By GERARD WELLBROCK
Seattle’s Scott Kuzminsky threw a complete game shutout, holding the Hays Larks to just three hits as the Studs end the Larks season with a 2-0 victory in the semifinals of the 80th NBC World Series at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita. It’s the second time in three years Seattle (41-12) has beaten the Larks (40-13) in the semifinals. They advance to Saturday’s finals where they will face four-time champ Santa Barbara who defeated the NJCAA Natonal Team 6-1 in the first semifinal.
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Larks starter Jake Fromson retired the first nine that he faced, but his throwing error on a sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning opened the door for the Studs who scored on a one-out ground out. Fromson (5-4) takes the loss, going seven innings, allowing just the one earned run on three hits, striking out five and walking one.
The Studs added an insurance run in the ninth with a Bobby LeCount home run.
The Larks were held to a Tyler Leffler single in the first inning, Tyler Detmer singled in the fourth. The Larks didn’t get a runner into scoring position until the eight when Aaron Cornell singled and advanced on a ground out. Thomas Clay struck out to end the threat.
Tyler Detmer drew a two-out walk in the ninth but Derek Birginske struck out to end the game.