Yes, that is an actual headline. 2018, you never fail to disappoint.
The Macon Bacon — the newest summer collegiate baseball team in the highly acclaimed Coastal Plain League — defeated the Savannah Bananas in front of a sold-out Grayson Stadium by a final score of 10-6. The Bacon would score their first run on a balk before trailing 4-1 early. They’d tie it up at 5 a piece before knotting it up 6-6 heading into the ninth when the Bacon would score four unanswered (including its first home run in Bacon history) to take the Coastal Plain opener — and remain undefeated — by a final of 10-6.
The Coastal Plain League team in Savannah has been immensely popular — the second most attended collegiate summer team in the nation last year, as they would sell out all 26 home games in 2017, despite the minor-league Sand Gnats leaving the city all together due to attendance woes. The Bananas have certainly turned that around and have prided themselves on a very unique and fun ballpark experience. Macon hopes to replicate that success in the Heart of Georgia as they kick off their inaugural season at historic Luther Williams Field tonight in Macon.
Tonight’s game is sold out, but a few tickets still remain for Saturday’s matchup with the Bananas, in what has become somewhat of a rivalry between the two Georgia teams. They’ll play each other 15 times throughout the season, with the “golden spork” going to the team who wins the regular season series. The Bananas have already sold out around half of their games, an incredible feat for a summer collegiate baseball team. While the gameday experience may not be to the liking of the hard core baseball fan, there’s no doubt the shenanigans and gameday experience in this league are making summer a lot more fun in two of Georgia’s most historic cities.
The season lasts from May 31 – early August, with the playoffs beginning the second week of August. Unlike Minor League Baseball, there are few long “homestands” and less games — just 52 overall. Players are chosen from top schools across the country, with quite a few coming from the Peach State and its many top-notch baseball programs. Talent at this level is generally regarded as the equivalent of single-A baseball.
While the Bacon may have won on the field last night, it appears the Bananas have quite the following, as evidenced by our Twitter poll, which has the vast majority of our followers in the Bananas camp. Who are you rooting for this year? Let us know — and stay with us all summer for fun-filled coverage of the Savannah Bananas and the Macon Bacon.
— Peachtree Pennant (@PeachPennant) May 31, 2018