ROME, GA - The 2017 season came to an end at State Mutual Stadium on Monday. Luis Carpio finished with a pair of hits and pair of RBIs in the finale, but Rome upended the Fireflies, 4-2. Columbia finishes the season with a 68-70 overall mark (40-28 first half - 28-42 second half).
Rome (73-65) jumped ahead in the first inning. Isranel Wilson walked and buzzed to third base on Jordan Rodgers' single. Two hitters later, Lucas Herbert bashed a single that scored Wilson.
The home team built its lead to 3-0 in the fifth. First, Kevin Josephina scored from third on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Wilson singled and the came all the way on Rodgers' base hit to left field.
The Fireflies fell behind 4-0 in the seventh but cut the deficit in half the following half inning. Jay Jabs doubled to begin the frame and Oliver Pascual waked. The next batter, Arnaldo Berrios , struck out, but Herbert dropped the baseball. It kicked away from the catcher and both runners moved into scoring position. Carpio ripped a two-run single moments later.
Justin Brantley (L, 2-4) gutted through seven innings on the mound for Columbia (68-70). The right-hander struck out six. Brantley ended the year with four straight starts with at least six punch-outs. Ryan Schlosser (W, 1-7) picked up the victory for the Braves
Columbia opens the 2018 season on Thursday, April 5 against the Augusta GreenJackets. Get your tickets for the 2018 season now by visiting FirefliesTickets.com or calling the box office at (803) 726-4487. Check back at ColumbiaFireflies.com this week for an extensive breakdown of the 2017 season!
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