey Wall, Nathan Humpal and Kaleb Keith combined to throw a five-hit shutout.
The Strykers had base runners in six of the nine innings but went 1 for 9 with runners in scoring position.
The Generals committed six errors in Saturday night's loss that led to six unearned runs. But they had two Sunday and none after the second inning.
"I would say right now, defense has been our weakness," Hannon said. "Whenever we play good defense, it helps a ton. Our pitchers do a good job."
The Generals return to Riverside Stadium on Tuesday to play the East Texas Pump Jacks at 7 p.m.
Generals 8, Strykers 0
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Generals 200 000 42x - 8 11 2
Zach Heard, Greg Jakusik (7), Caulin Crable (7), Kevin Roy (8) and Daniel Homann. Trey Wall, Nathan Humpal (6), Kaleb Keith (9) and Aaron Morgan. W: Wall (2-1). L: Heard (0-2). Highlights: (WS) Robert Heep 2 for 4. (VG) Wall 5 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K; Humpal 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB; Keith 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K; Brandon Hannon 2 for 4, 2 R, RBI, 3 SB; Alex Klonowski 2 for 4, R, RBI, SB. Records: Strykers 4-11; Generals 11-5.