Generals swept in DH, settle for No. 2 seed
Aug. 5, 2017 at 10:36 p.m.
Updated Aug. 7, 2017 at 2:40 p.m.
Jordan Hackett tried to put a bright face on a disappointing end to the Texas Collegiate League regular season for the Victoria Generals.
The Generals were swept in a doubleheader by the Texas Marshals on Saturday at Riverside Stadium.
The Marshals captured a 5-1 win in the first game and pulled out a 2-1 victory in the second game.
"It's a long season," Jordan Hackett said. "We've played 55 or 60 games. We had a rough day today, but that doesn't mean it will carry into the postseason. Everyone is confident whoever we play."
The Generals (34-22) will finish as the league's No. 2 seed behind the Brazos Valley Bombers.
The Generals will host a winner-take-all first-round playoff game against the No. 3 seed Acadiana Cane Cutters at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday at Riverside Stadium.
Hackett did his part to allow the Generals a better finish by pitching seven strong innings in Game 2.
He yielded a home run to Jaylon Keys to start the game, and the decisive run ultimately scored on a single and error in the seventh inning.
"This is my third year of playing summer baseball," Hackett said. "Every year has been somewhere different. The people here in Victoria, the staff and teammates I've met have all been a growing experience. I loved every moment of it."
The Generals struggled on offense Saturday, getting six hits in Game 1 and three in Game 2.
Victoria East graduate Jonathan Ortega went 2-for-2 with a walk in his debut for the Generals in Game 1.
But the Generals' only run in the first game came in the third inning when Cam Boudreaux singled and scored on a single by Christian Caudle.
The big blow for the Marshals in Game 1 was a three-run home run by Phillip Kunsa in the fifth inning.
The Generals scored their only run in Game 2 in the fourth inning on singles by Jack Kenley and Kyle Moos.
Between games of the doubleheader, the Generals honored their host families and announced their season award winners.
Darian Simms was named Player of the Year, Gabriel Segura was selected as Pitcher of the Year, and Jack Kenley was named General of the Year.
A special award was presented to Generals photographer Dean Kibler for his years of service for the team.
The Generals auctioned off their purple jerseys to help fight Alzheimer's disease after the game.
Marshals 5-2, Generals 1-1
Marshals 000 230 0 - 5 8 0
Generals 001 000 0 - 1 6 0
Alex Stiegler and Jaime Lovell. Seth Campbell, Tanner Luna (7) and Christian Caudle. W: Stiegler. L: Campbell. Highlights: (M) Phillip Kunsa 1-for-2, 3-run HR; Lovell 1-for-2, RBI. (G) Jonathan Ortega 2-for-2; Jack Kenley 1-for-2, RBI.
Marshals 100 000 1 - 2 5 0
Generals 000 100 0 - 1 3 1
Jeremy Hammer and Jaime Lovell. Jordan Hackett and Kyle Moos. W: Hammer. L: Hackett. Highlights: (M) Jaylon Keys 1-for-2, solo HR, 2 R; Connor Scruggs 2-for-4. (G) Jack Kenley 1-for-3, R; Kyle Moos 1-for-3, RBI. Records: Marshals 18-36; Generals 34-22.