The Peaches were looking a little rotten Thursday night.
A 7-1 lead after four innings had proven to not be enough against the Savannah Bananas, who entered Thursday tied for the best record in the Coastal Plain League. However, on this night, the Peaches were indeed oh, so sweet.
The Macon Bacon name was shed for the Peaches moniker on Thursday, as a part of a promotion harkening back to the Macon Peaches, who last played in Macon in 1982. There was an organist to set the scene, but the offenses stole the show.
The scoring was started by the Peaches in the fourth. Right fielder Calvin Estrada drove in two with a bases-loaded double to right, then Cal Gentry drove in two more to make it 4-1.
Macon would put up seven unanswered runs in innings three and four, before the Bananas got in the way of a win.
Savannah chipped away with singles and walks in the fifth. They ended the rally only down by one run, 6-7, and they would not be finished.
In the eighth, Savannah once again chipped away at the Macon pitching, with an RBI single by Cory Heffron knotting things at 7, then Austin Schultz gave Savannah their second lead of the night by reaching on an error. They got one more run on a sac fly by Mike Williams, and the damage was done, 9-7 Bananas.
The game would get more bananas in the bottom of the innings, but not in the way that Savannah wanted. The Peaches loaded the bases on two singles and an error, then the Bananas pitching lost the zone, walking in the two tying runs. Calvin Estrada waltzed home on a wild pitch to give the Peaches a lead once more, 10-9. And the runs would keep on coming.
Alec Cargin singled to right, driving in Cal Gentry, 11-9.
Two batters later, it was MJ Rookard’s turn. The Middle Georgia State center fielder went yard with the bases loaded. A grand slam that travelled over 370 feet.
That blow was the final. Final score, 15-9, Peaches.
The Peaches are back to their former identity Friday, and will rematch with the Bananas in Savannah, game time is 7pm on cplbaseball.tv.