The Macon Bacon entered Friday night with an opportunity to clinch the first half division title. All that was necessary: a win versus the Lexington County Blowfish and a Savannah loss to earn a home playoff game in the first round of the Petitt Cup Playoffs.
For a while it seemed likely that a dogpile would begin at the final out of the game, but late runs in Macon and Savannah changed the complexion of the night in the CPL South.
Cort Roedig started for the Bacon and struggled with command early, allowing a single and a walk to begin the game. A bad hop on a bouncer to third ended up loading the bases with nobody out.
Roedig strapped down the inning, allowing only one run in the inning, and the CPL South’s best offense came to bat. Nathan Schreckengost drove in two runs with a double to right to give Macon their first lead of the night.
The Blowfish responded to tie the game in the third, once again with the help of a Macon error.
The game was tied until the sixth, when Alec Cargin hit a very high fly ball to center that Josh Senter could not find in the dark sky. The ball fell behind him for a two-base error, advancing the game’s go ahead run to the plate.
The lead changed again a half-inning later, when two runs scored on two hits and an error by the Bacon. Will Abbott and Jared Drayton two two scoreless to close out the game and earn the seventh win of the season for the last place team in the CPL.
In Savannah, Florence blew a save opportunity in the bottom of the ninth, and Savannah walked off with an RBI single, leap-frogging the Bacon for the top spot in the CPL South.
One day remains in the first half in the CPL. For Macon to pull out the first half title, they need to win Saturday in Florence, and Lexington County needs to beat the Bananas.
Coverage from Florence starts at 7pm on cplbaseball.tv