Errors help Owls to 4-2 win over Florence
The Forest City Owls were outhit 10-4, but thanks to a pair of Florence errors in the first inning, they still scored a 4-2 win over the Redwolves 4-2 Wednesday night at McNair Field.The win is the second in a row for the Owls as they improve to 16-29 on the year.
“It’s really nice for these guys to finish the season strong,” said manager David Tufo. They have battled for us all season and this is something they can build on.”
Florence was in a gift giving mood in the top of the first. With the bases loaded and one out, Carl Wise hit a sharp grounder that the third baseman threw away. Kendall Keaton came in to score as the Owls led 1-0. James Threw followed with a two run single to left to increase the advantage 3-0.
Forest City pitcher Ryan Phillips did surrender a single run in the top of the second, but he settled down and did not allow another base runner though the fourth inning. The Owls had their chances to add to their lead during that stretch, garnering at least one base runner in each frame, but they failed to capitalize. As a result, the score remained 3-1 after four innings.
The pitching duel continued as Redwolf’s hurler Nathan Forest matched Phillips pitch for pitch. However. Forest was lifted from the contest in the sixth and the Owls promptly loaded the bases against Austin Cole. Nick Weybright came through with a RBI groundout to make the tally 4-1.
Reliever Cole Lee took the mound in the seventh and quickly struck out the first two men and induced a slow roller to first to end the inning. Lee turned the same trick in the in the eighth to set the stage for the stage for the final frame.
In the ninth, closer Breken Williams ran into trouble. He allowed one run on two hits before being replaced by Jake Padgett. He responded by inducing a groundout to account for the 4-2 final.