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Fireflies Win 4-0 in Extras Friday

Pitching locks down ninth shutout of the year
July 7, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies pitching staff worked their ninth shutout of the season in 10 innings and the Charleston RiverDogs imploded in extras, leading to a 4-0 Fireflies win over Charleston Friday Night at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park. Jean Ramirez got a pinch-hit bunt single in the 10th,

Charles Clears the Bases Late in 4-3 Win

Fireflies Rally in the 7th for second time in three games
June 29, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies used another seventh inning rally, as Austin Charles cleared the bases with a double Thursday night to help the Fireflies beat the Augusta GreenJackets 4-3 at Segra Park. The Fireflies used some two out magic to get ahead in the seventh inning. Brennon McNair singled

Bullpen Falters in 7-2 Loss to Woodpeckers

Five runs score in the sixth and seventh to even series
June 14, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies bullpen allowed five runs in the sixth and seventh innings as Columbia fell 7-2 to the Woodpeckers Wednesday night at Segra Stadium. The Fireflies bullpen struggled in Wednesday’s game. Eduardo Herrera (L, 4-1) allowed a pair of runs to score in the sixth inning and

Fireflies Bats Quiet in 4-0 Loss

Columbia blanked in back-to-back for first time since June 2022
May 31, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies offense was held scoreless for the second-consecutive night as they fell to Down East 4-0 Wednesday at Grainger Stadium. After spinning four hitless innings, Fireflies starter Ben Kudrna (L, 4-3) walked away with the loss, giving up three runs, only two of which were earned

Hurlers Lead Way to 2-1 Victory in Day Game

Fireflies hold opponent to less than two runs for 13th time in 2023
May 24, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies pitching staff outdueled the Charleston RiverDogs in a 2-1 win at Segra Park Wednesday afternoon. It was the 13th time this season the Fireflies have held their opponent to one run or less and Columbia is now 5-2 in day games this year. The pitching

Columbia Cruises to 3-1 Win Behind Bullpen

Fireflies don’t allow a run after the first out of the game
May 17, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies bunkered down and won 3-1, not surrendering a run in their final 26 outs against the Fredericksburg Nationals Wednesday afternoon at Virginia Credit Union Stadium. The bullpen is now on a 10-inning scoreless streak as a whole and the Fireflies have surrendered only one run

Go-Ahead Run in Ninth Seals Deal for Fireflies

McNair scores on a balk to provide win Wednesday in Salem
May 10, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies won 3-2 after Brennon McNair was plated on back-to-back balks in the top of the ninth, drawing Columbia even in the series with the Salem Red Sox Wednesday night at Carilion Clinic Field. Columbia’s third baseman smacked a one-out double to the left-center gap to

Fireflies Shutout Pelicans for Sixth Straight Win

Columbia gets fourth shutout of the season as they take out Pelicans
May 4, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies spun their fourth shutout of the campaign as the team beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 6-0 in their sixth-consecutive victory Thursday night at Segra Park. Ben Kudrna (W, 2-2) spun a season-high six scoreless frames, punching out six hitters. It was Kudrna’s first quality start

Columbia Splits Wild Doubleheader in Augusta

Game two featured three lead changes and extra innings
April 28, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies were able to walk out of SRP Park with a doubleheader split, taking game one 5-1 and dropping game two 5-4 in eight innings Friday night vs the Augusta GreenJackets. Game 1 Columbia dealt the knock-out blow in the fifth frame. After Jean Ramirez

Fireflies Falter in Finale, Falling 9-2

Columbia allows nine straight to close out game
April 16, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies couldn’t hold on to an early 2-0 lead as they fell 9-2 to Charleston in the series finale at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park Sunday night. Charleston (4-4) took the lead in the fourth and never looked back. Carlos Colmenarez tripled to clear the bases,

Fireflies Announce 2023 Opening Day Roster

Roster includes six top prospects and 25 ’21 and ’22 Fireflies
April 3, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies, in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals, announced their 2023 Opening Day roster. The roster is brimming with talent, including four players selected in the first five rounds of the 2021 and 2022 draft and six top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America or

Garcia, Gentry wore crowns for Kansas City

Following graduations, next Royals wave made gains in 2022
November 9, 2022

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 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Kansas City Royals. 2022 Organization Summary

Jensen, Kudrna Enjoy Royal Honors

2021 draftees named Columbia Fireflies player, pitcher of the year
September 12, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – Today, the Kansas City Royals announced that Carter Jensen has been named the 2022 Columbia Fireflies Player of the Year and Ben Kudrna has been named the 2022 Columbia Fireflies Pitcher of the Year.

Fireflies Fall 6-3 to RiverDogs

Columbia scores first two, but can’t hold on Thursday
September 8, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies surrendered six of the final eight runs scored as they fell to the Charleston RiverDogs for a third consecutive evening, 6-3, at Segra Park Thursday night. Charleston was able to chip away at the Fireflies initial lead. Nathan Perry smashed a solo homer in the

Hernandez Gets Third Walk-Off Single of Season

Fireflies win seventh straight in extras at Segra Park
August 18, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies went 10 innings Thursday night, but came out on-top after an Omar Hernandez walk-off single sent the fans happy with a 4-3 win over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers. Hernandez came up with Jean Ramirez placed on second. The left fielder swiped his 31st stolen base

Fireflies Back in First Following 3-2 Win

Columbia rallies behind six scoreless from Kudrna in win
July 30, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies rallied behind six scoreless innings from starter Ben Kudrna, as they outdueled Kannapolis 3-2 at Atrium Health Ballpark Saturday night. Kudrna (W, 2-4) collected his first quality start of his career, fanning six hitters in as many innings, while allowing four hits and two walks,

Fireflies Rout Pelicans in 18-2 Slugfest

July 9, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies beat up on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, scoring six runs in the first and never looking back, beating the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 18-2 at Segra Park Saturday night at Segra Park. Columbia’s (11-3) bats got started right away. After Jean Ramirez drew a lead-off walk,

Late Surge Leads to Fireflies Loss

Columbia gives up three runs in the seventh in 4-1 loss
June 26, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies allowed a trio of runs in the seventh inning on their way to a 4-1 loss to the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park Sunday evening. The RiverDogs pulled ahead in the seventh. The first three Charleston hitters reached base safely after

Dooney Powers Fireflies Over Mudcats in 2-1 Win

Columbia wins their third-consecutive game at Segra Park
June 15, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies rallied behind second baseman Dayton Dooney in a 2-1 win vs the Carolina Mudcats at Segra Park Wednesday afternoon. It’s the first time since August 10-12, 2021 that the Fireflies have won three-consecutive games. During that stretch, they beat up on the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 21-5,

Roommates Find Their Home Away from Home

June 14, 2022

Blue Valley Southwest High School and Park Hill High School are on opposite sides of the border, a rigid line that is separated by the Missouri River. Blue Valley Southwest is in Kansas. Park Hill is in Missouri. The difference is less than 40 miles North-to-South. Just a short trek

Six-Run Sixth Sets Down Columbia

Fireflies lose 10-5 at Salem Friday night
June 3, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – Columbia jumped out first Friday night, but couldn’t hold the Salem Red Sox, as the Fireflies fell 10-5 at Salem Memorial Ballpark. Columbia (14-35) was nursing a 3-1 lead with Samuel Valerio (L, 0-3) on the bump in the sixth when seven Salem Red Sox (26-23) were

Fireflies Swarm Hillcats in 3-1 Win

Kudrna's four scoreless frames pace Columbia
May 28, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies pitching staff led the way in a 3-1 rain-shortened win over the Lynchburg Hillcats at Bank of the James Stadium Friday night. Ben Kudrna, the Royals 2021 second-round selection, pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while recording five strikeouts. After 62 pitches,

Kudrna Dazzles in Debut; Fireflies Lose 5-1

Columbia has found a 1-2 starting pitching pair from 2021 draft
May 21, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – Los Chiccarones de Columbia weren’t able to support an excellent start from second round 2021 draftee Ben Kudrna, as they fell to Los Pelicanos 5-1 at Segra Park Saturday evening. Tonight, Los Chiccarones (11-27) had the opportunity to watch another fantastic debut. Ben Kudrna (L, 0-1) had