Forest City, NC (18 June 2018) The Forest City Owls home hitting woes continue as they can't get the bats going against the High Point Thomasville Hi-Toms and drop their third straight by a score of 9-2.
"We shot ourselves in the foot. We need to start playing nine innings of baseball and if we do that I know we will be fine' said head coach Matt Reed
In the early part of the game, the errors started to plague the Owls as they would commit three errors in three innings, allowing two of them to come home to score. The first was an RBI double by the Hi-Toms Zach McLean that scored Myles Christian and the second error to come home to score was off the bat of Christian which scored E.P Reece.
"When you throw three errors on the board, its not going to get the job done for us" said Reed.
The Owls would put up a fight in the 4th and 5th inning as Kendall McGowan, the current "Owl of the Week", would double to lead off the inning and Houston Wright would drive him in with a double of his own. Paul Salata would hit a solo home run in the 5th to bring the score to 5-2.
With the momentum in the Owls dugout, the Hi-Toms would strike back with a two run home run off the bat of McLean. McLean would finish the game with two hits and three RBIs.
While the Owls pitching struggled tonight, they would strike out a total of 11 Hi-Tom hitters, improving their team total to 117 strikeouts.
Relief pitcher Burl Carraway would come in during the 8th inning, after starting pitcher Riley Isenhour would go seven innings giving up five hits and two runs. Carraway would give up one run on a wild pitch to score Elijah Henderson who reached on a one out double. Carraway would strike out six owls batters in two innings to preserve a 9-2 victory.
"I am not panicking. I will never panic on this team. We just got to play a complete game of baseball and with the way the division is shaping out to be. All it takes is a couple wins and a couple times to go on a run and anything can happen" said Reed
The Owls will play in an exhibition game against the Catawba Valley Stars from the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate league tomorrow as the Owls try to end a three game losing streak.