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Dirocie Goes Yard, Columbia Drops Pair of One-Run Games

April 20, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

COLUMBIA, SC - Saturday's doubleheader against Hickory was as competitive as could be. Both games were decided by one run with Columbia falling to the Crawdads 3-2 in game one and 5-4 in game two. Anthony Dirocie had quite the day - the Fireflies outfielder finished with three hits, one of which his second homer of the week, and four RBI.

Hickory (12-4) bested Columbia (7-9) in extras in game one. The Fireflies rallied for a game-tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the score at two. It was Dirocie who scored Bradley Marquez. The Crawdads pulled back ahead with a score in the top of the eighth. The Fireflies could not answer.

Dirocie's three-run blast in game two came in the bottom of the seventh. It pulled Columbia back within a run, although the home team rallied for no further runs.

Hickory's two homers in game two proved to be the difference, including Chad Smith's two-run shot in the top of the seventh.

Columbia's starters pitched particularly well on Saturday. First it was Simeon Woods-Richardson, who logged four scoreless innings in the first game. Then in the nightcap, Dedniel Nunez struck out eight over five innings.


Bottom 2: Wagner Lagrange drives in Hayden Senger with a base hit. COL 1, HIC 0

Top 5: Sam Huff and Jonathan Ornelas rip solo homers. HIC 2, COL 1

Bottom 7: Anthony Dirocie scores the tying-run with a base hit. COL 2, HIC 2

Top 8: Chris Sease triples, scores Ornelas. HIC 3, COL 2


Bottom 1: Zach Rheams doubles, scores Walter Rasquin. COL 1, HIC 0

Top 4: Huff hits three-run homer. HIC 3, COL1

Top 7: Chad Smith smacks two-run home run. HIC 5, COL 1

Bottom 7: Dirocie smashes three-run homer. HIC 5, COL 4


Date: April 22, 2019, 7:05 p.m.

Opponent: West Virginia Power

Location: Appalachian Power Park - Charleston, West Virginia

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