Generals win in walk-off fashion
July 12, 2013 at 2:12 a.m.
Drew Featherston is making the most of his time with the Victoria Generals.
Before coming to Victoria, the Texas A&M freshman sat out the entire spring season.
Playing for the Generals was a fresh start.
Prior to Friday, Featherston batted a mere .216 with 11 errors. Friday night, he made up for it.
Featherston had the game-winning hit in the ninth to defeat the East Texas Pump Jacks 9-8 Friday night at Riverside Stadium.
In the top of the ninth inning, with Kaleb Keith on the mound and two outs already recorded, the Pump Jacks got three straight hits, including a home run to tie the game in the ninth at 8-8. In all, the Pump Jacks scored five runs in the ninth inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Generals opened with a hit by Jacob Hubert, and J.D. Stinnett reaching on base on an error. That set the stage up for Featherston, who hit a single to right field to end the game.
"That's good for him. I know he's been struggling," right fielder Romeo Cortina said. "Hopefully, he turns around now. Now, he can do what he's capable of doing."
Cortina helped the Generals start scoring early in the first inning with a home run just over the left field fence. Another run in the inning made it 3-0 for the Generals.
"I didn't get to play this year. I was patient," Featherston said. "I've been playing almost every day this summer. I'm feeling confident."
The Generals added another run in the second, courtesy of Cortina, and two more in the third and fifth innings. The game appeared to be out of reach for the Pump Jacks, who had just two runs through five innings.
Featherston added two RBIs in the bottom of the seventh with his first home run of the season. Before his at-bat in the seventh, he was 0 for 3. The Generals appeared in complete control of the game after Featherston's home run, but the Pump Jacks eventually tied the game before Featherston's walk-off hit.
Generals' coach Stephen Flora said he believed that it was just a matter of time before Featherston blossomed into the player he can be. Flora understood that Friday's game for Featherston could have gone one of two ways.
"He can go out and kill it for the rest of the summer, or he can do too much at the plate and struggle," Flora said. "I'm hoping that it takes the first one."
Pump Jacks 8 Generals 9
PJ 000 200 105 - 8 11 6
VG 311 010 201 - 9 9 4
Jordan Johnson, Jacob Kelzer (4), Mitch Meyer (6), Evan Schreiber (7), J.J. Franklin (7) and J.J. Robinson. Chase Angelle, Daniel Tunchez Jr. (7), Hayden Vesely (8), Kaleb Keith (9), Juan Cortina (9) and Jordan Camel
W: Cortina (3-2) L: Johnson (1-2). Highlights (PJ) Mark Mathias 1 for 4 2 RBIs, Brett Bitow 0
(VG) Frank Cloutier 2 for 5 RBI, Romeo Cortina 2 for 5 HR 3 RBIs, Drew Featherston 2 for 5 HR 3 RBIs
Records: Generals (19-17) Pump Jacks (17-19)