In front of a season high 3, 733 fans, the Forest City Owls scored in six different innings and defeated the HP-Thomasville Hi-Toms on Saturday night.
Hunter Bryant homered in the first and four other Owls drove in runs as a back and forth matchup came to an end with the Owls in front 8-6.
Forest City took a lead in the second and held a 4-1 lead going into the sixth before a couple errors and an RBI triple put the HI-Toms in front 5-4.
Maleeke Gibson led off the bottom half of the sixth with a single and eventually would come around to tie the game after a wild pitch. Two batters later Bryant would reach on an error driving in Owens to take the lead and would hold it the rest of the night.
Eric Cheray drove in Joey Hawkins on a sac fly in the seventh and the Owls would get one more in the eighth after Devin Wenzel doubled in Steven Pallares.
Matthew Smith started tonight for the Owls throwing five 1/3 innings allowing 5 runs (2 earned) on seven hits and struck out two before four relievers took the mound with Brock Goodling recording the final three to earn his seventh save of the year.
The Owls improved to 20-13 on the year and will play host to Chinese Taipei National Team on Monday night here in Forest City.
The Owls will continue the 2014 season at home Monday night they take on Chinese Taipei at 7:30. Fans can purchase season tickets, ½ season plans and 5-game Fireworks plans by calling the Owls office at 828-245-0000. Key dates for the 2014 season include: Fireworks Games on Saturday July 5th and Saturday August 2nd. Single game tickets are on sale now. The Owls will also take on the Chinese Taipei National team on July 7th.
The Coastal Plain League is the nation’s hottest summer collegiate baseball league. Celebrating its 18th season in 2014, the CPL features 14 teams playing in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The CPL gives college players the chance to refine their skills with the use of wooden bats. Players are housed with local host families for the summer and past experiences have been very positive for both players and hosts. The CPL has had over 1,200 alumni drafted and 69 of those – including 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young winner Justin Verlander – make their Major League debut; while another notable alum - Russell Wilson - won Super Bowl XLVIII. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at