The typical 2010 East Texas game has featured Pump Jacks hitters working the count to earn walks, taking advantage of opposing errors, while their pitchers held their own with strikeouts and good control.
The Victoria Generals flipped the script on the Jacks Tuesday night.
The visiting Victoria Generals benefited from seven Pump Jacks walks and a pair of errors on their way to a 7-4 victory over the Jacks. The result allowed the Generals to move back into a tie with the Pump Jacks atop the Texas Collegiate League standings.
The Generals got things going immediately in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Brendan McGaheran drew a walk off Pump Jacks starter Chris Larsen and moved to second on Lawton Langford’s single. A Larsen wild pitch allowed both runners to advance a base, and the next two hitters hit sacrifice flies to put Victoria up, 2-0.
Victoria added to its lead in the third when Jeramie Marek reached on a rare Aaron McCain error, moved over on a groundout and another miscue, and scored on Connor Mach’s second sac fly of the contest.
Lee Orr was the offensive star of the night for East Texas, going 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI. After doubling in the first inning, Orr, who only arrived in East Texas on Monday, crushed another two-bagger in the fourth. Zac Fisher followed with a single to score Orr for the initial Pump Jacks tally.
Victoria extended its lead to 4-1 when Mach doubled in his third RBI of the game in the fifth, but East Texas rallied in the bottom of the inning to cut the deficit to one. The frame nearly ended when Blake Ellender hit a potential double-play grounder, but the Jacks’ center fielder used his top gear to beat out the throw and keep the inning going. He scored all the way from first base on a double by McCain, who came around himself on Orr’s single.
That was the closest the Pump Jacks would get, as Victoria scored a walk-aided run in the sixth and two more in the eighth on two walks, a single and two wild pitches.
Down 7-3 with two outs in the ninth, the Jacks started a rally with two singles and a walk to plate Jesse Santo, but it wasn’t to be. McCain stepped to the plate as the tying run with two outs and two on, but a strikeout quashed the rally and ended the game.
After a pair of games on the road and an off-day, the Jacks will return home again on Saturday, June 19, with a giveaway night to kick off a stretch of seven home games in eight days.
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