October 21, 2009
Throwbacks win game three, but Camo holds onto Series
Blow named series MVP

BLACKSBURG, Va. – A four-run second inning provided Team Throwback with enough of a cushion to avoid a sweep and claim game three of the Hokie Fall World Series over Team Camo by a score of 6-4 on Wednesday evening at English Field.

Since Team Camo won games one and two by a combined three runs, the Throwbacks needed to take game three by four runs to win the series. Two runs by the Camos in the bottom of the sixth prevented that, so the Camos finished the Virginia Tech fall baseball season as the champions.

The Throwbacks looked like they might get the runs they needed after a four-run second. With Michael Seaborn on third, Mike Kaminski got things started when he poked a single through the left side to score Seaborn for the game’s first tally. Buddy Sosnoskie then ripped a single down the third-base line to score Marc Zecchino from second. Kaminski soon scored via a throwing error on a fielder’s choice grounder, and Anthony Sosnoskie capped the outburst when he lifted a sac fly to center to bring home his brother.

The Camos got a run back in the bottom of the second when Austin Wates, who drew a walk before stealing second and third, came home on an RBI groundout by Chris Kay.

Throwback starter Luke Erickson had a no-hitter going into the fourth, but that’s when an RBI groundout by Matt Blow brought Wates home again to make the score 4-2.

The Throwbacks added a run in the top of the sixth when Seaborn sent a grounder deep behind the bag at third. Steve Domecus was running from second on the play, and as Seaborn beat out the throw for an infield single, Domecus made his way home to make it 5-2 Throwbacks.

Team Camo put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it a one-run game. Tim Smalling’s solo shot to left-center field made it 5-3, while Blow delivered an RBI single up the middle to plate Wates.

The Throwbacks set the final score in the top of the seventh when Kaminski doubled home Zecchino.

Erickson earned the win on the mound after striking out six batters in 5.1 innings, while Buddy Sosnoskie picked up the save. Charlie McCann took the loss for Team Camo.

The series MVP race was a tight one, but honors went to Blow after he batted .700 (7-for-10) with six RBIs and three doubles over the three games. Other Camos with standout performances included Wates (5-for-10, seven runs, five steals), Smalling (4-for-9, two homers, four runs, four RBIs) and Brandon Fisher (three innings pitched, one hit, two strikeouts, two saves). Anthony Sosnoskie paced the Throwbacks by hitting .455 (5-for-11) with one homer and four RBIs.

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