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Fireflies Game Notes: June 16 vs. Lexington (Game 66)

June 16, 2019 - South Atlantic League (SAL) - Columbia Fireflies News Release

Columbia Fireflies (24-41) vs. Lexington Legends (36-32)

RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson (1-6, 5.36) vs. RHP Jon Heasley (5-3, 2.76)

Sun., June 16, 2019 - Segra Park (Columbia, SC) - First Pitch 2:05 p.m. - Game 66

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LAST TIME OUT: Fireflies shortstop Ronny Mauricio nearly hit for the cycle in a 6-2 loss to Lexington on Saturday. After starting his night with a double, single and triple, Mauricio walked and grounded out in his final two plate appearances. Hansel Moreno also tallied a pair of hits in the penultimate game of the first half of the season.

BOY, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY: Mauricio would have been the first Firefly in franchise history to hit for the cycle. The Mets prospect couldn't check the home run box on Saturday, though. For the record, Mauricio has homered just twice this season.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?: Columbia has a chance to knock Lexington out of the playoffs on Sunday. After the win Saturday, the Legends now hold a half-game lead over Charleston and Augusta for first place in the Southern Division. If Columbia wins, mixed with either a RiverDogs or GreenJackets win (or both), the Fireflies will burst Lexington's playoff bubble.

RESPECT: Chandler Avant doubled and walked on Saturday and has now reached base safely in 10 straight games. The former Alabama Crimson Tide infielder has made major strides at the plate this year after hitting just .105 in 11 April games. Since May 16 (21 GP), Avant leads the team with a .375 on-base percentage. His batting average is also .275 during that span.

WHO'S HOT?: Ronny Mauricio leads Columbia in hitting (.295 average). The Mets prospect has performed notably well at the plate as of late:


Mauricio (12 GP) - .370 (20-for-52), 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K

SEE YOU IN CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA: Fireflies shortstop Ronny Mauricio was named a South Atlantic League All-Star on June 4. Mauricio is seventh in the league with 70 hits, but he is the only teenager who appears in the top 10 (and that's qualified hitters, too). The second-rated Mets prospect only strikes out 19% of the time which is good for 19th in the SAL. It's worth noting, though, he's the youngest player in the league to appear that high up on the list.

THESE TWO CAN REALLY HIT: Sunday will be Columbia's 12th game this season against Lexington. Two hitters in particular have had great success against the other team all year:

Ronny Mauricio v. LEX in 2019: .372 (10 GP), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI

Eric Cole v. COL in 2019: .429 (10 GP), 9 R, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 2 SB

Sunday is also Father's Day at Segra Park! Dads get in the game for free, and will receive a voucher for a free 16oz domestic draft beer upon entry. The Fireflies will be hosting a special "Father's Day catch" on the field prior to the game. The catch is scheduled from 12:30 to 1:00, but scheduling is subject to change. You can also purchase a Father's Day themed hat from the Mason Jar team store.

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