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Owls take lead late, Hold off Macon

Owls take lead late, Hold off Macon

The Owls got their first taste of Bacon tonight as the Forest City Owls defeat the Macon Bacon late in the game.

The Owls and Bacon would trade runs through the first four innings of the game.  The Owls would strike first with an RBI single from Alex Reynolds, bringing home Derek Perry in the first.  This would be Reynolds first RBI and hit of the 2018 season.

The Bacon would answer in the 2nd inning however, CJ Bush and Alex Cantry would get on in front of Garret Green, and an error by the third baseman AJ Wright and a ground out by Cal Gentry would score both Bush and Cantry.

Down 2-1 in the second, Corbin Watson and Perry would both walk, to set up Reynolds for his second and third RBIs of the game.  Reynolds would finish the game 2-4 with two singles and three RBIs.

Gentry wouldn't allow the Owls to hold the lead for long however, as he would hit an RBI single to center field, scoring Cantry who reached on a walk earlier in the inning.

"You can't be afraid to get up to the plate, and force a pitcher's hand in an at bat.  You have to be strong no matter the situation" said head coach Matt Reed

The pitching would come out on display for the next couple innings as Brandon Dusenberry would would go six strong innings, giving up three runs (only two earned) on five hits before handing the ball off to Israel Cordero.  Dusenberry would receive a no decision. 

With a runner at first in the form of Joel McDaniel, it would be the Macon Bacon to make the first mistake in extra innings.  The Bacon's pitcher, Isaac Hale, would throw the ball into right field and allow McDaniel to move all the way to third.  With the defense playing in, Andrew Friedholm, would bounce a ball over the head over Cantry at second, and would give the Owls a 4-3 lead heading into the 9th.

It was all Cordero in the ninth, as he would preserve the game by getting Gentry to pop out to third basemen AJ wright to win the game.

"He [Cordero] came in and shut them down.  He utilized his curveball to get batters out and was attacking the strike zone to win the game for us" said Reed

The Owls move to 3-2 on the year and will square off against the Asheboro Copperheads tomorrow in Asheboro, first pitch at 7:05.  You can listen to the game live at mixlr.com/forest-city-owls-baseball 

6/4/18