MACON, Ga. -- The Macon Bacon have only one more chance to keep the sizzle going in their inaugural season.
They needed to win one of their final two home games in a doubleheader against the Savannah Bananas to clinch second place in the South division and head to the playoffs. They were unable to do so, dropping the first game 3-1 and the second game 11-6.
Witt Campbell took a hard-earned loss on the mound in game one. He allowed two earned runs over six innings with two strikeouts. The Bacon bats couldn't get him any run support -- the team only mustered three hits in a shortened seven-inning game.
Game two was a different story for the Bacon. Jordan Dubberly held the Bananas to just one earned run over five innings, striking out five while only allowing two hits. Then he handed things off to the bullpen, which is where the game fell apart for Macon.
After cruising through a scoreless sixth inning, Isaac Hale loaded the bases full of Bananas in the seventh inning. He and Trevor Damron would allow four of those runs to score, giving the Bananas a 5-3 lead.
The Bacon would tie things up with a two-run home run from Conner Corbitt in the bottom of the seventh --his second two-run home run of the game --giving them some fresh life.
That would push the game into the eighth inning, which was extra innings at that point. In doubleheaders in the Coastal Plain League, games only last seven innings.
A costly error from shortstop Tanner Wetrich and another error from reliever Patrick Orlando would allow six unearned Banana runs to score and put the game out of reach. The Bacon would add another run in the bottom of the eighth to make it an 11-6 final score.
Now the Bacon sit tied with the Florence Red Wolves for second place in the South division with identical 22-25 records. Macon owns the tiebreaker over Florence, with a 7-3 record against the Red Wolves in head-to-head play.
The Bacon return to action tomorrow night to face the Lexington County Blowfish for their final regular season game, and have to win this final game to make it to the postseason.