On a rainy opening day in McNair Field, the Forest City Owls find a way to get it done vs the Catawba Valley Stars out of the CPL and win their first game of the season by a score of 4-0.
There was no shortage of spectacular pitching for the owls as Starter Bobby Hampton would go 4 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out four. He would be followed by great outings by Israel Cordero, Daniel Knight and Brandon Phillips. The four owls pitchers would only give up four hits combined between them in preserving the shutout.
The offense seemed like it was gonna have a big night after an RBI double by Jordan Eckard and an RBI single by Josh Senter to give the Owls a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Yet the bats cooled down as the owls would only record two more hits for the entire game. The sloppy defense by the Catawba Valley Stars allowed the Owls to get a few more base runners on and push one more run across in the 5th inning.
The stellar defense would back up the Owls pitching as the Owls would get out of a bases loaded Jam in the 2nd and 8th inning, while turning two double plays in the 5th and 7th inning.
The Owls and the Stars will play on Monday in the second of three exhibiton games before the first CPL game on May 31st against the Lexington Blowfish from Lexington, SC.
Owls will look to keep the pitching rolling and heat up the bats in the games to come.