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Fireflies throw no-hitter for first franchise win

The Columbia Fireflies wrap up a series at the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday.
The Columbia Fireflies wrap up a series at the Charleston RiverDogs on Sunday. dmclemore@thestate.com

The Columbia Fireflies suffered tough losses in their first two games.

But they broke through in a big way on Saturday, using three pitchers to no-hit Charleston in a 9-0 victory.

Thomas McIlraith, Alex Palsha and Johnny Magliozzi combined for the gem, striking out 13 batters and just three runners (two walks and an error). McIlraith got the win, pitching six innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

David Thompson provided more than enough offense with a three-run home run with two outs in the first inning, and later drove in another run. Vinny Siena, Joe Tuschak and Milton Ramos also drove in runs for the Fireflies (1-2).

Kevin Kaczmarski had three hits and three runs, while Jeff Diehl added two hits and two runs. Dash Winningham and Siena also scored two runs apiece.

After Thompson’s blast in the first, the Fireflies added runs in the fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth innings to leave no doubt after two nights of heartbreak to open the season.

Columbia had lost each of its first two games by 5-4 scores, with Charleston rallying in the ninth inning to snare the victory away.

Charleston’s Josh Rogers took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on five hits in five innings.

The teams play Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

Fireflies’ upcoming games

Sunday: at Charleston, 5:05 p.m.

Monday: at Rome, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: at Rome, 7 p.m.

Wednesday: at Rome, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday: vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Greenville, 7:05 p.m.

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