A look back at how the Columbia Fireflies fared this week and a look at what is ahead for them:
How they fared: Columbia went 7-0 this week and has won eight consecutive games overall and 10 in a row at home. The Fireflies are 36-25 and trail Greenville by 1/2 game heading into Sunday in the South Atlantic League Southern Division standings. Columbia has a three-game series at Greenville this week.
Busy week for Tebow: Tim Tebow was involved both on and off the field this week.
The former Heisman Trophy winner reached base in five of the six games and was 5-of-16 with three RBIs, two coming on a two-run single Sunday.
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Four of Tebow’s five hits were doubles, and he has 11 on the season, which ties him for second on the team behind Michael Paez’s 20.
Tebow is hitting .267 in the past 10 games and .225 on the season with three homers and 18 RBIs. He tried to get his first stolen base of the season Sunday but was thrown out.
Off the field, Tebow hosted children from the W15H program as part of his foundation. W15H fulfills the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses whose wish is to meet Tebow.
One of the meetings occured at Spirit Communications Park.
Colby Hodges is one of those who attended this weekend in Columbia. Tebow met Colby in 2015 when Hodges was battling cancer the first time.
Cancer returned to Colby in 2015, and he underwent more chemotherapy treatments.
“The most important thing in my life is to be able to fight for people who can’t fight for themselves,” Tebow said before Friday’s game. “Our mission statement for our foundation is to bring faith, hope and love to those needing a brighter day in their darkest hour of need. We try to do that in any way possible. This weekend, we will have several different wish kids here. We will celebrate them, love them and lift them up and give them opportunities to not be in a hospital but to feel loved, important and special.
“That is way more important than anything that happens on the field.”
Starting quick: Columbia has scored first in 11 of the past 12 games. The Fireflies are 30-7 this season in scoring first.
Flashing the leather: Michael Paez made one of the best defensive plays of the season Sunday against Charleston.
The former Coastal Carolina standout made a leaping grab on Ben Ruta’s line drive to third. Paez continues to deliver at the plate and hit .342 in his past 10 games, with six homers, 38 RBIs and 100 total bases. He also is eighth in the league with a .503 slugging percentage.
Pitching getting it done: One of the strengths of the Fireflies’ winning streak has been its pitching.
Columbia ranks No. 1 in the South Atlantic League in ERA at 3.05 with six complete games. Fireflies starting pitchers have gone at least six innings in each of the past seven games.
Giving back: The Fireflies wore special South Carolina state flag-themed jerseys Saturday for Celebrate SC Night. The jerseys were auctioned after the game with proceeds going to the Columbia Urban League. Almost $12,000 was raised in the auction.
This week’s schedule: The Fireflies finish their homestand Monday at against Charleston before completing the first half on the road. They go to Greenville on Tuesday through Thursday and then to Charleston on Friday through Sunday.