Macon Bacon baseball team takes COVID-19 precautions as season begins

The Macon Bacon, in conjunction with the Lexington County Blowfish and Savannah Bananas, all three in the Coastal Plain League, today announced the 2020 Southern Summer Ball Series between the three teams as part of the league’s adjusted schedule.  Although the 2020 Coastal Plain League regular season schedule has been delayed and adjusted because of governmental COVID-19 restrictions, the Blowfish, Bacon and Bananas are able to move forward with a 42-50 game schedule.

The Bacon and Bananas, both in Georgia where crowd size restrictions have been relaxed provided facilities take the appropriate steps for social distancing and sanitation, have been approved by local officials to play. The Blowfish, based in Lexington County, South Carolina are also working within the safety guidelines and social distancing measures established in their community allowing them to play games this summer with limited capacity.  All three teams will be testing players for Covid-19 upon arrival and institute temperature screenings for the players throughout the summer and will follow league and governmental guidelines for the safety of players, employees and fans.

“We’re excited to continue providing our fans with exciting, family entertainment from highly talented players in our communities this summer,” said team president Brandon Raphael.

The Southern Summer Ball Series will kick off July 1 with Macon visiting Savannah.  There will be a first half and second half winner based on best winning percentage with the first half winner hosting the Southern Summer Ball Series Championship game on Sunday, August 16.

The original home schedule stays the same including the Bacon vs. Bananas Breakfast Bowl Series at the end of the season.  However, due to necessary schedule adjustments, the teams will play an unbalanced schedule against each other and fill out their schedule with games against other summer collegiate teams.  The changes in the schedule have allowed Bacon to add two additional weekend home games, on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 15, for a total of 30 home games this season.  The Saturday, August 15 game will be the last game of the regular season for the team.

The Macon Bacon will also play nine games against the soon to be unveiled Macon Eggs, a second team playing this summer out of Luther Williams Field as well as also playing three games against the Catawba Valley Stars.

“We are looking forward to the start of the Southern Summer Ball Series on July 1 and a full complement of baseball this season following the established safety guidelines for our players, staff and fans,” said Raphael.

Season tickets, ticket packages and single game tickets for the home schedule are on sale now for all Macon Bacon home games at or by calling the Macon Bacon offices at 478-803-1795.

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