Gastonia’s offense has been a mythical being this summer. Entering Saturday’s game in Macon, they led all team in runs, walks, and stolen bases.
In the latest two matchups between the Bacon and Grizzlies, the Gastonia offense had reigned supreme, scoring in double digits, in two impressive wins.
The solution for the Bacon? Cort Roedig. The Georgia Tech righty was brilliant, pitching into the seventh for the first time since high school, shutting out the Grizzlies for the first time this year.
Roedig was backed up by ten Macon runs. The first runs were in the tone-setting first inning. Nathan Schreckengost doubled with the bases loaded, driving in two. Schreckengost was not on base for long, driven in by his teammate at Lander, Colton Yeager.
The offensive attack was unusual for the Bacon. Schreckengost’s first inning double was the only extra base hit of the night for the Bacon, who lead all CPL teams in doubles. Singles and sacrifice flies were the main provider of offense in the win.
After a single drove in one in the second inning, Macon was off the board until the fifth.
In the fifth, Slugger Calvin Estrada surprised everyone by bunting for a single. He reached second base on a slow groundout. Estrada stuck with his intensity for Danny Harris’ at bat with one out.
Harris chopped one slowly to the third baseman, Austin Kaplan. Kaplan’s throw to first was late, but Estrada took an extra wide turn at third base, and was caught between third and home.
First baseman Andrew Orzel then made a crucial mistake. He threw the baseball to third base, behind the runner. Estrada broke for the plate and scored in front of Austin Kaplan’s throw home to make the score 5-0.
Macon kept up a consistent attack for the remainder of the game. They had a chance to put the mercy rule in effect when the bases were loaded in the eighth. Macon couldn’t muster a hit however, and the game finished with a 10-0 score.
The Macon are off on Sunday before playing the Fayetteville Swampdogs for the first time in franchise history. Coverage starts at 6:45pm on CPLBaseball.tv