Generals vs. Cane Cutters

The Victoria Generals listen to the national anthem before the game against the Acadiana Cane Cutters starts.

Longtime Victoria Generals manager Michael Oros has never faced off against the Brazos Valley Bombers in the Texas Collegiate League playoffs.

However, that will change once his three-seeded Generals (25-17-1) and the top-seeded Bombers (30-16) face off in a best-of-three series. The Generals host the first game at Riverside Stadium on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.

“The Bombers are always a good game for us,” Generals pitcher JJ Slack said. “They don’t ever back down against us, and we don’t ever back down against them. At any point in time, the game can change one way or the other, and it’s a nine-inning game every time we play the Bombers, that’s for sure.”

During the regular season, the two teams played 12 games against each other, with the Generals winning five.

The Generals have built much needed momentum in the second half of the season, tallying a TCL-best record of 14-5-1, something they hope can carry over into the playoffs.

“Momentum in baseball is ridiculous, so you always want to keep it when you have it, and right now we got a lot of it so we’ll just try to keep it rolling heading into the playoffs and go get a ring,” Slack said.

Oros said his team’s second-half success is due to the consistency they’ve seen on their roster.

“We felt that in the second half coming in, we got our rosters locked down so everyone kind of gelled as one,” Oros said. “I think we all know our roles, and what’s going to be expected of us come Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, so we’ll just have some fun and try to make a memory.”

He said he is also excited to be able to play game one in front of a Victoria home crowd.

“It’s awesome. In fact we’ve never really been in that position,” Oros said. “We’ve always had the game two and game three (at home), and I think that it’s a disadvantage because you go up and back on the same day on the road, and obviously it’s nice to be here, but I think if we have a lot of energy and play well, that’ll carry into game two and game three.”

Oros also said Hunter Murray will get the start at pitcher for the Generals on Tuesday night.

Murray has pitched in 10 games for the Generals, starting eight, and he has an ERA of 3.23.

“I think we match up well. We both have good starting arms, the bullpens are there, the offenses are there, I think we’re going to match up well and it’s going to be a good series,” Generals infielder Adam Becker said.

Becker and Slack said the team’s chemistry has the opportunity to take them far in the TCL playoffs, and possibly even win the whole thing.

“Our morale is by far the best in the league right now,” Slack said. “We all love each other, and these short few months have been awesome and we’ve all kind of bonded, so we’re more like brothers already, and that’s more than enough to go win a championship.”

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