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Generals bounce back at home, beat Cane Cutters (video)

By Keldy Ortiz
June 29, 2013 at 1:29 a.m.


The Victoria Generals took five innings to get their first hit Saturday night at Riverside Stadium.

The Generals only had two hits but managed to claim a 3-2 win over the Acadiana Cane Cutters.

The Generals almost lost the lead in the ninth inning, as the Cane Cutters put runners on first and second base with one out. But pitcher Kris Looper retired two straight batters to pick up his first save.

"It's never fun when you only get two hits," said Generals coach Stephen Flora. "I'm an offensive type of guy, and it's never fun to get two hits. We struggled all year with manufacturing guys in when they are in scoring position."

Cane Cutters starter Nick Zaunbrecher dominated, holding the Generals to one hit through six innings.

The only blemish was courtesy of an error by Nick Dawson. The second baseman's errant throw in the first inning allowed Romeo Cortina to reach base and J.D. Stinnett to score from third.

Stinnett committed a throwing error from shortstop in the sixth inning, his sixth of the season, to allow the Cane Cutters to take a 2-1 lead.

The Generals have committed 53 errors on the season.

Flora said that he understands his players will make some errors. He wants to see what they do after making them.

"We have a lot of young guys. They're still trying to work out their kinks and read ground balls," he said. "That's the biggest thing these young guys is not taking their defensive mishap into the batter's box."

Stinnett is doing his best to follow his coach's advice.

"You forget about the last mistake and move on," said Stinnett. "My job is to get on base and manufacture runs."

Jacob Hubert started the sixth inning with a hit. He ended up scoring on a sacrifice fly by Romeo Cortina to tie the game at 2. In the seventh, second basemen Hayden Vesely hit a sacrifice fly to left bring home the third run.

Generals starting pitcher J.P. Clifton left after six innings.

Looper, who played high school baseball at Wharton, finished the game.

"I wasn't too rusty. I felt good," Looper said. "I'm trying to keep the game as close as possible for the offense and let them pull through like they did tonight."

General 3 Cane Cutters 2

CC 100 010 000 - 2 8 2

VG 100 001 100 - 3 2 2

WP: Kris Looper 1-0 LP: Merrick Ardoin 0-1

CC: Nick Zaunbrecher 6 IP 1 H, 1 BB, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 K Batting: Jace Statum 1 for 5 2B, Mitchell Nau 2 for 4 2 RBIs, Chris Sciambra 1 for 4 2B

VG: J.P. Clifton 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 1 ER, 3 K ND Kris Looper 3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K

Batting: Jacob Hubert 1 for 4, Romeo Cortina 0 for 3 SB, RBI, Frank Cloutier 1 for 3, Hayden Vesely 0 for 3 RBI, Jace Reese 0 for 4 K, RBI

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