Generals still adjusting to TCL changes halfway through season

Second half of 2020 TCL season begins Friday night

VICTORIA, Texas — Halfway through the shortened, 2020 TCL season, it’s clear to the Victoria Generals that this campaign is anything but usual. But Generals head coach Michael Oros says despite the coronavirus precautions in place, it’s always business as usual once the first pitch is thrown.

“Anytime something minor comes up we treat it like it’s a big deal just to be on the safe side,” said Oros. “So it’s definitely a little bit different in that aspect, but once the games start it’s always baseball.”

At 6-9, the Generals have their work cut out for them if they want to make a playoff push in the back end of the season. Second-year General Payton Robertson said the level of urgency has been high all season long due to the added importance of each game.

“With a shortened season, if you want to make the playoffs you gotta win and win fast,” said Robertson. “We’ve been on a skid lately, but I think it’s brought this team a little closer together and hopefully we can string a couple ballgames.”

Oros added that the deeper talent pool — in large part due to the shutdown of similar leagues around the country — has been good for the TCL but demanding for his players.

“Bigger name schools, bigger name guys because no one else is playing,” said Oros. “It’s good for the league because we’re getting better quality players, but also the results are gonna be harder to come by.”

The Generals won in walk-off fashion on Thursday night, and begin a road series against the San Antonio Flying Chanclas on Friday.