The Forest City Owls (1-3) fell to the Macon Bacon (3-1) on Monday night at McNair Field, 8-3. It was the third straight loss for the Owls since their Opening Night win, dropping their record to 1-3 so far in 2019.
The Owls built a 3-2 lead through two innings, thanks to a two-run home run from left fielder Kendall McGowan in the first inning. A sacrifice fly from third baseman Garrett Blaylock, which scored Collin Watt, assisted the cause as well. The Owls kept the one-run lead through five innings, due to allowing just two runs through five innings of work. He was lifted later on, after not being able to escape the sixth inning.
The sixth would hurt the Owls the most. The top of the sixth saw nine members of the Bacon come to the plate, with six runs scoring. After already scoring a run in the inning, an RBI double from Logan Fink scored Nathan Schreckengost, giving Macon a 4-3 lead. The lead was padded after a three-run homer from Cory Bivins. The 8-3 lead for the Bacon after six innings would hold up for the rest of the night.
Ryan Gallaccio only went 1.2 innings in his start for Macon, allowing all three Forest City runs. Daniel Westbury relieved Gallaccio, and went 3.2 innings for his first win of the season. Three members of the Bacon followed Westbury, keeping the Owls off the board.
Caleb Pearson got the loss for Forest City, falling to 0-1 on the season. The best pitching outing for the Owls came from Caleb Murphy, who struck out three in two scoreless innings of relief. The Bacon collected eight runs on 10 hits. The committed errors and left six on base. The Owls scored three runs on six hits, stranding 13 baserunners.
Macon will stay on the road tomorrow, traveling to South Carolina to take on the Florence RedWolves, and eventually back home for a doubleheader Wednesday night with the Savannah Bananas.
The Owls will take on the currently undefeated Asheboro Copperheads on Tuesday night. The game will be held at McCray Park in Asheboro, with first pitch set for 7:05 P.M.