Forest City, NC (27 July, 2018) The Owls explode for 12 runs on 15 hits and beat the Asheboro Copperheads 12-3 from McNair Field.
"I didn't like the way that game was trending early but we really turned it on in the 3rd and 8th and credit our guys with their resilience at the plate" said head coach Matt Reed.
The Snakes would strike first in the second as they would score two runs on a throwing error by Derek Perry and would take an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 3rd.
The Owls would not take the 2-0 lead lying down however. Jordan Eckard, Joe Vranesh and Colton Yeager would all single to load the bases up for Paul Salata with one out in the inning. Salata would drive a rocket to right field and clear the bases with one swing of the bat on a double.
The Owls wouldn't stop there as they would load the bases up one more time with Corbin Watson and Perry getting on base. With the bases full of Owls for the second time in the inning. Kendall McGowan would hit a bases clearing triple and give the Owls a 6-2 lead.
Israel Cordero would pitch a great game, going six innings and give up two unearned runs on two hits. Izzy would strike out six in his six innings of work. Cordero has now gone 11 innings without giving up an earned run and striking out 13 hitters in his last two starts.
"Izzy was able to breathe with a big lead and it gave him the ability to go out there and get three more innings. I thought he pitched great, he got a little eradicate at sometimes but he was able to calm it down and find the strike zone" said Reed.
Dillon Phillips would come into pitch two strong innings in relief. Phillips would not surrender a hit and would send the game to the bottom of the 8th with the score still at 6-2.
The offense would explode one more time in the home half of the 8th inning from McNair field. McGowan would double to start off the inning and would be followed by AJ Wright hitting a single to put two on with nobody out. Eckard would score McGowan on an RBI single and Yeager would follow by hitting a bases clearing double. With the score now 10-2 in favor of the boys in green and gold, Salata would get one more chance to drive in another run.
"I want our guys to be trending in a way that every inning we put up monster numbers. If we do that then we are going to be a force to reckon with coming down the stretch" said Reed.
On a 3-1 pitch, Salata would hit a two run home run to straight away center and give the Owls a 10 run lead. Salata would finish the game with two extra base hits and five RBIs.
"I feel great. I am slowing everything down and I have adjusted my swing, got rid of my leg kick and everything looks like your pitch when you are on and I am gonna keep riding this wave all the way" said Salata on his five RBI game.
After the Copperheads scored one in the top of the 9th, Michael Davis would get a game ending double play and send the Owls off the Gastonia with a 12-3 win and their 4th straight victory (Owls have won eight of their last nine games).
"We gotta keep the ball rolling and we gotta keep playing consistent baseball. If we do that then we are going to be right where we want to be" said Reed.
Forest City will take on the Gastonia Grizzlies tomorrow from Sims Legion Park in a crucial western division matchup and a chance to win their 7th game against the Grizzlies in the battle for the Silver Cup.