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Thursday, September 9, 2010
Cyclones oust Jammers, advance to finals

By Adam Rubin

The Brooklyn Cyclones beat Jamestown, 6-4, in a winner-take-all Game 3 on Thursday at Coney Island to advance to the New York-Penn League championship series. Blake Forysthe, a third-round pick from the University of Tennessee, delivered a two-run homer in the third inning as the Cyclones built a 5-1 lead. Brooklyn, which dropped the series opener at Jamestown, won on consecutive nights at home to oust the Jammers. The Cyclones had been 30-8 at home during the regular season. The Cyclones scored early on Thursday, when leadoff hitter Darrell Ceciliani doubled and later scored on Cory Vaughn’s groundout. The game was knotted up in the top of the second inning thanks to a rare home run surrendered by starting pitcher Chris Hilliard.  Hilliard, who led the league in wins with nine during the regular season, had surrendered just two home runs in his previous 79 1/3 innings. Brooklyn reclaimed the lead in the second inning when Ceciliani struck again with a bases-loaded, two-RBI single that plated Forsythe and Juan Centeno to put the Cyclones up 3-1. In the third inning, Brooklyn added two more runs on a booming home run by Forsythe to dead center. The home run is just the third over the 412-mark in center in the Coney Island ballpark’s 10-year history and pushed the Cyclones lead to 5-1. The Jammers rallied back to score three runs off Hilliard in the top of the fifth inning, cutting Brooklyn's lead to one run. They threatened further in the top of the seventh with two men on and no out, but T.J. Chism -- who took over for Hilliard -- fielded a sacrifice bunt attempt and cut down the lead runner at third. Wes Wrenn then came on to induce an inning-ending double play. In the bottom of the eighth, the Cyclones rallied for an insurance run on Centeno’s double to left, which scored Will Cherry, who also had doubled. Brooklyn's relievers held steady for the final two innings, with Wrenn and Hamilton Bennett combining to shut down the Jammers. With the bases loaded in the ninth inning, Daniel Carela came on to get the final two outs in dramatic fashion -- both on strikeouts -- including Marcell Ozuna, the league's leading home-run hitter. The Cyclones will take on the Tri-City Valley Cats in the NYPL championship series, playing a road game on Saturday, and home games on Sunday and, if necessary, Monday. Boxscore

Compiled from team report