Bacon's inaugural season comes to an end with 15-4 loss to Bananas in playoffs

The Bacon's inaugural season in the Coastal Plain League ended with a 15-4 loss to the Savannah Bananas in the first round of the playoffs./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- As was the case during their entire inaugural season, the Macon Bacon were unable to figure out the Savannah Bananas in a rivalry that came to be known as the "Food Fight."

The first round of the Coastal Plain League playoffs was no exception. In a do-or-die single game first round matchup, the Bacon were simply overpowered by their home state rivals, falling 15-4 at the hands of the Bananas.

The Bacon finish their first season with a 3-14 record against their edible counterparts from Savannah, but after the game head coach Danny Higginbotham and some of his players weren't hanging their heads.

They realized how much was accomplished in bringing baseball back to middle Georgia this summer.

"It was unbelievable, the crowds were bigger than I ever expected in my wildest dreams," Higginbotham said. "The people supported us wholeheartedly, they were engaged in the game... we can't thank them enough."

Now the Bacon players will all go their separate ways as they prepare to return to their college teams for the start of the fall semester. But this summer bonded these players together in a way that will last far beyond 2018. As third baseman Riley King says, they became a family.

"It was just an awesome team, all the guys bonded from day one," King said. "It was almost like a family. Coach (Higginbotham) said it from day one, he said 'Yeah we're gonna have a group message, and anything goes in there, we're gonna treat it like a family.' Ever since then it's really been like it."

Despite making the playoffs, the Bacon still see lots of room for improvement as they now prepare for their first offseason as a club. The team finished 22-26, and coach Higginbotham says the first item on the agenda for next season will be to finish above the .500 mark.

All signs point to the Bacon returning to Luther Williams Field for a second season in 2019, as the team tries to be the only team in the CPL that wins its final game of the season.

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