Forest City, NC (21 June 2018) The "Silver Slider" [Cannan Silver] and "Mr. Tiger" [Elijah Henderson] come in clutch to help the the Forest City Owls end their four game losing streak by defeating the Gastonia Grizzlies 5-3 from McNair Field.
"I've never met a win I haven't liked, and I am glad we got this one" said head coach Matt Reed on tonight's win.
Trailing by one run in the 4th inning, the bats came alive for the Owls as the Owls would get a single from Derek Perry and a walk from Kendal McGowan to give Jordan Eckard an opportunity to tie the game. Eckard wouldn't miss as he would drive a single into center field, scoring Perry from second.
The Owls would get some help from starting Grizzlies pitcher Noah Thompson as he would throw two wild pitches in the inning, scoring McGowan and Eckard. The Owls would take a 3-1 lead as they would send eight batters to the plate in the 4th inning.
"Owl of the Week" Cannan Silver proved why he was given such a title, coming into the game with a 2-0 record with a 3.38 ERA, he would go five innings, giving up one unearned run and refused the Grizzlies a hit through his five innings of work.
"He [Silver] has done a great job of coming in and pounding the strike zone" said Reed on Silver's performance "He kept us in the game and gave us a chance to win in a one run ball game which is what you want from a pitcher".
With the score tied at three, a runner on first with no outs, and Matt Dailey into pitch for the Owls, "Mr. Tiger" himself would make the play of the year with a diving stop at short stop to save a single. He would flip the ball to Perry, while on his stomach, to start a 6-4-3 double play. Dailey would get Colton Thomas to ground out on the next at bat, sending the game to the bottom of the 8th with the score tied at three and Henderson due up 4th in the inning.
With McGowan at second after getting on via a hit by pitch and advancing on a stolen base, it would be Henderson again with the clutch play as he would drive an RBI double to deep center field. McGowan would score to give the Owls a 4-3 lead. The fun wouldn't stop there as Mike Fitschen would drive in Henderson with an RBI single, putting the score at 5-3.
"The old saying is a guy makes a great play, comes in and gets a big hit and that is what he [Henderson] did. He did a great job of staying within himself and if he keeps doing that he's gonna be a really great player" said Reed
It would be up to Redmond Walsh out of the University of Tennessee to come on and earn his third save of the year. The Grizzlies wouldn't go quiet however as they would threaten with back to back singles from Eddie Paparella and Tate Pennington. With the game on the line, Walsh would get Satterfield to fly out to Eckard in right, preserving the 5-3 victory for the Owls.
"Red [Walsh] has been hot for us and with a two run lead we needed someone to come in and fill the strike zone. He has shown the most since the summer started and for me it was a no brainer" said Reed.
The Owls currently hold a 3-1 lead over the Grizzlies in the battle for the Silver cup and will get a chance to extend the series lead tomorrow from Gastonia.