Generals Beat Cane Cutters to Win Second TCL Championship
Playing in front of a packed home crowd, the Generals defeated the Cane Cutters, 7-4, to claim their second TCL Championship in franchise history. The Generals dropped the first game of the TCL Championship Series in Louisiana before coming home to Riverside and winning the last two nights. The first team championship came back in 2010, when current head coach Michael Oros was a player for the team during his time at Sam Houston State.
“It means everything,” Oros said after the game. “In ’10, when we did as a team, as a player, it felt great. it was our first one in franchise history. Once I had the opportunity to come back, that was the ultimate goal. It took four years, but it means everything. It means everything for me, for the team, for the city, for everyone.”
After a sluggish start offensively Saturday, the Generals found themselves in a 4-0 hole heading into the bottom of the fifth. The tide would turn quickly, however, as the Gens put the first three men on base before the Cane Cutters walked in a run then allowed a wild pitch to cut the score to 4-2. After a sac fly put them within one, the Generals tied the game on an RBI triple from Luis Vargas in the 6th. They would go on to take their first lead of the game later that inning after Chase Evans sent a two-run home run over the fence to make it a 6-4 Generals lead.
That was all the offense the Cane Cutters could muster, as Garrett Alexander came in and shut down a brief threat in the 8th, stranding runners on 1st and 2nd. Luis Vargas would add one more RBI to push the lead to 7-4, which would hold up as the final.
“The past few nights we really trusted each other,” outfielder Michael Williams said while his team celebrated behind him. “Came back, kept fighting. And what we got, it’s for the city of Victoria. It’s for the city.”