Things turned around tonight for the Columbus Catfish, who jumped out to an early lead, then held on to beat the Augusta GreenJackets (Giants) 3-1 tonight.
3B Greg Sexton doubled home RF Reid Fronk in the 1st to put the Catfish up 1-0.
Fronk drove in CF Maiko Loyola in the 5th, and DH Shawn Williams drove in LF Stephen Vogt with a double to center in the 6th, putting the Catfish up 3-0.
SS Shawn O'Malley was 3-for-4 with a double to lead the Catfish batters. Sexton and Williams each had a pair of hits.
Brian Flores went 6 innings, allowing 7 hits and striking out 3. Jose Angel Mejias went the rest of the way, allowing 2 hits, 1 run, and recording 1 K, picking up his first save.
The second game of the series is Saturday night. The team will be honoring John Henry Moss, who was president of the South Atlantic League (nee Western Carolinas League) for 50 years, before retiring at the end of last season. His last official SAL game was the game in Columbus where the 2007 Catfish won the league title.