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Squirrels Sweep Senators, Advance to EL Championship Series

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- The Richmond Flying Squirrels franchise had never seen a playoff game before this season, but many of the players that make up the team had.  Several of the current Richmond players won their league championship at the Class A level last season, and now they'll get the chance to do it again.

Chris Dominguez hit a two run home run in the fifth and it held up in Richmond's 2-1 victory over Harrisburg, sweeping the Senators for the three games to none series win in the Western Division Championship Series.  Dominguez's round-tripper sailed through the air towards the left field fence and just cleared the wall and the glove of the left fielder to account for the Squirrels' offense.

Justin Fitzgerald did the rest on the mound.  Fitzgerald threw 7.1 innings, giving up just one earned run on four hits and striking out five, while walking just one batter.  He was pitching a shutout until the eighth inning, when Josh Johnson hit an RBI single to center to cut the Richmond lead in half.  Manager Dave Machemer gave the ball to Mitch Lively, who struggled a bit, before Hector Correa came on to get the final four outs of the game.

The Flying Squirrels looked like a championship team throughout the weekend, outscoring the Senators, 12-3, in the three game set.  They'll now await the winner of the Eastern Division series between New Hampshire and Reading.

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