Former Gamecocks pitcher Tyler Webb made his MLB debut Saturday with the New York Yankees in their 8-1 loss to Texas.

Entering with two outs in the seventh inning with the score 4-1, Webb recorded four outs, allowing zero baserunners, and struck out one. He had previously played this season with the organization’s Triple-A team, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. During his 2017 campaign in the minors, Webb made 21 appearances and threw 33.1 innings, going 3-1 with a 3.24 ERA. He struck out 47 and only walked three, allowing 33 hits.

Tyler was called up Thursday when the Yankees sent infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder down to AAA.

The Carolina alum was a 10th round draft pick by the club in 2013 out of the USC program, where he was a member of two College World Series championship teams. He holds a program record for 110 career appearances.

He’s one of two Gamecocks on the Yankees current roster. Fellow collegiate teammate Jordan Montgomery is 5-4 with a 3.74 ERA in his rookie season in the Bronx.

New York also announced on Saturday they came to terms with and signed their most recent Gamecock alum, first-round pick from June’s MLB Draft, Clarke Schmidt.

COLUMBIA, SC (Fireflies) – The Fireflies scored twice in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday and walked off for the fourth time this season. Columbia downed Kannapolis, 4-3. Jay Jabs scored the game-winner from third base when Ben Wright chucked a wild pitch that bounced behind the plate.

The Fireflies’ rally started in the seventh. The home team plated two in that frame and then two in the ninth to win. What was most mind-bending on Saturday was the fact that Columbia was out-hit 10-2 and did not record a hit in the bottom of the ninth.

Wright (L, 1-6) was called upon out of Kannapolis’ (2-1, 41-30) bullpen in the final inning and proceeded to blow his fifth save of the year. He walked the first two hitters – Dash Winningham and Jabs – and watched Milton Ramos bunt the two into scoring position. Next, Tim Tebow grounded out to the first baseman Brandon Dulin, but Winningham scored to tie the game up and Jabs darted to third. Then Wright sailed a pitch to the netting behind home plate.

It was all Kannapolis early on; the Intimidators jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Aaron Schnurbusch vaulted a two-run home run in the third. Later, Micker Adolfo singled in teammate Mitch Roman in the fifth.

In the seventh, the first two hitters reached for Columbia (1-2, 41-30). Winningham walked and Jabs then ripped a double to the right-field wall. Afterword, Ramos and Tebow launched consecutive sacrifice flies to center field.

Adonis Uceta (W, 3-0) pitched a clean top of the ninth for the Fireflies and has now recorded 16 consecutive scoreless innings.

Columbia can split the four-game series with Kannapolis with a win on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. and lefty Thomas Szapucki (1-1, 3.86) takes the mound for the Fireflies. He faces Intimidators right-hander Blake Hickman (0-1, 2.92).


You can watch the action on starting at 5:00 p.m. or listen in on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, and on the TuneIn app starting at 4:45 p.m.

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Olson hit his first two major league home runs, Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also launched their first career shots and the Oakland Athletics routed the Chicago White Sox 10-2 on Saturday.

Barreto homered in his big league debut. He joined Olson and Brugman in becoming the second trio of teammates to hit their first homers in the same game, the Elias Sports Bureau said. It also happened in 1914 with the Kansas City Packers of the Federal League — the rival circuit lasted a couple of seasons, and included many big leaguers.

Former White Sox ace Mark Buehrle had his No. 56 jersey retired in a pregame ceremony. After the 30-minute tribute ended, the A’s roughed up James Shields (1-1).

Daniel Gossett (1-2) took advantage of an early 6-0 lead to win for the first time in three big league starts. He gave up two unearned runs in six innings.

White Sox manager Rick Renteria was ejected for the second straight game.

The New York Yankees announced Saturday afternoon that they had signed their first-round selection from this month’s MLB Draft, former Gamecocks pitcher Clarke Schmidt.

Carolina’s Friday starter from this past season came to terms with his new organization, agreeing to a signing bonus of $2,184,300. Taken with the No. 16 selection back on June 5, slot money is slated at $3,458,600. Schmidt is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery following a season-ending elbow injury to his pitching arm this spring.

Teams are allowed to use funds from a bonus pool to sign all their picks. The Yankees have a total amount of $6,912,800 to offer selections like Schmidt.

Clarke went 4-2 with a 1.34 ERA in his junior campaign before his injury.

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC(WOLO)- Two women are facing multiple charges in connection to the burglary of a concession stand at a Pelion sports complex.

Brittney McDaniel and Kayla Wallace were arrested Friday morning after a brief pursuit near Cooper Park, according to deputies.

“A deputy responded to a call of a burglary in progress and saw McDaniel and Wallace leaving the concession stand as he arrived at the park,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “They jumped in their car and initiated a pursuit after the deputy activated his blue lights and siren.”

The brief chase ended on Pine Street. The deputy found an ax and a metal hook tool in the car with the women. He also located other items identified as property of the sports complex.

“The deputy also found open containers of alcohol and an unmarked bottle of prescription pills in the car,” Koon said.

Both women are charged with third degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, open container of beer and liquor in vehicle, minor in possession of beer and liquor and possession of a schedule II narcotic.

Wallace has an additional charge of failure to stop for blue lights.

LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WOLO)- Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher has released the identity of the persons killed in two early morning car accidents on I-20 Eastbound on Saturday.

Caleb Joseph Metz, 26, of North Augusta, S.C. died on scene at 4:00 a.m. from the injuries he received in the accident, Fisher said.

Troopers say when the vehicle Metz was driving headed westbound on I-20, it crossed over into the eastbound lanes, and was struck by another vehicle traveling eastbound.

The driver and two passengers in the other vehicle involved in the accident were all transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

Metz was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

In another accident at 5:30A.M. at nearly the same location as the first, Fisher says that Keith D. Kennedy, 25, of Columbia died at the scene from the injuries he sustained.

Kennedy struck the side of a Lexington County Fire Service fire truck that was rendering aid and assisting with the first accident, Troopers say.

Two Lexington County fire fighters and one Aiken County State Trooper were transported to area hospitals with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers say Kennedy was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Autopsies will be performed today to determine the cause of the deaths.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate both accidents.

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WOLO)- The victim of a Saturday morning shooting at a gas station has been identified.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said, William D. Archie,25, died from a gunshot wound to the lower body.

According to Richland County deputies two people got into an argument at a BP gas station at the corner of Two Notch Road and Fontaine Road.

The argument turned physical and shots were fired around 3:00am, deputies say.

Archie was shot in the lower body and was driven to the 600 block of Hillcrest Drive.

An ambulance then took Archie to Palmetto Health Richland, where he was pronounce dead.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident.

To receive up to $1000 for information about the crime or if you know the identity of the suspect, citizens are encouraged to contact CRIMESTOPPERS in any of the following ways: call 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), text to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with “TIPSC,” followed by the tip information or go to:, and click on the “Submit a tip” tab.

RICHLAND, SC (WOLO)–If you plan to travel on Farrow Road, take not of a lane closure.

SC DOT crews are doing repair work on part of the bridge. The DOT has closed one lane on the Southbound Farrow Road Bridge.

Crews are expected to reopen the lane by 7am, Monday June 26,

The Northbound lanes are not affected.

Despite not hearing his name called Thursday night, PJ Dozier was joined by family and friends cheering and celebrating the 48th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft.

His name wasn’t called. But Carolina teammate Sindarius Thornwell’s was.

While Dozier was just hours away from signing a free agent deal with Los Angeles Lakers, he summed up his excitement to see his friend and former teammate to be taken by the Bucks, then dealt to the Clippers for cash considerations.

COLUMBIA, SC (Fireflies) – Luis Carpio produced his first three-hit game of the season in Columbia’s 5-4 loss to Kannapolis on Friday night. The two clubs combined to score six of the nine runs in the first inning alone. There were 6,612 fans in attendance at Spirit Communications Park – the 12th crowd of more than 6,000 this year.

Harol Gonzalez (L, 4-5) made his 12th start of the year for Columbia (0-2, 40-30) and faced early trouble against Kannapolis (2-0, 41-29). The righty yielded three runs and five hits in the first inning. Gonzalez battled back and pitched through the sixth on the mound. It’s the fifth straight start the 22-year-old has lasted at least six frames.

The Fireflies erased a 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the first and tied the contest with three runs of their own. Andres Gimenez was hit by pitch to begin the stanza. Carpio crushed his first triple this year and scored Gimenez. After Jacob Zanon walked, the squad had runners at first and third. The home team took advantage of a Kannapolis miscue and added two more runs. Ali Sanchez reached safely on a throwing error from Intimidators third baseman Zach Remillard. His throw went past first base, scoring Carpio and Zanon.

Kannapolis broke the 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. Micker Adolfo hit a two-run homer over the left-field wall. The Intimidators kept this 5-3 edge heading into the eighth frame.

Columbia sparked a small rally in the bottom of the eighth. Zanon led off with his second walk of the game. He stole second base and then continued on to third after catcher Casey Schroeder’s throw sailed into centerfield. Zanon has reached base safely at least once in all six games he has played in with the Fireflies.

Taylor Henry and Cam Griffin tossed a total of three scoreless innings for Columbia out of the bullpen. Henry has pitched 7.1 scoreless innings over his last six appearances.

The Fireflies are back in action for game three of their four-game series against the Kannapolis Intimidators on Saturday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. at Spirit Communications Park. Thomas Szapucki (1-1, 3.86) makes his fourth start for Columbia. Yelmison Peralta is set to take the hill for Kannapolis.

You can listen to the action on ESPN Columbia 94.9 FM and 1230 AM, and the TuneIn Radio app starting at 6:45 p.m. You can also watch the game live on


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