Reporting Tim Kephart
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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – For the first time in the history of Miami Marlins Park, a baseball game was held at the stadium.
Monday night, Belen Jesuit played Columbus High School in the first-ever baseball game at Marlins Park. Columbus came away victorious with a 6-4 win.
Columbus sophomore Brent Diaz also made history by hitting the park’s first home run.
The game was a Florida High School Athletic Association regular-season contest between the traditional high school baseball powers.
“We are honored for the privilege to play the first game ever at Marlins Park,” said Jesuit Father Guillermo García-Tuñón, Principal at Belen. “We share a fun, healthy rivalry with Columbus and a shared respect. It is going to be a great game!”
As for the Marlins, they will play their first ever preseason game at the stadium starting Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. in an exhibition game against the Miami Hurricanes. The split-squad game will then switch squads with the team in Jupiter and take on FIU at Marlins Park Wednesday night.
The Marlins will come back to the stadium officially in the first week of April for a pair of exhibition games on April 1st and 2nd. The regular season will officially open at Marlins Park on April 4th with one game against the defending World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.