Generals First Two 2013 Players

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Don Brubaker

dbrubaker@newscenter25.com

Updated: 2/05/2013 1:29 pm

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The Victoria Generals have reached the Texas Collegiate League Championship
Series in three out of the last four years, last winning the TCL title in
2010.  As the
Generals make preparations for their fifth season in the TCL, the team’s main
focus remains the same: Continue the winning tradition.


This summer, the Generals will be under the leadership of new head
coach Stephen Flora.
  The Generals plan to have a solid mix of returning players from
previous seasons along with several new faces from across the
country.
 


The Generals have announced the first two pieces of what they hope
to be a championship caliber team in 2013.
 
Hailing from St. Edward’s University in Austin,
the Generals have signed right-handed pitcher Cody Ellerbee and catcher C.J.
Manning.


“Cody and C.J. are both prime examples of the type of players we
look for,” commented Blake Koch, Victoria’s general manager.
  “They are both great players on
the field and even better men off of the field.”


Cody Ellerbee, a native of Georgetown, transferred to St. Edward’s
following two standout seasons at Tyler Junior College where he was a First-Team
NJCAA All-American.
  Ellerbee appeared in 16 games as a sophomore, going 8-2 with a 1.67
ERA in 91.2 innings of work.
  Ellerbee struck out 65 batters and was also an Academic
All-American.


As a freshman, Ellerbee appeared in 18 games, totaling 23.1
innings.
  He
tallied a 2-2 record with a 4.63 ERA and 24 strikeouts.


Ellerbee made his first start of the 2013 season for St. Edward’s
this past Saturday and led his team to a 1-0 win against the University of
Arkansas-Fort Smith.
  Ellerbee allowed just three hits in eight innings without allowing
a run.
  He
struck out six en route to his first win of the season.


“Cody had a tremendous sophomore year and is expected to be one of
the top pitchers in the Heartland Conference this spring,” stated
Koch.
  “Depending on the number of innings he throws during the year, Cody
will either be in our starting rotation or might be used in the back end of
games as a closer for us.”


Ellerbee will be joined in Victoria by batterymate C.J.
Manning.
  A
native of Tomball, Manning transferred to St. Edward’s from Howard College, one
of the most prestigious junior college programs in the country.
 


As a sophomore, Manning hit .286 with 14 runs scored and seven
RBIs.
  Manning
hit .292 his freshman year with 17 runs scored and 12 RBIs.
  He was also named to the WCJAC
All-Star Team and was selected to play in the NJCAA Texas-New Mexico JUCO
All-Star Game.
 


Manning is already off to a hot start in 2013, going 5-for-8 in a
three game series against the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith this past
weekend.
  Manning had a double, a walk, an RBI, and two runs scored during
the series.
 


“C.J. will give us a veteran’s presence behind the plate this
summer,” commented Koch.
  “He’s a solid defensive catcher that can handle the bat
well.”


The Generals will open to 2013 season in The Woodlands on Thursday,
May 30 against the Woodlands Strykers.
 
The Generals first home game is set for
Tuesday, June 4 at 7:05pm at Riverside Stadium in Victoria as the Texas Marshals
come to town for a two-game series.
 

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