MJ Rookard was once again brilliant at the plate, driving the first three of five Bacon runs Wednesday night in a 5-2 win at Florence.
Bacon strikeout leader Chace Harris pitched well in his third start of the season, raising his K total to 29, second in the Coastal Plain League. Harris pitched into the fifth, allowing no earned runs on six scattered base hits for the RedWolves.
Scoring started in the fifth, when MJ Rookard went yard for the third time this summer. He took Brendan Kennedy deep to right field. Kennedy was effective in a long six inning start, only allowing one run on the Rookard home run.
The RedWolves did not trail for long, taking advantage of two errors by Macon to score two runs and to take the lead in bottom of the inning.
Rookard then struck again with an RBI single in the seventh to tie the game at 2. But the deciding inning of the game was the ninth.
Calvin Estrada came on to lead off the inning in a pinch-hitting role, and doubled to deep left-center after a length at bat. Ben McConnell followed with a bunt to third base and reached base, flying down the basepath. That put two ducks on the pond for none other than MJ Rookard.
Rookard fouled off three 0-2 pitches, then slapped a single through the drawn-in infield. The third hit of Rookard’s night put the Bacon on top, 3-2. The single drove in Rookard’s 13th run in his past six games, and raised his batting average to .453, now leading the CPL.
Macon added on two runs in the ninth on a bases-loaded single to left by Jared Miller to take a 5-2 lead into the ninth and Chris Rolick locked down the save in the ninth.
Wednesday’s win gave the Bacon a third straight win, and improved their season record to 11-6. Florence dropped to 6-10 with the loss.
The home-and-home series concludes on Thursday night in Macon. Coverage begins at 6:45 on cplbaseball.tv.