A collegiate summer baseball team who is a member of the Coastal Plain League. The team is made up of collegiate players from around the nation. The Owls play their home games at McNair Field, a baseball stadium constructed near downtown Forest City by the municipal government utilizing town funds, private contributions, and more than $1 million in donations from Robert C. McNair, a Forest City native and owner of the NFL Houston Texans.
In 2009 and 2010, the Forest City Owls were back-to-back Petitt Cup Champions, the Coastal Plain League Title. There is a number of ex-Owls playing Major League Baseball. Lefty pitcher Josh Edgin and right-handed reliever Heath Hembree played for the Owls in 2008 and 2009. Edgin got drafted by the New York Mets where he still plays. Hembree initially signed with the San Francisco Giants and now plays for the Boston Red Sox. Infielder Vince Belnome was a member of the 2009 championship season. Belnome now plays 1st base in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Righty pitcher Spencer Patton played for Forest City when the team moved in 2008. Patton made his Major League debut in 2014 and now pitches for the Texas Rangers.
Currently, the owner of the Owls is Phil and Becky Dangel from Knoxville, TN. They are first time CPL owners, but they have been involved in the business world for many years. The current Head Coach of the Owls is Matt Reed, currently he is an assistant baseball coach for Greensboro College.
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