Time is running out, but the Forest City Owls still haven’t been mathematically eliminated from the Coastal Plain League’s Pettit Cup Playoffs. And the Owls began the final full week of the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Martinsville Mustangs, winning 17-1 and 5-3 on Monday night at McNair Field.
The Forest City Owls’ outlook for the playoffs became much dimmer as they fell four games behind division leader Gastonia after losing a heartbreaker 5-3 to the Asheboro Copperheads Saturday night at McNair Field.
Dual-threat pitcher/outfielder Steve Piette of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota is this week’s Owl of the Week. Piette, a native of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, has settled into the closer’s role with the Owls this summer.
The Forest City Owls set a pair of dubious records on Thursday night at McNair Field. Their 20-7 loss to the Gastonia Grizzlies marked the most number of runs surrendered in the Forest City franchise’s seven-year history. The previous high mark came on July 26, 2009, when the Owls fell to Thomasville, 14-3.
The Forest City Owls have shown vast improvement since the second half of the Coastal Plain League season began on June 30, but they were never able to get their offense going in a 6-0 loss to the Wilmington Sharks on Tuesday night at McNair Field.
The Forest City Owls started their run for the playoffs on Saturday by winning three games in one day.
The Owl of the Week is hard-throwing lefty Bruce Zimmerman of Towson University. The 6’ 2” 190 lb. sophomore from Woodstock, Maryland has emerged as the most reliable starting pitcher for the Owls this season.
The Forest City Owls won their second straight game by defeating the Wilson Tobs by a 5-4 score in 10 innings on Monday night at Fleming Stadium.
This week’s Owl of the Week is third baseman Brady Policelli of Towson University. The Walkersville, Maryland, native has quickly settled into his new home in Forest City, which is very similar to his hometown.
For once this season, everything seemed to go right for the Forest City Owls.