High School Sports

Flora, River Bluff to play at Fireflies’ park

Spirit Communications Park
Spirit Communications Park gmelendez@thestate.com

A.C. Flora and River Bluff will get a chance to play like minor leaguers for a day.

The Falcons and Gators will become the first high school baseball programs to play a game at Spirit Communications Park, the home of the Columbia Fireflies, when they meet Saturday at noon.

“It was something different and something for boys to look forward to,” River Bluff coach Mark Bonnette said of Saturday’s game. It breaks up monotony of the season and it is a reward for the players.”

“To be the first high school teams to play there is pretty special,” A.C. Flora coach Andy Hallett said. “To get to play on that field and the surroundings will be a great experience for our guys.”

The game was originally scheduled for River Bluff but moved after Fireflies’ officials approached A.C. Flora athletic director Eddie Moore both teams about holding a game at Spirit Communications Park.

Saturday’s game will be the first of many non-Fireflies events to be held in the park. There are plans to host a high school football game there in the fall, and Bonnette said there is a chance the South Carolina Baseball Coaches All-Star games might be held there in 2017.

Hallett, a season ticket holder for the Fireflies, is making sure all of his players in the program enjoy the experience and having his JV and B players come out to the game.

The game is a good tune-up for both teams before the playoffs begin. River Bluff has clinched the Region 5-4A title and will host a playoff game Thursday. The Falcons will either be a No. 2 or 3 seed from Region 4-3A, depending on results from their game against Dreher and the outcome of Saturday’s Chapin-Camden contest.

Want to go?

What: A.C. Flora vs. River Bluff

When: Saturday, noon

Where: Spirit Comminications Park

Tickets: $5