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Pitching Staff Blanks Fredericksburg 5-0

Fireflies earn seventh shutout of the year to start the second-half
June 23, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies pitching staff worked their seventh shutout of the season behind a three-run sixth to beat Fredericksburg 5-0 at Segra Park Friday night. The Fireflies pitching staff earned their seventh shutout of the season. The staff with the best ERA in Minor League started off the

Late Rally Falls Short in Fayetteville

Fireflies fall to three games back of Myrtle Beach with 4-3 loss
June 15, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies added two in the eighth, but couldn’t bring the tying run home as they fell 4-3 to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers at Segra Stadium Thursday night. With Myrtle Beach’s win over Fredericksburg, the Fireflies are now three games behind the Myrtle Beach Pelicans with six games

10 K Start for Mozzicato Not Enough in 3-1 Loss

Fireflies take lead in the first, then fall flat to close out game
June 1, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies got on the board in the first, snapping a 24-inning scoreless spell, but weren’t able to ride the momentum as they lost 3-1 to the Down East Wood Ducks Thursday night at Grainger Stadium. Down East (26-18) had another big fifth inning Thursday night. Jesus

Fireflies Blank Nats in Third Straight Win 

Columbia earns fifth shutout of season Thursday night
May 18, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies pitching staff was on fire again, as Frank Mozzicato led the way to a 6-0 victory in the club’s fifth shutout of the season. Mozzicato (W, 1-2) set the pace with his third quality start of the season. The southpaw punched out seven in six,

Fireflies Fall After Late Salem Surge

Columbia drops Thursday contest 4-1 in Salem
May 11, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies offense couldn’t survive a late Salem surge, as Columbia fell 4-1 at Carilion Clinic Field Friday night. Frank Mozzicato (L, 0-2) twirled 5.2 innings, fanning seven hitters and allowing only a pair of earned runs in the loss. Columbia’s southpaw paces the Carolina League with

Fireflies Rally Stifled in 4-2 Loss to Pelicans

May 5, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies rallied late, but were unable to complete the comeback, as they fell 4-2 to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Friday night at Segra Park. Fans were treated to a duel between the top two lefties from the 2021 and 2022 drafts. Myrtle Beach’s Jackson Ferris twirled

Fireflies Lose Close Finale 3-2

Columbia falters late in finale, but wins home series
April 23, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Fireflies surrendered the go-ahead run in the eighth and lost 3-2 to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers Sunday night at Segra Park. Despite losing the finale, the Fireflies still won four of six games with the Woodpeckers in town. After Narbe Cruz led off the eighth with a

Mozzicato Sets Record in Fireflies Walk-Off Win

Southpaw punches out 13 Woodpecker hitters in six frames
April 19, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – The Columbia Fireflies were walk-off winners on a record breaking night for starter Frank Mozzicato in a 5-4 victory over Fayetteville Tuesday night at Segra Park. Frank Mozzicato was the story of the game, spinning six scoreless innings and striking out a Fireflies single-game record 13 hitters.

Mozzicato Excellent in 5-3 Loss on the Road

Four-run sixth drops Fireflies to 0-2 on the campaign
April 11, 2023

COLUMBIA, SC – Frank Mozzicato allowed a single hit in five innings but it wasn’t enough, as the Fireflies lost 5-3 to the Charleston RiverDogs at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Ballpark Tuesday night. Frank Mozzicato pitched an incredible game, retiring the first nine hitters he faced. All-in-all, the southpaw worked

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

The Road to The Show™: Royals’ Mozzicato

Kansas City’s No. 6 prospect continues to refine approach
October 4, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at sixth-ranked Royals prospect Frank Mozzicato. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. As he completed his first Minor League season with

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