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Late Offense Sparks 7-1 Win Over Mudcats

Columbia’s pitching staff has allowed just one run in the last three games
August 31, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies bats ignited, scoring six runs in the final four innings to upend Carolina 7-1 Wednesday night at Five County Stadium. Columbia took the lead in the top of the sixth inning. With two outs, Gavin Cross singled to right off Edwin Jimenez (L, 4-7).

Fireflies Take It on Rodriguez Walk-Off Blast

Columbia wins 5-4 after late rally from Red Sox
August 24, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies utilized three homers, including a walk-off blast to beat the Salem Red Sox 5-4 Wednesday night at Segra Park. Lizandro Rodriguez got to play hero, cranking his first homer in a Fireflies uniform to right field with one out in the bottom of the ninth

Fireflies Blow Away Cannon Ballers 12-1

Seven-run sixth, two HR game from Cross propel Fireflies
August 17, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies offense exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning as they beat the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 12-1 Wednesday night at Segra Park. Gavin Cross got the scoring started, ripping a mammoth two out homer to right field in the bottom of the first. It was

Jensen’s Three Extra-Base Hits Not Enough

Defense gives up five unearned runs as Fireflies fall to Pelicans 7-4
August 10, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies gave up five unearned runs as they fell 7-4 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Wednesday night at Field. Columbia’s (18-19) troubles began in the third, when a throwing error from Yeudi Advincola eventually led to a base-clearing, three-run double off the bat of Jacob

Four-Run Second Seals Columbia Loss

Fireflies shutout for eighth time this season in 4-0 loss to CSC
August 4, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies offense wasn’t able to scratch the score column, as a fatal second inning sinks their chances in a 4-0 loss to the RiverDogs Thursday night at Segra Park. Charleston (20-12) jumped on top in the second inning. After Frank Mozzicato recorded the first four outs

Early Offense Paves Way for Mozzicato Win

Fireflies jump on top in 7-6 win at Kannapolis
July 29, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – Frank Mozzicato earned his first professional win behind a booming offense in Columbia’s 7-6 victory over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers Friday night at Atrium Health Ballpark. Fireflies (16-11) starter Frank Mozzicato (W, 1-4) earned his first professional win, spinning five innings while allowing only one hit. The

Fireflies Drop Third Straight to Down East

Offense stalls out in 5-2 loss in Kinston
July 16, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies got on the board in the top of the first, but were unable to generate much more offense, as they fell 5-2 to the Down East Wood Ducks Saturday night at Grainger Stadium. Down East swung the tide of the game in the fourth

Fireflies Fall Short 7-3 Sunday

Columbia splits series with first-half champion Pelicans
July 10, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies fell short in their finale with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, losing 7-4 at Segra Park Sunday evening. The difference came in the top of the sixth inning, when the Pelicans were able to score a trio of runs to edge ahead 5-2. Three straight Pelicans

Bats Blanked by RiverDogs 11-0 Wednesday

Columbia’s bats shutout for sixth time in 2022
June 22, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies bats were silenced for a second-consecutive night vs the Charleston RiverDogs, as they fell 11-0 at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark Wednesday night. Columbia (18-47) starter Frank Mozzicato (L, 0-3) fanned a career-high five hitters for a second consecutive start, but was chased off

Late Runs Mark Difference in Late Game at Segra Park

Bullpen allows four runs in the last two frames in 4-1 loss
June 17, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies got going after a one hour and 59-minute delay at Segra Park Friday night, then late offense marked the difference in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Mudcats. The first four Mudcats (31-29) hitters who came to the plate in the seventh were able to

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

Fireflies Rally Stymied by Three-Run Ninth

Fireflies lose 6-2 after cutting Augusta’s lead to one
June 10, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies came within one thanks to the long ball in the eighth, but their rally was upended after allowing three runs in the ninth and Columbia dropped Friday night’s contest at Segra Park 6-2 to the Augusta GreenJackets. The Augusta GreenJackets (30-25) were able to halt

Sizzling Prospect Shells More Than Just Batters

June 6, 2022

There’s a gentle popping and bubbling berthing in front of a lanky teenager. He just placed dough wrapped around a roller into a pot of boiling oil. After about a minute, he’ll lift the shell out and stuff it with a blend of sweet ricotta cheese and heavy cream, along

Columbia Stumbles Late in 6-2 Loss

The Fireflies drop their fifth consecutive game Saturday vs Salem
June 4, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies bullpen faltered late, allowing three runs in the eighth, as Columbia fell 6-2 to the Salem Red Sox Saturday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark. Frank Mozzicato got back on the right track in Saturday’s game vs Salem. The southpaw retired each of the first nine

Columbia’s Slump Continues in Lynchburg

Fireflies drop the opener 9-1 after allowing seven runs in the first
May 24, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies gave up seven runs in the first, which led to a 9-1 loss against the Lynchburg Hillcats Tuesday night at Bank of the James Stadium. Lynchburg (22-17) got the party in the first, pushing Frank Mozzicato (L, 0-1) out of his second start after

Mozzicato Brilliant in Debut Despite 13-2 Loss

Southpaw goes three scoreless with three strikeouts in first pro start
May 18, 2022

COLUMBIA, SC – The Kansas City Royals first round pick, Frank Mozzicato was brilliant through three innings, despite the Fireflies dropping Wednesday afternoon’s game 13-2 vs the Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Segra Park. The story of the day was the incredible pro debut for Frank Mozzicato. The lefty received a