Matthew Swick is unsure where or if he will be pitching next season.

But Swick knew where he wanted to play this summer.

Swick pitched for the Victoria Generals last season and was happy to return and help the team defend its Texas Collegiate League title.

“I had a lot of fun last year,” Swick said. “I wanted to come back again.”

Swick started Friday night’s game against the Baton Rouge Rougarou after being named the Generals’ co-player of the week last week.

Swick compiled a 0.90 ERA and struck out 11 in 10 innings.

“He was our Game 1 playoff starter so we thought very highly of him,” said Generals coach Michael Oros. “He had another good year at Blinn where he continued to grow so it was a no-brainer for us.”

Swick played high school baseball at Cy Woods in Cypress and is pleased with the progress he made during his two seasons at Blinn.

“Blinn was awesome,” he said. “All the coaches are awesome.”

Swick has fond memories of last season and is hoping the Generals are able to repeat.

“It’s kind of too early to tell,” he said. “I mean everybody is really good teammate-wise, and pretty much good on the field as well.”

Oros likes Swick’s pace and his control when he’s on the mound.

“He fills up the zone, controls the zone, works fast and knows the game,” Oros said. “He understands what he’s trying to do when he goes out there instead of just throwing.”

Swick got to pitch in front of his father, James, for the first time this season Friday night.

He worked six innings, yielding two runs and four hits while striking out seven and was the winning pitcher in the Generals’ 11-3 victory.

Swick is doing his best to keep his mind on the present, but admits to thinking about the future.

“He’s got some options out there,” Oros said. “It’s just finding the right fit for him. The draft just happened and some guys are going to sign and some spots will open up. It’s not uncommon from JUCO to Division I. He’s just trying to find the best place for him and we’ll go from there.”

Wherever Swick ends up, he won’t have any regrets about the past two seasons.

“I’m still on the fence on whether I want to play,” he said. “If I don’t, I’m just going to Texas A&M. But being here, it’s making me keep wanting to play.”

Generals’ offense comes alive

The Generals put the game away quickly, scoring in three of their first four at-bats and recording 16 hits.

Payton Robertson had the big blow with a grand slam in the six-run fourth inning.

Ryan Flores added three hits, including two doubles, and Jordan Johnson had three hits and a double.

The teams return to Riverside Stadium at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Generals will auction off their Warrior’s Weekend jerseys after the game.

Generals 11, Rougarou 3

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Stevie Szucs, Chris Sagrera (4), Brayden Morrow (8) and Brannan Lambert. Matthew Swick, Zach Smith (7), Hamilkar Medina (8), Jaydan Martinez (9) and Zac Vodetich. W: Swick. L: Szucs. Highlights: (R) Johnny Johnson 2-for-4, 2 RBIs. (G) Payton Robertson grand slam; Tanner Roach 2-for-5, 3 R; Ryan Flores 3-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI; Jordan Johnson 3-for-5, 2 RBIs; Jonathan Tapia 2-for-4, R, RBI.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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