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2 Fireflies earn honors from New York Mets

Two 2016 Columbia Fireflies were honored with organizational awards by the New York Mets on Monday night at Citi Field. P.J. Conlon was named Mets Minor League Pitcher of the Year and third baseman David Thompson garnered Columbia’s Sterling Award. The Mets present the Sterling Awards annually to the most valuable player at each minor league level. “It’s a great…

Fireflies split Sunday doubleheader with RiverDogs

Spirit Communications Park was packed with 5,304 fans Sunday, and the Fireflies managed to split their doubleheader with the RiverDogs. Columbia took the first game of the twin bill 5-1. Gaby Almonte tossed a complete game and Dale Burdick laced a two-run double. Charleston (33-36, 75-63) scored its lone run of Game 1 in the top of the third frame. After…

Fireflies take down RiverDogs in 14-inning thriller

Columbia walked off for the fifth time this season, defeating Charleston on Saturday night in the 14th inning. Patrick Mazeika scored the game-winning run in the 5-4 series-opening victory. The game had been tied since the seventh inning. But luck was on the Fireflies’ side the seventh time through the batting order. Mazeika pushed a single through the right side…

Fireflies takes 4th series in a row with 4-1 win over Power

The Fireflies took two of three games from the West Virginia Power with a 4-1 victory Thursday night. Columbia has won four straight series and 10 of the past 13 games. Dale Burdick and Eudor Garcia carried the offense once again. Burdick notched his seventh multi-hit game over his past 13, and Garcia reached base safely for the 12th game…

Burdick double launches Fireflies to close victory over Power

Dale Burdick struck a double to left-center field and plated newest Firefly Will Barring in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Columbia the 5-4 victory over West Virginia. The three-game series between the Fireflies and Power is tied up at one game apiece. With the score tied, 4-4, West Virginia (28-37, 64-71) called Seth McGarry (L, 4-4) out of the bullpen…

Fireflies’ rally not enough to overcome Power

Despite a six-run fifth inning in which the Fireflies sent 11 men to the plate, Columbia dropped the series finale to West Virginia, 7-6, in 10 frames. The Fireflies notched nine hits on Tuesday night and batted around in an inning for a third straight game. The home team went into the fifth trailing 6-0. West Virginia (33-31, 68-65) had…

Fireflies come back from 5-run deficit to take down Intimidators

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Fireflies climbed back from a five-run deficit Sunday and scored the go-ahead runs in the eighth inning to notch an 8-6 win over the Kannapolis Intimidators. Dash Winningham’s two-run double in the top of the eighth broke a 6-6 tie and helped Columbia earn its third consecutive series win. Patrick Mazeika – who blasted a game-tying three-run…

Fireflies rip through Intimidators to score 10-6 victory

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The Fireflies exploded for seven runs in the third inning Saturday night and ripped through the Intimidators 10-6. Every Columbia hitter either reached base safely or drove in a run. Columbia (26-36, 62-70) went into that monstrous third inning down 2-1. It began with a Tucker Tharp single. The next batter, J.C. Rodriguez, would stroke a base…

Fireflies’ Crismatt strikes out 10 Intimidators

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Nabil Crismatt struck out 10 Intimidators on Friday night, but Columbia fell 6-3 to Kannapolis in the series opener at Intimidators Stadium. It was the third time this season Crismatt collected a double-digit strike-out game. Columbia (25-36, 61-70) got the scoring started in the first inning. J.C. Rodriguez led off and singled to right field. Then Rodriguez…

Fireflies come back to clinch series win over RiverDogs

CHARLESTON — Every Firefly hitter reached base safely in Thursday’s 7-1 win over the RiverDogs. Patrick Mazeika led the way with four hits. Columbia won two of three games from Charleston in the series. The Fireflies jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the second inning. Joe Tuschak, Milton Ramos and Mazeika all knocked in runs. Columbia (25-35, 61-69) then…

RiverDogs bust Fireflies’ winning streak

CHARLESTON – Dash Winningham slammed his fourth home run in the past six days Wednesday night, but Columbia fell 4-1 to Charleston. The three-game series between the Fireflies and RiverDogs is tied up at one game apiece. Charleston (28-31, 70-58) scored the contest’s first run in the first frame. Kyle Holder led off the inning and was hit by a pitch. Two…

Fireflies continue winning streak in opener against RiverDogs

CHARLESTON – The Fireflies shut out the RiverDogs 5-0 Tuesday night, the club’s fourth shut-out victory in just 12 days. After sweeping the Augusta GreenJackets in a four-game series over the weekend, Columbia has now won a season-high five games in a row. Kevin Canelon (W, 6-10) led the way in the Fireflies’ eighth overall shutout of the season. The…

Fireflies sweep series against GreenJackets

Enmanuel Zabala became the first Firefly in franchise history to record five hits in a game Monday night, helping Columbia to a 7-5 victory over Augusta. The Fireflies swept the GreenJackets for the second time this season – twice at Spirit Communications Park. It was also the first four-game sweep of the season. Columbia (23-34, 59-68) never trailed in the…

Fireflies continue winning streak against GreenJackets

Make it three wins in a row for the Fireflies against their Southern Division rivals. Columbia took down Augusta 5-2 on Sunday night in Game 3 of the series at Spirit Communications Park. Starter Chase Ingram collected his seventh win of the season and Eudor Garcia scorched his fourth home run of the year in the victory. It didn’t take long…

Fireflies take down GreenJackets — not once, but twice — on Saturday

The Fireflies defeated the GreenJackets twice Saturday night, using outstanding pitching to squash Augusta at Spirit Communications Park. Columbia took down its Southern Division foe 5-1 in the first game (resumed from Friday night) and 2-0 in the nightcap. After Friday’s game was postponed because of rain after one scoreless inning, it was picked back up at the start of…

2,000 soldiers, family members celebrate Fort Jackson centennial with Fireflies

About 2,000 soldiers and their families attended Friday night’s Fireflies baseball game and celebrated the Fort Jackson Centennial. (Photos provided) The Columbia Fireflies might have been rained out of their matchup against the Augusta GreenJackets on Friday night, but they were able to honor 2,000 soldiers and their families before the storms rolled in. Jeffry Snow, manager at local Amazon…

Fireflies to host Fort Jackson Centennial Celebration

The Fireflies and Spirit Communications Park are honoring members of the military and celebrating Fort Jackson’s centennial this Friday. The Fireflies will host the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants) at 7:05 p.m. and will honor Fort Jackson’s soldiers by providing 2,000 tickets for basic training soldiers and active duty soldiers, as well as their families. “The Fireflies are proud to…

Fireflies snag more hits, but Tourists claim victory Wednesday night

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Columbia out-hit Asheville on Wednesday night, but the Tourists walked off in the bottom of the ninth, defeating the Fireflies, 7-6. Joe Tuschak tallied two of the visitors’ 10 hits at McCormick Field, both extra-base hits. Tuschak doubled and launched a two-run home run. Asheville (26-25, 60-60) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth….

Batter up: Fireflies release schedule for 2017 season

The Columbia Fireflies, in conjunction with the South Atlantic League, have released the team’s schedule for the second season of minor league baseball at Spirit Communications Park in downtown Columbia. The Fireflies will open the 2017 season at Spirit Communications Park on April 6, 2017, against one of their Southern Division rivals, the Augusta GreenJackets (San Francisco Giants). The contest kicks…

Fireflies’ Lupo rips grand slam in opener against Tourists

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The two teams Tuesday night combined for 15 runs and 25 hits, but it was Asheville that came out on top and defeated Columbia, 8-7, at McCormick Field.Vicente Lupo and J.C. Rodriguez nearly carried the Fireflies to victory, reaching base a combined six times. Lupo finished a triple shy of the cycle and slugged his first grand…

Fireflies scrape out victory against Grasshoppers in bottom of 12th

Tyler Moore muscled a single to center field and plated J.C. Rodriguez in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Fireflies the 3-2 victory over the Grasshoppers on Sunday night. Columbia took three out of four from Greensboro and earned its third walk-off win of the year. The game lasted four hours and 22 minutes — the longest contest…

Fireflies edge out Grasshoppers in 1-0 victory

Eudor Garcia broke a scoreless tie with two outs in the bottom of the eighth on Saturday and the Fireflies edged the Grasshoppers, 1-0. Garcia’s run-scoring single brought home Tucker Tharp – the game’s only run. Nabil Crismatt was the reason why Columbia (18-31, 54-65) had a chance to plate the game-winning run late in the contest. In his second…

Fireflies drop close game against Grasshoppers

Milton Ramos drilled a two-run double Friday night, but Columbia fell 3-2 to Greensboro. The four-game series between the Fireflies and Grasshoppers is tied up at one game apiece. All the scoring took place in the sixth inning. Kevin Canelon (L, 5-10) cruised through the first five innings, allowing just two base hits. But the first three hitters reached to…

2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game to be played in Columbia’s Spirit Communications Park

The city of Columbia, the Fireflies and Spirit Communications Park will be hosting the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. The announcement was made by Fireflies Managing Owner Jason Freier, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and Spirit Communications Chief Executive Officer Bob Keane to the fans in attendance at Thursday’s game between the Fireflies and the Greensboro Grasshoppers, one inning after the…

Fireflies score shutout victory on memorable night

Not only did Columbia thump Greensboro 8-0 Thursday night, but also the South Atlantic League awarded Spirit Communications Park the 2017 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Fireflies Managing Owner Jason Freier, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin and Spirit Communications Chief Executive Officer Bob Keane announced the news to fans in attendance at Thursday’s game. That wasn’t all. Ballpark Digest also presented Spirit Communications Park with…