Victoria Generals Deliver Top-Notch Baseball to Crossroads
As baseball fans, we are very fortunate to have summer league baseball in Victoria. The Victoria Generals have brought top quality baseball to the Crossroads.
The Victoria Baseball Club, LLC was formed in 2007 with the intent of bringing summer baseball back to the city of Victoria. In November of 2008, local businessman Tracy Young decided to place a team in the Texas Collegiate League. The organization signed a lease agreement with historic Riverside Stadium to be the home field for the new team. In December of 2008, management decided on the team name of the Victoria Generals. Former big leaguer Chris Clemons was named the General’s first head coach and the foundation for summer collegiate baseball in Victoria was in place. The Generals opened their inaugural season with a loss on June 5, 2009 inKilgore,TXagainst the East Texas Pump Jacks. The next night the Generals earned their first victory in team history, defeating the Pump Jacks 9-1. On June 11, 2009, a crowd of over 1,000 people were on hand to witness the first home game in team history. With the fans atRiversideon their feet cheering, closer Zach Nuding notched his first save of the season on a strike out to end the game as the Generals won 9-7. The Generals started the season on a tear, winning seven games in a row after their opening loss. Their hot start earned them #21 ranking by Perfect Game Crosscheckers in the first national poll of the season. The Generals were ranked as high as #16 during the year and finished the season at #22. The Generals finished the regular season with a record of 30-14, making them the TCL Regular Season Champions. After quickly disposing of the Brazos Valley Bombers in the opening round of the playoffs, the Generals fell to the Coppell Copperheads in the Championship Series.
All in all, the Generals had a phenomenal inaugural season, exceeding everyone’s expectations on the field and off. If there was one thing that was certainly clear following the 2009 season, it was that the Victoria Generals were here to stay and would be a force to be reckoned with in the Texas Collegiate League for many years to come.
Since that inaugural season, the Generals have won TCL championships and sent several players to the major leagues.
Do yourself a favor and attend a Generals game this weekend. It’s great fun for the whole family!!