PRESS RELEASE – It was a great night in Florence, S.C., for all those in attendance at the Florence RedWolves baseball game Thursday night. An exciting game was sandwiched between parachute jumpers and fireworks. Before the first pitch was thrown by Lt. Governor Ken Ard, the crowd enjoyed wonderful parachute jumpers from the All American Free Fall Parachute Jump Team from Fayetteville. The free fallers never disappoint when they visit the RedWolves and this wasn’t an exception. Fans cheered and watched in amazement as the jumpers landed in center field and delivered the game ball to head coach Blake Newsome.
RedWolves owners Kevin and Donna Barth were recognized by Ard (picture courtesy of Pat Grecinger) after the third inning and presented with a Resolution on behalf of the state of S.C. for freely giving their time, energy and effort to the RedWolves. After the sixth inning, General Manager Jamie Young presented Mr. Barth with an appreciation plaque from the community and fans applauded his work and dedication to the RedWolves for 10 years. Mr. Barth was also presented with a bat signed by a former RedWolf Brett Carroll who played with the team in 2003 and a jersey signed by Ty Wigginton, also a former player of the RedWolves who now plays for the Colorado Rockies.
“It was an honor having the Lt. Governor present my wife and I with the resolution. The real honor ought to be given to the players, fans and host families because without them we wouldn’t be here,” Kevin Barth said after the game.
The game on the field was nothing to ignored. The RedWolves fought their way through nine innings of baseball which resulted in a win for the home team. Adam Engel hit a three run homerun in the bottom of the sixth to give the RedWolves a 12-3 lead over the Blowfish. The RedWolves never trailed in the game, 15-8 was the final score making them 2-0 at home and 2-1 overall.
The night concluded with fireworks sponsored by Pee Dee Tourism giving the fans a great ending to a great night of baseball. Red, blue, pink, purple and green shot from the sky creating beautiful designs in the night sky and making loud noises. Children and adults were in awe as they watched a magical fireworks show take place before them. The RedWolves travel to Wilmington tomorrow to face the Sharks and are back home Saturday to play the Thomasville HiToms.