The Macon Bacon have had a ball over the past week on the path to a possible playoff appearance. Macon’s offense erupted on Monday and Wednesday, extending a win streak to four and kidnapping first place in the second half of the CPL South standings from the ever-present Savannah Bananas.
Macon needed at least one win out of two against the Florence RedWolves on Thursday in a doubleheader in Florence. Macon throttled through the RedWolves pitching staff in the first game, but could not close out the doubleheader, losing first place in the CPL South in the overall standings.
Game one was a lengthy game for the Florence pitching staff. Macon scored at least a run in every inning except the sixth. Macon leads the CPL in doubles, and extended their dominance of the category with five.
Jared Miller and Calvin Estrada both drove in a run in the first with RBI doubles to set the tone for the game. Miller and Estrada both finished with two doubles and three hits.
Florence attempted to keep up with the offensive blitz with a season-high three home runs, but could not and lost the first game, 13-5. Preston Sparks picked up his fourth win of the year by pitching five strong innings.
The second game was very different for Florence. Rashard Coleman shut down the Bacon offense over his four innings pitched, and the bullpen was sharp enough to earn the Redwolves a win, only their third over Macon this year.
Each team picked up a run in the first, but from there it was a plodding and low-scoring affair.
Kenny Piper took Logan Carter deep in the fifth to untie the game for Florence. His solo shot made the score 2-1 Florence.
Macon shot right back, with two runs in the sixth. Alex Canty and Austin Holloway both drove in runs on singles to slide the Bacon in front.
The lead was short-lived. A sacrifice fly tied the game a half-inning later, and the game headed to extras tied at three.
The Macon Bacon were one hit away from a doubleheader sweep in the eighth. With extra-inning rules in place (two runners placed on base), Macon loaded the bases.
Brandon Ashy was the potential hero, but the RedWolves shaky defense converted a double play in the field to end the threat. All the RedWolves needed to do was to score one run in the bottom of the inning, and they would to win 4-3.