Owls drop doubleheader
In the continuation of a suspended game, the Forest City Owls and the Martinsville Mustangs did battle for much of the night. A three-run inning in the seventh inning and superb pitching by Justin Ratte delivered an 11-8 win for the Mustangs.
Ratte pitched five shutout innings with six strikeouts to collect the win
After action resumed in the top of the second, Martinsville plated four runs in the inning to take a 4-2 lead.
In the third, the visitors added another run on a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 5-2.
Forest City’s John Kennedy led off the bottom half with an infield single and stole two bases. Derrick Pitts then sent a double to the wall to cut the deficit to 5-3 followed by Colin Forgey’s sacrifice bunt that made the tally 5-4.
A Martinsville miscue on Lucas Owens’ pop fly tied the game at 5-5.
The Mustangs took the lead right back in the fourth as Owens’ returned the favor by booting a ball at third. That error led to a pair of Mustang runs and a 7-5 Martinsville lead.
The back and forth nature of the contest continued as Jeff Revesz took the first pitch of Forest City’s next at bat deep over the left field.
After the next two batters reached, Nick Weybright delivered a double and both runners touched home as Forest City retook the lead, 8-7.
Owls pitcher Thomas Konrad settled down worked scoreless fifth, but he ran into trouble in the sixth loading the bases with one out. He forced in a run after walking Keelin Rasch to tie the game at 8-8. Clayton Booth then chased Konrad from the game with a two-run single.
Martinsville reliever Justin Ratte kept the Owls in the sixth, leaving the score at 10-8.
Forest City did threaten in the seventh as Carl Wise singled, but Revesz lined into a 5-3 double play to retire the side. Reliever Brecken Williams did surrender a run in the eighth, but settled down to strike out the next two batters and induce a groundout that ended the inning with the Owls trailing 11-8.
Ratte remained dominant in the eighth, setting the Owls down in order as he continued to keep hitters off balance and closed out the victory with a perfect final frame to seal the 11-8 win.
Forest City failed to recover in Game 2 as Martinsville held the Owls to just three runs on six hits in a 5-3 Forest City lose.
Forest City failed to score until the sixth and seventh innings, the final two of the shortened affair.
Jordan Eich took the loss for Forest City despit a solid outing allowin four runs in 5 2/3 innings.