Jordan Rathbone capped off the summer’s first experiment in “Bacon Ball” with a walk-off hit in the 11th to give the Macon Bacon a thrilling 11-10 win over the Macon Eggs on Saturday night.
The game was the first ever for the Eggs, the alter-ego team of the Bacon that will play a total of eight games at Luther Williams Field this season.
With the score tied 9-9 heading to the “Bacon Ball” format of play for extra innings, no pitcher was credited with a win or loss.
The Eggs didn’t waste any time getting started in the top of the first inning, plating three runs on RBIs from Cassius Young, Freddy Achecar, and R.J. Yeager.
Austin Deming responded back for the Bacon later in the inning with a single that scored Tyler Williams.
After the Eggs added two more runs in the second inning, the Bacon got an RBI base hit from Trevor Austin and took advantage of a wild pitch that scored Billy Hancock to make it 5-3 in favor of the Eggs through two frames.
The Eggs made it 6-3 in the fourth inning, but Hancock brought it back to a two-run deficit for the Bacon with a towering solo home run to lead off the home half of the fourth. Later in the same inning, Rathbone ripped a three-run blast over the fence to catapult the Bacon in front, 7-6.
The Bacon would add an insurance run in the 6th, but the Eggs weren’t quite done yet. A furious rally in the 8th inning, highlighted by a two-run Cole Gambill homer, put the Eggs in the lead once again, 9-8.
In the bottom of the 9th, Jake Gitter lifted a ball deep enough into the outfield to score Hancock from third base, and the game went to extras, where the Bacon were able to prevail 11-10 in the first edition of “Bacon Ball”
The Bacon will be in action on Sunday against Savannah, while the Eggs will emerge again to play their second game on Sunday, July 12th against the Bacon at Luther Williams Field.
Fans can watch every live Bacon game and every full-game replay at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cplbacon/