Generals welcome East graduate back to Riverside Stadium

Mike Forman By Mike Forman

Aug. 4, 2017 at 10:15 p.m.

Jonathan Ortega

Jonathan Ortega   Mike Forman for The Victoria Advocate

Any worries Jonathan Ortega had about making the transition from high school to college baseball disappeared quickly.

Ortega hit a home run in his first at-bat for Texas State.

"It was the best feeling ever," Ortega said. "I kind of blacked out and didn't know what was going on."

Ortega's start was no fluke as he started every game his freshman season at second base and hit .286 with four home runs, three triples, 14 doubles and 35 RBIs, while scoring 33 runs.

"At the beginning, I kind of got out like baseball does and at the end, I kind of started realizing that you have to work and keep going," Ortega said. "You have to do stuff like stay in the weight room. It's a long season. You have to stay in shape. and I just learned."

Ortega hit .339 as a sophomore with six home runs, three triples, 15 doubles, 45 RBIs while scoring 54 runs.

He was a second-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection and was named to the conference's all-tournament team despite playing a good portion of the season after taking a ground ball off his left knee.

"It's kind of like a job," Ortega said. "You have to get up every day. You can't be late. You have to be on time. It's kind of how life is going to be.

"I just tried to have a good year," he added. "I had a pretty decent year with the injury and feel pretty good about it."

Ortega spent most of the summer in San Marcos working with the Bobcats' trainer and strength and conditioning coach rehabbing the left knee and working out.

But he decided to come home and get back on the field for a few games with the Victoria Generals.

"They had asked me a couple of times," Ortega said. "I thought, 'Why not?' I haven't played, and I'm finally fully healthy again so why not go and play. I can get some ABs, have some fun and try to win some games so the Generals can win the tournament."

When Ortega took the field at second base for Friday night's game against the Texas Marshals, it was his first time to play at Riverside Stadium since the playoffs during his senior season at Victoria East.

"When I was here, the infield was still grass," he said. "I thought that would be cool to see how it's going to be."

Ortega, who will turn 21 in September, is looking forward to his junior season and hopes to continue the success he's had and possibly be selected in the major league draft.

"I love Texas State," Ortega said. "It's a great school. I love the baseball program, the players, the coaches and everything. I hope I'm able to be drafted. That's the plan."

Generals rout Twins to sweep

TEXARKANA - The Victoria Generals recorded a 20-2 rout of the Texarkana Twins to sweep the Texas Collegiate League series at George Dobson Field on Thursday night.

The Generals scored 32 runs in two games against the Twins' 4.

Their 20 runs Thursday came off of 11 hits and four errors by the Twins.

All nine Generals who suited up for the game had at least one RBI.

Cory Gallegos went 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, Christian Caudle went 1-for-5 with two RBIs, and Jordan Hackett went 2-for-6 with a double and three RBIs for the Generals.

The Generals (34-20) scored 10 runs off five hits in the top of the seventh inning.

Caudle walked in a run with the bases loaded for the first run. Gallegos, Hackett, Jack Kenley and Chase Evans hit two-run doubles in the inning. Darien Simms scored on an error.

The Twins dropped to 19-34.

Ethan Franklin had four strikeouts in six innings of work for the Generals to pick up the win on the mound.

Victoria Generals 20, Texarkana Twins 2

Generals 141 400 (10)00 - 20 11 1

Twins 000 002 000 - 2 5 4

W - Ethan Franklin. L - Blaze Hastings.

Highlights - (Generals) Darien Simms 0-for-5, 3 RBIs; Jordan Hackett 2-for-6, 2B, 3 RBIs; Christian Caudle1-for-5, 3B, 2 RBIs; Jack Kenley 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Enrique Sanchez 1-for-4, RBI; Chase Evans 1-for-4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Kyle Moos 2-for-5, 2B, RBI; Cory Gallegos 2-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBIs; Sage Flores 1-for-2, RBI. (Twins) Chandler Robertson 1-for-4, 3B, RBI; Alex Rodriguez 0-for-4, RBI.

Records - Victoria Generals 34-20, Texarkana Twins 19-34.



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