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Record crowd watch eclipse, Fireflies walk-off win

Columbia Fireflies Dan Rizzie, top, and Reed Gamache the eclipse from the infield of Spirit Communications Park on Monday
Columbia Fireflies Dan Rizzie, top, and Reed Gamache the eclipse from the infield of Spirit Communications Park on Monday Southern Hook Photography

A crowd of 9,629 fans – a new Spirit Communications Park record – was on hand Monday to not only view the first transcontinental solar eclipse in 99 years, but also to watch the Fireflies walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning. With two outs and the game tied, Andres Gimenez drilled a base hit down the third-base line that plated the game-winning run.

Gene Cone and Luis Carpio worked back-to-back walk-offs of Rome (68-58) starter Joey Wentz in the first inning. After J.J. Franco bunted his teammates into scoring position, Ian Strom pushed a base hit into right field. The single scored both runners.

The Braves evened the score with a pair of runs in the top of the third. The game didn’t stay tied for long. Brandon Brosher crushed a two-run home run. Later in the inning, Jay Jabs doubled and then scored on Arnaldo Berrios’ single.

The game was delayed for the eclipse in the middle of the fourth. Totality occurred at 2:41 p.m. and everyone at the park –enjoyed the astronomical phenomena. After a 19-minute delay, the game resumed.

Rome rallied with two runs in the top of the ninth off of Keaton Aldridge (W, 1-1). The tying run scored on a wild pitch, but Columbia would not be deterred. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Strom singled and stole second base . Brosher walked, which gave Gimenez a chance to be the hero.

Rome

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Wilson rf

3

1

1

1

1

0

Mooney ss

4

0

1

1

1

0

Pache cf

4

1

2

0

1

1

Herbert c

4

0

0

0

0

0

Lugbauer 1b

4

0

1

1

0

2

Hoekstra dh

4

0

0

0

0

1

Josephina 2b

3

2

1

0

1

1

Rodgers 3b

4

0

0

0

0

0

Keller lf

4

1

2

0

0

1

TOTALS

34

5

8

3

4

6

Columbia

ab

r

h

rbi

bb

k

Cone cf

3

1

0

0

2

1

Caprio ss-2b

4

1

0

0

1

1

Franco 2b-3b

4

1

3

0

0

0

Strom lf

4

1

2

2

1

0

Brosher c

3

1

1

2

2

1

Ramos dh

4

0

1

0

0

0

Gimenez ss

1

0

1

1

0

0

Jabs 3b-p

4

1

1

0

0

1

Aldridge p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gamache 1b

4

0

2

0

0

0

Berrios rf

4

0

1

1

0

1

TOTALS

35

6

12

5

9

10

Rome

002

100

002

5

Columbia

203

000

001

6

DP — Rome 2. LOB — Rome 8; Columbia 10. 2B — Keller; Pache; Jabs. HR — Brosher. SB — Strom. CS — Pache; Franco. E — Josephina; Brosher; Jabs; Carpio.

Rome

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Wentz

3

7

5

5

3

3

Conyers

4

3

0

0

2

2

Schlosser L, 0-6

1 2/3

1

1

1

0

0

Borkovich

0

1

0

0

1

0

Columbia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Holderman

5

5

3

3

3

2

Ryan

2

0

0

0

1

2

Jabs

1

0

0

0

0

1

Aldridge W, 1-1

1

3

2

0

0

1

WP — Holderman 2; Aldridge. HBP — Herbert (by Holderman). Umpires — HP: Mark Bass. 1B: Forrest Ladd. T — 3:25 (:19 delay). A — 9,629.

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