Foresters reach NBC World Series championship

The Santa Barbara Foresters and Seattle Studs will be playing for the NBC World Series championship on Saturday as both teams won semifinal games on Friday in Wichita, Kansas.

It’s a matchup of recent champions as the Studs are the defending title holders while the Foresters – seeking their fifth trophy in franchise history – won the two years before that. Saturday’s championship game begins at 4 p.m. Pacific and can be heard locally on 1290 AM.

The Foresters defeated the NJCAA National team 6-1.

Jon Duplantier’s five innings of one-run ball kept NJCAA in check. Duplantier added five strikeouts to surpass Drew Van Orden for second place on the all-time Foresters single-season list with 74. Tim Schoeninger struck out 75 in 2004.

Santa Barbara (40-11-1) has won 4 of 5 games at the NBC World Series.