Baseball has left Columbus.
But on a winning note.
In their final game in Columbus, the Columbus Catfish beat the Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets) 9-4 tonight.
The Catfish head to Rome to close out the season, then pack up and head to Bowling Green, Kentucky (population 53,112) to play the 2009 season.
Catfish C Mike McCormick homered in the 2nd inning -- and becoming (temporarily) the answer to a trivia question: Who hit the last professional baseball home run in Columbus, GA? -- scoring LF Stephen Vogt (who had doubled) and giving the Catfish a 2-0 lead.
In the 3rd, Vogt singled, went to third on a double by 1B Henry Wrigley, and scored on a ground out by 2B Chase Fontaine.
Two walks and two singles in the top of the 4th allowed Savannah to cut the score to 3-2.
The Catfish got the two runs back in the bottom of the inning. DH Cody Cipriano tripled to lead off the inning then, following an out and a hit batsman, scored on a sacrifice fly to left by RF Reid Fronk. A balk sent SS Shawn O'Malley to second. 3B Greg Sexton singled him home on a ground ball to right, putting the Catfish up 5-2.
Wrigley doubled, went to third on a ground out, then scored on a single by McCormick, making it 6-2, Catfish.
A walk and two singles by Savannah in the 6th made it 6-3.
Fronk singled, moved to third on an error, and scored on an RBI single by Vogt in the bottom of the inning.
Savannah added another run in the 7th, but the Catfish got it back quickly.
Chase Fontaine became the new answer to the trivia question with his homer to right.
Fronk became the new ... and final ... answer to the question by homering to right in the 8th.
Jeremy Hall earned his 10th win ... tops on the team ... with his 3-run, 6-hit effort. He walked 4 and struck out 7. John Baird allowed a run on 4 hits in 2 innings work, getting into and out of bases-loaded jams in both innings.
Once again, every Catfish batter reached base at least once. Vogt went 3-for-5, while Fronk went 2-for-3, McCormick went 2-for-4, and Wrigley went 2-for-5.
The Catfish are heading to Rome for the last three games of the year. Then, a quick trip back to Columbus to do the end-of-season stuff that all players go through, get airline tickets home, and then ... they're gone.