Forest City, NC (13 July, 2018) It was a tough night for the Forest City Owls as they drop both games to the Gastonia Grizzlies from McNair Field.
"I've never wavered on this team, but I just want to see more focus for a complete baseball game and if we focus up and stay in it and play a full game then we are going to be fine" said head coach Matt Reed.
The Owls would start game one off right, with an RBI single from AJ Wright, scoring Derek Perry and a sacrifice fly from Joel McDaniel, scoring Kendall McGowan and the Owls would take a 2-1 lead heading into the second.
The Grizzlies would put up four runs on four straight hits and take a commanding 5-2 lead in the game. The Grizzlies would hold the lead scoring two more times (once in the 4th and once in the 7th). The Grizzlies would win game one 7-3. The Owls would strand eight base runners in game 1.
"Credit Gastonia throughout the entire game, they were able to hit some of our pitches, we were able to hit some of their pitches but they just played two great games tonight" said Reed.
Israel Cordero would start game two for the Owls and would pitch a great game. He gave up four runs on two hits and would finish with four strike outs. Cordero was plagued by the errors on the field from the Owls defense as they could commit three errors in four innings, resulting in two runs to come around and cross.
The Owls would be held in check with runners in position in game two as they would record seven hits, get 15 base runners on, and only be able to push across three runs. The Owls would get offensive power from Jordan Eckard who had an RBI single in the first, scoring Perry. Eckard would finish the game going 2-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. Coleton Yeager would get on the hit parade with an RBI single in the 3rd.
The Owls would get one more run in the 6th on a Josh Senter walk and scoring later in the inning on a wild pitch, and with Gastonia adding one more insurance run in the 7th, the Grizzlies would sweep the double header from the Owls with a game two final score of 5-3. The Owls would commit five errors in both games combined and leaver 16 men on base over the course of the two games.
"We will bounce back. I am confident that this team is gonna come together and make a run at the end of the season" said Reed.