Dirocie Goes Yard, Columbia Drops Pair of One-Run Games

Anthony Dirocie (Tom Priddy)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 20, 2019 11:14 PM ET

Saturday's doubleheader against Hickory was as competitive as could be. Both games were decided by one run with Columbia falling to the Crawdads 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two. Anthony Dirocie had quite the day - the Fireflies outfielder finished with three hits, one of which his second homer of the week, and four RBI.

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Rain Postpones Friday's Game Against Hickory

By Patrick DeMarre | April 19, 2019 8:41 PM ET

Due to rain in the area, Friday's game against the Hickory Crawdads has been postponed and moved to Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

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Rain Postpones Friday's Game Against Hickory

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 19, 2019 8:11 PM ET

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Rasquin Leads Chicharrones to First Walk-Off Win

Walter Rasquin (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 18, 2019 11:03 PM ET

With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the ninth, Walter Rasquin ripped a sharp ground ball up the middle. Hickory second baseman Jonathan Ornelas dove, nabbed the bouncing ball, got up but threw late to first. The single scored Anthony Dirocie and the celebration ensued. Columbia walked off for the first time this season and defeated the Llamas, 4-3.

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April 18-20 Homestand Highlights

By Patrick DeMarre | April 18, 2019 11:52 AM ET

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Rasquin, Mauricio Lead Fireflies to Victory and Series Win

Ronny Mauricio (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 17, 2019 5:40 PM ET

Ronny Mauricio tallied another four hits and Walter Rasquin knocked in two critical runs on Wednesday at State Mutual Stadium. The duo led Columbia to a 2-1 win over Rome in the series finale. The Fireflies took two out of three from the Braves and won their second series against their Southern Division rivals this season.

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Butto Shines, but Columbia Falls in Middle Game of Series

Right-hander Logs Six Innings, Allows No Earned Runs

Jose Butto (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 16, 2019 1:32 PM ET

Fireflies starter Jose Butto bounced back in a big way on the mound on Tuesday. Columbia's right-hander didn't allow an earned run over six innings at State Mutual Stadium. It was Rome that won, though, by a final of 8-1.

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Dirocie Sinks Rome with 9th-Inning Homer

Anthony Dirocie (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 15, 2019 10:24 PM ET

Anthony Dirocie drilled a solo home run in the ninth inning on Monday to break a 2-2 at State Mutual Stadium in Rome. His first blast of the season all but clinched a 3-2 win for Columbia in the series opener against the Braves.

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Fireflies Smash Legends on Sunday, Score Season-High 12 Runs

Ronny Mauricio (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 14, 2019 5:33 PM ET

Ronny Mauricio led the way on Sunday with four hits as Columbia smashed Lexington in the series finale, 12-5. The Fireflies not only scored a season-high 12 runs, but also tallied a season-best 18 hits (two shy of the franchise record).

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Mauricio Extends Hit Streak to Seven Straight on Saturday in Lexington

Ronny Mauricio (JEFF BLAKE)

By Kevin Fitzgerald | April 13, 2019 9:48 PM ET

Columbia's 18-year-old shortstop Ronny Mauricio went hitless on opening night last week at Segra Park. Since then, the Mets prospect has recorded a hit in seven straight games. He did so in the first inning of Saturday's 3-1 loss to Lexington at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

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