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Columbia Fireflies Game Notes vs Kannapolis August 20

Wild Pitch Caps off Wild Win at Augusta

August 20, 2022 – Carolina League (CarL)Columbia Fireflies News Release

The Fireflies kick-off the weekend vs the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers tonight at Segra Park at 6:05 pm. RHP Shane Panzini (0-2, 4.50 ERA) takes the slab for Columbia and Kannapolis counters with RHP Hunter Dollander (3-3, 3.72 ERA).

Tonight is Faith and Family Night at Segra Park, presented by Columbia International University. Famed World Series champions and University of South Carolina legend Mookie Wilson will be at the game and will speak prior to a Fireworks show to cap off the evening. Tickets are available at


BATS BUOY EIGHTH-STRAIGHT WIN: The Fireflies beat up on the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 12-3 to claim their eighth-consecutive win. It’s their longest winning streak of the season and the Fireflies are just one game shy of tying their franchise record. Columbia’s bats started rolling in the fifth inning. Daniel Vazquez drew a lead-off walk and David Hollie reached via an error to set the table for Lizandro Rodriguez, who stroked a double to get Columbia on the board. Jean Ramirez rolled a sacrifice bunt up the first base line to cut Kannapolis’s lead to 3-2. Next, Omar Hernandez reached safely on a fielder’s choice that scored Rodriguez to tie the game. The Fireflies took the lead behind a Gavin Cross triple and Carter Jensen singled in the next at-bat to end the inning with the Fireflies in-front 5-3. It didn’t take long for Columbia to pour it on. After another Daniel Vazquez walk, Hollie tripled to double up Kannapolis 6-3. Later, Jean Ramirez launched his third homer of the season to push Columbia’s lead to 9-3.

EVERYBODY’S HANDS GO UP…. AND THEY STAY THERE: With last night’s win over the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers, Columbia has now won a season-best eight-consecutive games. Prior to this stretch, their longest winning streak of the year came June 28-July 4 as they swept August and took one game against Myrtle Beach to hit the mark. The longest winning streak in Fireflies franchise history was a nine-game stretch from June 4-12, 2017. During the stretch, the Fireflies won their last game of a series vs Hagerstown before sweeping Lexington in a three-game set and then taking five-consecutive against the Charleston RiverDogs.

SECOND-HALF FIREFLIES?: After trudging to the finish line of the first-half of the season with a Carolina League-worst 18-48 record, the Fireflies burst onto the scene in the second-half, sweeping Augusta after…

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