Middle Georgia players love staying home to play for the Bacon

    Joining the Bacon has given Cal Gentry the chance to play in front of his friends and family, including his grandmother (pictured, left)./(Cam Gaskins, WGXA)

    MACON, Ga. -- Baseball is officially back in middle Georgia, thanks to the Macon Bacon. The team has brought life back to Luther Williams Field this summer, and has done so with the help of some players who call middle Georgia home.

    Conner Corbitt -- a former Stratford Eagle -- plays his college baseball at the University of North Georgia. He played summer ball last year in the Valley League, which is in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia.

    Once he heard that a new summer ball team was coming to middle Georgia, he knew immediately he had to come home and be a part of it.

    "I talked to my coach over last summer when I was in Virginia playing ball, I was so far away from home," Corbitt said. "I was like 'Hey, there's a team opening up in my home town, you think I can hop on there?' And he said 'Yeah, let's make it happen.'"

    Corbitt says he got his spot on the team before the Bacon even had a head coach to lead them on the field.

    Former Perry Panther Cal Gentry was also glad to have the opportunity to stay home and play his summer season in middle Georgia. He didn't have to go too far to play his college ball -- he's the starting shortstop for the Georgia College Bobcats.

    For him, staying home has been all about having his family and friends get to see him play.

    "It's awesome, I've had a lot of family and a lot of friends come to games and cheer me on," Gentry said. "It's really cool to just hear those people that I've grown up with my whole life just root me on."

    Family has also been one of Corbitt's favorite things about playing for the Bacon. His grandparents haven't been able to drive to see him play in Dahlonega yet, so playing at Luther Williams Field has given them the chance to see their grandson play baseball for the first time in nearly five years.

    The Bacon return to action at Luther Williams Field Saturday, June 16 when the Savannah Bananas come to town. First pitch will be at 7:00 p.m..

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