On Scout night, the boy and girl scouts were treated to a great hitting and pitching performance as the Forest City Owls win their home opener over the Martinsville Mustangs by a score of 10-1.
"It feels good to get this win, we played very well and our entire team played well" said head coach Matt Reed
The offense came alive early in the 3rd as Andrew Friedholm and Kendall McGowan would get on for AJ Wright to drive in to give the Owls a 2-0 lead. McGowan would finsih the game 1-4 with 2 runs scored.
The party wouldnt stop there as Joe Vranesh, who was a HR short of the cycle agaisnt Lexington, would finally get his HR off of Martinsville pitcher Charles Hasty as he blasted one over the wall in left field. The Owls would score two more in the 4th with RBI singles from Elijah Henderson and AJ Wright.
"We did a lot better job with hitters in scoring position. They bats really came alive tonight" said Reed
The Owls would get one in the 5th, one in the 6th, before exploding in the 7th with three runs thanks to an RBI single by Henderson and a little help from the Mustangs. Martinsville would walk three batters in the inning and throw a wild pitch with the bases loaded. All nine Owl batters would reach base in this game with the offense recording 10 runs on 11 hits.
The Owls sent Sean Hunley from the University of Tennessee out on the mound for the first time this season and he picked up right where he left off on Rocky Top. Hunley through 5 innings, giving up one hit and recorded eight strike outs.
He would give the ball to fellow Tennessee Volunteer, Redmond Walsh who was one blemsh away from preserving the shut out. Martinsville's AJ Kloehn would hit a solo homerun off Walsh in the 8th inning. Walsh would go 4 innings giving up two hits and striking out five batters in an impressive CPL debut.
"We heard that they [Walsh and Hunley] were big time strike throwers and they came right in, attacked the hitters for the entire game" said Reed
The Owl Vols would strike out 11 Mustangs, walking only one and limiting Martinsville to just three hits.
The Owls will travel back to Lexington, SC tomorrow and look for revenge against the Lexington Blowfish after losing the CPL opener in Lexington on Thursday night.