The Victoria Generals announced the schedule for their sophomore campaign in the Texas Collegiate League today. The General’s 56-game season will open on Wednesday, June 2 with the Generals hosting the East Texas Pump Jacks at Riverside Stadium for the first game of a two-game series. The Generals and the Pump Jacks finished last year’s regular season as the #1 and #2 ranked teams, respectively, heading into the postseason.
After a quick two-game road trip to McKinney to play the Marshals, the Generals will return home on Monday, June 7 to face off against the league’s newest expansion franchise. The location and team name for the new franchise will be released at a later date, but the team will be located somewhere in South Texas which will help create an immediate rivalry between Victoria and the new team. Both franchises are owned by Tracy Young, a local businessman in Victoria.
This year’s expanded schedule brings with it a split-season format, a first for the TCL. After the first 28 games of the season, the league will crown a first-half division champion. All win-loss records are then reset to 0-0 for the second half of the season. The team with the league’s best record in the second half will be named the TCL’s second-half division champion.
The first- and second-half champions will be jointed in the TCL playoffs by a pair of wild card teams. The postseason will again feature two rounds; winners of the best-of-three divisional round will meet in the three-game TCL Championship Series.
The Generals will wrap up the first-half with a two-game home series against the new team starting on Friday, July 2. Marking the midpoint of the season will be the 2010 TCL All-Star Game. The All-Star Game is scheduled for Monday, July 5, and will be hosted by the Victoria Generals at Riverside Stadium. The showcase, which brings together the league's best players, is eagerly anticipated by fans and major league scouts alike.
The Generals regular season home schedule will conclude with a two-game series against the McKinney Marshals starting on Monday, August 2. The TCL divisional playoff round will begin a week later on Monday, August 9.
The Generals will be looking to unseat the defending champion Coppell Copperheads, who have switched their team name to the North Texas Copperheads due to a location change which will see them play their home games in McKinney at the Ballfields of Craig Ranch while also playing a select number of games at their former home in Coppell. The Copperheads defeated the Generals in the TCL Championship Series last year and have captured three of the six titles in TCL history.
Click on the Schedule tab at the top of the page to see the Generals 2010 schedule in its entirety. Season tickets are now on sale!