Forest City, NC (29 June, 2018) A disappointing end to the first half of the season for the Forest City Owls as they are out played by the High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms by a score of 4-1.
"You just have to lick your wounds, move on and get ready for the second half of the season" said head coach Matt Reed.
Bobby Hampton started on the mound for the Owls and pitched great going five innings, giving up three runs on six hits and five strikeouts. His one bad inning occurred in the 3rd inning when the Hi-Toms would tally three hits and score two thanks to an RBI double from Dylan Enwiller and an RBI single from from Myles Christian.
"Our pitching did a great job of keeping us in it. It was a back and forth game and our pitchers [Hampton and Walsh] came in and gave us a chance to win it" said Reed.
The Hi-Toms would add one more in the 5th on an RBI double from Christian, scoring Enwiller.
Redmond Walsh would pitch brilliant again as he would go four innings, giving up one run on one hit and striking out six. Walsh currently leads the league in strikeouts with 38.
Hi-Toms starting pitcher would have his perfect game broken up in the bottom of the 7th with a lead off home run from Derek Perry. The Owls would only tally two hits on a way to a 4-1 defeat.
"When you have nine outs to work with, its difficult for an offense. It wasn't the first time it happened and it wont be the last. You hate when it happens in an important game like this but we just need to stay confident and good things will come" said Reed.
"If we play out brand of baseball, we can win ball games. Tonight we didn't do that and it ultimately cost us" said Reed "We will bounce back though. I'm confident in this team and I am excited for the second half".
The Owls will finish up the regular season against the Gastonia Grizzlies in the 7th matchup in the "Silver Cup" where the Owls currently hold a 5-1 advantage. Tickets for the game can be purchased at forestcitybaseball.com.