Series Preview - East Texas Pump Jacks

By: Seth Pottle
The team breaks down a Fabacher Field rematch between the visiting East Texas Pump Jacks and the streaking Cane Cutters.
Series 7
East Texas Pump Jacks (4-7) at Acadiana Cane Cutters (5-7)
Thursday June 13, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Friday June 14, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Our Acadiana Cane Cutters return home from their second road trip of the season tonight in the midst of a four game winning streak that has positioned them in third place in the Texas Collegiate League behind the Brazos Valley Bombers and Victoria Generals. The Cane Cutters recently swept the Generals during their two game visit, winning 12-8 on Tuesday, thanks to several big hits, including a 3-run home run from Cutters’ outfielder Freddy Prince, and 3-1 on Wednesday after an excellent pitching performance from Southern Mississippi standout Jake Winston. The Cane Cutters’ record now stands at (5-7) on the season, and sets them three games behind the Victoria Generals for second place in the TCL. With an upcoming series against the defending league champion East Texas Pump Jacks on the horizon, the Cane Cutters will look to continue their recent success and even their season record at (7-7).

Acadiana’s recent success has revolved around the resurgence of the great hitters in the Canes’ lineup, as the team has racked up 24 runs in their last four games, an average of 6 runs per contest. And with outstanding pitching still highlighting every game, the combination has proved to be lethal against opposing ball clubs. University of Alabama utility infielder Chance Vincent has found his stride at the plate, as he has started knocking in runs left and right for the Cane Cutters during their winning stretch. Third baseman Brett Thornell has been solid at the top of the Cane Cutters’ lineup, hitting for a .291 average on the season with 10 runs plated. Pitchers Kyle Cedotal and Jake Winston have been integral parts to the Cane Cutters’ success too, turning in consistently solid outings and giving the team every chance to win each night they are on the mound. Reliever Christian Talley has found his groove, shutting down opposing bats in his last couple outings, picking up a save earlier in the week, and a win Wednesday night against the Generals. Look for the lineup to continue hitting with a purpose and getting runners on base this home series.

The Pump Jacks have not had quite as much success as the Cane Cutters over the same four game stretch, losing all four of their matchups, including two to the Cane Cutters last weekend. The Pump Jacks have struggled to pitch effectively as of late, giving up 32 runs in their last four games, 23 of which came against the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Though their hitters have not played poorly over the four games, the Jacks’ lack of pitching has been their Achilles heel. Outfielder Garrett McMullen’s unrealistically torrid hitting pace has slowed down considerably, as he has fallen back down to earth since starting the season with a .563 batting average. However; their lineup remains dangerous, as hitters Brooks Marlow and Joey Armstrong remain in the mix, hitting .409 and .325 respectively.

Thursday and Friday’s action on the turf will be accompanied by can’t-miss fun at Fabacher Field. On Thursday, June 13th, the Cane Cutters will feature yet another fan favorite: Thirsty Thursday. All 10-ounce cans of Bud and Bud Light will be just $1 all night long! After the game, all fans are encouraged to join the Cane Cutters’ players, staff, and Eddy the Cane Cutter Mascot at Buffalo Wild Wings on Ambassador for our second team meal night of the season! Friday will be Aspen Clinic Night at the Ballgame. After the game, all fans will be invited on the field to play catch under the lights with friends, family, and even some players before our very own fireworks show presented by C&G Boats. The fun just doesn’t end at Fabacher Field and all that’s missing is you! 


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