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Generals split doubleheader with The Woodlands

By aalvarado
July 22, 2012 at 2:22 a.m.

Victoria Generals third baseman Chad Kruse slides into third base safely past The Woodlands' Gabe Fyock for a triple during third inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader on Sunday against the Strykers.

Andrew Stumph hasn't started behind the plate much for the Generals this season.

It's just a way of life for a backup catcher.

But, when he was called upon to appear in his 14th game of the season, and start Game 1 of the doubleheader against The Woodlands on Sunday, he was ready.

Stumph went 3 for 3 with an RBI, helping the Generals win the first game of a doubleheader 2-0 and snap a four-game losing streak. Victoria would drop the second game to the Strykers, 2-1.

"It feels good to finally square up some balls and hit the ball well," Stumph said. "It's just good to help out the team in any way I can."

The Generals, who have already clinched a playoff berth, are 6-6 in the second half and trail Alexandria by 2 1/2 games in the second-half standings.

Stumph, who resides in Katy, came to the Generals after playing at Texas State in 2012.

Although Crossroads baseball fans may not be aware of who he is, he came to the team highly recommended by Southland Conference mate Jude Vidrine, who plays at Lamar.

"I knew that he would be a big help on the team," Vidrine said.

Stumph has been serving as Hybner's reserve and came into the double header hitting .300 with 12 RBIs.

Generals pitcher Jordan Pacheco said that Stumph's ability to call a game has stood out to him thus far this season.

"He's good behind the plate," Pacheco said. "He's very smart calling the pitches, I don't really have to shake him off too much."

The Generals came into Sunday's doubleheader in the myst of a four-game slide and Stumph helped deliver early on for the team.

With Victoria leading 1-0, Stumph came up to the plate. He said he was looking for a breaking ball from Strykers starter Derrick Hadley.

"He happened to hang it, and I got good wood on it," he said.

He hit the first pitch he saw from Hadley into center field, scoring Chad Kruse. It was the last run of the first game.

"It was kind of nice to come out and get a couple of early runs to ease the mood around here and get it going again," Vidrine said.

Pacheco improves to 5-1 after striking out eight batters and allowing just three hits in Game 1.

The Generals looked to be in control in the top of the seventh, until the Strykers loaded the bases thanks to two walks and an infield error. All three base runners reached with two outs.

After a brief meeting and mound visit from Generals coach Chris Clemons, Pacheco got Strykers lead-off hitter Gabe Fyock to strike out swinging.

"He (Clemons) just told me to go back to my legs and keep throwing the ball as hard as I could every pitch and it should just come to me," Pacheco said.

Not only did the strikeout preserve the win, but it made fans on the party deck happy since Fyock was the designated beer batter for Game 1.

Fans at Riverside Stadium enjoyed two-for-one beer during the 30 minutes between Games 1 and 2.

Victoria second baseman Carter Mangum had the other RBI for the Generals in Game 1. Mangum went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and Kruse added an triple for the Generals.

Victoria's offensive struggles came back to hurt them in Game 2.

Outfielder Billy Richard led of the bottom of the first with a solo homer run to right field, but that was the extent of the Generals offense in the second game.

Victoria left the bases loaded in the home first inning and went four innings without a hit.

The Generals stranded seven runners and lost the second game 2-1.

Richard went 1-for-3 with an RBI and Cover Morrow allowed two earned runs on six hits in 6 and 1/3 innings.

Hybner had a double and advanced to third on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn't come home and score the tying run.

The Hybner family wasn't completely shut out at Game 2. Blue's mother Alisa won a $1200 pair of diamond earrings as part of the Generals' "Diamonds on the Diamond" promotion.

The 10 finalist in attendance picked one of 10 color swatches at the door.

As the doubleheader went on, colors were eliminated during stoppages in play until one color remained and won the earrings.

Alisa won, fittingly, with the blue color swatch.

Victoria 2, The Woodlands 0 (7 innings)

The Woodlands 000 000 0 - 0 3 0

Victoria 011 000 X - 2 8 1

The Woodlands: Derrick Hadley and Tim Redden. Victoria: Jordan Pacheco and Andrew Stumph. W: Pacheco (5-1); L: Hadlley (2-4). 2B: Carter Mangum. 3B: Chad Kruse. Highlights: Pacheco, 7 IP, 8 K, 3 hits allowed; Stumph, 3-for-3, RBI; Mangum, 2-for-2, RBI.

The Woodlands 2, Victoria 1 (7 innings)

The Woodlands 200 000 0 - 2 5 0

Victoria 100 000 0 - 1 3 0

The Woodlands: Cameron Walker and Ryan Farney; Victoria: Covey Morrow, Jake McMurtry (7th) and Blue Hybner. W: Walker (2-1); L: Morrow (5-2); S: Bautista (1). 2B: (Victoria) Hybner. HR: (The Woodlands) Carter Burgess; (Victoria)Billy Richard. Highlights: Morrow, 6 1/3 IP, 6 H, 2 ER; Richard, 1-for-3, RBI.

RECORDS; Victoria 26-16, The Woodlands 12-28.

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