It was soggy, but a happy drive home for the Macon Bacon on Monday night.
Macon took the trip to play Gastonia to face the top team in the Coastal Plain League, and were successful. The Bacon slowed down the CPL’s top offense en route to a 2-1 victory in seven innings.
Ryan Kouba got the win, throwing five innings and allowing one run. He struck out six Grizzlies, a season high for the Austin Peay right-hander.
Macon’s offense, the second best offense in the CPL, was held in check by Georgia College pitcher Kyle King. King continued his solid start to the CPL season, pitching six innings and allowing only one earned run, while walking none.
Macon got on the board early. In the second, Roury Glanton pummelled a ball to the right field fence, where Michael Brown misplayed it for an error. Glanton reached second on the play, and was driven in on a double play two batters later.
After a Nathan Chevalier RBI single, Jared Miller provided the fireworks in the final inning. Miller took a fastball on the outside corner over the fence in left for a go-ahead solo home run, his first with the Bacon.
The rain came in the seventh, and the game was called final after six.
With the win, Macon moves into the top spot in the CPL, a half-game above the Grizzlies and the Morehead City Marlins.
Macon returns home Tuesday night to complete the two-game series with the Grizzlies. First pitch time is 7pm.