Revenge is best served with a fastball and the Forest City Owls got their revenge, defeating the Lexington Blowfish 14-4 in Lexington, SC.
"Our offense played really well. Our situational hitting was much better than the last time we were here and when you can situationally hit, you can put up some big numbers like we did today" said head coach Matt Reed
The Owls offense exploded in the early innings. With a 3-0 lead, the Owls would score five runs in the 3rd, thanks to RBI singles from Elijah Henderson and Colton Yeager. The Owls would bat 11 in the inning with Houston Wright, Mike Fitzchen, Kendall McGowan, Paul Salata, and Elijah Henderson all coming around to score.
With a 10-1 lead, in the top of the 6th, Kendall McGowan would reach for the 4th time on a double (he would finish the night going 4-4 with a double, two walks, 5 runs scored and a stolen base.
"McGowan did his job well, like all of our hitters but I was very pleased with his performance" said Reed
To follow McGowan, Salata would hit a two run moon shot to give the Owls a 12-1 lead. The Owls offense would finish with 14 runs, on 16 hits.
Appalachian State Mountaineers Bobby Hampton would take the mound for the Owls and was nothing short of spectacular. Hampton would finish the game by going seven innings, giving up six hits and striking out eight Blowfish batters.
"He [Booby Hampton} did what I tell all of our pitchers and that is attack the strike zone. He got a big lead early and went out there and attacked the hitters, especially the lead off hitters, and he was dominating the whole night" said Reed.
Lexington, who came back in the 9th inning last Thursday to win the game on a walk off, were poised to make another historical comeback. Yet it was pitcher Quitton Driggers to get Blowfish 2nd basemen Jared Williams to ground into a double play, only to have Chris Clary pop out to end the game.
The Blowfish committed five errors in the game, which allowed four Owls to score.
"They gave us a couple runs early, our guys did a good job of grinding and staying consistent at the plate" said Reed
The Owls take on Hi Point Thomasville tomorrow at four. You can listen to the game live at mixlr.com/forest-city-owls-baseball