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Tolbert Ninth Inning Heroics Help Naturals to Walk Off Win Thursday

Naturals shortstop leads team with three hits, drives in winning run in ninth
June 21, 2024

SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS -- Tyler Tolbert had three hits on Friday, the biggest coming in the ninth inning of a tie ballgame between the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (32-34) and the Tulsa Drillers (34-32) to give the Naturals a 5-4 walk-off win at Arvest Ballpark. The two teams continue their series on

Naturals 2023 Player and Pitcher of the Year Announced

Tyler Tolbert named 2023 Northwest Arkansas Naturals Player of the Year, Chandler Champlain named Pitcher of the Year
March 5, 2024

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – The Kansas City Royals announced the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Pitcher and Player of the Year for the 2023 season today. Shortstop/Outfielder Tyler Tolbert was named the Naturals’ Player of the Year and right-handed starting pitcher Chandler Champlain was named Northwest Arkansas’ Pitcher of the Year. Both players

Loftin leads Kansas City's next wave, All-Stars

Club's No. 5 prospect headlines the Royals' youth movement
November 15, 2023

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2023 Organization All-Stars series are the Kansas City Royals. 2023 organization summary: Triple-A Omaha: 68-77

Tolbert Homers, Naturals Cage Cards 6-3 Friday

September 2, 2023

Tyler Tolbert hit his 10th homer of the season in a 6-3 win for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (27-27, 56-67) over the Springfield Cardinals (27-28, 61-63) at Arvest Ballpark on Friday night. With the win, the Naturals moved into second place in the second-half North Division standings, but remain 3.5

Cameron K's Seven, Tolbert Hits 10th Triple in 8-4 Win on Thursday

September 1, 2023

Noah Cameron struck out seven and Tyler Tolbert roped his third triple of the season in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (26-27, 55-67) 8-4 win over the Springfield Cardinals (27-27, 61-62) on Thursday night in Springdale, Arkansas. The six-game series continues on Friday at Arvest Ballpark with a 7:05 PM CT

Tolbert, Parrish Lead Naturals to 6-3 Win Saturday

July 30, 2023

Drew Parrish tossed a quality start while Tyler Tolbert had three hits and two stolen bases in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (14-11, 43-51) 6-3 win over the Arkansas Travelers (14-11, 59-35) on Saturday night. The win puts the Naturals into a tie with the Travs for first place in the

Naturals Hold Off Tulsa's Late Charge in Fourth Straight Win

July 19, 2023

Andrew Hoffmann (3-5) earned a win after 5.1 shutout innings in the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (8-8, 37-48) 4-3 victory over the Tulsa Drillers (6-11, 47-39) on Wednesday night at Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Arkansas. The two teams continue their series on Thursday with a 7:05 PM CT first pitch. NWA

Tolbert Slam in Ninth Leads NWA to 7-4 Win

July 3, 2023

Tyler Tolbert hit the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (30-44) first grand slam of the season to lift NWA to a 7-4 win over the Wichita Wind Surge (32-41) in the penultimate game of the series on Sunday. The two teams finish the six-game set on Monday with a 7:05 PM CT

Top 'Nine' Moments in Fireflies History

February 27, 2023

To celebrate Black History Month, teams across the Minors are talking more about the Nine initiative, which is named after the number Jackie Robinson wore for the Montreal Royals in his lone season in Minor League Baseball. The initiative honors and celebrates black success in the sport while also encouraging

Columbia Wallops Woodpeckers 15-4

Fireflies outscoring Fayetteville 41-12 in series
August 13, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC – Columbia scored 15 runs for the second time in the series and added at least one run in each of the first seven innings, beating Fayetteville 15-4 Thursday evening at Segra Park. After Matt Stil gave up three in the top of the first inning, the Fireflies

Fireflies Take Home Slugfest 21-5 to Start Series

Emshoff, Tolbert add grand slams in blowout win at Segra Park
August 10, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies utilized two grand slams in a record-setting evening where they beat the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 21-5 Tuesday night at Segra Park. Tyler Tolbert started the big bopping with his fourth homer of the season. After Columbia (39-45) loaded the bases with a trio of singles

Los Chicharrones Lose Third Straight by One Run

Columbia loses extra-innings contest 3-2 in the 10th
August 6, 2021

COLUMBIA, SC – Los Chicharrones de Columbia came close again at Segra Park Friday night, leading 2-0 over Los Pelicanos de Myrtle Beach after six innings, but falling in 10 frames 3-2. The Fireflies started off the game with an excellent start from Matt Stil, who spun four scoreless before

Columbia Takes Opener Behind Three-Run Fifth

First six hitters reach safely to give Fireflies the Lead
July 13, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies were able to get the first six runners aboard in the fifth inning to score three runs and catapult themselves in front before beating the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 4-3 at Field at Pelicans Stadium Tuesday evening. Columbia got things going in the fifth.

Early Fireflies Records History by End of 13-Inning Loss

Negret, Tolbert cement themselves in Columbia baseball history Friday
July 10, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Both Tyler Tolbert and Juan Carlos Negret set Columbia Fireflies records early in Friday evening’s game against the Charleston RiverDogs at Segra Park, but the RiverDogs were the team that was able to celebrate at the end of the 13-inning game as Columbia fell 7-5. Tolbert was

Fireflies Drop Game Allowing a Pair in the Ninth in 3-2 Loss

Charleston scores go-ahead run on balk with runners on the corners
July 7, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies had allowed only a single hit prior to the eighth inning, but the Charleston RiverDogs rallied to take Wednesday night’s game 3-2 at Segra Park. Nathan Webb (BS, 2; L, 0-2) came into the ninth trying to protect a Fireflies (27-25) 2-1 lead. After

Fireflies Unseated by Five-Run Sixth from RiverDogs

Late comeback comes up short in the ninth for Columbia
July 6, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Fireflies went to the bullpen and saw five runs come across in the first inning of relief work in a 6-3 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs Tuesday night at Segra Park. After Cruz Noriega offered five one-run innings with a career-high seven strikeouts for Columbia (27-24),

Athleticism Runs in the Family for Fireflies Speedster

July 5, 2021

Fourth of July weekend is usually a time for families and friends to gather, barbecue some incredible food and enjoy some times outdoors before setting off or watching a display of fireworks. When you play professional baseball, things go a little differently. Tyler Tolbert spent his July 4 weekend in

Late Rally Cut Short in 3-1 Series Finale Loss

Fireflies leave the tying run on base in seventh, then fall flat
July 4, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies put together a rally in the seventh for a second consecutive night, but this one fell short as the Fireflies left the tying run on the base paths in a 3-1 loss to Augusta Sunday evening at SRP Park. Augusta (24-29) grabbed the lead

Fireflies Take-Off Behind Four-Run Seventh

Collins Two-Run Single Final Blow in 7-4 Victory
July 3, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Darryl Collins gave Columbia their first lead of the ball game with a two-run single to score Rubendy Jaquez and Tyler Tolbert which topped off a four-run inning that led to a 7-4 victory at SRP Park Saturday evening. Prior to Collins hit, the Fireflies (27-21) roped

Four-Run Third Leads Columbia to Victory

Collins drives in a pair in 5-4 win over the GreenJackets
June 17, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Fireflies utilized a four-run third inning where 10 Columbia hitters stepped up to the plate to beat the Augusta GreenJackets 5-4 Thursday evening at Segra Park. The Fireflies (21-15) broke through in the third inning. Tyler Tolbert led off the frame with a two-bagger that set

Bats Continue Rough Stretch in 7-0 Loss to RiverDogs

Fireflies drop back-to-back heading into the weekend in Charleston
June 11, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies fell behind early and were never able to catch up in a 7-0 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs Friday night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark. Starter Ben Hernandez (L, 0-2) allowed a career-high four earned runs in 2.1 innings. Charleston (21-13) came out

Columbia Offense Stifled in 3-1 Series Opening Loss

Fireflies’ run came in third inning as RiverDogs take 1st place in Division
June 8, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Fireflies bats couldn’t find their stride, notching only two hits in the series opener against the Charleston RiverDogs Tuesday night at Joseph P. Riley Ballpark. Columbia’s lone run came in the third inning. Omar Hernandez led off the frame with a walk and following a two-out

Fireflies Split Doubleheader to Guarantee Series Split

Offense overcomes 21 inning scoreless streak in game two
June 5, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies split a doubleheader with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Saturday evening at Field at Pelicans Ballpark. After dropping the first contest 4-0, the Fireflies were able to take the second game 4-2. Game 1 For a second consecutive game, the Columbia Fireflies were shutout,

Bullpen Gives Up Three Runs in Ninth in 5-3 Loss

Columbia drops series finale to Augusta Sunday
May 30, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – After leaving the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, the Columbia Fireflies gave up three runs in the top of the ninth to secure a 5-3 loss to the Augusta GreenJackets to close out their six-game set at Segra Park Sunday afternoon. Marlin Willis walked

Bats Light Up Augusta on Fireworks Night at Segra Park

Columbia Fireflies win their fourth straight 10-2
May 29, 2021

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Fireflies had eight hitters reach base safely as the bats scored five in the first three innings in a 10-2 win over the Augusta GreenJackets Saturday at Segra Park. The Columbia (15-8) bats continued to flip the season narrative on its head against the Augusta