Cash, Lind shine in Owls' win
In an exhibition game against Catawba Valley, Lucas Cash and Sam Lind showed out in a 5-2 Owls victory over the Catawba Valley All Stars.
Cash threw seven solid innings, striking out eight batters while scattering five hits.
Lind was only 1-for-2 at the plate but he garnered three walks, stole a pair of bases and scored three runs to pace the offense.
“Even though the stats and the game doesn’t count, we wanted to approach it the same way so we could keep playing well,” said Forest City manager David Tufo. “Cash threw really well and Sam really made the most of his chances and set the table for us.”
The Owls wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the first inning.
Lind drew a one out walk and moved to third on consecutive wild pitches. He then came home on a double by Derrick Pitts.
That lead was short lived as Catawba Valley's Ben Holland sent a RBI double off the right field wall. He scored later in the frame on a groundout by Zackie Cogan as the visitors grabbed a 2-1 lead.
The Owls then took advantage of All-Star starter Taylor Moon’s wildness.
Moon hit a batter and then delivered eight straight balls to load the bases with no outs. Moon was replaced by Dean Davis who promptly induced a popup and a double play to keep Forest City off the scoreboard.
Both teams settled down from that point as the Owls Cash matched Davis by not allowing a baserunner over the next two innings. The Owls did get to Davis in the fourth. Colin Forger drew a leadoff walk followed by a Colin Forgey.
Both runners moved up on a double steal and scored on a RBI groundouts by Daniel Bermudez and John Kennedy. Those productive outs gave Forest City a 3-2 lead.
With the bases clean, Lind singled and moved to third on a perfect hit and run by Ty Barkell. A failed pickoff attempt allowed Lind to come home to put Forest City up 4-2.
Both offenses then bogged down in the wet weather as neither side advanced a runner past first over the next two innings. Cash recorded another strikeout which ended the seventh inning. He then left the game after 98 pitches.
Cash’s replacement, Spencer Bryant ran into some two out trouble in the top of the eighth, allowing a pair of baserunners. Lind made a nice play charging in from second base while flipping to first to retire the side
The Owls got a bit more breathing room in the bottom as Lind drew a leadoff walk and swiped second and third. He then came home on a sacrifice fly by Nate Chong to give Forest City a 5-2 lead.
Pitts came in from left field to pitch the ninth and he was effective, striking out the side to secure the save and the Forest City win
Forest City returns to action today as they host Martinsville.