The Tri-City ValleyCats advanced to their third consecutive New York-Penn League championship series on Thursday night after knockingg off the Connecticut Tigers, 6-5.

The ValleyCats, and their mascots, celebrate advancing to the title series (Gregory J. Fisher/Tri-City ValleyCats).

The win gives the 'Cats the sweep in the best-of-three series. They will play the winner of the Hudson Valley Renegades and the State College Spikes, who are tied at a game each.

The ValleyCats raced out to a 6-0 lead after getting three runs in the second and three in the fourth. Jason Martin doubled to bring home the first run of the game. Derek Fisher had two RBIs, giving him three for the series.

Despite being down big, the Tigers rallied, scoring one time in the fifth and four times in the sixth to move within one.

Austin Chrismon started for Tri-City, going 5.1 innings. He allowed two earned runs (three total) on eight hits. Chris Munnelly followed, allowing two more runs in 0.1 innings. But the combination of Angel Heredia and Derick Velazquez shut the door for 3.1 total innings, surrendering no hits and striking our four.

The championship series will begin Sunday at either Hudson Valley or State College and will shift to Joe Bruno Stadium for Game 2 and Game 3, if necessary.