The little league ball players were given a show as the Forest City Owls erupt in the 5th and 6th inning and defeat the Gastonia Grizzlies by a score of 13-1 at McNair Field.
The Owls came into this game, struggling on offense and it looked like it would continue for the Owls through the first four innings.
"We came out and we were trying to do too much. We got some help to get us into a groove and pull some momentum and I liked how we were swinging late" said Head coach Matt Reed.
Into a groove they would go. With Colton Yager and Derek Perry already into score in the bottom of the 5th. It would be Houston Wright, to clear the bases with a 2 RBI single to score Elijah Henderson and AJ Wright (both walked in their at bats).
"Its a testament to us, staying in our zones and grinding out at bats" said Reed
With a 4-1 lead, the Owls batted all nine hitters in the bottom of the 6th, and all nine hitters would reach. With Paul Salata already in with the Owls 5th run, Colton Yager would get his 4th RBI of the season as he would drive in Chase Barbary from third base. With Yeager and Perry on, Henderson would drive in both on a triple to deep center. AJ Wright would then hit a two run home run to follow, completing the cycle in the inning for the Owls. The Owls would score eight runs in the inning including RBIs from Jordan Eckard (2) and Kendall McGowan (1).
The Owls starter, Cannan Silver pitched lights out through five innings. He gave up one run on only one hit while striking out three. He would give the ball to Troy hall would would strike out five over three innings and Western Carolina's Michael Davis would come in the top of the 9th and strike out two to preserve a 13-1 victory.
"It feels great to get them [Davis and Hall] on the right track. When you are going out there for the first time, there are going to be some cobwebs and to get them on the mound and feeling confident is a great feeling to have"
The Owls would limit the Grizzlies to just two hits in the game and would not surrender a single walk through nine innings.
The Owls will play the Gastonia Grizzlies again on June, 8th at Gastonia. You can listen to the game live on mixlr.com/forest-city-owls-baseball