Catcher sparks Generals' walk-off win
Christian Caudle got a late start to his third season with the Victoria Generals.
But Caudle has wasted no time making his presence felt.
Caudle hit a game-tying, three-run double in the Generals' 7-6 walk-off win over the Acadiana Cane Cutters on Saturday night at Riverside Stadium.
"(Victoria Generals coach Michael) Oros had called me a few times and it kind of wasn't the right situation for me," Caudle said. "He called me after the All-Star break and it was the right situation to come in and get some at-bats and help the team out and go win a championship with this club."
Caudle, who will be a seniorat Texas A&M-Kingsville in the upcoming season, decided to take some time off this summer.
"I've been at home working out on some things I need to focus on," he said. "It's been paying off for me. I'm just getting back in the rhythm of things and I'm starting to feel really comfortable at the plate."
Caudle came to the plate in the eighth inning with the bases loaded and the Generals trailing 6-3.
He ripped a pitch in the right-center field gap to score Glen McClain, Hunter Hearn and Jack Kenley with the tying runs.
"He left a fastball over the plate, and that's what I was looking for," Caudle said. "It was low, but it was a pitch I could drive to right-center, so that's what I did."
Caudle helped preserve the tie in the top of the ninth, when he threw out Gabe Montenegro attempting to steal second with two outs.
"Catching is one of those things that is like riding a bike," Caudle said. "I love being involved in every pitch of the game. These pitchers are really easy to work with, the coaches are easy to work with and all the guys are great."
The Cane Cutters had built their lead behind the hitting of Handsome Monica.
The designated hitter had three hits - including a two-run home run and two doubles - and four RBIs.
The Generals offense against Cane Cutters starter Keith Meier was limited to a solo home run by Jack Kenley and an unearned run.
But after tying the game, Ruben Rodriguez led off the ninth with a single and went to second on a passed ball.
McClain drew a walk and Hearn followed with a pinpoint bunt down the third-base line.
Cane Cutters pitcher Justin Damary fielded the bunt and made an errant throw to first base, allowing Rodriguez to score the winning run.
NOTES: Hearn was credited with an infield single on the game-ending bunt.
The Generals auctioned off their Warrior's Weekend jerseys after the game.
Generals 7, Cane Cutters 6
Cane Cutters 012 001 200 - 6 9 2
Generals 010 100 041 - 7 10 1
(No outs when winning run scored).
Keith Meier, Houston Case (8), Justin Damary (8) and Kelsey Richard. Zac Leigh, Ethan Franklin (7), Weston Seay (7), Aaron Cardona (8), Garrett Alexander (9) and Christian Caudle. W: Alexander. L: Damary. Highlights: (CC) Handsome Monica 3-for-5, 2 run-HR, 2 2B, 4 RBIs; Gabe Montenegro 3-for-5, 2 R; Turner Francis 2-for-4, 2 R. (G) Jack Kenley 2-for-4, solo HR, 2 R, 2 RBIs; Christian Caudle 2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBIs. Records: Cane Cutters 9-4; Generals 10-6.