Tebow ends 1st half of his 1st pro season with 3 strikeouts

Columbia Fireflies outfielder Tim Tebow applauds from the dugout during a minor league baseball game against the Augusta Green Jackets in Columbia S.C. The first half of Tebow's first professional baseball season

Yes, that is Tim Tebow with a baseball bat in his hands.

Blake Rutherford hit a run-scoring double in the sixth inning, leading the Charleston RiverDogs to a 5-1 win over the Columbia Fireflies on Sunday.

He is among the South Atlantic League's strikeout leaders.

However hard he may try to make a name for himself as a baseball player, Tim Tebow won't be able to escape his past as a Heisman Trophy victor and one of the biggest stars in college football history. It did not end on a high note.

Over the weekend with Tebow's Columbia (S.C.) Fireflies playing a minor league game at Charleston, Tebow got a never-ending visual jab on the scoreboard.

If the main objective was to get inside their opponents heads, you could argue that it worked, at least somewhat, as Charleston took two out of three games from Tebow and the Fireflies. He also struck out five and walked one. Thomas Szapucki (1-0, 4.35) starts on the mound for Columbia and faces Charleston's righty Brian Keller (4-5, 3.97). Tebow lost the grip on the bat and sent it soaring deep into the second level seats on the first base side of the stands.

WHAT'S NEXT: After a couple of days off, Tebow and the Fireflies pick up the second half of the season at home with a four-game series against the Kannapolis (North Carolina) Intimidators.

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