The Acadiana Cane Cutters earned their first victory of the new 2013 season with a win over the visiting Victoria Generals on Knight Oil Tools' Scout Night.
After rolling through the Woodlands with an opening series sweep of the Strykers, the Victoria Generals came to Lafayette unblemished so far in the young season. Their fortunes changed abruptly however when they met an Acadiana Cane Cutters’ squad hungry to get things on track after two painful losses to Brazos Valley to open the new campaign. The Cutters sailed to a convincing 8-3 win Saturday as the Fabacher crowd, packed with kids, was treated to Knight Oil Tools’ Scout Night complete with rock wall, dunk tank, and Fun Jumps at the stadium.
The Cane Cutters got off to a fast start tonight, scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead after the Generals failed to put a runner on base in the top of half of the inning. Over the following three innings, neither scored a run as Cane Cutters’ starter Jake Winston and Generals’ starter Trey Wall became locked in and silenced the opposing teams’ bats. However, after 4 mostly clean innings turned in by the Generals’ infield, they seemed to have lost their touch in the fifth as the first two batters of the bottom of the inning reached base on infield errors. Although the Cane Cutters loaded the bases in the bottom of the fifth with no outs, only one run was able to come around and score, as the Generals were able to recover while throwing two runners out at the plate. A 3-0 lead through five innings was simply not comfortable enough for the Cutters, and they were able to scratch across 4 more runs during the bottom of the sixth on 3 hits and 3 errors in the inning by the Victoria Generals to push the lead to 7-0. From there, the Cane Cutters were able to run away with the game, pushing 1 more run across the plate before the contest ended. They did hit a slight bump on their way to victory during the eighth inning as the Generals scored 3 runs on hit after pitcher Christian Talley loaded the bases on three straight walks to lead off the inning. Following the eighth, pitcher Ryan Deemes came in to shut down the Generals’ bats in the ninth and seal the Cane Cutters’ first win of the season, 8-3.
Pitcher Jake Winston turned in an outstanding effort on the mound tonight, going 7 strong innings, giving up only 4 hits and striking out 5 batters and earning the win for the Cane Cutters. Connor Barron had a great game at the plate, going 2-for-4 with 2 singles, a walk, and scoring a run during the convincing win. Some the credit, however, must go to the Generals’ gloves, as their infield committed 7 errors over the course of the game.
Generals’ pitcher Trey Wall went 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 5 walks while striking only 2 batters. The trouble started for pitcher Chase Angelle, who gave up 5 runs, only one of which was earned, on 4 hits and one walk while retiring 3 batters on strikeouts. No one batter for the Generals’ stood out, as they notched 5 hits, each from a different batter.
The Cane Cutters will host the Generals for the series finally on Sunday night at Fabacher Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM. Before the game on Sunday, come out to see the 2013 All-Acadiana Baseball and Softball Team get recognized on field during a special pregame ceremony hosted by Kevin Foote of the Daily Advertiser. Tomorrow’s game will also be the Canes’ first “Slippery Sunday” of the season. All kids arriving pregame will get a chance to play on the Duhon’s Fun Jumps waterslide for FREE until game time. Don’t wait! Purchase your tickets now on CaneCuttersBaseball.com or call (337) 451-6582.
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