Forest City, NC (28 June, 2018) The Owls winning streak continued to five games in a row and then would come to an end right after as they would split the double header against the Asheboro Copperheads.
The Owls would win game one 6-5 in the second straight extra inning game against Asheboro and then would drop game two 17-6.
"The first game wads a grinding game. Even after the rain delay out guys did a great job grinding out at bats and finding a way to win" said head coach Matt Reed.
The Owls would get things going against the snakes in the early innings with a sacrifice fly from AJ Wright, scoring Kendall McGowan in the first and a bases clearing RBI double by Joe Vranesh in the 3rd. The Owls would take a 3-0 lead heading into the 4th.
The Copperheads would retaliate in the 4th with a three run home run from Brandt Ollinger to tie the game up at three. The Copperheads would take the lead in the 5th inning after a sacrifice fly from Nate Blakeney, scoring Sean Phelan.
The lead wouldn't last long as McGowan would come up with Joel McDaniel at first and hit a two run moon shot to left field. McGowan would finish the game going 3-3 with a single, double, and a home run (a triple short of the cycle).]
"When he [McGowan] gets going, the only person who can stop him is himself and he played really well within himself and was a huge factor in us getting the win" said Reed
The Copperheads would tie the game in the top of the 7th inning on a wild pitch, resulting in a chance for the Owls to capture their first walk off win of the season.
After a four-hour rain delay, the Owls would go quite in the bottom of the 7th which would result in the second straight extra inning game for the Owls. It would be Daniel Kite on the mound to pitch in the 8th and with two runners on and nobody out in extra innings, Kite would get the Owls out of the inning and send it to the bottom of the 8th.
"Anytime there are two on with nobody out, it bodes well for you to score a run and we were fortunate enough to have Kite pitch around it and give us a chance" said Reed.
With Alex Reynolds pinch running and Mike Fitschen pinch hitting, the Owls would try to play small ball to advance the runners over. Fitschen, however, failed to get a bunt down and found himself down in the count 0-2. After working it back even, Fitschen would rip one into right center field, bringing Reynolds home to score and securing a 6-5 victory in game one over the Copperheads.
The Owls win streak would come to an end in game two after a disappointing 17-6 loss where the Owls pitchers would give up 13 free passes.
"That not how you win games" said reed on the 13 free bases "its something you have to get better at and we have to make those corrections coming down the stretch".
The Owls find themselves a game back behind the High Point Thomasville Hi-Toms and a noon game against the Gastonia Grizzlies from Sims Legion Park tomorrow before the Hi-Toms come knocking at McNair Field on Saturday.