On a night with four legged, furry Owl fans. The Forest City Owls defeat the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms by a score of 9-4.
"Our hitters are pretty confident. We continue to grind out at bats and get pitches in favorable counts and are able to do something with them" said head coach Matt Reed.
The lead would not stay secure for long as the Hi-Toms would score four runs in the 3rd on a bases loaded triple by Austin Pharr off of Owls Pitcher Canaan Silver. Silver, however, would come back with a vengeance tossing three more scoreless innings and keep the Hi-Toms run total at four. Silver would go six innings, giving up four runs and recording five strike outs.
"He [Silver] made some adjustments after throwing two breaking balls over the plate and came back strong for three more innings" said Reed
The Owls bats would heat up in the 4th inning, cutting the deficit to one after an RBI single by Mike Fitschen, scoring Alex Reynolds and a sacrifice fly by Paul Salata, scoring Jordan Eckard. Eckard would go 2-4 with a run scored.
With a tie game at four in the 5th, "Owl of the Week" Kendall McGowan would get on with single, steal two bases and come home to score on a throwing error by the Hi-Toms catcher Ryan Caveness. McGowan would score three of the Owls nine runs.
With the bases loaded in the 6th, a wild pitch would allow Salata to come home to score and then AJ Wright would add to his RBI total by clearing the bases with a two out double to extend the lead for the Owls and make it a 8-4 game. Wright would finish with five RBIs on three hits.
After a Salata solo homerun in the 7th, the team turned to sidearm pitcher Daniel Kite to close out the game for the Owls and he would do just that. Kite pitched three innings, giving up one hit and recording his first save for the Owls this season.
The Owls would score one more in the 8th after Wright would tally his 5th RBI and McGowan would score his 3rd run. Kite would pitch around a one out walk and a one out double to preserve a much needed win in a close Western Division race.
The Owls would only walk two batters the entire game (after giving up 18 walks the last two game) and the Owls defense would go perfect in the field for the second time this season. It would also be the 6th time, out of 12 games that every owl would reach base safely at least once.
"Our pitchers came out and pounded the strike zone. You are going to have some days where you walk some guys but our guys pitched really well tonight" said Reed
"We were fortunate enough to get some big double plays. I don't care how you get them, as long as you get them and the defense got them when we needed them to" said Reed.
This game would also be the 7th time the Owls would record double digit hits.
"They were able to get pitches they could handle, get pitches that were favorable and do some damage with some big hits" said Reed
Forest City moves to 7-5 on the year with a home record of 4-1. The Hi-Toms fall to 6-6 on the year, with a 2-4 record on the road. The Owls will take on the Lexington Blowfish tomorrow at McNair Field at 7:05.