Columbia, SC (WLTX) --- The Columbia Blowfish regained control of the Game/Fish Cup with an 8-6 win over the USC Alumni Wednesday night at Capital City Stadium.
The Blowfish got a three-run home run from Lexington's Josh Sealey to take a 7-1 lead.
The group of former Gamecocks would rally thanks in part to someone who literally came out of the stands to take a swing at the plate.
Jason Kraft was the high bidder for a chance to take a live at-bat for the USC Alumni. Kraft's bid was part of the efforts on the part of both teams to raise money for the family of former Gamecock Landon Powell. The man known as "LP" and his wife have been grieving over the loss of their infant daughter Izzy. She died of a rare disease - HLH - in January before she reached five months.
With astronomical medical bills mounting, Alumni manager Trey Dyson and Blowfish President Bill Shanahan organized an effort to raise money to help the Powells and Kraft's bid was part of that effort.
Kraft walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. He would score on a Kyle Enders base hit, part of the three-run fifth inning which cut the lead to 7-5.
However, the Blowfish had just enough offense down the stretch for the win.
The game had plenty of light-hearted moments typical of an exhibition game including the waving off of a Blowfish home run. Francis Marion's Michael Wilson unloaded a solo blast but Alumni manager Trey Dyson protested, saying Wilson used an aluminum bat, not allowed in the Coastal Plain League. Home plate umpire Jody Mootz agreed and the run was taken off the board.
Dyson's five-year-old daughter, Sarah Louise, entertained the crowd her hula-hoop talents.
A mascot race between Blowie, Cocky and the Village Idiot ended with Blowie taking first place after Cocky and the Idiot became engaged in a mini-scuffle which ended with both mascots on the ground.
The evening was capped off by a fireworks show.