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Owls Devastate HiToms with Extra Inning Triumph

After facing a 7-3 deficit heading into the 8th, the Forest City Owls (8-8) outscored High Point-Thomasville (6-10) 10-1 in the final three innings to defeat the HiToms 13-8 in an extra inning affair at Finch Field on Thursday night.


The Owls took the lead to begin the ballgame, as Matthew Lumsden's homerun in the opening inning scored Garrett Blaylock to give Forest City an early 2-0 advantage.  High Point-Thomasville also put up a run in the first as Angel Zarate scored on a passed ball to make it 2-1.


Elijah Henderson struck next, leading off the top of the third with a solo homerun to left field to hit his first blast of the season.  The HiToms responded by scoring three runs apiece in the third and fourth innings to take a commanding 7-3 lead.


The Owls waited until the eighth to draw even with the HiToms, collecting a trio of RBI singles from Jake Rucker, Carter Foster, and Kendall McGowanMatt Harrison scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to give the Owls a 9-8 lead, but an RBI single from Blayne Jones tied the game up to force extra innings.


In the tenth Forest City pulled away, beginning the frame with an RBI double from Foster before Garrett Blaylock sent a towering shot to right-center for a grand slam, giving the Owls the deciding lead.


Zachary Taglieri picked up the win after losing a save opportunity in the ninth, which would have been the first save for an Owl this season.  Will Lancaster took the loss for the HiToms.


Forest City returns to McNair Field tomorrow night to begin the first game of a home-and-home series with the Asheboro Copperheads, who currently

High Point-Thomasville will travel to Holly Springs tomorrow to take on the Salamanders.