Photo Gallery: Fireflies Win Opener, Pena Fireworks Make Fans Happy | Colombia

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Thousands of people across the Midlands flocked to the Segra Park stadium on Friday night for the Columbia Fireflies home opening weekend.

Outfielder Erick Peña hit a three-run homer beyond the right field fence to send happy Fireflies fans home in a 7-6 win over the Augusta GreenJackets.

The walk-in was the Fireflies’ first success since Darryl Collins’ walk-in grand slam on June 26, 2021.

The Fireflies (1-0) scored seven unanswered runs starting in the fifth inning. The rally started with a stirring play from Wilmin Candelario as Enrique Valdez hit a sacrificial volley deep to center field. Edgar Martinez scored on the sacrifice, but Candelario rushed from second and forced a field error on receiver Adam Zebrowski to cut Augusta’s (0-1) lead to 6-2.

The next inning, Guillermo Quintana started the season with his first home run which was a shot over the home run porch into left field. Jack Aldrich (W, 1-0) offered 1.1 scoreless relief innings to close out the game and claim his first victory of the season. Noah Cameron and Patrick Halligan started the game with 7.2 innings of work, allowing six runs in the process.

Augusta had a pair of highlights, starter Royber Salinas, who received a no-decision after allowing an earned run and whipped up 11 batters in 4.1 innings, and catcher Adam Zebrowski, who hit a home run and a doubled RBI in the first three innings.

The teams will continue with Game 2 of the series on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. RHP Luinder Avila (0-0, 0.00 ERA) gets the nod for the Fireflies and Augusta goes with RHP AJ Smith-Shawver (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

Visit firefliestickets.com for the 2022 season schedule and ticket information.

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