High Point, NC (24 June 2018) The Forest City Owls wrapped up their three game road trip with their 4th straight win, beating the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms 7-3 from Finch Field.
"We are on a good run right now, winning three straight road games is always a tough test. Credit to our guys for playing tough day in and day out and continuing to win ball games" said head coach Matt Reed.
The action would start early for the Owls with Mike Fitschen, Alex Reynolds and Joel McDaniel on the base path it would be Josh Senter to come up clutch and hit a grand slam to straight away left field, giving Owls starting pitcher Brandon Dusenberry a 4-0 lead.
"He [Senter] got us started off on a hot groove today. He is still try to find himself and I am happy with his play today" said Reed.
Dusenberry would pitch great for the Owls as he would go five innings, giving up two runs on two hits and striking out two Hi-Toms in the process. In his second year with the Owls, Dusenberry would record his first ever Coastal Plain League win.
The Owls offense would continue to flourish as they would add another run on with back to back doubles from Alex Reynolds and Joel McDaniel and pushing the lead to 5-0. Reynolds would finish the game going 2-5 and McDaniel would finish 1-2 with an RBI and two walks.
After a drop 3rd strike in the bottom of the 5th and another base runner on, the Hi-Toms would chip into the lead of the Owls after an RBI single from Bryce Butler bringing the score to 5-2 Owls. With two on and two out, Josh Senter would make a diving grab in left center field and rob the Hi-Toms of a bases clearing double.
"I thought he was just going to catch it standing up. He got a good jump and he is so good at tracking fly balls so when I saw him dive for it I was a little surprised, but it was a great play and a huge momentum builder for us" said Reed.
Derek Perry would shine on the bases as he would go 2-5 with four stolen bases. With Perry at third in the top of the 6th, Jordan Eckard would hit an RBI single and getting one run back and giving the Owls bullpen a 6-2 lead.
The Hi-Toms would get one back in the 7th on a wild pitch that scored Bailey Welch (who scored two of the three runs for the Hi-Toms) but the Owls would get that run back in the 9th thanks to an RBI single from Fitschen who scored Eckard from second.
"Even though we scored those four early runs, our guys were able to push across three more and that momentum kept building as the game went on" said Reed.
Redmond Walsh would come into the bottom of the 9th (after getting Brock Minich out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the 8th) and strike out the side, preserving the 7-3 victory for the Forest City Owls. The Owls move to 11-9 on the year and are now a half game back of the division leading Hi-Toms.
"You feel pretty good about your chances with a four run lead in the 9th inning, its hard for a team to come back from a four run deficit" said Reed.
The Owls return home to face the Martinsville Mustangs on Monday, June 24 and will have an opportunity to force a tie at first place with High point, who have Monday off.