Generals' Clemons enjoys All-Star experience


July 7, 2012 at 2:07 a.m.

The Victoria Generals did not have a full roster for their two-game series against the Alexandria Aces.

Victoria coach Chris Clemons took advantage of the Texas Collegiate League All-Star break to give a few days off to some of his players.

Clemons will have a league-high nine Generals on his South squad when the game is played Monday at 7 p.m. at Riverside Stadium.

Clemons led the Generals to a second-place finish in the first half of league play, but will take a more relaxed approach in the All-Star Game.

"There's nothing on the line," Clemons said. "I want to make sure guys are healthy enough to go out and perform. If some guys want to come just for the festivities, I'm going to allow that.

"I know there will be some scouts there," he added. "I'm going to try and put guys in the best situation so they can get in and show their skills."

The South team, which also includes the Acadiana Cane Cutters and The Woodlands Strykers, will have nine pitchers on the roster.

"All of the players will get in," Clemons said. "We are the home team, which means we will have nine innings and my plan is to let each pitcher throw an inning."

Victoria's Jordan Pacheco, Covey Morrow, Dillon Newman and Trae Davis will pitch for the South team.

The South team's starting lineup will include Generals second baseman Chad Kruse and outfielders Billy Richard and Jude Vidrine. Catcher Eric Weiss and infielder Trace Knoblauch will also be on the South team.

Ben Taylor, who coached the East Texas Pump Jacks to the first-half title, will coach the North team, which includes the Brazos Valley Bombers, McKinney Marshals and the Aces.

Clemons said Richard is likely to represent the Generals in the Home Run Derby, which will get under way Monday at 6 p.m.

Richard has hit three home runs and shares the team lead with Vidrine.

The game will be broadcast live online by PSB.

The Fox College Sports Network will replay the broadcast three times at dates to be determined.

When Clemons coached in the league's 2010 All-Star Game it ended in a 7-7 tie.

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2002 ended with the same result.

Clemons said he didn't catch near as much grief as MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

"I'm thankful for that," he joked.



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