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Skyhawks Prepare to Host Baseball Camp, Beat Tornadoes

August 16, 2010 - Canadian American League (Can-Am) - Sussex Skyhawks News Release

Kris Sanchez was 2-for-5 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI as the Skyhawks defeated the visiting Worcester Tornadoes 8-5 in the series opener of a three-game set at CenturyLink Field at Skylands Park on Monday night. The slugging first baseman launched his team-high 15th home run of the season to right-center field in the bottom of the first to bring three runs home and give the Skyhawks a lead they would never relinquish. With the win, Sussex leapfrogs Worcester into fourth place overall in the Can-Am League standings.

The Skyhawks had to come from behind after Tornadoes first baseman Chris Colabello belted a solo home run to straightaway center field in the top of the first. The home team answered immediately with Sanchez's dinger off of right-hander Matt Giusti (2-8) in the bottom half, however, and then added one run in the second and two more in the third to open up a 6-1 advantage.

But Sussex southpaw Jeff Icenogle (5-5) was not able to put Worcester away as the visitors scored in each of the next three frames to draw within one run of the Skyhawks. Nick Salotti hit a solo home run in the fourth, Alex Trezza scored from third base on a wild pitch by Icenogle in the fifth, and Stantrel Smith and Trezza tallied RBI base hits in the sixth to make it 6-5. Skyhawks right-handed reliever Kevin Gunter stopped the bleeding with two out and the tying run on base in the sixth, striking out Boomer Blanchard to end the half-inning.

Gunter would stymie the Tornadoes offense for another two innings, allowing the Skyhawks offense to add insurance runs in the home halves of the sixth and seventh. Carl Loadenthal drove in Joe Persichina with a double over Ryan Crespi's head in left field in the sixth, and Anthony Sosnoskie brought home Kris Sanchez with a single in the seventh. Sosnoskie finished the evening 3-for-4 and registered the first two RBI of his professional career.

Right-handed closer Duaner Sanchez entered in the top of the ninth and retired three Tornadoes in a row after a leadoff single by Blanchard to record his 16th save of the season.

The Skyhawks (8-20 second half, 33-41 overall) and Tornadoes (14-14, 33-42) continue their series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. at Skylands Park. Right-hander Tim Stringer (3-5, 6.17) starts for Sussex against right-hander Zach Zuercher (3-2, 5.33) of Worcester. Visit Hawk Watch at for a live, play-by-play blog of all the action starting ten minutes prior to game time.Augusta, N.J.

The Skyhawks are excited to announce their plans to hold a baseball campfor 5-to-13-year-olds at CenturyLink Field at Skylands Park from Monday, August 23 to Friday, August 27.

The camp will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00 p.m. each day, and children are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunch to the ballpark. Participants will be instructed by current Skyhawks players at each position on the diamond - pitcher, catcher, infield and outfield - and will learn tips and proper technique on how to hit and run the bases. All camp activities will take place on the very same field on which the Skyhawks play their Can-Am League home games.

Each child will also receive a free ticket and meal voucher to Friday night's fireworks game versus the Pittsfield Colonials on August 27 at 6:35 p.m. and will be allowed to run the bases afterward.

The price of the camp is $175 per child. To download the registration form, visit our website at and click on the labeled box in the right-hand column. For more information, contact Carol Messina by phone at 973-300-1000 x10 or by email at [email protected]

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