In this weirdly bandaged baseball season, the Macon Bacon made the most of it by giving Macon their first baseball title in 58 years.
Just in their third season, the Bacon used a double-play to defeat their coastal rival Savannah Bananas 6-5 to win the Coastal Plain South Championship on Sunday.
It was the first professional baseball title for Macon since the Peaches won the 1962 South Atlantic League (SALLY) championship with a team which included then-minor league player, Pete Rose. The Peaches defeated the Knoxville Smokies three games to one for the title.
The Coastal Plain League is a collegiate wood bat league, which is an outlet for college players to get extra work and be seen by pro scouts during their schools’ offseason, was originally supposed to have 15 teams scattered from northern Virginia to south Georgia.
Because of the pandemic, many of those teams opted out.
Seven of the 15 teams in the Coastal Plain League have been playing this summer. Two teams in North Carolina and two teams in Virginia make up the northern pod, while the two Georgia teams and one South Carolina team make up the southern pod. Each team was scheduled to play roughly 20 against the other teams in their pod, and roughly 20 exhibition games against assorted lower-level summer-collegiate teams.
The Bacon took a 6-0 lead early with a three-run homer run Josh Hood home blast in the third inning. The Bananas made things interesting with scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to make it 6-4. For the rest of the game, it was a pitchers duel. The top of the 9th came around, and the Bananas were able to put another on the board to make it 6-5. Runners were on the corner when the Bacon were able to turn a classic 6-4-3 double play to win the game.
Although the league season is done, the Bacon-Banana rivalry will continue with the Breakfast Bowl which features a nine-game exhibition between the two teams set to begin Thursday in Savannah. The teams will play single games Thursday through Saturday for the next three weeks. Five games will be in Savannah and four in Macon.