Bacon Comeback Falls Short
In one of the more wild Macon Bacon games in recent memory, the visiting Savannah Bananas escaped with a narrow 19-15 victory in extra innings over the Bacon on Friday night.
The Bacon, who trailed 8-0 in the 2nd inning and 11-2 in the 7th inning, nearly completed one of the all-time comebacks in franchise history but ultimately fell short in a contest that stretched almost five hours.
After Savannah (9-8) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the 2nd inning, Josh Hood (UPenn) put Macon (10-7) on the scoreboard later in the frame with a two-run homer that cleared the left field wall.
The Bananas tacked on three more runs and were leading 11-2 heading to the bottom of the 7th frame, when things really began to get crazy.
After Freddy Achecar (BYU) led off the inning with a 421-foot moonshot, the Bacon plated six more runs with nobody out in the 7th, moving everybody along with walks, singles, and wild pitches.
With the stadium at a fever pitch, Jake Gitter (Northern Colorado) stepped up to the plate with runners on first and third, his team trailing 11-9.
Gitter then unloaded on a pitch to deep right field, a no-doubter that propelled the Bacon in front 12-11 heading to the 8th inning.
Savannah got a run in the 8th inning to tie it up, and the game went to extra innings. After a scoreless 10th frame, Savannah exploded for seven runs in the top of the 11th, proving too much for the Bacon to overcome.
Savannah now leads the Golden Spork Series 7-4.
Saturday night will see the Bacon split up into two squads, with half the team remaining in Macon to take on Catawba Valley and the other half traveling to Savannah to face the Bananas in a division matchup. Both games will start at 7:00pm.
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