Generals' season ends in loss to Cane Cutters
Aug. 10, 2017 at 9:51 p.m.
Updated Aug. 10, 2017 at 10 p.m.
The Texas Collegiate League season did not end the way Darian Simms and his Victoria Generals teammates would have preferred.
But Simms is certain he'll be a better player when he reports to Sam Houston State for his junior year.
"Honestly, just experience," said Simms, who was selected as the Generals' Most Valuable Player. "I've gotten a lot of experience and a lot of at-bats, and I feel like it's helped my game a lot."
The Generals headed their separate ways after a 4-3 10-inning playoff loss to the Acadiana Cane Cutters on Wednesday night at Riverside Stadium.
The Cane Cutters advanced to the best-of-three game championship series against the Brazos Valley Bombers, a 6-1 winner over the Texarkana Twins.
"We did a great job of fighting and coming back," said Generals head coach Michael Oros. "It was a great baseball game all the way around. Very clean and not a lot of errors and walks, and we left it all out there."
The Generals and Cane Cutters had split their 14 games during the regular season and the playoff proved to be just as competitive, as each team finished with 10 hits.
The Cane Cutters took a 3-0 lead on a bases-clearing triple by Gabe Montenegro in the in the fourth inning.
The Generals tied the game in the seventh on a two-run single by Chase Evans, and a bases-loaded walk by Cam Boudreaux.
"You look at early in the game, second and third, bases loaded, first and second." Oros said. "That one hit and we just didn't get it. You look at them, and I felt like they were in the same position. It was kind of like which team was going to do it first."
The Generals left 16 runners on base, including 10 in scoring position.
The Cane Cutters left 10 runners on base, but pushed across the winning run on a double by Turner Francis, a sacrifice bunt by Brady Bell and a sacrifice fly by Trey Morgan.
Oros was disappointed with the loss, but not with the way his team conducted itself throughout the season.
"These guys have done everything I've asked on the field and off the field," he said. "The little things we've been preaching all year like we leave things in a better place than we came, community events, on the field, everything was 100 percent top notch. I respect them greatly for that."
Simms will also take fond memories of the season into fall ball.
"I enjoyed the guys," he said. "I enjoyed being around them every day. That's the best part of summer ball to me."
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Max Page, Hunter Speer (6), Josh Taylor (7), Justin Damary (9) and Cain Castille, Kelsey Richard (10). Zac Leigh, Dominic Robinson (5), Garrett Alexander (6) and Christian Caudle. W: Damary. L: Alexander. Highlights: (CC) Gabe Montenegro 1-for-4, 3B, 3 RBIs; Trey Morgan 2-for-3, R, RBI; Brady Bell 3-for-4. (G) Caudle 3-for-4, R; Chase Evans 1-for-4, 2 RBIs; Kyle Moos 2-for-4, 2B; Cam Boudreaux 2-for-4.