Generals To Retire Jersey Number


By: Don Brubaker

Updated: 8/07/2013 2:26 pm

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The Victoria Generals will host their final two home games of the 2013 regular
season on Thursday and Friday nights at Riverside Stadium in Victoria against
the Woodlands Strykers.

In a special pregame ceremony on Friday night beginning at
6:45, the Generals plan to retire former General Chad Kruse’s #55

Kruse played two seasons for the Generals in 2011 and
  Kruse is currently is the Generals all-time single-season
leader in games played, at bats, runs scored, hits, and total bases.
  Kruse also holds the career records in all of those categories as
well as doubles.

“Chad Kruse is the gold standard in terms of what we want
out players to be like on the field and off,” stated Blake Koch, the Generals
vice president and general manager.
  “Chad was one of the
best players that we’ve ever had play for us and did a phenomenal job
representing our organization in the community.”

Kruse recently completed his college career at the
University of Houston-Victoria in the spring.
He then played his
first year of professional baseball with the Roswell Invaders of the Pecos
League this summer.

Kruse hit .321 with 20 doubles, two triples, 38 RBI, 72 runs
scored, 24 walks, and 8 stolen bases to help lead the Invaders to the 2013 Pecos
League Championship.

During his career with the Generals, Kruse posted a .309
batting average with 26 doubles, four triples, two home runs, 59 RBI, 79 runs
scored, 35 walks, and 19 stolen bases.

Kruse’s #55 will be the first number ever retired by the
Victoria Generals.

The Generals will also hand out 2013 team awards during the
pregame ceremony and honor two host families that have hosted players for all
five years that the team has been in Victoria: Jack and Anna Daniels &
Mike and Lisa Thornton.
Former Generals assistant coach
Shorty Cook and his 2013 Hallettsville Brahmas State Champion Baseball Team will
also be on hand to be honored before the game as well.

Playoff tickets for the Generals opening round game are on
sale now.
  The Generals will host the Acadiana Cane Cutters in a
one-game playoff on Saturday, August 10 at 7:05pm at Riverside
  The winner will advance to the TCL Championship
  The Generals have made it to the Championship Series in thee
of the last four years.

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